Is it a sex blog? A mommy blog? A bitch & moan blog? Um, . . . yeah. This is my place to be totally honest. In my real life, I feel like I'm always lying to somebody about something. Here, I am totally honest. Brutally so. However, no matter what bad things I say about my kids, I adore them and would never ever really, say, sell them on Ebay. The husband, often referred to as Spousehole, is another story. Oh yeah - if you are under 18 (or if you are my husband), please leave now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Stress, I have it

Funny Pictures

My mother-in-law invited herself over today and cleaned my living room. For 6 hours. SIX mather-farking hours. Just the living room.

Now, I'm not known for my incredible housekeeping skills, but neither is my house like this:

You might think it's nice to have an obsessive-compulsive neatfreak visit your house, with her car full of cleaning products, and clean a room. You would be so very wrong. I can have a total stranger clean my house and I'm okay with that. But my mother-in-law cleaning feels like an invasion of my privacy. Especially when I did not ask for her assistance. And especially when she asks questions like "is this where you want this lamp?" because the very question implies that my chosen place for the lamp is "wrong." If it was my own mother, I could tell her to fuck off (in fact my mother was here Monday and she did criticize something and I said "not your house, is it?" without any problem. But it's Spousehole's mother that was here today and we don't have that kind of relationship.

Let's just remember that last time this woman cleaned my house was when I was staying at my parents' house after Girl was born (post-cesarean they recommend you limit going up and down stairs and the 'rents have a ranch-style house). She stayed here so Spousehole wouldn't have to take off work and care for Boy. When I returned home a week later, all my sex toys were gone. Every. single. one.

WTF was she doing in the bottom of my sock drawer anyway?

Back to today, it got even worse when the kids I watch for a couple hours a couple afternoons a week came over. Usually I just watch them from about 2:30 to 5:00, the time between when their mom leaves for work and their dad comes home. Today the dad had an out-of-town meeting and so the kids were here until 8:00. I didn't learn they would be here late until their mom dropped them off at 2:30 and she had said her hub would be here by 7:00. Yeah, that didn't work out. Staying late meant I had to feed them, as well as keep all 4 kids corralled and happy all that time. I'm not terribly fond of my own children, so 4 kids just makes it worse. All while supervising my MIL's work ("M, where does this go?" - the usual real answer to which is "I don't know. If it had a place, it would be in it." I can do 'everything in its place' but I suck with the prerequisite 'a place for everything')

Four kids + MIL =

16 comments:

The Silent Male said...

That last thing was just way over the line. You must have remarkable restraint not to have kicked her out forever.
Well, hopefully this time she restrains herself to only cleaning the one room, maybe another 6 - 8 hours of cleaning the living room should do it, right?

Just Bob said...

When did you snap the photo of my living room?

The Bizza said...

Uhm... what?

Z said...

Big hug - that sounds like hell. And... she threw away your sex toys????

aphron said...

We don't just marry the person but the family. Unfortunately.

Nothing like a little added stress.

G-Man said...

Non-Plussed Bunny!
( I love usung that word )
xox

MJ said...

Are the sex toys in HER sock drawer now?

Trueself said...

Wow, even if I ran across someone's sex toys I wouldn't throw them away even if I didn't "approve" of them, or was jealous of them, or whatever. I'd leave 'em right where they were so nobody would ever know I found 'em. She's got some major cajones, that one does. So sorry you are having to deal with the MIL.

Desmond Jones said...

I gotta say, I'm tempted to make a comment about the apple not falling far from the tree. . . but I'll be good, and keep it to myself.

I'm familiar with the kind of evangelicals who would clean out someone else's sex toys. Especially a relative, for whom they feel a certain kind of 'moral responsibility'. But yeah. . . kinda busy-body-ish. . . Just kinda. . .

The Troll said...

That's truly disturbing regarding the sex toys. Thanks much for your excellent entry in the Salad Contest. A winner has been declared.

Craze said...

Crap, that would suck! I would HATE my MIL over cleaning my house. I wouldn't want anyone over cleaning it. I can't believe she took all your sex toys! WTF?

XI Summit said...

Just incredible ..... but then again, I've got inlaws that I had to set real and hard boundaries with right from the start so I understand the issues. Though I'm hard-ass enough that my in-laws know if they took something (even just the throw it away) they'd have to fear police involvement so there's that .... anyhow.


I do feel for you, no doubt.

Polt said...

She disposed of your sextoys?!?!?!?

And you allowed her back in your house???

HUGS...

Just Bob said...

I guess us guys are lucky, we have our sex toys on hand.

garbonzo said...

Sooooo sorry. My mother came to watch the girls today. Turns out she spent the day cleaning the girls' room (with them). Not exactly how i would want to spend my day. Not exactly what I was expecting when my mother asked if she could "watch" the girls.

But, that's not as bad as someone finding (embarrassing) our sex toys and (how rude!) getting rid of them!

So sorry.

Tringle said...

She messed with your sex toys??? UGH! I am trying to imagine my MIL doing that and all I can picture is her bringing it to me and asking what it is. LOL! I wonder where exactly those toys ended up?????

By the way, I love your blog! Thanks for the fun and light hearted read!