Blue 22! Blue 22! Blue 22! Hut hut hut hut. It’s the 22nd day of NaBloPoMo, and today’s theme is Visitors. Speaking of visitors, don’t forget to read all about how my Hubby proposed to me when we were visiting his parents. (That sequitur tho).
The holidays are upon us, and we’re about to have some visitors up in this piece! Tomorrow, Hubby’s sister (the one with the coveted birth story) and her family will descend upon the #CuteKids household. We’re not setting any world records here — two adults and two kids — but my anxiety has nevertheless been through the roof for more than a week. We’re talking crippling, hyperventilating, throat-closing, chest-fluttering anxiety.
Why am I so worked up? It’s all of the things. First, I have to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal all by myself. With no one to watch my two kids while I do it. Because Hubby will be working and sister-in-law won’t be arriving until right before meal time. Did I mention I’ve never cooked a turkey before? Sweet Lord help me through this. At this point, I’m just going to call it a success if I get all of the food cooked and on the table. I barely even care how it tastes. (But the pie better be fucking delicious).
And then there’s the cleaning. My gawd, the cleaning. With kids, there’s no cleaning ahead of time. And there’s no cleaning when they’re awake. So even though I know I can’t do anything about it until after bedtime tonight, I’ve been obsessing about it for weeks. Mentally running through everything I need to do, trying to make a game plan, wondering if I’ll get it all done in time. Is there any point to all of this worrying? Nope!
More than anything, though, my anxiety stems from the fact that I’m kind of a turd of a person who doesn’t know how to deal well with other people. Having even loved ones in my home sends me over the edge because I’m (a) very private and (b) very sensitive to criticism. I also always expect the worst of guests, and spend weeks ahead of time wondering what invasive or inappropriate behavior they are going to demonstrate.
Is my dad going to comment on my weight?
Is my mom going to criticize us for feeding K-Man mostly just chicken nuggets?
Is my father-in-law going to help himself to windexing the window I already windexed before he arrived?
Is my brother going to stay up all night watching Game Of Thrones and then sleep on the couch the entire next day?
Is my other brother going to get all sweaty on our treadmill and then sit shirtless on our leather chair?
Is my sister going to hold my newborn baby for two hours without giving her back?
Is my sister-in-law going to look the other way every single time the bill comes?
Is my mother-in-law going to take a nap in my bed without asking?
Who knows? Maybe everyone will be on their best behavior (as defined by me, graduate of the None School of Etiquette). Or maybe they won’t be, but it will be ok, and I just need to CTFO (chill the fuck out). Wish me luck!
Until next time,