Signs You’ve Been Dating In D.C. Too Long

Whether you just moved to Washington, D.C., or you’re a lifer, the city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency presents its own special dating challenges.

You may find more guys wanting to settle down than in, say, New York, but not before they pick your brain on the fine points of health care policy, not to mention pinpoint exactly where you fit in on the political spectrum. All while probably wearing salmon shorts.

If that sounds familiar, read on for more ways to know you’ve been dating in D.C. for too long.

1. All your friends are married and or/have babies. 
And they’ve all left the city proper for places like Clarendon in Northern Virginia (#boring), and they never want to go out anymore. You’re the resident old man/woman in your Columbia Heights grouphouse and you’re loving it … except when it makes you weep that they’re all 10 years younger than you.

Read the rest on YourTango: The Top 10 Signs You’ve Been Dating In Washington, D.C. Too Long

Q&A With “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” Author John Gray

Earlier this week, we posted an interview with relationship expert John Gray, of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus fame, whose newest book, Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business, examines how men and women could better understand each other in the workplace—and how that could cause less stress in the home. You can read the full interview here, or, if you’re short on time, you can catch the juicy highlights here—and tell us whether you agree or disagree with his viewpoints in the comments.

Read the rest on YourTango: Top 6 Lessons On Balancing Love & Career From John Gray

Celeb Photo Gallery: The Many Loves Of Cher

Photo: IMDB. Cher with now-ex David Geffen. He is now gay. And bald.

“Like all respectable celebrity babes, Cher has been linked to Elvis. Reportedly, in 1975 he invited her to Vegas for the weekend, but her nerves got the best of her. ‘When he called, I was just too frightened … to go to Las Vegas with him for the weekend,’ Cher told Good Morning America. ‘I regretted it forever.’

Read the full article on YourTango: Cher’s Mother’s Day Tribute to Georgia Holt

Confessions of a Takeout-aholic (or, How My Boyfriend’s Love of Cooking Kicked My Chinese Food-Eating Butt)

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“Alright baby, ready?”

“For what?” 

“Our chicken pot pie! It needs a couple more minutes though. I want a golden-brown crust on this s**t.”

It’s 9 p.m. on a Sunday. What does your boyfriend usually do on Sunday nights? Play video games? Catch up on work? Pick the lint out of his belly button? Mine is checking the oven right now to see how crispy his chicken pot pie is.

Read the rest on YourTango: How My Boyfriend’s Love of Cooking Kicked My Takeout-Eating Butt

Safety Not Guaranteed: A Sort-Of, Kind-Of Review

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In Safety Not Guaranteed, two interns at Seattle Magazine, Darius (Aubrey Plaza) and Arnau (Karan Soni), accompany their boss Jeff (Jake Johnson) on assignment to find a mysterious would-be time traveler in rural Washington state. The traveler, a small-town guy named Kenneth (Mark Duplass) has posted a classified ad looking for an able time-traveling partner who will have to bring his or her own weapons. Safety, as you can imagine, is not guaranteed, according to the ad. The guy also claims he’s successfully time-traveled once before. Everyone wonders just how crazy Kenneth is, and they’re mostly in it for the story. The recently-graduated Darius, however, seems to crave adventure more than anything. She offers to win Kenneth over and report the scoop back to Jeff.

Read the rest on YourTango: Safety Not Guaranteed: Two Girls, One Review

10 Social Media Etiquette Tips from The Emily Post Institute

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According to a new survey from Intel, nine out of 10 U.S. adults feel that others divulge too much information about themselves online, and 88 percent said they wish people “thought more about how others will perceive them when sharing information online.” However, the same survey found that 33 percent of people are more comfortable sharing information online than off. So what’s appropriate when it comes to sharing information in your online dating profile and via social media? In our exclusive interview with Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and a co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition, she told us some “golden rules” to keep in mind when online dating and when using social media in general.

Read the rest on YourTango: 10 Online Dating Etiquette Tips from The Emily Post Institute

The Five-Year Engagement: A Sort-Of, Kind-Of Review

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Amanda Green and I went to a press screening of The Five-Year Engagement last night. Instead of writing a “real” review, we decided to let you in on our gal-to-gal dialogue about the movie. Here’s approximately what we said as we took the escalator down from the movie theater, and walked down the street to get tea (yes, we’re boring, we drink tea):

Read the rest on YourTango: The Five-Year Engagement: Two Girls, One Review

Can Doing Lent Together Help Your Relationship?

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Last night, I danced, downed hurricane cocktails and gorged on king cake at a Mardi Gras party. This morning, I grumpily got up at 6:30 to make a 7 a.m. yoga class—something that’s a particular challenge for me since I am not a morning person. I usually take the class at night or on the weekends, but this year I decided that I don’t like the way yoga interrupts the flow (no pun intended) of my schedule, so I’m taking up morning yoga for Lent—at least three times a week. Why am I doing this?

Read the rest on YourTango: How Can “Doing Lent” Together Benefit Your Relationship?

New Year’s Resolution: 12 Steps to a Happier Love Life in 2012

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What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012? To exercise more? To be more productive? We bet “a more honest and open relationship” isn’t on many of your lists. That’s because tons of people put their relationships on autopilot, hoping the kinks will just work themselves out—and then they argue each and every day, and end up resenting each other.

Read the rest on YourTango: Relationship Rehab: 12 Steps to Becoming a Happier Couple in 2012

Study Says Most Married People Are Deeply in Love

Contrary to popular belief, penguins do not mate for life. They’re pretty promiscuous, albeit cute and entertaining.

But people do, and according to recent research, those long-term couples are more intensely in love than we likely thought. A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science reports that 48 percent of the 274 married Americans surveyed nationwide said they were “very intensely in love” with their spouses. Meanwhile, 26 percent were “very in love,” and 13 percent were “intensely in love.” That only leaves 13 percent to be unhappy clams.

Read the rest on YourTango: Time to Stop Panicking: Most Married People Are Deeply in Love