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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 3, 2006

TV habits make home life tedious

By Tara Solomon

Dear Advice Diva:

Now that my girlfriend and I have moved in together, I am starting to notice her wretched TV habits. Her favorite shows are those bad celebrity reality ones "Dancing With the Stars," "Skating With the Stars" you name it and she watches it. Why is she is so interested in the lives of celebrities? Is she unhappy with her life?

Sick of Celebs

Dear Sick of Celebs:

It's all about balance, my friend. A little vicarious interest in the lives of the privileged and powerful can be fun, but when it takes over life and substitutes for having one, it's rather pathetic. Suggest she add some History Channel, Biography or even Food Network to her TV regime. Better yet, give her a juicy read that will also feed her mind, such as "The Great Gatsby."

We wouldn't assume that your girlfriend is unhappy, but it's a safe bet she's bored silly and doesn't even know it.

Dear Advice Diva:

I'm planning my wedding and have two sisters, both older than me and single, whom I love very much. How do I choose one to be my maid of honor? They are only a year apart. I want them both to feel special.

One of my sisters is grossly overweight and I know would be too embarrassed to walk down the aisle in front of everyone. Help!

Engaged and Confused

Dear Engaged:

Invite them both to be your maids of honor. It's your wedding and you can do whatever you want.

It doesn't matter what size your sister is, she deserves to be included without shame. Have some flattering black cocktail dresses made for your attendants (very chic next to your bridal white) and start worrying about something else, like if Saks can find the crystal-trimmed satin Jimmy Choos in your size, if anyone is really going to want to eat coconut-lime wedding cake, and so on.

The Advice Diva welcomes your questions particularly the more amusing ones. Write her at advicediva@MiamiHerald.com.