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Snooks

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #855 on: November 30, 2013, 11:06:41 AM »
I will not travel eight hours to see you to have you a) glued to the tv and b) wander off in the middle of our visit leaving me sitting alone in your house.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #856 on: November 30, 2013, 11:56:07 AM »
Can we please stop talking about the "dreaded" green bean casserole? Not everybody dreads it.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #857 on: November 30, 2013, 12:00:42 PM »
Agreed, it's something easily handled with a smile and a no, thank you if you don't care for it.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #858 on: November 30, 2013, 12:50:19 PM »
I will not travel eight hours to see you to have you a) glued to the tv and b) wander off in the middle of our visit leaving me sitting alone in your house.

It's crazy that you would have to tell a "loved one" this, but I've seen it before. My friend, Rachel, had stopped visiting her sister over it.  Rachel is single and childless, while her sister, Sarah, is married with two kids.  Sarah insisted that Rachel had to come see her to visit, because it was easier for one person to travel the six hour drive than for her to take her husband and kids to the large city where Rachel lives. Rachel would make the drive and show up, only to find that Sarah had planned to go to a party, go to lunch with friends, or had appointments/plans almost every day while Rachel was there.  She would insist that Rachel should just wait at the house because it would be rude for Sarah to invite Rachel to someone else's party, include her in lunch plans with other people or take her to appointments with her.  If Rachel said, "Maybe you could schedule these plans when I'm not in town?"
then her sister would get highly indignant about how it wasn't her fault that she had so many friends and Rachel wasn't the only one with a busy life.

So Rachel, sick of sitting around the house, just stopped accepting the invitations/summons.  Rachel loved the kids, but she was also tired of serving as an unpaid and largely unappreciated babysitter for her niece and nephew. Sarah got really ugly about it, but Rachel hasn't been to see her since. Based on some statements Sarah made during her accusations of Rachel being "unloving" and "selfish," Rachel thinks Sarah has some deep-insecurities about living in a small suburban town, raising children, while Rachel is a young professional living in a large city.  Rachel thinks Sarah feels the need to show how busy and important she is by having a constant cycle of events while Rachel is in town.  I was pretty proud of Rachel for dropping the rope and walking away.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #859 on: November 30, 2013, 03:06:19 PM »
DS told him not to worry, he was never hosting them again so they could have their dinner exactly the way they wanted it.

ETA: Their overwhelming disappointment didn't stop anyone from stuffing their faces and taking home leftovers.

Good for your son!

I would not have let them take home leftovers though - once they insult the food they wouldn't be exposed to it any more.

I agree.

I think a lot of us saw that it wouldn't turn out good when you described DS's family.  There were horrendously rude, but at least it sounds like no valuables were taken  ;D.  All the work and preparation for the bunch of ingrates will not be in vain if DS keeps his shiny new spine for years to come.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #860 on: November 30, 2013, 03:11:38 PM »
I will not travel eight hours to see you to have you a) glued to the tv and b) wander off in the middle of our visit leaving me sitting alone in your house.

It's crazy that you would have to tell a "loved one" this, but I've seen it before. My friend, Rachel, had stopped visiting her sister over it.  Rachel is single and childless, while her sister, Sarah, is married with two kids.  Sarah insisted that Rachel had to come see her to visit, because it was easier for one person to travel the six hour drive than for her to take her husband and kids to the large city where Rachel lives. Rachel would make the drive and show up, only to find that Sarah had planned to go to a party, go to lunch with friends, or had appointments/plans almost every day while Rachel was there.  She would insist that Rachel should just wait at the house because it would be rude for Sarah to invite Rachel to someone else's party, include her in lunch plans with other people or take her to appointments with her.  If Rachel said, "Maybe you could schedule these plans when I'm not in town?"
then her sister would get highly indignant about how it wasn't her fault that she had so many friends and Rachel wasn't the only one with a busy life.

So Rachel, sick of sitting around the house, just stopped accepting the invitations/summons.  Rachel loved the kids, but she was also tired of serving as an unpaid and largely unappreciated babysitter for her niece and nephew. Sarah got really ugly about it, but Rachel hasn't been to see her since. Based on some statements Sarah made during her accusations of Rachel being "unloving" and "selfish," Rachel thinks Sarah has some deep-insecurities about living in a small suburban town, raising children, while Rachel is a young professional living in a large city.  Rachel thinks Sarah feels the need to show how busy and important she is by having a constant cycle of events while Rachel is in town.  I was pretty proud of Rachel for dropping the rope and walking away.

