This Is Not Working For Me

Yeah, yeah. I know this is an "island of sanctuary" in an ocean of internet-bitterness. You know what? Its not working for me today. Well. Kinda. I mean, its not like I have any REAL problems. I'm just feeling a little ... whiny. Or, more accurately perhaps a tad psychotic (in a non-clinical sense).

The holiday visits did not go as well as they might have. For the first time, as we refused to travel this year and others schedules were complicated and shifting right until the last moment, we had tons of both family here at the same time. Except for Sam, who fled my mother's impending visit the way some people flee hurricanes. Ironically, she's on a "real" island with palm trees and parrots and a steel-drum-band. I know because she called to tell me she loved me. And that she's sorry its 9-below-0-with-wind-chill here. Then she laughed manically. At least they mailed presents. Sam (and her mother) both have the knack for the "cool" gift. Not expensive, mind you. Just ... right. Each of the kids got a "perfect" gift, very obviously specific per child. The kind of thing that makes you blurt out "Wow, thats exactly what I never knew I've always wanted!" I miss Sam.

I also miss a lot of my stuff. Apparently the passive-agressive-visitors amused themselves by misplacing all the things they could move. And in the kitchen especially, thats a lot of stuff. For example, I have no idea why there's a five-pound sack of flour in the first-aid-box.

I think I'll be feeling better soon. My husband knows that nothing restores order faster than a little pet project for me. So, ever so willing to accomodate me, he mentioned casually the other day "I think I want to have an office holiday party here next year if we can have the house totally finished by then. Seriously." I snapped out of the slump, the bitter agony of defeat at the hands of nervous crazy relatives forgotten already as the lists started solidifying out of thin air! Then, victory! Almost too late, but not quite! Still time to cruise for additional serving pieces buried among the dreck of holiday clearance!

We've decided on a Halloween party. For several reasons. Last year, no one had a Halloween party. Also, we can have the actual party a few weeks early. It'll still be daylight longer, the weather will still be good, and we have a great wrap-around-porch. Besides, it works with the decorating. My entire first floor is taupe. (with black, white, teak accents) so all I need are a few touches of tangerine-orange-silk and I'll be ready to go! Then, how easy is Christmas! Just switch the "orange" for "red" and I'm done!!!!! Ok, and add a tree. I refuse to be one of those people that have a "Halloween Tree"!


I wondered if a storm had hit the island when I didn't see you around much!

Flour in the first aid box, eh? That sounds like something I might do, but only to my very closest friends who I know would laugh when they found it.

Did I ever tell you about the time I switched all my girlfriend's photos around while we were having a party at her house? Well, I had help, but I was the ring leader. Took her weeks to find all the changes! lol

Leni | 01/02/2008 - 02:39 PM

My mother-in-law has a bad habit of rearranging my kitchen when she visits. It used to drive me insane. I finally just let it go. The upside is that after she visits, the kitchen always gets a solid cleaning. LOL.

Leni - you are wicked fun. I'll have to remember that one.

Jennifer | 01/02/2008 - 08:22 PM

Wait a minute... isn't a sack of flour requisite material for a first aid kit?

I love your blog, came here via your "all liberals are idiots" post (which I LOVED, about time someone wrote something that level-headed!) and will be staying for some time. If not for the funny writing then for the cool layout. (sigh)

QofD | 01/07/2008 - 03:15 AM
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