Registering for gifts is a really fun activity that you get to do only a few times in your life, so you may as well do it with class!
I am at that age. The one at which everyone you know is getting married. Right now, I’m attending at least two or three weddings every year, and I’m LOSING MY MIND. There are some things that need to stop very, very soon.
Etiquette: Don’t Talk to Strangers
This is going to be something less of an advice guide, and something more of a,”But it’s so UNFAIR,” session. I am, of course, talking about talking to strange boys at large gatherings and trying to understand why saying, “Hi” to the person you’ve been dancing next to for the last half hour means, “I […]
Etiquette: Pet Ownership
Having recently become a single dog owner, I’ve been thinking about pet etiquette, or pet-iquette, if you will (or won’t), quite a bit lately. Sometimes being a pet parent is exhausting. The process of merely walking and feeding my dog on a schedule can be overwhelming. I’m sure sometimes cat owners don’t want to clean […]
Etiquette: Nice Young Ladies
I constantly struggle to meet my mother’s definition of ladylike. For someone who loves etiquette as much as I do, it’s disappointing that I can never quite match up.
This week we’re going to discuss funeral etiquette. Because I’m apparently feeling morbid this month.
Etiquette: Grieving for an Audience
Grief is a complicated issue. I work in the death industry, and I view the tangible representations of grief every day. (In other words, I look at caskets. A lot.)
There are some things that we should all just stop saying.
Etiquette: World Travel
Many Persephoneers, including myself, love travel. Or at least they love the idea of travel, for those of us who don’t get to do much traveling.
Etiquette: Seating Private Ryan
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when people make puns out of movie titles. If there’s one thing that bugs me, it’s a missed opportunity for a seating arrangement.
The modern age is such that almost everyone has, has had, or will have a roommate that they really know almost nothing about. (Hello, college!) And when you know very little about someone, you’re bound to have disagreements that can spiral out of control quickly, leading to that neverending bar competition: “Why I Have the […]
Etiquette: Houseguest Edition
It’s pretty safe to say that at one point or another, we will all be someone else’s houseguest, whether it be at the home of a family member or a friend. In the words of the surprisingly promiscuous Benjamin Franklin, “Fish and visitors stink after three days.”
Etiquette: Get Fit Edition
Ah, gentle Readers, the season is upon us. The season when we try on our bathing suits and go, “Didn’t this fit last year?” And then, of course, you have two choices, buy a new suit, or tie on the gym shoes.
Etiquette: At the Doctor’s Office
I really hate going to the doctor. The appointment is never on time, there are usually forms to fill out, chances are good I’m going to get poked with needles, and the waiting room is full of sick people. It’s like a germ factory. Plus, I’m going to have to talk about gross, very personal […]
Etiquette: The Art of Refusal
It is a fact universally acknowledged, Dear Reader, that we often take on far too much. This often leads to distraction, burnout, and once in a not-so-very-great while, utter chaos.