I have a semi-similar identity crisis. My last name could be pronounced two ways. Pronounciation A is most common. My family says it Pronounciation B. So most people say it the "wrong" way the first time they ever say it out loud. I don't care much, and rarely correct people. For people like the pharmacist or the… » 3/27/15 2:47pm Yesterday 2:47pm

I second everything that's been said so far, and I'll add that you should buy a SmartTrip card to use on the metro—don't get a paper fare card. The SmartTrip has a small fee, but if you're going to take more than 4 or 5 rides, then it's totally worth it. The papercards are annoying and charge an extra $1 per trip. » 3/26/15 5:10pm Thursday 5:10pm

My biggest melt down as an adult happened while I was on a 15 hour train ride in India with a friend. Sobbing, hyperventilating, complete inability to process any information or take any steps to make my situation better; the works. » 3/14/15 2:01am 3/14/15 2:01am

For classic "nice" American food, I'd recommend Scion or Founding Farmers. FF is kind of a "name" in DC, so she might have been there, but Scion is in Dupont and has excellent food, but isn't crazy money. Matchbox could fit this description, too. Wherever you go, I'd recommend a reservation. » 3/10/15 8:05pm 3/10/15 8:05pm

Hooking up with a casual aquaintaince; we're both on the periphery of a particular friend group, so we'd met a couple times, but weren't like good friends or anything. Anyway, we're both fairly drunk and we leave the house party we're at go to his place, and we're hooking up. I am totally naked, I believe he is… » 3/10/15 2:26pm 3/10/15 2:26pm

Oh my god, YES. I am 100% bothered by unbalanced accessories. I'm right handed, but I never understood why my watch was supposed to go on my left wrist. It's really no different to me to look at one wrist vs. the other. I have solved this problem by never wearing a watch anymore, though, so I'm not sure how to help. » 3/09/15 4:34pm 3/09/15 4:34pm

My absolute favorite lipstick is Urban Decay. I have their anarchy shade, but I think their other ones would be equally long wearing. You might also be looking for a lipstain, which might be less likely to wear off. I LOVE my MAC lipsticks, too, for both pigmentation and long-wearingness but they are definitely drying. » 3/09/15 4:16pm 3/09/15 4:16pm

My problem that is not really a problem is that I think my arms are too short. Like, maybe an inch or two shorter than "normal" wingspan for my height. I don't look weird or anything, but 3/4 length sleeves are a serious no-go for me, and I have a hard time with yoga/pilates poses that require me to hoist my butt off… » 3/09/15 2:31pm 3/09/15 2:31pm

I have a friend who is the same way. I think part of it is that she tends to go for guys who are great, but not super mature/self-sufficient. So she puts in a lot of effort and ultimately "teaches" them how to be in a mature relationship with good communication. They seem to have a really hard to time adjusting to… » 3/08/15 5:15pm 3/08/15 5:15pm

I spent a number of years as a grocery store bagger and cashier. The reason they're side-eyeing you is that reuseable bags are more unwieldy and harder to put stuff in quickly. Canvas bags in particular don't stand up on their own, so you're constantly moving the bag around while trying to get the customer's stuff in… » 3/08/15 4:26pm 3/08/15 4:26pm

I'm pretty surprised by how many guys have sent me messages that seem to be picking a fight. Not like in a lighthearted "your favorite episode of the west wing is so much worse than my favorite episode of the west wing" kind of way, but in like kind of an aggressive way. Is this a thing that works? I'm always just… » 3/08/15 1:17pm 3/08/15 1:17pm

Yayyyy! You missed an important part of the story, though—Liletta's manufacturers have committed to supplying Liletta to family planning clinics at below-market costs to help low-income/uninsured women get highly effective BC. » 3/04/15 11:01am 3/04/15 11:01am

This is pretty stunning to me. I used to work for a large federal agency in DC, and we weren't even allowed to send documents to our personal emails to work on from home during telework days. When I was a new hire, I never requested an email address—one was just automatically assigned me using the same username, etc.… » 3/03/15 12:52am 3/03/15 12:52am

I think it must be. Otherwise we'd see much more general anti-trafficking marketing involved in regular consumer products. Some fair trade items sort of touch on this angle, but generally people seem to ignore that A LOT of human trafficking is for labor and not for sex (obviously both of these things are bad). It… » 3/02/15 12:38pm 3/02/15 12:38pm