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“But on a Sunday morning when I want to grab an omelet over girl talk, I’m at a loss. My Chicago friends are the let’s-get-dinner-on-the-books-a-month-in-advance type. We email, trading dates until we find an open calendar slot amidst our tight schedules of workout classes, volunteer obligations (no false pretenses here, the volunteers are my friends, not me, sadly), work events, concert tickets and other dinners scheduled with other girls. I’m looking for someone to invite to watch The Biggest Loser with me at the last minute or to text “pedicure in half an hour?” on a Saturday morning. To me, that’s what BFFs are.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Popular culture has made it okay to yell "I want a man!" from the rooftops, so why are we still embarrassed to say, "I want a best friend"?”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Some of the friendships I've found as an adult are far more rewarding than those forged out of the convenience of adolescence.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“I used to think someone needed to be my best friend before I'd burden her with my problems or my tears. Now I think those interactions--the sobfest or therapy session--are the encounters that earn someone BFF status.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“The evening makes me think Facebook is a blessing and a curse. Sure, it helps us keep track of people with whom we otherwise would have fallen out of touch. But sometimes relationships fade for a reason. They're better left a memory.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Because while we all Facebook stalk, protocol is to not admit it. I might know, from status update, that a potential best friend swims laps every mornings, but it'd be creep to say "Don't worry about eating that doughnut, you deserve it after all those calories you burn!" Instead, I check out her profile and she reviews mine, but then we meet and pretend to know nothing.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Is there a word for the friendship version of cock-blocking? There should be.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“I like having plans. I like keeping them. Even if said plan is to spend an uninterrupted hour watching Friday Night Lights. If I pass the day excited about solo time on the couch with a glass of wine, pad thai, and Tim Riggins, it's hard to shift gears and muster up enthusiasm for an invitation when it comes my way.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Being the only stranger at dinner with a group of girls who are already close friends doesn't sound appealing at all. I'll have to pretend to laugh at stories I don't get about people I don't know. I'll probably stuff my face just to have something to do while they all gab about their ninth-grade English teacher or some other inside joke that makes me feel like an outsider. It's hard to know how to behave in those situations. You can jump right in, asking "Who?" and "Where was this?" or you can sit back and let them have their laughs. I almost always opt for the latter, sometimes to my detriment. What I think is letting them have their fun, they might takes as she-thinks-she's-too-cool.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“People are always doing that in movies, staring out of windows to signify their hardships. I've tried a few times, but it was pretty boring.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“I think the waiters and hostess are beginning to recognize me. They must either think I'm the most popular girl in Chicago or a lesbian seriously looking for The One. Either option is far less embarrassing than the truth: 'I'm here auditioning best friends forever!”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Though I have started emailing with one of my fellow readers whenever there's something important to say about Modern Family or Friday Night Lights, and with another when I notice her updates on Goodreads.com.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“With some people there is easy conversation and not enough time in one meal to get out everything you want to tell her--all the things you didn't know you'd been holding in until you're suddenly confessing to Facebook-stalking ex-boyfriends and how nerdy you are for coveting the iPad--and with others there is that subtle but heavy weight of constantly trying to think of what you might say next to avoid an uncomfortable silence.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“You have to believe that people will be open to your advances. We psych ourselves out of approaching a potential BFF or emailing a role model because it seems far-fetched that they'd want to be friends or network with us in return. But, as has always been the case this year, people are happy to make new connections.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Sometimes when I see people from high school I feel trapped in a persona I maintained then,' she says. 'Ten years have gone by, a dive changed a tremendous amount - both emotionally and in circumstance. So while my oldest relationships are incredibly dear, and it's true that they know me intimately, it can be freeing to have relationships built on exactly who you are at this moment.”
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“I’m sarcastic and facetious. It’s hard to find those people on first encounter. I can be nice, but I don’t want nice friends. I want funny, gregarious, sarcastic, and smart friends.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Even quilters have cliques! I can't stop picturing Regina George, fifty years later, instructing her minions that 'On Wednesdays, we wear pink.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“The decision to move to the second post-college city (or suburb, or town), however, is usually made independent of friends. No matter if you do it for love, career, family, or school, the second move is on your own terms.”
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“Friendship intimacy calls for whoever is on the receiving end of the information to offer "hefty helpings of emotional expressiveness and unconditional support." Yet, as Karbo points out, they can't be too opinionated. So if I'm enraged that Matt canceled our Friday night plans, again, she better huff and puff and agree it was lame of him, but she would never say "He's such an ass, I've never liked him." Such are the unwritten rules of friendship.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend
“Exhaustion is a normal pregnancy symptom. I’m building an ecosystem in here!”
Rachel Bertsche, Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time
“Plus, research shows that being a part of a group that meets just once a month will give you the same increase in happiness as doubling your salary.”
Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend


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