27 May

So I don’t really have time to write an actual post, but it’s been such a long weekend and I am loathe to neglect the blogging for too long, so I guess I’m just popping my head in to say “Hi, remember me?  I’m still here!”

Most of my family have gone except for one—my younger sister.  She is staying until Saturday, which is great because I hardly ever get to see her (I think it’s been three years since her last visit) but it also kind of throws off my routine.  I’m not sure what we should do.  What is she expecting from this visit?  Do I need to entertain her?  Will she be bored out of her mind and spend the next four days wondering why on God’s green earth she ever thought it would be a good idea to visit her wacko boring sister who’s wacko with the boringness and also boring, and then make a mental note to be sure not to return for at least another three years because sheesh it’s just so boring here?    What to do, what to do.  Maybe she’d like to mop my floors and clean my bathrooms?  Good thing I’m fresh out of “how was your stay” comment cards—I’m not sure I would fair too well this time.  We shall see…

What do you do when your relatives come to visit?

P.S.  Had a lovely visit with the family.  Madhousewife’s children were delightful!  Well, the 2 am screaming on Friday night/Saturday morning (or was it Saturday night/Sunday morning) wasn’t particularly delightful, but it didn’t carry on for long—that I could tell.  Anywho, all the cousins got along and I think everyone left without doors a slamming or wheels a peeling out of the driveway or vows of never again returning or hearty shouts of “So long, suckahs!”, so all in all I would call it a success!


7 Responses to “Houseguests”

  1. cheryl May 27, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m glad the visit with family went well! It’s always nice when there isn’t blood feuding going on. Although I’m not sure how “blood” feuding could work if you are all related, but it sounded good in my head…


    I think you should ask your sister what she wants to do. “Sis, what do you want to do? Clean the house? Sit around and watch cool movies? Surf YouTube for fun videos?”

    Or…hey, I know!

    “Sis, you wanna go for a hike? I LOVE hiking. I ADORE hiking. If I could do anything it would be HIKING. Wanna go?”


  2. qsysue May 27, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    Movies are always good with our relatives. We’re all pretty much quality time people, so sitting around jabbering is like heaven.

  3. Boquinha May 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    Maybe something fun and local? Something she can’t get where she lives?

  4. madhousewife May 27, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    The good thing about our younger sister is that she can entertain herself. She’s never struck me as the type who requires constant amusement. Or even intermittent amusement. I’m sure she enjoys the novelty of boredom in a different location.

    I don’t like the stress of having to entertain people, especially if it involves outings. I also don’t like the stress of being entertained by others, if it involves outings. I don’t like when people ask me what I want to do while I’m visiting. So much pressure! I’m on vacation! I like just hanging out and talking and junk. I’m not an outings person. Unless we’re talking about a food-themed outing, like Dairy Queen, maybe. I could go for that.

    I laughed out loud at the thought of us peeling out of the driveway and shouting, “So long, suckahs!” That would have been awesome. Dang! That’s what I’m doing next time.

  5. patience May 28, 2008 at 5:38 am #

    I think the key to having houseguests is to balance private time and together time. We always have the most fun with people who sometimes withdraw for a bit for a nap, or to go off on their own, or whatever, and then we all get together again, refreshed and happy to be with each other.

  6. bythelbs May 28, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    madhousewife—I think you’re right. She doesn’t seem to require special amusement.

    patience—it seems to be working out that way—she naps, reads, plays games on her palm. She doesn’t seem unhappy.

    I think we might actually leave the house today for a quick errand or two. I would try to sneak in a movie if I had somewhere for my toddler to go.

  7. Alison Wonderland May 28, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    Age of course, makes a difference. But if she seems happy you’re probably ok.

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