I did sweet fuck all today, there I said it.
I'm writing this to the tune of the latest two episodes of the Reel Horror Podcast
, who've returned at long last after a six week absence, and it's nice to have their bickering back in my life. I've truly missed it.
The wife slept poorly last night as her new medications took effect, coughing a lot and tossing and turning, even going so far as to move to the bedroom down the hall so that she wouldn't wake me. This of course had the opposite effect
, because the Yorkie
heard her moving around in the bedroom at the end of the hall and instead of going to investigate like the vicious guard dog she thinks she is, she sat at the end of the fucking bed and woofed and growled and generally worked herself up until I couldn't sleep. Annoyed at the dog, I finally picked her up and took her into the other room where she slept the rest of the night with her mother.
The lawn people came and went this morning, in spite of a totally different crew having been here yesterday afternoon, and the lawn looks great. I hope that them being here twice this week isn't a weird way of saying that they're done for the year or something, because we still have a good number of leaves that haven't fallen due to the mild winter we've had this year.
I got up late and listened to the wife on the phone with various folks while I checked e-mail and then picked up trash from the party last night, running out some trash and then getting with the wife to make some lunch plans. The plans were that the wife was going to go out with her Mother
for some afternoon shopping, so I called in some take-out and went to hit the post office before I picked up my food. I ate and watched some more of the 3rd season of Buffy
while the wife got antsier about her afternoon with the Mother In Law
. She and the oldest sister had made plans to have a dinner at her house, which would include all the daughters, son in laws and grandchildren together pretty much for the Father
's benefit. This was scheduled for 6:00, but the wife was getting nervous since her Mother
was running late and she had no idea if she'd be done with her errands in time for this dinner. I suggested that she should perhaps put the foot down with the MIL
, because she'd already blown off the luncheon with the Father
yesterday, and we probably should make the appearance for at least of few of these dinners, y'know?
I spent the afternoon on the couch and the wife called around 5:30, saying that they were on their way to the MIL
's house, would I meet her and then she and I could just go to dinner, which was a decent plan and would save the MIL
the drive back to our place, since she'd picked the wife up, albeit an hour and change late.
I helped them unload the groceries and then we headed to the Sister
's house, beating the Middle Sister
and her brood, as well as the Father
. He arrived shortly after we did, announcing that the Middle Sister
was blowing it off this evening. Kind of a dick move to not even bother to call, but whatever, we said our hellos and watched as the Father
gave his grandchildren a few little odds and ends kind of gifts he'd brought with him. The kids gave us a tour of the decorations that they'd done in their respective rooms, and then we settled down to eat.
The conversation was mainly directed around the antics of the energetic Nephew
, which worked out fine for everyone, as it gave the Father
little chance to throw out any sort of barbed comments to the people at the table, which I understand is historically his modus operandi
. I personally spent the evening weighing up what he said and how he behaved, because he's been out of the picture living in another state since the wife and I have been together, but everything I've heard about his behavior is that he is notorious for cutting one to the bone
with his words. I personally haven't had any of this particularly directed my way, they few things he's said that were even remotely barbed I pretty much threw back at him with direct answers or comments of my own and he dropped it immediately, which I found interesting. I've just heard lengthy conversations amidst the family that always painted these tense dinners where everyone walked on eggshells in fear of something hateful coming out of this man, so I lie in wait for a direct attack just to see what he'll do if I ask him "What the hell do you mean by that? What would possess you to say something like that at a table full of people
?" I'm very much of the "You wanna get nuts?!? Let's get nuts!?!" mindset when it comes to casually shitty behavior like that, so let's dance.
This evening I spent my time listening carefully to what was said, pretty much on the offensive if he had anything untoward to say, but he was surprisingly pleasant. All in all it was a pretty painless experience, and the Father
made some weird transitions in conversation here or there, for example passing around a collection of photos of him and some cronies hunting, or him honored at a business luncheon. This is all well and good, but it felt more like an effort to show off that he has been spending his time having fun while his family has been here in Texas
not visiting him. This may not be the case, but it just seemed strange that he happened to have
this assortment of pictures with him, and not in his car mind you, but something that he brought in the house with him. The devil's advocate in me wants to wonder if this was a legitimate attempt to simply catch his family up since he rarely sees them, but it also smacks of a "See, I don't need you to have fun"kinda vibe at the same time, so who knows?
We split after some dessert, headed home and watched the final disc of season three of Buffy
, which was enjoyable and I believe the last one that I've seen before, so I think everything from this point on in the series will be new to me.
I'm out kids, there'll probably be another family thing tomorrow night, so I'm sure I'll have more to yammer about.
Be seeing you.Tag, you're it, Baggy Eyes! Podcasts
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, Family Dinner
, Biting Sarcasm
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