Friday, I went out on the search for holiday giftware. Fa-freaking-la. Good thing I didn't wait til the weekend, because I still ended up driving 25 mph on the interstate. Holy moley. It was 90 degrees, and after a whole afternoon, I only found a few things.
While I was out killing brain cells, my BIL and MIL showed up. We expected them, but my house is SUCH a disaster, and it's not like I ever get a day off to clean. I get one day off a week to do EVERYTHING, the rest of my days are 12 hours long, or longer. DH was cool though, so yesterday morning, I took my DMIL down to the zenny beauty institute, where she got a manicure from an indeterminate person named Lorenzo, and I got a haircut.
Since my FIL's death two years ago, Mom has changed. Losing her mate of 50 years left her bobbing in the sea, untethered. I like to take her out to play in every way I can dream up, and DH appreciates it. She had a good time getting her "claws" (her term) done, and a better time giggling about Lorenzo, who had really messy waist-length light brown dreads. After she admired my (really great for 15.oo) haircut we stopped off for hibiscus mint tea, got all zenned up, adjusted our karmas, and went home.
Everyone left me at the shop and went out to lunch. (Sigh.) And I was BUSY. In walked DD#1, who I hadn't seen for over a year. I had her call her fazzah, and they all flocked back to the store to fuss over her. After the obligatory social chatter, she took off, DH and DBIL went off to take naps, and Mom and I assembled cute little gift mug sets to put out. I rechristened her "the Serene Empress" because she wanted a new job title. We commiserated over her lazy DIL, who hasn't sent her a package in MONTHS, and can't knit fast enough to actually finish her vest! Miserable thing!
Mostly tho, I made her laugh. BTW, Swallowtail is going home with her. If she finds the right giftee, that's good. If it stays with her, that's good too.