Browsing the archives for the Everyday Etiquette category

How do I get money back from a friend without ruining our friendship?

Dear Gwyn, I lent my friend money a few months ago.  We both agreed that she would pay me back and that it was ok to remind her. Now it has been six months and I could really use the money back. I don’t want to pester her, and I don’t want to ruin our [...]

How do I let my roommates know that I don’t want to hang out with them?

Dear Gwyn, I have two roommates and as far as being roommates we are very compatible. However, our personalities outside of the house really don’t mesh. They like to party alot and are sloppy drunks and I prefer a glass of wine a good book.  They are always inviting me out to party and despite [...]

Tip(sy) Tuesday

Even with the best of friends, it remains polite to chew with yout mouth closed. Or as some people say, “chew with your mouth shut.”

How do I tell a hostess that I’m a vegetarian?

Dear Gwyn, I’m often perplexed about if/how to raise the issue of my vegetarianism when invited to someone new’s house for dinner. When hosts do not inquire about my dietary restrictions before planning their menu, should I politely inform them? And if so, how? Or should I just hope there are plenty of sides to [...]

My roomate’s dog routinely destroys the house; how do I let my roommate take responsibility and take better care of the dog and our home?

Dear Gwyn, I share an apartment with two roommates. One of my roommates has a dog that he used to crate while we were out of the house. Recently he stopped crating him and he became a terror.  I came home from work the other day and the dog got into the trash, urinated on [...]