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Slightly overwhelmed, but it will be fine ... I think ...

December 21st, 2014 at 07:49 am

My mom is pretty sick with something and is heading to the urgent care clinic. I hope antibiotics make a difference, she's been down for four days.

My 94-year grandmother is convinced she will get sick if she eats anything in a house with germs. Not good since she lost 12 pounds over the past several months (reason why she's staying between my mom in IL and uncle in CA). I don't there is much I can do to combat that thinking, except for maybe bringing take-out? A sack of burgers from White Castle or Arbys?

We're braving the mall for shopping for our Advent Buddies. We're trying to work this around watching the Bears game. And they decided to bench Cutler after some mega-deal; had an interesting convo about mismanagement of funds in that decision.

My mother can't host Christmas Eve being sick with a small house. My brother just hosted a family dinner last night and I've got Christmas Day. I left a message for my brother that I'll do Christmas Eve AFTER Mass. Before won't work for me since DH is working. And I'm going to make a pan of baked ziti, buy a bottle of two or wine, green salad and garlic bread. And I'm not using my China. I'll buy holiday Chinet.

It feels a bit overwhelmed, but in managing my own brood, I've concluded that other people take their cues from someone. If I am calm and insist that this isn't a big deal, it isn't. Right?

My best friend is also having some relational issues with her new boyfriend. Oh, their romance is fine, but he's the parent of five children, one seriously ill - like residing a residential psychiatric clinic. If best friend thinks its bad now, I had to tell her just wait until this poor girl is reintegrated in the changing fabric of her family. Makes me a bit tired, but I listened and talked for 1 hour and 45 minutes last night.

Ok, time to adjust the game plan and make it all work.

Phew ...

5 Responses to “Slightly overwhelmed, but it will be fine ... I think ...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I sure hope your mother turns around soon. Keeping things simple sounds like the best plan. I hope the mall trip is quick and painless today, too!!

  2. laura/deacons wife Says:


    We're meeting at my brother's house at 1:00 for the kid-only gift exchange. Our new-to-be cousins will be with their father on Christmas Day, so it will be a kid event. We're ditching a meal and eating appetizers (I found simple recipes for four-ingredient pizzas (made fun with cookie cutter shapes) and macaroni and cheese cups (using Pillsbury crescent dough). Then Mass at 4. And what matters is that we're a together as a family, and if we have to sit in the less-glamorous overflow mass in the school gym, so be it. Smile

  3. laura/deacons wife Says:

    Second and final update:

    We're ordering pizza at my brother's and using paper plates.


  4. scottish girl Says:

    That sounds much better Smile

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you've come up with a good plan to keep it simple.

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