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The parents are coming....
Bleh! Sick, can't sleep. I like to be read to. I've been using podcasts to read me to sleep recently, but tonight it's not working. Instead my ears hurt, and my coughing makes it so I can't hear and I wake up.

My parents are visiting me tomorrow. Staying at my house. Staying at MY HOUSE, just like I'm a grownup or something! It's really kind of freaky. I've had friends stay over, and even my sister, and even my mom visited once -- but never both of my parents at once. Prior to two years ago, there was never a need, because they lived nearby. Since then I've visited them, but not the other way around.

I own a house, and it's a nice one... but I guess I feel still more like a bachelor or a student, than a gracious hostess. I'm totally worried that my home won't meet with their approval, that it will be too cat-infested, untidy, ill-cared-for. What if I don't have something they need? What if the cats get stinky? What if I let them down?

I guess at heart I'm still a kid trying to win their approval, fumbling to try to impress them. Trying to make them think I'm doing good.

I futzed around this evening, picking things up, decluttering, tidying. I didn't do a great job. the clutter has been moved to less visible areas, but there is still a lot of clutter to deal with more thoroughly someday soon.

I'm looking forward to showing off my renovations to them. I hope I can keep them occupied. What do I DO with them? I wonder if there are any parent-friendly exhibits at the DIA. They say they've seen the dead bodies one already. Perhaps we'll all go apple-picking. That's fun, right? Parents like apple-picking?

For the morning, I bought cereal and milk and juice, and I'm pretty sure I have enough coffee.

It turns out they're coming friday after work, which is earlier than I'd expected. They want to take me out to dinner, which is good, because my cooking for them would be a mistake. I just realized I don't know how long they're staying. I'll have to take a look at the sizes of their bags. They're welcome through monday, but any later and I'll have to start opening the door and helping them pack......


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From: writerwench Date: October 26th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heeheehee I LOVE your anxiety about what to DO with the parents... it's exactly what I feel when my mother comes to stay here - okay, you're here, you've given me the lecture on how my daughter is obese and I must do something about it (like what? she's 26...), let's go shopping! I find thinking of things to occupy her is quite difficult.

Look, you're sick, kiddo. It'd be completely unreasonable of your parents to expect a Good Housekeeping welcome and home.

Oh, and I'm neary 54 and I'm STILL fumbling around trying to prove to my mother that I'm all growed-up now and a capable hostess. That doesn't change!
thelifeofbrian From: thelifeofbrian Date: October 26th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it sucks that you're not feeling well, but on the bright side it's the perfect excuse for any imperfections your parents find in your hospitality skills. Milk it for all it's worth - they may even clean your house for you! (Joking).

Seriously, I don't think you need to worry. The couple of times I've met your parents, they've seemed like very nice people.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 26th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't sweat it, they'll be happy just to see you. My mom probably won't visit me here again, too many stairs. Have a good day at work and don't worry about anything.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 26th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh dear, you're right about the DIA!

hopefully the weather will hold out for apple-picking at least....
fachless From: fachless Date: October 26th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Since they've been gone for two years, there might be old haunts that they want to visit. Take a deep breath. You'll be fine. :)
susmadel From: susmadel Date: October 26th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
My parents always stay they just prefer to spend time with me. Pick a couple of fun and inexpensive places to eat and maybe a coffee shop you guys can go too. Usually my fam and I like to do 1 activity per day and then lots of snacking and hanging out. My Dad still likes to help with a project or two around the house.

Hope things are going well. You guys will have a great visit.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: October 26th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's always Greenfield Village or some other all-day affair. Good luck.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 27th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
yay for parents visting YOU! i imagine no matter what you do, it'll be enjoyable. if you're still looking for ideas: symphony or opera tickets may be available last minute; stagecrafters may be doing a show. there's lots of yummy places to go and eat.

you can always go over to see Ward & June and visit the old neighborhood (and church on Sunday!) (;
delosd From: delosd Date: October 27th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
As fachless said, they probably will have old haunts they'll want to visit. And likely friends they'll want to see. My parents came up and stayed a week (!) at my place, and I hardly saw them the whole week since they spent all their time visiting friends they hadn't seen in a while.

And when it's time to have them depart, just tell them they'll have to room with the Alpaca if they stay.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 28th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
By now I hope you have realized that your parents just wanted to come visit YOU! and do not have to be entertained or fed.

Hope you are feeling better and things are going well.
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