First off, I want to thank everyone for the incredible feedback on the Nike vs. Lululemon debate. I’m hoping to get into the store sometime next week, and check everything out. I’ll be back to give y’all a report as soon as I do! In addition, a BIG thanks to those of you who voted for me in the Elizabeth McKay photo contest. I checked my votes sometime on Friday (the day the contest ended) and I was in the top ten. There wasn’t a prize for the top ten winners, but that was my personal goal, and y’all made it happen!
This weekend was very relaxing, with wonderful weather. My husband’s parents kept the girls overnight on Friday night, and L, the hubs and I took full advantage of the girls’ absence. We ate at a delicious Thai restaurant (DeeJai) for those of you Charlotteans, and we got to sleep in on Saturday (still missed seeing their smiling faces when we got up though). Little L didn’t wake up until close to 9! It’s the little things. We also attended our neighborhood picnic Saturday evening, and had the best time (photos to come on Wednesday). Sunday was church and we also had a hamburger cook-out with some of our friends to wrap up the weekend.
Emily Post’s Etiquette: Manners for a New World was published this past October, the 18th edition! This book is mammoth (and it’s about two inches thick, too!). I’m not kidding. Need proof?
I can’t wait to use it! It’s been seven years since the last edition, and a lot has changed in our world (especially technology etiquette), since early 2000. I’m hoping to include my newest Monday Manners posts with parts of this book.
Here’s a little bit about the book, from emilypost.com…
“Introducing Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th Edition! It’s been seven years since the last edition of EmilyPost’s ETIQUETTE, and the world has changed. Seven years ago the term “social networking” didn’t exist, everyone had a land-line, cell phones didn’t allow email access, and there was no such thing as an e-reader, iPad or Skype. These inventions have drastically altered the way people relate to each other. That’s where ETIQUETTE comes into play, as an essential tool in navigating 21st century communication. The definitive voice in American manners, Emily Post’s ETIQUETTE, 18th Edition tackles modern issues—from texting and tweeting, to iPhones and Facebook. The Posts set guidelines like these for the first time ever. The 18th edition also incorporates younger voices, as Peggy Post begins to pass the reins down to Emily Post’s great-great grandchildren, Anna, Lizzie and Dan. They answer today’s toughest questions, from everyday manners and life in the workplace, to life stages and weddings including:
• Do I have to respond to every email and text?
• A business client is sick with a cold—am I obliged to shake his hand?
• When is it OK to “unfriend” someone on Facebook?
• If I’m in the middle seat of an airplane row, do I automatically get both armrests?
• Is it wrong for the bride and groom to tweet at their own wedding?
• Do I have to bring a gift to my friend’s engagement party?
• Should I cover my tattoos and piercings before a job interview?
• Should I throw a divorce party?
While they address contemporary issues, the Posts don’t stint on classic conundrums. Emily Post’s Etiquette 18th Edition includes guides on names and titles, official forms of address, dress codes, invitations, eating and drinking, and wedding budgets. The Posts present etiquette in a conversational tone and various formats— charts, boxes, bullet lists, Q&As.
According to Peggy Post, though times have changed, one truth remains constant. “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
While it retails for $39.99, I got mine for $26.39 from amazon.com, here. And it also qualifies for free super saver shipping. Can’t beat that! Not only will you love the content, but you’ll love the crispness to it, and the Tiffany blue color accents.
The Bachelorette resumes tonight! Any favorites after the first week? Honestly, I’m only liking a couple of the guys so far, and Emily and I are kind of on the same wavelength (for now, anyway). Here’s hoping those guys stick around for awhile. “Egg guy?”, seriously!? C’mon. You know the producers MUST tell her she has to keep some of the interesting/weird ones, for good television. Did anyone else not think she said “Charlotte” a million times??