Uggghhhhh! I hate being thrust in the middle.

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by jen0610, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Wishing on a star

    Wishing on a star DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2002
    I agree with the last two post above.
    If he is working a long, hard, retail day and weekend... That really puts a huge damper on any Thanksgiving plans...
    No Football, pie and coffee, visiting, later into the evening, etc.
    Just a big wake-up call a few hours later in the dark cold wee-hours.
    I can really feel for the OP and her husband.

    This thread is not about whether she should go or not.
    That decision has been made...
    Read the original post.
    Her husband has made his decision very clear.

    While it may be true that, really, the OP doesn't want put forth such an effort and go, especially since it would have to be a hit-n-run type of thing.

    I have to say, three days???
    I was thinking the very same thing, how rude of the hostess..., just now informing the OP of the time (which is not optimal), and also that she is expected to bring not one or two, but several dishes. It doesn't sound like she was asked when would be best, or what she would like to bring... She has just now been informed.
    How could give more notice than this, when the Hostess has just now come up with the details.

    She can't be to blame for that.
    She is not the one pulling a last-minute.

    OP, I am on the fence...
    We don't know how much food you were being 'requested' to prepare and to bring. We don't know how far of a drive would be involved... etc...
    We don't know if you and your husband really even have a desire to be there.

    Either you can make the effort and go, or decide that it is just too much, and you don't WANT to go. While I wouldn't use 'I don't want to go' as an excuse for the hostess... If that is the case, just acknowledge that to yourself and take ownership.

    Either way you decide I say go and have as good of a time as possible :woohoo:
    Or, stay home and have as good a time as possible :woohoo:
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  3. LBIJim

    LBIJim DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2009
    So she calls 2 1/2 days ago and you're just now getting around to sending your regrets? You didn't say whether you spoke to her in person or she left a message, but you should have responded sooner than now. I think 6 days is sufficient notice as to the time of dinner.

    I really like the part about DH having a little hissy fit and buying the stuff for your own meal, and not having the gonads to respond on his own, but rather expecting the wife do the dirty work. Lovely. :rolleyes2

  4. hereyago

    hereyago DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2008
    You are not in the middle. Your dh can use a phone just as easily. You call,you will be the bad guy. His side of the family,he can learn how to deal. My exdh was one to want me to call,bless his heart he had to learn I was not a messenger service.
  5. Gumbo4x4

    Gumbo4x4 Note to the ladies who forgot to

    Jan 19, 2012
    ^^^Yup. He doesn't have to eat like a pig, he doesn't have to get the recommended 8 hours sleep, and you don't have to get there right as the table is being set, either. When we get together for Thanksgiving supper, most folks arrive hours ahead of time leaving plenty of time to socialize pre-meal, and then those that have to leave early do eat and run.
  6. luvsJack

    luvsJack DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2007
    Op we don't work in retail but now exactly how your Dh feels. My husband drives a truck and if he leaves out Friday morning it will be in the wee hours. And yes 8 hours of sleep is very important.

    I would make the call and not worry about it. They can substitute for the missing dishes. Its not like they don't know what work your husband does. Otoh maybe she thought that time would work for everyone or its the only time she could get the closest to working. Either way though there should be no hard feelings on either side.
  7. carrie1626

    carrie1626 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2001

    The older you get, the more you realize that it's just one day in the realm of a lifetime.::yes::
  8. ksjayhawks

    ksjayhawks DIS Veteran

    Feb 14, 2004
    You had already informed niece of your timetable for thanksgiving day. She set the mealtime to accommodate the rest who are coming. You know if shecsays 5:30 it will really be 6 or after. That doesn't work for you.

    I would call tonight and tell her that due to dh's work schedule, you won't be able to make it. Add that you hope everyone has a nice time and to say hello from all of you.

