Strip Club Bachelor Parties–and Why I Wish They’d Die

The other day, I was at a barbecue with Paul’s current and former coworkers. Paul wasn’t there because he was at his friend’s bachelor party. Rightly assuming that a strip club was involved in said bachelor party, and knowing that I’m not a fan of strip clubs, our pals teased me. “Paul probably has another lady on his lap right now!” “How many nipple tassels do you think he’s flicked by this point?” And while I didn’t intend it to, this sparked an intense, though friendly, conversation with nearly all the attendees at the barbecue, including the ones I just met. Continue reading

2013: The Year of Fewer Brides and Babies?

Let’s discuss triskaidekaphobia, aka fear of the number 13. It’s as real as claustrophobia (fear of closed-in spaces, which I have) and hemaphobia (fear of blood, which I also have). In fact, it’s so real that I’ve yet to encounter an elevator in Manhattan with a button for floor 13. So how is 2013’s impending arrival affecting young women toying with the idea of getting married or pregnant? Continue reading

Do Health Insurers Hate Childless Married People?

Warning: This is totally a first-world problem–those of us with health insurance should be thanking our lucky stars. With that out of the way, I assumed since babies are expensive that health insurance companies would charge you more if you have a kid. It seems the opposite may be true. And I’m stark raving mad about it. Continue reading

Home for the Holidays: Would You Get It On in Someone Else’s House?

Given that my parents and my husband’s parents live five minutes away from each other–and we live an hour away from either set–we usually wind up spending the night in our hometown of Staten Island, NY, once or twice a year. This Christmas Eve/Hanukkah, we found ourselves on a full-size air mattress in my childhood bedroom. Continue reading