charming personality traits

July 21, 2018 | Comments Off

I am a homebody through and through. I like my routine. I don’t do a lot because my back can’t handle a lot. So when I have to leave the house or have company, I honestly can’t stand it. In fact, we have our 20th wedding anniversary trip coming up that I’m dreading. I mean, I know it’ll be lovely (we are staying in an adorable treehouse with a hot tub), and I have someone I trust staying with the pets 24/7. Even with all that, I just don’t want to leave my babies or change things up.

So imagine my horror when Mark said his parents and eleven year-old niece were going to visit. With something like that, I am never able to wrap my head around it positively. Oh, and they also brought their dog which means my cats aren’t happy. So, yeah, I had to look presentable and be super pleasant, two things that aren’t commonplace. They were coming into the area (an hour away in Lancaster) for a vacation, so they didn’t stay here. His niece did sleep over one night because Mark was taking her into Philly to sightsee the next morning. She was a decent houseguest. I hadn’t seen her since she was basically a toddler, I think. I gave her a basically brand new pair of espadrilles (I wore once for three hours) and two of my older coach bags. Bad auntie guilt?

Here are some photos of Mark and her out and about:

Mark shows Erika, his pretty niece, around Philadelphia
Mark shows Erika, his pretty niece, around Philadelphia
Mark shows Erika, his pretty niece, around Philadelphia
Mark shows Erika, his pretty niece, around Philadelphia
Mark shows Erika, his pretty niece, around Philadelphia
Mark shows Erika, his pretty niece, around Philadelphia

His parents came to pick her up, and they all went out to dinner. Anyway, before they left, his mom put everything they had brought inside with them in a tiny pile, and I was beyond thankful for that. Normally, even in every day instances like just living with Mark, I need to take a step back and mentally prepare myself for the clutter so i don’t freak. And even before they left the driveway, I had already cleaned out and straightened up the guest bedroom his niece slept in. I’m a joy to be around, obviously. His parents now have two dogs, and next year they better not even think about bringing both of those stressed-out, hyper, co-dependent dogs into my house. At first Mark agreed with me, but now he’s saying it’s no big deal. Uh, bullshit.



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