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“May I interest anyone in coffee or dessert or manners?”

“May I interest anyone in coffee or dessert or manners?”

Apr 6, 2015

Here is my next column on things that get under my skin. I thought of this one yesterday when my husband and I were out for lunch and the woman behind me was being incredibly rude to the restaurant staff. I am serious about everything I am saying in this column and hope it has enough humor in it to make you smile. Alexandra xoxo Over the years I have worked as a server more than once. Sometimes the job can be fun and exciting while at other times it can seem completely thankless. Serving in a restaurant can be exciting and fast paced yet it can also be stressful and emotionally taxing. I am writing this column on behalf of everyone who waits tables to earn an income. It is a list of simple things that you (the diner) should be aware of. It is called common courtesy. There are certain things you should never do while in a restaurant and please take this to heart: I am not pointing fingers. Some of you may do some of these things and not even realize that you are doing it and that is okay. Learn and move forward. If you follow my little list of tips you will make your server happy and make your overall dining experience a much more satisfying one.   A Guide to Good Manners When Dining Out 1. Choosing where to dine When choosing an eatery in which to dine there is one question you should ask yourself. Do I have time for a sit down meal or should I grab something quick at fast food restaurant? There are so many things to factor in here: a. what day of the week is it? I know that may sound funny but restaurants tend to be busier on certain nights of the week. Think of the business on Friday and Saturday night vs. Monday night. On Wednesday do they get large groups after bible studies? Do they have kids night on Tuesday? Is it a sport themed establishment that will have the big game on 5 televisions? All theses things can determine how long service will take. b. what time of...

Mind-Blowing Talent: A list of underrated actresses.

Mind-Blowing Talent: A list of underrated actresses.

Mar 31, 2015

We watch movies and television for enjoyment, education and entertainment. We get lost in the worlds that we see on the screen. It is up to the actors to breathe life into the characters we are going on the journey with. You know the stars’ names, for example: Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Julianne Moore and Sandra Bullock just to name a few. When you watch these movies there are always supporting characters (and sometimes a lead that is not well known) played by very talented women. Certain ones you may know the names of, others you may recognize as that woman from (insert title here). This column is about that breed of  lady. Actresses that are at the top of their game although you may only recognize them by sight. You may not know their names but you should. This is a small list of some of the best actresses in Hollywood in my opinion and they take us on wonderful adventures. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Underrated Actress Edition!  Missi Pyle is probably one of the busiest women in Hollywood today. You’ve seen her in dozens of films and/or TV shows. She is well versed in acting and can tackle dramatic or comedy roles and I must admit her comedic timing is impeccable. You may not have been familiar with her name although this tall and beautiful woman is one you recognize on sight. Her first appearance was in 1996 in a film titled “The Cottonwood” and she hasn’t stopped acting since.  If you want to become familiar with Missi and some of the incredible characters she has played here are a few selections out of her filmography: Television: Mad About You: 2 episodes:The Final Frontier Part 1 (1999) The Final Frontier Part 2 (1999) The Drew Carey Show: 1 episode: Drew’s Reunion (1999) My Name is Earl: 1 episode: Broke Joy’s Fancy Figurine (2005) Heroes: 2 episodes: Chapter Fifteen ‘Run!’ (2007) Chapter Sixteen ‘Unexpected’ (2007) Movies: “Galaxy Quest” (1999) Laliari “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001) Alexandra Cabot “Bringing Down the House” (2003) Ashley “50 First Dates” (2004) Noreen “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) Mrs. Beauregarde “Gone Girl” (2014) Ellen Abbott Here...

Donna Reed would be horrified!

Donna Reed would be horrified!

