I'm still overwhelmed but things have been better today. Kids being annoying but super cute. We walked to the beach... they did a talent show... we were forced to sing hymns... and we had Lilybug's 3rd birthday party. The other kids all got taken to the toy store one by one by my heroic mom in law and we spent long hours assembling bionicles and transformers and lego catapults.
I did more computer-fixing and a training session.
Rook is with his best friend, Rofl the writer & director, who's visiting his parents up north a bit.
Dad-in-law suddenly left this afternoon (as he has every day, mysteriously) thus further confirming my theory that he has a whole 2nd family squirrelled away. I like that theory better than the love affair or many-concubines one.
Aunt Ninja came over with her oldest kid who is super nice. She's always so cheery... I like her... Moomin has mixed up who everyone is and can't quite understand how he suddenly acquired an Auntie Ninja and I feel guilty for not being in better touch or at least sending holiday cards and thank you notes. I gave up on it all about 3-4 years ago.
Mom-in-law gave me a nice silk scarf and a mostly wool one from her trip to spain that I like but probably can't wear since wool makes me itch. But I like it anyway. Regifting? Anyone? stripey wool scarf from spain?
At some point I bonded with brother in law Grumpypants over ludicrous computer-ignorance things and with brother in law Meticulous over how we would run a new cable from the basement to the third floor in the best possible way. It was interesting, a relief, and a public service (to them) to have those moments of detached geekery.
We have prepared and eaten like 7 meals.