Friday, January 20, 2012
Chilly Weather & Hot Relationship Problems
The Domestic Diva Mysteries
It's that time of year again. If it's not snowing, it's icy. If it's not icy, it's muddy. I'm cooking all sorts of hearty comfort foods like yummy macaroni and cheese (four cheeses, of course), spicy chili, beef stew, and my favorite indulgence late at night after work -- hot chocolate pudding.
If I had any sense at all, I would book a cruise for January and get away to the sun. Maybe visit Hayley Snow in Key West. She's living it up in the sunshine! But as dismal as January and February are in terms of weather, they're prime months for event planners. I'm booked solid. As I look through my planner, I'm wondering if I haven't overbooked myself. No time off until July! I'm blocking out a week of vacation time right now -- in ink! Right after the Fourth of July, and the radiology convention, and the annual Greene family picnic.
Picnic sounds so simple doesn't it? That's what the Greenes like to call it. It's really their version of a big company party for the employees at their catalogs, Planter's Punch, which caters to Southern gardeners, and Backwoods for hunting and fishing enthusiasts. They always schedule it for National Ice Cream Day and have a fabulous ice cream bar where their guests can make their own sundaes. By all rights, Olive Greene ought to be one of Old Town's socialites, but she'd rather putter around in her garden than, well, just about anything else, which means I have a free hand in making the "picnic" arrangements.
But as soon as I'm done with that, I'm taking a week off just for myself. Maybe I'll take a staycation and putter around in my own garden. Lots of time to decide that.
Uh oh, Mars, my ex-husband is coming up the sidewalk. I've been avoiding him like crazy since we shared an awkwardly romantic moment in the fall. I don't know how to handle it, so I've been ducking him at every opportunity. I can't keep running away from him. Can I? Do I have to face him and talk about it (please say no) or can I just pretend like it never happened?