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Sack Time – The Guest Bed

Posted on July 26, 2012

I have an affection for the term “sleepover”. It conjures up childhood images of girlie overnight stays complete with giggles, Pop Tarts and feeble attempts to stay up until dawn.  A majority of the time we would camp indoors with tattered sleeping bags lined up in rows.  This obviously made the morning clean up easy – roll and go.  As an adult, I’m happy that overnight stays with friends have graduated from bag to bed. As a good house guest, how should we leave the bed we’ve just slept in?  Be it couch or bed, here’s the best advice: If sheets were used, remove them from the bed, neatly fold them and deposit at the foot of the bed.  Pull up the remaining bedding…

Pop Quiz

Posted on July 20, 2012

This is “Open Book” style.  HINT:  All of the questions below have just one correct and honorable answer.  Can you find the exception?  You will not be graded. ♦ You’ve received an invitation to a Flag Day party.  The invitation is addressed to you.  You really want to bring your five-year-old son.  You will: Bring him along.  Clearly this was an oversight. Find a babysitter. Call the host and ask if you can bring him along. It’s the 4th of July and you are going boating with friends.  You are very popular as you’ve been boating every weekend this summer on a different lake.  You have some leftover bait from May that is making a stink in your refrigerator.  You bring it along and…

Colors of Rude

Posted on July 14, 2012

As I see it, rude behavior comes in a rainbow of colors.  Each color signifies a degree and intent. ♣ BLUE: Unintentional Basically, these types of folk offenders just don’t know any better.  While they may not have grown up in a barn, they were either not taught otherwise or missed the lesson.  These types of offenses are easily forgiven.  Example:  Your mother-in-law audibly slurps her Earl Grey tea and uses her dinner fork to scratch her back at the dinner table.  These offenses are not meant to hurt and are not directed to you. ♣ ORANGE: Disguised or Unconscious Orange faux pas’ could be divided into two camps but the degrees are the same.  Generally, these are illustrated by people who are oblivious…

At the Gym

Posted on July 8, 2012

Several years ago, frustrated with the cost of owning a health club membership, I invested in a home gym.  My uncanny ability to justify any purchase usually begins with the words “It will save us ____dollars!!”  The dollar amount is universally inflated which nearly always closes the deal.  My husband and I embarked on a room renovation with the zeal and enthusiasm of Jillian Michaels.  While I’ve not verbalized the final cost outlay to anyone, I think it is safe to assume that we could have retained our gym membership until we were well into our 90’s and still had money left over for the next justifiable purchase.  I am now the proud owner of the countries sturdiest and most expensive clothes line. I…

The Dropped Call

Posted on July 5, 2012

“Can you hear me now?” “Hello, Hello?” “Darn it I hate this phone!” This is the traditional litany of the dropped cell phone call.  Neither partner ended the call voluntarily.  You still have the juicy bits of the conversation to convey.  You look contemptuously at your phone and momentarily wonder if he/she is going to call you back or if you should re-engage the call.  Hmmmmm. Rule:  Whoever initiated the call is the person who should make the call-back. ♥ Easy Peasy K. Martini