This has turned into a LONG weekend. Saturday morning, Ashton and Patrick had to leave, so I took Heather, Jake, Alexis, Chloe, and Quentin to the mall. Oh my Gosh, the mall has already become a mad house ! Parking lot rage, over crowded stores, and everywhere you turn, some idiot is trying to shove a free sample in your face. I thought trying to keep track of five rowdy, reved up teens would be a chore. I had told Chloe's dad that I would be going to the mall with them, but you know, I'm not cool enough to hang out with them. So I figured I'd co-ordinate the chaos from my home base at the food court via cell phone, while I sipped diet coke and nibbled Mrs. Field's cookies. Didn't exactly work out that way.
I found myself a table at the food court, the girls showed up and chatted for a while. As soon as they left, the boys showed up. I must be cooler than anyone wants to admit. We all agreed that the crowds were more than we wanted to deal with, so I gathered them all up and we went home after a quick stop at Borders Bookstore.
I had to stop at the bookstore because, I had to find a copy of a book that has been much recommended: Women Who Run with the Wolves. I've decided to read it slowly and try to absorb it. So far, I'm really liking it.
Anyway, all three of Jake and Heather's friends stayed another night. After having them for so long, it just doesn't seem to matter anymore. Alexis and Chloe went home early this morning, and Quentin NEVER seems to go home. He finally left around 7:30PM so we could eat dinner.
Shortly before that, Nick and Jennifer stopped by. They're both so depressed. Jennifer is sad because she just found out her parents home has been foreclosed on. She and her family have spent most of their lives moving all over because, her dad was in the Marines. When he retired, they moved into this house. They have been struggling with payments for the past five years, and I guess the bank was feeling the holiday spirit, so they foreclosed.
Nick is depressed for a number of reasons. He doesn't know where all this leaves him, he is up to his eyeballs in legal issues and he can't seem to find work to have any money to hire a lawyer. It's just a matter of time before it all comes crashing down on him and he will have to accept a court appointed lawyer, which means he could be looking at up 16 months in jail. (mostly because they have up graded his last DUI to a felony.)
Right now, I just feel exhausted. I'm done with birthdays for the year, and now I have to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas. UGH ! Christmas Sucks !!!! Thanksgiving seems like enough, don't you think? Why do we have to do Christmas too ?!!! They have taken all the meaning out of Christmas anyway, why bother ?
I think I need to get all my kids to bed, draw a nice hot bath, and drown myself - I mean, soak for an hour or so. *sigh* Times like this, I wish I was a drinker. But no, no, no, I don't get that privilege.
Okay, I'm going to go do just that, before I depress everyone.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Posted by Auburn~haired~artist at Sunday, November 16, 2008