Tuesday, 19 December 2006

glorious goose

Oh god.

I know that this is a cliche, but my mother in law is mad.

Mad as a fish.

In fact, on the Fishy Scale Of Madness I would say that today, she is actively approaching Herring.

We have just spent twenty minutes on the phone obsessing about carol services on the the radio over Christmas. The particular one she wants to listen to is in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool and there was no trace of it on the BBC Radio website.

Crisis on Infinite Earths.

She is also worrying about the weight of our goose. I have no idea how much is it going to weigh. I asked the people at the smallholding to pick me out a relatively small one and I am going to go and collect it on Saturday, along with a few vegetables and go from there. But apparently there is a stuffing-to-goose ratio that needs to be accurately calculated before our Christmas dinner can proceed smoothly forward.

I ordered my presents from Amazon and one or two other websites last night. We have a few decorations we are going to put up at the weekend, including a tree this year - inherited from Kate and Vic.

I have a shopping list that includes things like mincemeat and chestnuts and whisky that we'll pop out and get on Friday and/or Saturday. The sloe gin is ready.

Let the Season of Goodwill commence in all it's clanging glory. I am ready for it.

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  1. You'll "pop out and get" those few things on Friday? Oh my god, it isn't your MIL who's crazy, it's you! I try to stay away from trade establishments of any kind on the last two days before Christmas. But, sure, have your fun ... (in incredibly long and nasty-mooded lines!)

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  2. You'll "pop out and get" those few things on Friday? Oh my god, it isn't your MIL who's crazy, it's you! I try to stay away from trade establishments of any kind on the last two days before Christmas. But, sure, have your fun ... (in incredibly long and nasty-mooded lines!)

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  3. Well, I was only planning on popping out and getting things in Welshpool. Think small shops, small queues and a 'forget it, we'll manage without' attitude ...! :).

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  4. Well, I was only planning on popping out and getting things in Welshpool. Think small shops, small queues and a 'forget it, we'll manage without' attitude ...! :).

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  5. 'Forget it, we'll manage without' serves me well. It's not as if one will go hungry, thirsty or totally presentless. I do like the fishy scale of madness and will apply it to myself in future, as I'm both the mother and the mother in law in this family. I think I'm usually mackerel, but sometimes I get smoked.

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  6. 'Forget it, we'll manage without' serves me well. It's not as if one will go hungry, thirsty or totally presentless. I do like the fishy scale of madness and will apply it to myself in future, as I'm both the mother and the mother in law in this family. I think I'm usually mackerel, but sometimes I get smoked.

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  7. I'm sorry babe but "Let the Season of Goodwill commence in all it's clanging glory. I am ready for it." sounds like Famous Last Words to me.
    If you truly are so organised (and I'm trusting you to be honest here and let us know) as to be "ready" then I bow down before thee. We are not worthy!

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  8. I'm sorry babe but "Let the Season of Goodwill commence in all it's clanging glory. I am ready for it." sounds like Famous Last Words to me.
    If you truly are so organised (and I'm trusting you to be honest here and let us know) as to be "ready" then I bow down before thee. We are not worthy!

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  9. You ordered them from Amazon when??? You are a woman of faith! Have a wonderful holiday Ally! And thabks for all of your kind words of late.

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  10. I think my own MIL is at a steady herring. Her obsession is birthdays and anniversaries.

    Amazon. Duh! Good idea. Was wondering how to handle a few things. (New years will have to be OK.) I am not nearly so organised, and definitely NOT ready.

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  11. I think my own MIL is at a steady herring. Her obsession is birthdays and anniversaries.

    Amazon. Duh! Good idea. Was wondering how to handle a few things. (New years will have to be OK.) I am not nearly so organised, and definitely NOT ready.

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  12. My kids accuse me of obsessing over holidays. I do love Christmas, but I'm learning to be more relaxed about the details. You are a role model for me: you have it all planned out in your head and you'll do things in your own time, and do only what you can.

    In case I don't get back here before Christmas, I hope yours is wonderful.

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  13. My kids accuse me of obsessing over holidays. I do love Christmas, but I'm learning to be more relaxed about the details. You are a role model for me: you have it all planned out in your head and you'll do things in your own time, and do only what you can.

    In case I don't get back here before Christmas, I hope yours is wonderful.

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