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Bethalize

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2505 on: November 23, 2017, 03:41:02 AM »
I have a new hill. I am not arranging to visit my mother in law. If you are well enough to travel to Europe you are well enough to travel inside the UK. If you are anxious, get a car and driver. Take the journey in stages, stay overnight somewhere. I will visit when I think it is worth the pain of taking a small child on a journey that long. Or when my husband decides it is worth making the effort.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2506 on: November 24, 2017, 09:13:56 AM »
Holy Mother of God!  That's a lot of people to have in your home, let alone being expected to cook for them all and seat them all at a table.  I think the last big meal my IL's did involved more than 30 people (might have hit 40, I don't remember) - but they had a living room that spanned the entire area between the original footprint of the home, and the freestanding garage, and was probably more than 50 feet long.  It also involved at least 5 different full size table clothes and at least 5 or 6 tables all laid end to end, and a metric ton of borrowed chairs, and it wasn't a surprise, it was all close family, and food got parceled out in a not-quite-potluck, but not far from potluck, either! 

I think a veritable team of younger men (brothers who don't cook, and the like) who rearranged the dining room, the living room, got the enormous Persian rug out of the living room, etc., and at the end of the night, put the rooms back together properly.  That was all they did, they did no KP.  I and several other people did pies for desert, and other food had long designated persons responsible for each dish.  MIL did the bird and the stuffing.  DH did the mashed potatoes, and in later years, also the gravy.  It was a production..

Glad the friend displayed his spine and got things relocated!

Having them all overnight would also involve breakfast or lunch the next day.  Glad your friend put his foot down.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2507 on: December 15, 2017, 01:03:25 PM »
For my good friend.

No, I'm not going to stay at your house if you insist that you and your elderly wife are going to camp in the backyard to make room. Note: the person mentioned is elderly, has Parkinson's disease, and is having difficulties with every day life things, so camping is not a good option.

Friend insisted to her DH that they get a nearby hotel room, since the house is overfull with other family and friends.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2508 on: December 17, 2017, 12:52:38 PM »
My sister-in-law (who is not polite*) is not going to spend more than 1 night in my house.

There are 4 of the 7 siblings in DH's family who still live in my state. SIL3 (youngest of 3) has always had the most centrally located house, but this year she has not offered to host Christmas. There are many reason why, and I fully support her. So in order to have a "DH Family Christmas" gathering, it's probably going to be us hosting. We are in the southwest corner of the state, with SIL3 in the middle (and FIL now lives with her), and BIL3 and his family in the northeast corner. As is SIL1, who has... issues. We don't really want to invite her, but we will and will be perfectly polite with her.

Her issues mean that she may end up insisting on staying longer, but we are going to be perfectly polite and insist that they invite was only for the night following our gathering. Time to shine up our spines - both DH and I are on the same page on this. I'm hoping that she'll just decide not to come because we are specifically going to have it during the week, not the weekend. Or that she'll arrange to stay with SIL3 afterward. BIL3 and his family will probably also stay with SIL3 since their daughters are cousin-best-friends.

* The last time that SIL1 was here, she outright lied and mislead us in order to stay the night. Her ability to keep her snarky comments about us in check lasted about 2 hours, at which point I called it a night and let DH deal with her. She went to church with us the next day and was rude. So we vowed never again, but we're willing to do this only because she is still in this state and it would be awkward to not invite her. So wish us luck!

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2509 on: December 19, 2017, 09:51:39 AM »
o_gal:  One way to approach this is be upfront..."We won't be able to host you overnight so just wanted to let you know so you can make other arrangements."

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2510 on: December 20, 2017, 07:12:35 AM »
We are having a family gathering on the 23rd. Twice I have asked if we can bring anything, to no response. I predict that the same old thing will happen- sometime late in the day on the 22nd, I will get a last minute text asking if we can bring "such and such" for the meal. This year I am not going to scramble to the grocery store before it closes and then get up early on the 23rd to prepare something last minute. I'm just going to say, "I'm sorry, but there isn't enough notice for me to make anything. I am bringing some wine."
I assume you heard the way she spoke to me at dinner.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2511 on: December 20, 2017, 07:42:18 AM »
We are having a family gathering on the 23rd. Twice I have asked if we can bring anything, to no response. I predict that the same old thing will happen- sometime late in the day on the 22nd, I will get a last minute text asking if we can bring "such and such" for the meal. This year I am not going to scramble to the grocery store before it closes and then get up early on the 23rd to prepare something last minute. I'm just going to say, "I'm sorry, but there isn't enough notice for me to make anything. I am bringing some wine."

Perfect!  People will never learn to not take advantage of you until you teach them that they can't.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2512 on: December 20, 2017, 11:09:34 AM »
We are having a family gathering on the 23rd. Twice I have asked if we can bring anything, to no response. I predict that the same old thing will happen- sometime late in the day on the 22nd, I will get a last minute text asking if we can bring "such and such" for the meal. This year I am not going to scramble to the grocery store before it closes and then get up early on the 23rd to prepare something last minute. I'm just going to say, "I'm sorry, but there isn't enough notice for me to make anything. I am bringing some wine."

Perfect!  People will never learn to not take advantage of you until you teach them that they can't.

I agree. And if they don't, well, you have wine for yourself!

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2513 on: December 20, 2017, 03:23:55 PM »
We are having a family gathering on the 23rd. Twice I have asked if we can bring anything, to no response. I predict that the same old thing will happen- sometime late in the day on the 22nd, I will get a last minute text asking if we can bring "such and such" for the meal. This year I am not going to scramble to the grocery store before it closes and then get up early on the 23rd to prepare something last minute. I'm just going to say, "I'm sorry, but there isn't enough notice for me to make anything. I am bringing some wine."

Perfect!  People will never learn to not take advantage of you until you teach them that they can't.

I agree. And if they don't, well, you have wine for yourself!

The 23rd? Bring a Festivus pole along with the wine. Perfect for the airing of grievances >:D

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2514 on: December 23, 2017, 09:52:02 AM »
o_gal:  One way to approach this is be upfront..."We won't be able to host you overnight so just wanted to let you know so you can make other arrangements."

We would have let her stay 1 night. But only 1 night.

But the good news is that SIL3 did decide to host everyone. We offered to bring a whole bunch of BBQ and she liked that idea. I think that as long as she doesn't have to cook a huge meal, and only has to clean up and offer space, then she was more OK with having it again. So now we're off the hook, at least for this year.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2515 on: December 23, 2017, 10:34:10 AM »
Oh, good!  Win-win makes people so much happier!
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2516 on: December 23, 2017, 12:05:53 PM »
I am not going to eat breakfast casserole just to be polite again. Never run into a single variety that didn't make me sick to my stomach.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2517 on: December 23, 2017, 05:19:27 PM »
What is breakfast casserole?
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2518 on: December 23, 2017, 06:01:01 PM »
There's lots of kinds, basically eggs and other stuff baked in a casserole dish.  Try googling recipes.

(Ps, they make me sick too)
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #2519 on: December 23, 2017, 06:20:14 PM »
What rain said, eggs, sausage, potatoes, basically some mixture of breakfast foods baked together in a casserole dish. No idea why it makes me nauseous. And I'm sorry to hear it happens with you also, rain.  :(