Mar 24, 2015

We watch television pretty much everyday of our lives where we can be entertained, educated and informed. Some of you may even watch the racy channels to spice up your life a bit. When we love a show we invest in the characters and want to watch their exploits, adventures and dramas on a weekly basis. Watch a show enough and you actually feel like you know the characters and it is like visiting with cherished friends. The family dynamic is always a great subject for a show. This week we are visiting with some TV moms. Who do you think of when I say TV mom? Carol Brady? June Cleaver? Florida Evans?                   We think of these wonderful and delightfully loving mothers when we hear the term TV mom and the list goes on and on. This week we are pushing these ladies aside and doing a count-down on terrible TV moms. Don’t get me wrong. Each character I have selected does love her family (even if it is in her own strange way) but her parenting skills leave much to be desired. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Television Edition: Terrible TV Mom Awards. So without further hesitation we begin and I am saving who I believe is the worst mom in television history for last. This is going to be fun!   The Award for the mom who needs a lesson in not spoiling her kids and learning how to be a decent human being goes to:  Harriet Oleson: “Little House on the Prairie” Katherine MacGregor is so deliciously bitchy as Harriet Oleson. She is the wealthiest woman in town and has decided that because of this she is better than everyone and treats them as such. Harriet care about one thing…Harriet.  She is also the town gossip loving nothing more than sticking her nose into other people’s business and spreading rumors. She wears the pants in the family and why her husband (it must be love) puts up with it is beyond me. The problem is she spoils her kids and teaches them to be snobs and they walk around treating...

Dear Cell Phone User,

Dear Cell Phone User,

Mar 23, 2015

Over my next few Monday-Funday columns, I will write about things that get under my skin and bug me. I am serious about the things I am saying and hope I have said it with enough humor to make you smile.  Alexandra xoxo We live life day by day, doing our jobs, taking care of our families, doing our weekly (and sometimes) daily chores. Life at times can be very stressful. There are so many things that can distract us from our daily routine. I am feeling like Michael Douglas in “Falling Down”. I doubt very much that I will go and shoot up a fast food restaurant like he did in the film. Instead I am going to use words. There are some distractions in this world that we could do without and I am calling people out on it. Dear Cell Phone User, There is a time and a place to use your cell phone whether it be for a call or a text message. There are many places where it is not okay. I did not pay $12.00 to go to a movie and have you sit one row behind me and take a call. I understand that sometimes those calls can be important, however, set the phone to vibrate. If it does vibrate please leave the theater to take your call. This is called good manners and quite frankly I don’t give a shit if your kids are fighting over the last Twinkie. If I was the babysitter I’d eat the Twinkie and then the fight would be over. When I am behind you in the drive-through at Burger King (or any other fast food restaurant) do not hold up the worker trying to take your order because you are on your phone. You can stop talking to the caller for 30 seconds and order your Whopper and fries. Have it your way, but for the love of Pete get off the phone to do it. You are being rude to the worker, me and everyone behind me. If your best friend just called to tell you she is pregnant guess what? She will still be pregnant 45 seconds from now!...

When things don’t go exactly as planned.

When things don’t go exactly as planned.

Mar 17, 2015

Before I get started I want to share something from my personal life with you. For the last two months my husband has been struggling with his panic disorder on a daily basis, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It has been a struggle for me watching him go through this because I knew there was nothing I could do to make it better except be there and let him know how much I loved him. He has missed work and even the simplest things like driving 4 blocks to the convenience store to buy a fountain drink have been nearly impossible for him. More than once he went full tilt panic at that store. He has been working with his doctor to get his medicine adjusted. She added a new medication to his daily regimen and this weekend for the first time in about 8 or 9 weeks not even a hint of panic. He is stoned as hell while his system is adjusting to the new pills but he felt good….so good that he had me out the entire weekend and that was fine by me because it filled my heart to see him stress and panic free and just enjoying the days without the panic. So my husband is getting his normal life back for which I am thankful beyond words. This brings me here: I have two different columns I have been working on. One will be a couple of weeks off yet because this season of “The Walking Dead” has 2 more episodes and I want to watch them before I complete that column. I have another column that I had planned on working on over this weekend. It didn’t happen. I was out with my non-panicked husband and it was wonderful, however I still have a task this week if I am to bring you the column next week. In order to do so I have to watch 2 movies and a few episodes of a television program to make sure my facts are correct…you don’t get a hint for this one and I am very excited about it. It is now Monday and my column...

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