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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Doctor's Wife

This is the weekend where I play the part of Dr. Nelson's wife. Carl's grad students are coming over for a holiday party. I make dinner and am a gracious hostess for 10-12 people that I have virtually nothing in common with. They talk about engineering all night so I try to keep up with the conversation and not glaze over. It is also hard to coordinate food. We've got vegetarians and beef feed Husker boys. I'm trying not to stress about it and I probably would have been fine if there had been school today. Instead, I've been keeping the kids occupied and trying not to mess up the house too badly. It isn't working that well. Upstairs, Caleb dumped MarbleWorks all over the floor. Downstairs, Eva threw a big bag of beads all over the floor. She says it is ant food and she can't pick it up because the ants will eat it. Great. I was going to go to the store to get the groceries I need for the party but I can't take both kids (Caleb + Eva + Store = Mega-disaster). Carl is going camping tonight with the scouts. The last time they went camping with ice on the ground one leader came home with a broken arm. I tried using all of my logic and womanly wiles to get them not to go this weekend but it didn't work. He's not going to get home until noon tomorrow and then I am going to my knitting guild meeting from 1-4. The students show up around 6pm. Needless to say, I'm starting to wonder how I'm going to pull this off.

Okay, I just talked to Carl and he's going to try to come home an hour early so I can go to the store before he leaves. Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to do this.

I deserve a PhD for this.


  1. I grant you an honorary PhD of Crisis Management. And I can't believe your formidable womanly wiles didn't work! They must have hearts of stone. Wishing you the best of luck, no broken bones, and the fab party of the year. :)

  2. I'm with Tracy and I also know you will pull this together fabulously because that's what you do.

    Our work Christmas party was going to the fancy movie theatre and sitting in the full-service balcony (big fun, lest I sound like I'm mocking). We saw "Yes Man" which had a few scenes in Lincoln, Nebraska. I thought of you.

  3. You can do it! At my house I would use copious amounts of the electric drug aka TV, Wii, Gameboy, computer, etc.

  4. Janet6:32 PM

    Best of luck to you. I know you'll pull it off. What's on the menu?