OK this is rediculous... I think I have a rare disease, one which you know you have things to do but you are not absolutely happy until you have zero time left in which to get them done! At that point I will hyperventilate, break out in a red blotchy mess at the base of my neck/top of my collar bone, I'll sweat profusely and then have to go pee a thousand times.
We have a ton of people coming over tonight and I can't seem to muster the energy to clean the house,(which has been totally massacred this week by kids and sitters) prepare food for said guests or organize the furniture outside to accommodate everyone. Here's the interesting part of it.... since turning 40 I really don't give a shit. If they are my true friends they won't care about how it all looks and if they are not... then I don't care what they think!! However, I wouldn't be a good host if I let them come into my home without showing some prep work had obviously been done now would I??? So it's not that I care what they think but it's that I do have some pride and want them to think my house is always so clean and beautiful... the answer??? shortcuts people shortcuts.
Firstly... fresh flowers, if I get a couple of cheap bunches of seasonal beauties from Publix it will draw attention away from the fact I am using paper plates and plastic cups.. right? Votives, votives and more votives, this will detract from the corners where I didn't quite reach with the duster or the mop. I will have to tie hubby's hands to his side so he will keep away from the 'big light" switch. He tends to over light the situation when we have company. And finally, create a diversion.... hire a magician or comedian or something so that people will go outside into the back yard and not be milling around the house looking for untidyness!!!!!!
Awesome.... Sydney has just been reading over my shoulder and likes my plan!!!! Go Syd, Go Syd.... I think she's just excited because she really thinks I am going to hire a magician or something...that's what we have her sister for!!!!!!
Wish me luck... here I go.