I did too
invite you, Shann. I sent an open invitation to all of you on here and I meant it. Would love to have you all there. And I love how the airplane ticket is growing exponentially in price every time you tell this story. You almost made me doubt my conviction that you were teasing me when you gave me an exact number of your ticket that was like $871 or something. But if it had been $412 I would have believed it more because you can usually get them for less if you keep watching. We only paid a little for ours out there because Mom had a bunch of miles and a coupon. And of course in your story to me you had used your last cent and would be eating noodles for the next three weeks.
I am headed to bed and am excited about the party but for some reason my pain levels are very high today. I have been trying not to over do it in getting ready and have been laying down a few times a day, so I don't know what my back is so mad about. My shoulder has been flaring again this week for no apparent reason, too, so maybe the pain is unrelated to party prep.
A friend is coming a couple hours early to help clean, and I had to basically force Mom to not stay up all night to do it all before she got here.
I get that it's embarrassing to have someone come if the house is disgusting, but we've been able to keep up most things reasonably well with the smaller house (that's one blessing of being squeezed in here), so it's not bad at all (except maybe the mildew in my shower since my shoulder won't let me scrub, but no one will look there). And I get that it's really hard to ask for help. But I don't really get why it's so hard to accept freely offered help when we've all been chronically ill for the last five weeks. Anyway, I think I talked Mom into letting Jenna help with the few dishes that are left in the morning, at least.
We're blessed that Mom is feeling well enough and that Dad is willing to do the shopping (or drive me) that we've needed and to help with everything else. I tried to make it as low-stress as possible with being in the middle of the afternoon so we don't need main course food, and asking people to bring snacks to share instead of a gift. So basically we only have to provide cake, drinks, and paperware.
We went to World Market today and got napkins that look foreign and some candies from other countries. I have all sorts of nicknacks I've picked up or been given from all over the world that I'll scatter around, and if I have time I'll print out some scenes from other countries or flags or something. I'll post pictures!