I waited until long after the holidays were over to write this because the holidays tend to make me oh so reactive & I tend to not write blogs well in that state. It’s the insane amount of stress that the holidays induce which makes me such fun person to be around in November and December. That and the inevitable visit from the least favorite person in my life -> the Sideline Narcissist (otherwise known as my mother-in-law.)
The irony here is that Donald (actually had to look bag at older blog entries to see what his alt name is hee) Bloody Loves the holidays. Of course, his contribution to the holidays are usually cooking the turkey and putting up the Christmas tree. I handle pretty much all of the rest because if it were left to Donald it wouldn’t get done. (Procrastination does not work well during the holidays.) So while Donald gets all giddy at the approach of the holidays I pretty much turn into a zombie who tries to feel as little as possible just to get through it. Yay.
Anyhow, the inevitable visit occurred as it always does. And Donald’s anxiety increases as it always does. And the Sideline Narcissist proceeded to complain about anything and everything in her life because that’s pretty much her modus operandi. My personal favorite was when she began to talk about her niece referring to her as “Princess ….” and definitely not meaning it in an endearing way. The kicker was the Sideline Narcissist was obviously jealous of her niece’s relationship with the SN’s sister, but instead of admitting that she painted the niece as being entitled. (Cue the laughter from those who have ever dealt with a Narcissist. Cuz this is pretty much their trademark.) Donald definitely gets points for this next bit as he interrupted her and asked how “Queen Narcissist” (obviously he didn’t call her that, but he did use her first name) would be arranging the visiting times since she was displeased. It was pretty epic.
The SN has made several attempts to overtake her niece’s life and it makes me sad that no one in Donald’s family will call her on her shit. Because of past experience I don’t deal with most of the drama that happens regularly in Donald’s family. I pretty much just stay as far away from the Sideline Narcissist as possible and educate my kiddos on what are healthy emotional behaviors and those which aren’t.
So the holidays are over (Huzzah) but Winter hasn’t left yet and my stupid Seasonal Affective Disorder is in full swing. Thankfully the depression isn’t as bad as it was last year…it’s the being tired that’s killing me this year. That and the nerve pain that flares up every Winter. Also, the Sideline Narcissist is making plans to come out in February. In my beleaguered state I’m seriously considering getting a hotel room the weekend she’s coming out and giving myself a mini-holiday. It’ll piss Donald off but I’m finding more and more that I just don’t care.
On a good note I’m reading a great book called The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron which is giving great insight on so many levels. It was less than $10 when I purchased it through Amazon, so definitely worth the money. Also, I’m getting quite a bit of writing accomplished. So good stuff. Gotta remember the good stuff when the SAD kicks in and all I want to do is sleep.