Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits: The Visit: A Rundown

It is 6:58 am... my parents left 8 minutes ago... 8 minutes earlier than expected.**  I am already on line to give y'all a rundown *grins*

**The visit began last Friday when the arrived...at 9 am... their ETA was Noon.  I got a message on the answering machine that said something like, "HEEELLLLOOO!  We are ten minutes away. We will be there in TEN MINUTES!!!"  Three hours early...


Remember when I lamented on Friday about whether she would mention my weight? Boy was I wrong!  

Since they were so early, I had been about to do Yoga and was dressed to do just that. My mother wasn't in the door 5 minutes before she said, "My YOU'VE lost weight!  Was that intentional???"  

My answer was an honest, "Yes and no. The first ten pounds was intentional, but the last few weren't so much."  

Friday was also my mother's birthday, so her siblings and friends were calling all day, which is a good thing. However, the next person to call way my aunt, my mother's sister. The conversation, had in the middle of my Living Room, when something liek this, "Leigh has lost SO much weight.  She says it's from stress!"

The message:  She thinks I'm too thin. *SIGH*

The bonus:  My dad kept taking us out to eat, I think to make sure I was actually eating, but hey, I didn't have to cook! *grins*


Then my mother lost her glasses.  She thought she'd left them in the hotel, but wasn't really sure because the car was so packed.  She was quite upset because she couldn't read the paper they'd brought from home without her readers, so as I was trying to get her birthday dinner on the table, she left the paper open all over same table and had my father rush her out to Odd Lot to get a new pair of readers.  She never did get to read the paper, because I had to fold it up to get dinner on the table because it was ready before they returned. 

She found her glasses in her purse the next day.


Blessedly, I'd downed two glasses of wine while they were at Odd Lot, because then I got in trouble again because my mother had gifts shipped to my house and I ran out of wrapping paper.  If you could see how my mother packed... in an 'everything but the kitchen sink' kind of manner, you'd know that it never occurred to me that she wouldn't bring her own wrapping paper. Regardless, I didn't run out on purpose! My mom, though, was quite put out because if I'd just TOLD her that I had no paper she could have gotten some while she was at Odd Lot getting glasses and why didn't I think of this!?!

This became a bit topic of conversation that continued into the next day and ended up with her demanding loudly at my sister's on Christmas Eve that we all had to open carefully so she could take the used paper home and wrap the gifts.  She did, only she didn't save enough so the one box just had random pieces tapped all over it... I should have taken a picture.  The gift was for The Girl and she just looked at my mom, whom she loves dearly, on Christmas morning and said, "Really Gram?"


I also got in trouble because there was no room in my closet to store all the gifts they brought and they simply could not be left in the trunk of the car.  Finally, she looked at me and said, "Well, they aren't gifts from Santa, so maybe we'll just put them under the tree." You think?  Novel idea!  ~no, I didn't say that out loud, I think what I actually said was, "That's a great idea!" 


All this in the first 24 ~ okay more like 27 hours on account of the early arrival~  I was saved by my BIL, Jack, who met me at the door on Christmas Eve with a glass of wine and then my cousin and his wife, who when I arrived at their house after church, ahead of my parents after yet another debacle over cars and who was driving that ended with my parents and sister getting slightly lost, took one look at me and said, "Leigh needs a drink! Somebody get Leigh a drink!"  Then proceeded to keep my glass full all night! They were serving Prosecco and Chambourd with a raspberry in the glass... pretty AND yummy.  ~don't worry, my dad drove home!


Actually, after we got settled, it was a very nice visit.  We went to the neighbor's for Christmas Dinner because my sister was with Jack's family and then yesterday we all went skating and the rink the set up outdoors in the middle of downtown... Yes, ice skating, outside, Below the Mason Dixon Line!

And, we didn't run out of toilet paper! Just in case you were wondering! *winks*


Heather said...

WooHoo - a not so bad visit!!!!

My mom is a total packer and always brings everything with her when she comes for Christmas, but inevitable there will be something she doesn't have and of course it will be the one thing I don't have either!

And yipee for the wine!!

Shell said...

Oh, it makes me totally crazy when my parents arrive early. Mine have been known to arrive a whole day early- and only call when they are a couple minutes out. WTH????

LOL @ the wrapping paper... I would have told them to go get some.

Di said...

I think Christmas brings out the crazy in all of us. I survived a morning with the hubby's family. I think that alone is worth a bottle of wine...or something stronger!

ChiTown Girl said...

I know it's just wrong to laugh in the face of your misery, but I just can't help it. At least your folks don't live 5 minutes away like mine do. Could you imagine that stuff on a daily basis!?!?

The Blonde Duck said...

Sounds like fun!

Amy said...

All in all it sounds like a nice and a little chaotic holiday visit. It wouldn't be the holidays without a little family craziness.

Mrs4444 said...

It does sound like a nice visit. Thank goodness for the wine, though :)