Wednesday, September 16, 2009

As the Stomach Turns

We have 3 family birthdays and a wedding anniversary that are within 10 days of each other: BIL #2, BS, mine and my parent’s wedding anniversary. This year the Rents are out of the country visiting the homeland so we won’t be making arrangements around their schedule. Birth order plays heavily in my family, it gives us structure. Although all of us are adults, we should be used to it by now.

My younger sister, Professor Countessa (PC) is very much into scheduling every second of her day. Me not so much, I am more a go with the flow kind of gal. My older sister, Brain Surgeon (BS), works the hardest and with the weirdest schedule. Her time off is precious so also not very much into scheduling her free time way in advance.

This brings me to an exhaustive round of emails that took place earlier this week. PC sent out an e-mail asking the group where and when we’d like to schedule the group birthday dinner. Again, knowing that we usually have to schedule these things around BS’s schedule, I waited to answer until I saw her response. Because PC needs instant gratification, she over utilizes the e-mail function to a point where we start ignoring all of it. This year was no different.

The long and short of it was that after we figured out when BS was available, we were asked via e-mail where we’d like to go? I answered first picking a destination equidistant to all involved. BS picked a location furthest away from the majority of the group. When I read her choice, I was shocked because her husband BIL#1 doesn’t usually like to travel more than 10 miles away from his own zip code.

PC then took all the information, and chose the location that SHE wanted the most. When she relayed the info she stated that since BS was the eldest, we were going to defer to her choice. PC then wrote one more e-mail choosing a time that suited her needs letting us know that she would take one for the team and make the reservation. Not to be outdone, BIL#1 voiced his objection to the time and BS responded by stating that the reservation needed to be made for an hour earlier than PC chose.

Soap opera scripts have less twists and turns.


Marlene Affeld said...

Sisters can be manipulative and see seek control - sounds like it all worked out, but required patience.

TC said...

Love it, and makes me glad I have one brother and he is malleable. Reminds me of my mothers family thought! If I looked @ her cross she would change all plans.

Nutcracker Sweet 54 said...

OH JUST SHOOT ME! Better yet give the gun and I will shoot PC!!! It's not bad enough that I'm turning 55 and now I have to deal with this foolishness, ARGGGGG!!!!Wait 'till she (PC) finds out I won't be joining her for the babyshower BRHABRHABRHAHAHA I think I have gone around the bend. Tune in folks, I'm sure there will be plenty more where all that came from. What a crock of $%^&!

Wicked H said...

Marlene: Family, whaddya going to do? Whew!

TC: Malleable - not us! LOL

NS54: (who is also BS) Seriously, stop holding back. Let us know how you feel! ;-)

That darned bunco babe said...

Okay, thanks for the reminder that I am glad I am an only child!! OMG!!

Wicked H said...

Bunco Babe: Exhausting - right? And people ask me why I drink.

t2ed said...

This would be hilarious if I didn't have 2 brothers who won't be in the same room at the same time.

Does Google Maps have some kind of randomizing feature?

Wicked H said...

t2ed: I am thinking next year we Sykype or Webcam the whole shebang. Everyone comfy in their own location.

Would that work for your brothers?

Wicked H said...

Not sure what sykype is - I think I meant Skype...who knows at this point.

More olives for the martini.....that'll fix all.

~An9eL~ said...

ah, that's just called being a family :)