This week has been WEIRD!
First of all there is STILL extreme unrest between our little circle of some 15-20 friends that get together almost every Friday or Saturday for hors de'ouvres and drinks then out to eat at a restaurant that the hostess selects and makes reservations for...or a dine in where the hostess cooks the main dish and everyone is assigned side dishes.
I usually look forward to this weekly event and the hubs and I have participated in this ritual for over 20 years, pretty much the same circle of core friends with a few add ons and drop offs from time to time.
Every since the election there has been unrest...much reflected in the same way that the country over all has reflected.
Our best friends bought a little lake cabin back in Iowa (our home state) a few years ago and they go back there to spend the entire summer. Our group has carried on the get togethers with the people that are still here, even as we all seem to come and go during the summer.
Usually about 10-12 of us manage to meet each week, or every other week. But this year especially has had some rocky rumblings and it's always about politics. About half of us are Republicans and about half us are Democrats. I've written a blog or two about some of the blow ups that in spite of my insistence NOT to talk about...always seemed to bleed into the dinner conversation. Most of us are self employed, or were...one of us is a Criminal Lawyer (still in practice) and several still work in management or mid management positions.
Soooo you are bound to have strong opinions from strong personalities flying around from every angle.
I really thought that after the election things would settle down. They have not. Especially from our friends that have returned back to FL from Iowa (Demo) and one particular other wife (Rep) of the lawyer. There have been several spates YET AGAIN...over...
politics which is has been voted on (democratic process...right?) and shelved as verboten subject.
Me...being the sensible one usually manages to stay across the room and out of the line of fire...BUT...it still ruins the evening when these negative vibes are being hurled about.
Last Saturday we were having a lovely dinner at one of our friend's houses and AGAIN these two ladies got into it. This time it wasn't about politics but about property insurance. The lawyer's wife made a back handed remark about how she was SICK of paying more for her premium to cover homeowners who went into the state appointed property insurance program that wouldn't be able to otherwise secure insurance. She happened to be outnumbered because on the other side of her sat a high powered property insurance executive that told her in no uncertain terms this was the way things were and just because SHE didn't like it didn't mean that the world
was going to change on her accord.
Again...I was sitting wayyyy down the table from these rabble-rousers so I didn't get into the jest of the argument..but it ended with the wife of the lawyer, getting up and walking out. She took her marbles and went home!
She DID not thank the hostess for the lovely meal, she did not say good bye or even make some as semblance of an excuse for leaving to her fellow dinner mates...just huffed out.
No manners, no courtesy...just spoiled childish behavior.
I see this being played out on a larger scale in Washington D.C. It's just a travesty for democracy and a sad sad day for the crinks that it has put into our lovely circle of friends that just can't let go of their bigotry, their prejudices, or their sore loser tactics.
If this keeps up...she might find herself on the outside of a group of friends that she has enjoyed for over 20+ years. I want to just shake the stuffing out of her and yell WAKE UP and SMELL the coffee!
Instead...it makes me jumpy and wondering if some explosions are going to happen during my Annual Girls Christmas Craft party scheduled for December 12, 2012.
One bad vibe from someone who can't face reality is a real 'buzz kill' for the entire group..we aren't having it!
In the meantime this general uneasiness amongst the group has left me feeling agitated. I've been the lone gal at the consignment gallery because the hubs is out working a construction project that he committed to last summer.
The gallery has been dismally slow this week. Two days with zero sales. When this happens I get so bored...I keep thinking of the ninety million projects I have at home and SHOULD be doing rather than just sitting in an empty gallery cooling my heels.
Ugghhhh retail life is the ultimate test on patience. I have none...between these recent group rumblings and the scarcity of sales I find that the moment I get home I want to go into 'munch' mode. Last night I had an enormous bowl of popcorn and added nuts to it to boot. BAD choices for BAD state of mind. Boredom and general uneasiness send me spiraling.
Of course it could have been a WHOLE lot worse...thank goodness I threw out the left over pecan and pumpkin pie with cool whip days before!
One small victory for woman~kind!
I am still using my fitbit every day and doing well with it. I'm logging and tracking food and drinking gallons of water...hopefully things will settle down with this group..OR...a public stoning may occur...stay tuned...it's NEVER dull in Bobbi~s~ville!
On a side note...one direct conversation I had with this before negative but now EXTREMELY negative friend was that she was just going to take her money and leave the country...I very kindly offered to help her pack...it's really THAT bad!