I would say I have in-law stories to tell, but I don’t: they were remarkably mellow. Maybe a function of not seeing us for nearly 18 months, they decided to be on their best behavior? Whatever the case, I also noticed that the husband and I were much more comfortable gently calling bullshit when we saw it. The husband says I did a great deal in helping orient him in terms of reading his parents (they are infamous for doing the “whatever you want to do … but guess what I want” thing); I feel like I just took charge and decided what we’d do when people wouldn’t say what they wanted to do! They were curiously conscious of our time, too—they usually spend as much time as possible here, but acknowledged that they were imposing on a long weekend and left somewhat early yesterday.
(Which was great, because it gave me time to finish my short story and read my fellow workshoppers’ pieces, something I hadn’t done yet.)
In the end, the husband said he was willing to consider a visit to see them, but says it would have to be planned in such a way that we wouldn’t have to spend 24/7 with them. Unlike my parents, who let us do our thing, his parents like to chaperone us everywhere during a visit. I honestly don’t feel quite so ready for it.
Since the majority of the weekend involved entertaining his parents, there isn’t much else going on. As I mentioned, my second short story is finished, but given that the class is close to over, I’m way behind in terms of the volume I was supposed to produce. Because I’m keeping my head low at my current job as HR works through their background check of me at the upcoming job, I sometimes get moments here and there to write, but feel relatively uninspired at work. Not to mention very uncomfortable; my setup here has never been ergonomic, which is really bad considering I’m an editor who needs to sit in front of a computer screen constantly.
That said, while workshopping another person last night, I got the idea for another story and am thinking about starting it today.
And what that said, I leave you!