Well, thanks in part to my dearest mother, my weekend has been shot to Hell before it even begins.
My grandmother had to have surgery today (nothing major), and her doctor
said that after she comes home from the hospital tomorrow, someone will have to stay with her a couple of days "just in case". It's standard recommendation after any surgery to have someone nearby in case of emergency. And guess who was volunteered by their mother without their consent to be the senior-citizen-sitter? >: (
Now, I know that last comment probably made me sound like a spoiled, annoyed teenager whose being a jerk about helping a sweet, old lady. So let me give you all the background facts on my grandmother and myself.....
I have never liked this grandmother. I know that sounds horrible, but it's true. I love her, of course, because she IS my grandmother and because I know she loves me and means well. However, she irritates the life out of me, and I know full well that I am not her favorite grandchild by any means. She gets on my nerves because she acts like a child. Seriously. She is not intelligent, she's highly immature in her thinking in fact, she's self-centered, and she's obstinate. And I don't mean that in a youth-condescending-to-a-senile-old-pers
on way. My mother, and my father when he was alive, would both vouch to that. She means well, and she's always been pretty good to me and my siblings, but she really drives most people insane! Now, I can be perfectly civil with her and tolerate the whole situation just fine when it's only one of our usual dinner visits. But staying in that house for a whole TWO NIGHTS?!
I have to be there from around 3 tomorrow afternoon until early sunday morning, and it's going to be miserable. Not only because of my issues with her personally because she'll (hopefully) sleep most of the time, my grandmother's house is FILTHY. Going along with her lack of intelligence, she has no conception of cleanliness. NONE! The house is ceiling to floor, wall to wall, every single room dust and grime and dried up clumps of things. Plus, it's all cluttered because she NEVER THROWS ANYTHING OUT! This extends to food, also. I've never known to her to have milk in the fridge that wasn't expired and sour, and I have actually watched her eat moldy dinner rolls. Her explanation? "A little won't hurt you; it's where they get penicillin from." Whacked, I tell you, the woman is whacked!
So, obviously, I'll be packing my own food supply to take.
Then, there's also the issue of sleep. I won't be getting a wink of it. I won't get any sleep because for one, as I said, it's dirty over there and therefore, I won't want to lay down on anything. And second, it's a strange,smelly place with no electric fans. I really don't sleep well if at all without one. I need the white noise of an electric fan to sleep well.
Now, the last, and least major, problem is going to be the boredom. There is no computer
at her house, so I'll be absent from LJ until Sunday afternoon/Monday morning at which point, I promise to try and catch up on all of my f-list entries.
Thankfully, she does have a lovely television and DVD player, so I'm going to bring some DVDs to try and alleviate the boredom and general unpleasantness. I'm thinking I'll bring along Seasons 1 and 3 of House
, Seasons 1-2 of The X-Files,
and probably a few other DVDs. I'm going out tonight to buy a set or two of something new. I might get the first season or two of How I Met Your Mother
or the first season to Lois & Clark:The New Adventures,
whichever catches my eye. Scooby-Doo is also a buying option. Not joking. I've been watching reruns lately, and I LOVE that cartoon! :D
But anyway, I just wanted to vent and let you all know why I'm not commenting on your entries this weekend. I'll be catching up as soon as I get back though, so don't worry. :) Also, any good wishes and prayers offered for a tolerable weekend would be greatly appreciated. :)
See you all later!