Reality Check

Needs help with teens

  Dear Carolyn, My teenagers are pushing me off the cliff. They don’t listen to a word I say. What happened? They were so sweet when they were little! I never thought I'd be the kind of mom who had sullen, bratty teens. Is there anything I can do to get through these years? My husband is always on the road so he’s no help. Sarah   Dear Sarah, The only thing to be done about teenagers is to endure the torture ...

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How can I be a healthy trucker?

Dear Carolyn, I really love my trucking job but am worried about the future. I am at least 75 lbs. overweight, have high blood pressure and probably sleep apnea. I try to eat a healthy diet and get a little exercise, but it’s hard. The hours are long and boring and if it’s in my truck and not nailed down, I eat it! Please don’t yell at me and tell me what an idiot I am. ...

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He's just not that into her

Dear Carolyn, After years of being alone, I have just started dating a new woman I met on Facebook. We get along well but I have to say, I’m just not feeling it. I find myself making excuses not to see her and am increasingly annoyed by little things she does. We have only been dating for a few weeks and I am not sure if I should give it more time. I’m afraid I will ...

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Valentine Day Blues

Dear Carolyn, I hate hate hate this time of year. Please tell me if I should buy my wife candy, flowers or reservations for dinner? George Dear George, Yes, yes and yes. I'm just say'n, Carolyn

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Valentine's Day Plan for Single Trucker

  Dear Carolyn, Have I told you lately how much I hate Valentine's Day? This year, instead of complaining that I don't have a boyfriend, I’m planning to celebrate Discount Chocolate Wednesday! Let the chocolate frenzy begin! Single and Not Sorry Dear No Sorrows, Sounds like a good plan to me! I’m just say’n Carolyn

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Why doesn't she return my calls?

Dear Carolyn, I'm a truck driver who recently asked out a nice gal who works in the main office the small trucking company I drive for. We had a good time and I would like to ask her out again. However, she has not returned any or my calls or text messages since the date. Does this mean she's not interested? I wish she would just say so. Kevin, Dear Kevin, She did. Sorry, I know that sounds mean but if ...

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Don't blame trucking!

Dear Carolyn, I was happily married for five years but as it turns out, my wife was not. She never shared that particular tidbit of information in our short time together. As far as I knew, all was well. I’m not pretending that I’m perfect but I’m not a mind reader either. I came home from a long trip and she had moved out and left me a note saying she was filing for divorce.  No ...

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Looking for Mr. Perfect

Dear Carolyn, My best friend thinks I should break up with my boyfriend. She makes good points about all his bad points. But she never mentions anything about his good qualities. I’m starting to wonder about her motivation. Lately, I’ve been thinking she might have her eye on him! What do you think? Kate Dear Kate, This is reason #272 why you should not depend on BFF’s for relationship advice. If you have the “feeling” that all is not as it ...

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New year, old troubles

  Dear Carolyn, I’m not any further into my goal toward becoming a better person than I was this time last year. I’ve got my resolution list all written and taped to my dashboard. But I don’t really believe I’ll accomplish any of them.  Right now, I’m taking your advice and taking it slow. Instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, I’m trying to substitute water for soda and walk 30 minutes a day. Those two things ...

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Don't let the turkeys get you down!

Dear Carolyn, Well, I survived my first Thanksgiving on the road. It was not as terrible as I thought it would be. I had a lot of calls/texts/emails from friends and family. They even put my son on face-to-face and I read him a goodnight story. All was not lost! The waitress at the truckstop was really kind and I left a nice tip. I’m sure she didn’t want to be there anymore than I did. One ...

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