Monday, August 2, 2010

A tale of two conversations . . .

So, I'm in the middle of a family reunion. It's a lot of fun, but a little chaotic. My immediate family (along with their children) are almost all staying in my home. (Altogether, there are 19 people staying here.) This has created some confusion - mostly in my mind. The other day I asked my sister to get out the ranch dressing and sour cream. When I turned around, she was washing lettuce.

"What are you doing?" I asked.

She looked at me as though I had lost my mind. "Washing the lettuce, like you asked me to."

Everyone agreed that I had asked Kate to get out the lettuce. I just sighed and admitted that I've partially lost it. So, when THIS conversation took place, I wondered (for a while) if I'd finally gone completely round the bend:

Me: "Where are the rest of the eggs?" (I'd purchased 3 dozen, but many of them had broken when they'd been shoved off the table!)

11 year old: "You told Maggie to put them in the freezer."
Me: "What?!? No I didn't!"
11 year old: "Yes, you did!"
Me (to my oldest sister, who was coming up the stairs): "Where are the eggs?"
Big Sis: "You told Maggie to put them in the freezer."
Me: "AAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!"

We eventually determined that THIS is what happened: My mom called to ask if she could bring home a bunch of meat and put it in my fridge. I said: "There's no room in the fridge. You'll have to put it in the freezer." I was a little hassled at the time, and didn't realize that the following conversation was going on around me:

Maggie: "Where should I put the rest of these unbroken eggs?"
Me: (on the phone, TO MY MOM) "There's no room in the fridge. You'll have to put it in the freezer."
Maggie: "I'm not going to do that."
Big Sis: "You'd better do what she says. If she tells you to put them in the freezer, she means it."

This whole situation inspired quite a lot of (slightly hysterical) laughter. Fortunately (as I was in the middle of making 3 different cakes) I had two dozen more eggs.

Ah, family life!

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