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Pet Peeves

Is the Countess the authority on etiquette? Ramona's not so sure.

By Ramona Singer

Eventually I would like to write a book. I have gotten numerous emails with questions from so many people on how to start and be successful in business. Also people have wanted to know how I stay in shape, especially after the surf scene when Jill commented on how nothing was going south. Also I'm asked how I keep my skin so youthful looking. Having great skin means skin care products, which I have now developed. I am working on distribution, but until then it is available through Tru Renewal at

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I think LuAnn likes to think she is an etiquette expert. But in this recent episode, she was chewing, or should I say chomping food and talking at the same time. Does everyone remember that at the Hampton Classic she was telling her daughter and other young ladies that her pet peeve was watching the way Victoria chews her food?! What about at the charity event in the Hamptons when she got up and made a fuss for everyone to be quiet, yet she sat back down and kept talking!

I am really not a big shopper and I was very upset that they stated retail prices on the screen. I have worked very hard for everything I have and I have never flaunted it or bragged about material things. I never take for granted anything I have, as I grew up very simple. What is most important to me is my family, friends, and health. When Avery put on those high boots and was taller than me, I choked up. Yes I know my Avery will fly from the roost, but it seems as if it is going way too fast for me. As I am writing this my eyes are welling up with tears. I love her so much and wish time could be frozen, or at the very least go slower. I am going to have a very, very difficult time when she goes to college.

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That is why when LuAnn told me she was sending her daughter to boarding school I reacted the way I did - it struck a chord. I thought it was very telling in the scene with LuAnn and her daughter their last afternoon before Victoria was going away. LuAnn asked Victoria if she would miss her, yet we never heard LuAnn say a word about how much she would miss her daughter. LuAnn never mentioned how difficult it would be to no longer have her daughter around. Yes, she did say it would be a good opportunity for Victoria, but why was she not expressing her love for her? Even more telling about her relationships with her children is that she had no idea that their pets died. There was a burial and grave for the hamster with a beautiful wood cross on top, yet LuAnn had no idea?

If you are a woman who wants to be a homemaker fine, if you are a career person fine, you want a man who loves you for you - strong or weak, tall or short, career or no career.

My dating advice is to be yourself. I think it always important in a relationship to be yourself. If you pretend to be someone you are not, it will just catch up to you in the long run. Deceiving others will only backfire on you. You will have wasted a lot of time and time is precious, especially if you want to find that special someone. If you are a woman who wants to be a homemaker fine, if you are a career person fine, you want a man who loves you for you - strong or weak, tall or short, career or no career.

When Kelly asked me if I was friends with Jill and Bobby, it obviously took me a few seconds to answer because at that time we were friends but not good friends, and I do not like to BS. To me a good friend is someone you can count on, ask for advice and you know will be there for you. Jill at that time was not that type of friend to me. We were friendly, social friends. Our relationship has evolved since then and I now proud to say Jill is a GOOD friend. We still have our disagreements from time to time, but there is so much more depth now to our friendship.

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