Monthly archives of “December 2015

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STEPMAS

For the last couple of months, I’ve made it clear that I really wasn’t looking forward to Thanksgiving with the in-laws, that I preferred my family. My home city.  This may have lead you to believe that everything with my family is peachy. For the most part, it is. I spend time with family in increments; therefore, I never have the opportunity to get bored or annoyed. Smart, right? However, there is one particular request my Dad would like me to comply with: Stepfamily.

I have been uber protective of my parents since I can remember. While they’re all doe-eyed, I’m in the background like:

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Like many other kids around the world, young or old, our opinion doesn’t matter. In my case, there was a very quick courtship then I’m at their wedding.  Its like it happened overnight because it did.  So, the perception is that we are going to be this perfect, blended family. I am pretty satisfied with my original parents and sibling so what role could a stepfamily play in my life? Christmas is in a few days so I don’t have much time to figure things out; as a result, I’ve come up with the following:

Alternative 1: Give my award-winning fake smile, half hug, minimal eye contact, unnecessary small talk and lie about calling more often.  For this alternative to materialize, my Dad would have to give me an awesome Christmas gift.  Everyone wins!

Alternative 2: Avoid them and drop their gifts off at the nearest post office.  They should arrive fairly quickly since we’ll be in the same city.  This one is my favorite.

In all seriousness, the courting stage rarely includes the kids.  With a year of marriage under their belt, it would be nice if both parents would allow our family to blend more organically.  I’m sure I’ll come around in 10 to 45 years…

If I don’t get a chance to chat with you before Christmas, Merry Christmas!

I am 92% done with the new site: pinkgumbeaux.com. Although I will continue to have a presence on Blogger, it will no longer be my main blog *insert tears here* Till then, you know I need friends so “like” Pink Gumbeaux on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Rabadaba, and StumbleUpon. While you’re at it, check out my last post: Faux Product Review 4: All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.

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DOUBLE NO

These days, I’m opposed to double dates. I don’t have any real reason, haven’t had any bad experiences, I just don’t want to…  Part of the issue is my imagination. Them:

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When the husband suggested we double date with his childhood friend, I let it go through one ear and out of the other. I mean, he knows I don’t like people. But, he was serious! What was I going to do? I was fresh out of fake smiles and conversation so I did what any logical person would do, I talked to a friend who also doesn’t like people. It sounds counterproductive but she’s better at people than me. Her advice was to be so charming that I fool my husband into thinking I’m a charming individual! Is this possible? I still didn’t have it in me but was wearing a cute outfit and my favorite faux fur vest (which has no relevancy but made me feel good).

About an hour prior to our double no, the husband realized I can be extra awkward when forced into social situations and changed his mind. “I don’t feel like going.” And I said: “We have to. At the least, it’ll make a great blog post.”

We met them at their house but didn’t have to ride with them. Thank gosh! I knew stranger husband was a childhood friend of the husband but I didn’t personally know him and his stranger wife nor did I have sufficient time to cyberstalk and or run a background check. After about 3 minutes of being my usual unusual self, I started to warm up. Truth is, the husband and the stranger husband were hilarious together. We went bowling, had drinks and good conversation. What is this feeling? Is this fun?! Dear gawd no!

Just because this was fun, it doesn’t mean I’m going to be double noing every weekend. I’ve fullfilled my quota and should be good until November 2017.

I am 92% done with the new site: pinkgumbeaux.com. Although I will continue to have a presence on Blogger, it will no longer be my main blog *insert tears here* Till then, you know I need friends so “like” Pink Gumbeaux on Facebook and follow me on TwitterInstagram, Rabadaba, and StumbleUpon. While you’re at it, check out my last post: The Week After Ft. Husband.