Guests – As you are reading this, there are two 10-year-old munchkins visiting their grandparents (that would be us). I have vitamin E, margaritas and Xanax stocked. Oh yes, I did get regular food for them. They leave right after the holiday so I’m expecting to spend a lot of time in recovery this week.
Reading signals –People read social signals differently. I’ve always been good at that and if I’m not sure I ask. (Is it time to go? Do you want help? What can I bring?) I also accept the answer given, not imposing my own feelings. Sometimes people read things into actions when it’s unintended. After serving dinner I am fearful of getting up for a bathroom trip. People read that as it’s time to clear the table or end this portion of the evening. I have started announcing that I’m doing a bathroom run and no one is to move until I get back or I will come back to find the chaos in the kitchen during an attempted clean up (and no that’s not the outcome I want). I wonder how Miss Manners would handle it.
Anticipation – Despite anything Carly Simon said, anticipation is a mixed bag. Sometimes the joy of knowing something is going to happen is better than the event itself (way too many times!). Sometimes it masquerades as dread even though the event is a good one. There may be work before and after that you’re not looking forward to doing or it could be one of those crapshoot events that may or may not be fun. Some people don’t do anticipation at all. Sure wish I was one of them. I can wear myself out with the foreplay rather than wait for the main event. Perhaps that’s anxiety.
One thing works, another doesn’t – The beloved husband made steaks on the grill for some friends. I forgot how good they are. We don’t eat them often. We have been eating healthier this summer. On the other hand we had a quasi-vegetarian over for dinner (she eats chicken and fish) and somehow that meal didn’t work out so well. I was so concerned about including meat products. I wasn’t happy with the outcome. It’s silly to get hung up on the “need to please.” Next time we are sticking to pizza. I know she likes that.
Shopping – Our local store had a large sale with coupons plus a senior discount. I decided to buy a blouse I had been eyeing (but really don’t need). It didn’t look good one me. The designer put tabs on the bottom sides of the blouse to give it a rutched effect. I do not need awkward rutching at my hips. What were they thinking?
So how was your week?