A little bit of a real-life rant today, because everything is happening all at once and I'm going a liiiittle bit crazy, I just need to get it all out. The end of July/all of August are hectic times chez moi.
My lovely mother-in-law is visiting, and she's got lots of friends around here and is a social butterfly so she's about the easiest visitor we've ever had, but she marks the beginning of the insanity. Right after she leaves next week, my parents arrive on Thursday. They're going to spend three weeks with us.
Yep. Three. Weeks. Imagine spending three weeks with your in-laws for a sec. That's how my honey feels.
I understand why, from a planning perspective. They've come all the way from Germany, they have to make the trip worth their while and the house we're living in actually belongs to them, so they want to spend time here and work on things and bask in the loveliness that's Boulder. Cool, fine, but three weeks is a long time for people who are used to having our own space (my man's an only child, he gets a little territorial).
A week after they arrive, two of their friends are coming to stay with us and we're all (minus my mother, who doesn't do this wilderness shit) are going on a 4-day backpacking trip along the Colorado Trail. Good times, fine, I'm a trooper and I like spending time with my dad.
The last week they're here, my sister is coming out to visit and shoehorn me into bridesmaids dresses in preparation for her December wedding. She's got this silvery, Greek-style gown in store for me. Which...um...cool. I'll wear whatever she wants, even if she's long and thin and I'm short and curvy, fine. I'd wear a duck costume if it made her happy.
Then my folks leave, and we're plunged into the uncertainty that comes with being a contractor for the government and waiting on their procurement department to get their shit together and give my man a work contract. This could take a month, or more, and in the meantime he won't have any work. Plus his school starts up again, plus we're waiting to hear from a potential new job in another state. Yes, we might leave Colorado. Probably temporarily, but still, it's a big deal. We're freaking out here. Freaking. OUT!
I've got The Academy to finish, Soothsayer to start, my epic fantasy novel to revise, a novella to finish and a lesbian novel to submit to press in this time as well. I found a great artist and commissioned an original picture of Soothsayer's main character, so I'll share that when I get it. Busy times.
Is your life busy like this? I can only imagine how much crazier everything must be if you have kids, or are actively moving, or changing jobs or dealing with a natural disaster...share some of your busy with me, I know you've got it. :)