I received a post valentine's greeting, which I couldn't resist sharing. Apparently this puppy was born last May in Japan with a large, clear, love-heart-shaped pattern in his coat. The Chihuahua was born as one of a litter to a breeder. Owner Emiko Sakurada said it was the first time a puppy with the marks had been born out of a thousand she had bred. She had no plans to sell the puppy, which has been named 'Heart-kun'.Ok, I will admit my fiance and I are a little skeptical...if we can create artwork dying our own hair, it seems plausible that Heart-kun's owner might have just perfected doggy dyes. Faux fur or not, ya gotta admit, this little guy is adorable.
A mobile phone carrier in South Korea is offering a service called Love Detector on their plan. Essentially, an application detects patterns in a person's voice and can tell if they are sincere and passionate. A meter on the phone indicates their level of love. The company will even text you a complete analysis after the call. This is going to change everything. Hopefully, it will have a hard time distinguishing between love and drunk on booty calls.
Husband and wife team Dr. Walt Larimore and Barbara have teamed up to contrast men and women, brain-wise, His Brain, Her Brain. But rather than simply pointing out the differences, the Larimores offer strategies to use each other’s strengths in tandem. For instance, they say that men act, while women brew. The authors suggest keeping this in mind when beginning a conversation—and preventing it from becoming an argument--e.g., letting him move forward on a small aspect of a larger issue or letting her think things through before making a huge, final decision. Makes sense, right?
An ingenious new web site, Relationship Obituaries, allows both the dumped and dumpees closure and a therapeutic good-bye via a relationship obituary. The founder was devastated when her ex broke up with her. Two weeks later, she found herself writing an obituary for her father’s sudden passing. The creative process helped her reflect and heal, so she applied the same assignment to her dead relationship. She then opened the idea up to the public, and voila, enter Relationship Obituaries. Here’s a sample: Jill and David Cause of death: Dr. David, Your Jill Has Had Enough 31May2004 thru 06Feb2008
According to a recent New York Times article, finding a perfect match in the bedroom can often be overshadowed by a perfect match in the kitchen. In a time when passions run high for meat, against it, pro-wheat, or anti-animal-anything, dating someone who does not share one’s view can strain the relationship. When an omnivore and a herbivore unite, battle lines could be drawn. Says the piece: “Food has a strong subconscious link to love, said Kathryn Zerbe, a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. That is why refusing a partner’s food ‘can feel like rejection,’ she said.
Texas has had a law in the books making sex toy sales illegal. Something about lewdness, turpitude, etc. But that law was recently overturned by the 5th Circuit Court. They said that the 14th Amendment was some how infringed. Sex toys in Texas? Don't that beat all.
A close girlfriend of mine recently fell in love with a great guy, but now she hardly has time for me. How can I remind her how important our friendship is without disrupting her relationship? –Annie, 29 It’s always difficult to feel like you’ve lost a good friend to a romance. But keep in mind: The all-consuming “new love” phase of a relationship won’t be all-consuming for long. I applaud you for not resenting your friend. You are experiencing a big change in your life as a result of her newfound love—and it’s obviously change you didn’t ask for. It’s possible that your friend doesn’t even realize you miss her, so be sure to emphasize how important her friendship is to you. Then, why not initiate a girls’ night out? (Just be prepared to hear an earful about the new boyfriend.)
I just moved in with my boyfriend, hoping that cohabitation would result in more quality time together. But I’m a night owl, while he tucks in early—so we hardly see each other! What can we do to reconcile our mismatched body clocks? –Maria, 34 Getting circadian rhythms in sync can be challenging, so be aware (as I’m sure you are) that successful cohabitation will require lots of compromise. First, designate days of the week where you are both on your own schedules without guilt, then choose a few where you settle in early. If you can’t sleep, read beside him until he nods off, then get back out of bed for a few hours. And ask him to stay up with you once a week—maybe for a date night out?