Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pre-holiday freak-out

My mother just called to raise my blood pressure.

Well, that wasn't her intention but it sure was the result. She's at work right now, and has been looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow. It looks like her area's supposed to get freezing rain in the morning. She thought maybe she and Dad should leave this afternoon and stay with me overnight, then set out for my sister's house from here tomorrow morning.

Excellent idea, except for one thing. I'm not prepared for house guests right now. I'm trying to bake, wrap presents, do laundry, decorate for Christmas, and straighten up all at the same time. So springing a surprise visit on me right now? Not a good idea.

What was I going to say, though? "No, risk your lives tomorrow morning, I'm not set for company." So I said, sure, fine, come on down.

"Well, I have to run this by your father first, but I thought I'd give him this option, if it was okay with you."

"Sure!" I squeaked.

"He'll probably say we'll be fine tomorrow morning. So don't panic yet."

"Oh, it's too late for that."

She laughed and hung up. Called me back a minute later saying that the line was busy at the house, which means he's probably on the computer. I hung up, did a preliminary cleaning of both bathrooms, sorted laundry and threw a load into the washer, and started to unload the dishwasher. She called again.

"Still no answer at the house. I even sent him an email telling him to get off the computer and call me, but no dice. So I guess you can forget that idea. We'll see you tomorrow."

"Oh. All right."

"I was just thinking of safety."

"Yes, I know. You'll probably won't go down Wykoff Run if the weather's bad, yeah?"

Wykoff Run is this twisty-turny little two-lane road that goes up and then down a mountain. Very remote, lots of hunting camps on it. Dangerous in bad weather, probably, what with all the turns and inclines. Cuts about an hour out of the trip, though, which is why Dad uses it.

"Yes. Which means it'll take even longer to get to you. So. Sorry for the scare."

"No, it's all right. I need a poke to get me moving today. Got to get all sorts of stuff done, and I was having a hard time getting motivated. Thanks for the cattle prod."

"Anytime. See you tomorrow."

Whew. All right, gotta go finish emptying the dishwasher, clear off the kitchen table, finish wrapping presents, make more cookies, straighten the living room, clean the cat box, wash out and refill Delilah's water fountain, do more laundry, wash more dishes, pack, clean the bathrooms, change the sheets, empty the outdoor lint trap, and collapse. Not necessarily in that order. I should probably do the lint trap first, 'cause I'm going to need the dryer in a few minutes. Where are my shoes?

Here's an interesting little thing I found out today: my phone line is voice-over-IP, it comes from the cable company along with my TV and internet access. Before today, I've never had the TV on when the phone rang, so I didn't know that incoming phone calls get announced on the TV. When the phone rings, a little blue box pops up on the screen to tell me who it is. Neat, huh?


Just Me said...

AAAAAAAAAGH! I know you're not ready for houseguests, but at least they would have been your parents. Regardless of the state of your house when they arrive, they have no complaining or criticism rights. I would have been more nervous if it had been, say, someone from your BIL's family or a cousin or something.

I hope your parents have a safe trip tomorrow. Merry Christmas!!

(word: randsomi)

--V said...

I got a call about a 1/2 hour after that post. I thought it was my Mom, changing plans again. Nope. It was the Chief Loon, wanting to meet somewhere for coffee and to give me a present.

Whew. Close one.

I need to find a new name for Chief Loon. The Loons are no more. Chief got tired of casting pearls before swine--the town we centered all our activities cast an indifferent eye on a major event we had planned this summer, and she got disgusted with them. It was a scavenger hunt. Looked to be really fun, I thought, but only one team signed up for it. So it got canceled, and that was the last straw. We've disbanded.

Hotch Potchery said...

I think it is hilarious and awesome that you have NEVER had your tv on when your phone rang before today. I feel pretty proud of myself when I can keep the tv off for 20 minutes!

--V said...

Don't be too impressed there, HP. It's not that I don't watch the TV much, it's that I don't get many phone calls.

Though come to think of it, I turned the TV off at 7:30 after listening to the weather report and it's still off at 10:17.