It wasn't even like they had an appointment, just took phone calls, went off to other rooms in the house, basically went about their day as if we weren't there.  Once I realised it was just us in the room I suggested a quick exit (they live walking distance to other relatives).  Everyone there acts the same though which is why I won't go back, or if I do I make sure we've got plans with friends in the city so we aren't left sitting around waiting for people to deign us with their presence.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #861 on: November 30, 2013, 07:31:14 PM »
Hillia, I think your DS is wonderful - and he seems to know just the right thing to say to express himself, E-Hell style.

Do you think he may be a lurker here?  ;) Anyway, his actions show that he is very much his mother's son!
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #862 on: December 02, 2013, 09:06:03 AM »
Completely agree that these people were incredibly rude, but is it normal not to have turkey for TG? I can understand the assumption that "turkey went without saying". That doesn't excuse their rudeness of course, but I do understand their surprise.

Many groups of my extended family have ham or goose or duck or even roast beef for Thanksgiving.
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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #863 on: December 02, 2013, 09:13:23 AM »

I did have to chuckle, though, when he called me Wednesday night ranting about his roommate who Won't Even Take Out the Trash!  And Leaves His Stuff All Over!  Doesn't he realize how hard DS has been working to clean the apartment?  Ah, sweet karma...

I, too, was regaled with stories of how DD's apartment mate doesn't clean dishes and leaves messed.  I said "THAT MUST BE REALLY ANNOYING WHEN PEOPLE YOU LIVE WITH DON'T CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES!!!".   But I don't think she got the hint.  ;)

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #864 on: December 02, 2013, 09:14:35 AM »
Completely agree that these people were incredibly rude, but is it normal not to have turkey for TG? I can understand the assumption that "turkey went without saying". That doesn't excuse their rudeness of course, but I do understand their surprise.

It's not a law. And a lot of people really don't "like" turkey that much, if they tell the truth. It's just ... always done.

That is why this year we had some turkey and ham...my kids don't like the turkey.  But I agree with others, you have to have SOME turkey.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #865 on: December 02, 2013, 09:16:53 AM »
Can we please stop talking about the "dreaded" green bean casserole? Not everybody dreads it.

I love it. I never make it myself (even though it's super easy to make), but I love it when it shows up at whatever dinner I'm at. BFF's partner made it this year and it was awesome.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #866 on: December 02, 2013, 09:22:20 AM »
Completely agree that these people were incredibly rude, but is it normal not to have turkey for TG? I can understand the assumption that "turkey went without saying". That doesn't excuse their rudeness of course, but I do understand their surprise.

It's not a law. And a lot of people really don't "like" turkey that much, if they tell the truth. It's just ... always done.

We actually discussed this over our delicious smoked turkey this year. We all like turkey. The same way we like chicken. It tastes fine and isn't bad to have. But it's particularly special to us or something we adore having. So we agreed, next year, we're doing steaks. We rarely cook steaks, we like steak (once in a while) but it's not cheap and it's just easier to fix some chicken for dinner. So we want to have steaks! And shrimp! It's nice enough to grill out where I live and we figured, might as well have something special on our holiday.

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #867 on: December 02, 2013, 09:47:56 AM »
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I don't eat turkey or sweet potatoes or green bean casserole or cranberry sauce...

~gasps in faux horror~  So... it was just another Thursday night dinner?   ;)

Well, another Thursday night dinner with eight pies for fourteen people. So no complaints at all, really. :)

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #868 on: December 02, 2013, 10:21:42 AM »
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I don't eat turkey or sweet potatoes or green bean casserole or cranberry sauce...

~gasps in faux horror~  So... it was just another Thursday night dinner?   ;)

Well, another Thursday night dinner with eight pies for fourteen people. So no complaints at all, really. :)

That's cool.  Pies are nutritious, don't you know.  Fruit pies have fruit and we all know fruit is good for you.  Pumpkin (et al) pies have veggies and veggies are good for you too.  Cream pies have milk.  Got milk?  It's good for you. 

Must mention that when I was about five, my fifteen year old brother told me that mincemeat pie was made of dead flies and I believed him and won't eat it to this day.   ;D

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Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Reply #869 on: December 02, 2013, 10:23:08 AM »
When we visit The Sweetie's parents for Thanksgiving, the holiday dinner is usually Beef & Brew, a childhood comfort food The Sweetie is absolutely nuts over.  (It's a beef roast marinated in beer, then braised in tomato puree with onions. Very yummy.)
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