My first love was the Norwegian foreign exchange student at my high school. We began dating in October and tearfully parted the following July when he had to go home. It was always understood that we'd break up when he left. That didn't stop us from falling in love and enjoying our time together. It was such a sweet relationship, and we remain friends to this day. So I guess it wasn't so much that I did something smart afterward; I did something smart beforehand. To all of you in high school: date the exchange students. Saying good-bye is hard, but it's infinitely easier than breaking up with someone because you can't stand him anymore.
Set your standards high, but decide which flaws you can live with. When I began dating my husband in college, several people warned me of his tendency to talk too much (as if I hadn't already noticed!). I don't mind telling him to put a sock in it every once in a while since he picks up his socks. I knew early on that I would never go the distance with a slob.
3. If you could go on a date with any fictional character, who would it be?
I just read STRUTS & FRETS by Jon Skovron and got a total crush on the main character, Sammy Bojar. I'm a sucker for musicians and loved Sammy's song-writing, guitar-playing dreams. He was a really sweet boyfriend to Jen5, and I imagined he was super cute, too.
Sarah currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and daughter. She is a stay-at-home mother, and she never misses an episode of Survivor. Like Becca, the heroine of TMI, Sarah enjoys knitting, baking, and oversharing. Read more at: http://www.sarahquigley.com