Etiquette Boss: Dining endgame

September 9, 2014 Phillipa Morrish
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After-Dinner Table Manners: Most people adhere to etiquette rules at the beginning of a meal. They sit, immediately remove their napkins, place in the lap and wait for everyone at the table to be served.

If there is a host, most dinner guests correctly wait until he/she lifts the napkin as a sign that dinner has officially been served. However less uniformity prevails at the end of the meal.

Here is a quick reminder: Do not push back your plate to indicate you are finished. Instead, place knife and fork together, in the 4:20 position, while imagining the plate as the face of a clock. Do not group dishes together or stack them unless you are in the home of a relative, and are helping to clear the table.

Your  napkin should be lifted, held loosely in the middle, then placed to the left of the dinner plate instead of on the plate. Do not crumple it in a ball nor refold it neatly.

When rising from the table, do so quickly and quietly. Try to avoid bracing against the table and pushing back the chair when dinner is over. Place both hands on either side of the chair seat and slightly lift while pushing back. This saves the floor. It is not necessary to push the chair back into its original place unless it is far out or will obstruct foot traffic.

BEAUTY TIPS:   Tips For Clearer Vision

I wore glasses during my teenage years, but ditched them after I realized that my natural vision was getting weaker with each passing year. The following exercises helped strengthen my eyes and decades have passed without my need for another pair. This exercise will strengthen the muscles of your eyes as well as improve vision.

Sit in a comfortable position and place your thumb about 10 inches in front of you. Focus on the thumb and after three seconds, switch your focus to something else about 10 feet in front of you. Keep alternating your focus for about three minutes.

Keep your head straight while looking up toward the ceiling. After one second, look down to the floor without moving your head. Do the same to the extreme left and right. Next, roll your eyes in a slow, circular motion until you return to staring straight ahead.

Please consult your doctor if you have any medical problems before attempting any exercise.

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