    Then enjoy your meal at home so dh can get the rest he needs.
  9. disneyhand

    disneyhand DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2008
    Just wondering why OP has to make the phone call and not her husband? It's his family and he's the one that doesn't like the current plans. Then she wouldn't be caught in the middle.
  10. Nicolepa

    Nicolepa DIS Veteran

    Jan 18, 2005
    Me! I need 9 hours of sleep, minimum. I am in bed by 10 pretty much every night, unless I know I can sleep in the next day. This year I'm only getting 8 (because my daughters school is an hour earlier )and it's really hard! Usually on Wed when my husband does the am carpool I sleep in to catch up.

    If I had to be up early, on my feet all day, working retail, I would absolutely be in bed early enough to get 8/9 hours of sleep.

    It's just Thanksgiving. I might make an exception for Christmas, but Thanksgiving, nah.
  11. honeydiane1953

    honeydiane1953 DIS Veteran

    Jun 8, 2009
    Men USUALLY don't make those phone calls we women do. Sheesh we women will never learn and stop being the go between. Can you tell I am divorced?? lol Men lawd don't get me started.:crazy2::crazy2::crazy2:
  12. hereyago

    hereyago DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2008
    Lol. Go between annonymous!
  13. Nancyg56

    Nancyg56 DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2005
    I don't blame your family for staying home this year but someone has to make that call and soon. I will say that it seems that you and DH are disgruntled in general this Thanksgiving because you are annoyed about more than one issue.

    Your Dad and Mom are spending the holiday separately and this seems to be a problem for you. Both of my sons have spent a holiday with me when their wives were elsewhere and it was never a problem for me, or for them. My DDIL's have family out of town and my DS's wanted them to be able to share holidays with their family. No big deal. If your Dad is home and you have extra turkey ....
  14. Mermaid02

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    Apr 1, 2002
    I agree with the poster who said just call with your regrets and leave the drama out of it.
  15. mjkacmom

    mjkacmom DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2006
    Our family is eating Thanksgiving dinner at 1:30, because my girls have to travel to a dance competition. We are leaving before dessert. Usually, the gathering starts a few hours before dinner is to be served, so we can eat and drink enough to be full before dinner is even served. :lmao: It's more about the people than the food.

    It sounds a bit like your DH had a hissy fit, going out and buying his own dinner, rather than making a phone call. There has been many nights in my adulthood that I know I'm not going to get the best night sleep (especially after having 5 babies). It really isn't the end of the world.
  16. Wishing on a star

    Wishing on a star DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2002
    Yes, the issue is NOT whether they should go or not.

    Now, the husband's passive aggressive hissy-fit and refusing to call his family.... THAT might be an issue.

    OP: Sorry you kind of stuck in the middle.

    Hope you do have a nice Thanksgiving day!
  17. tcufrog

    tcufrog DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2012
    I think y'all are well within your rights to call with regrets. It was rude though not call right away and your dh needs to put on his big boy pants and make the call since he was the one who decide that y'all aren't going and it's his family.
  18. jen0610

    jen0610 DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2005
    Since DH had his heart attack and quad bypass surgery last summer, 8 hours is a must for him. He sleeps more now, he use to be good on 6 hours. Now if it's less than 8, he pretty much hurts through out the day.

    Dad has to work Thursday night thru Sunday night. If he wanted those days off, he would have had to put in for time off months ago. I understand why mom is going, that brother just lost his partner of 16+ years last month. He really doesn't need to spend this 1st holiday alone. I just wish there had been a bit more timely planning, instead of this last minute thing.

    She called late Friday and left me a voicemail message, with the info. Said to call her and let her know if I was ok with bringing those items. I was in bed and DH was at his part time job. On saturday, neither DH or I saw each other until 7 pm, at his place of work and it wasn't the time or the place to talk about dinner, as I knew he wouldn't be happy.

    We talked late saturday night, he was mad and said he wasn't going. I gave him until the sunday afternoon to cool down - you know making snap judgements when your angry - but he still wouldn't say ya or na on us going.

    It wasn't until he called me Monday afternoon and said he went and got our dinner for Thanksgiving, did I know for sure, that we were not going. If he hadn't called, I would have been on his rear to give me an answer, so that the call could be made.

    And yes, the man is bull headed and when he digs his heels in, there is no changing his mind. He's pissed and if left up to him, there would be no call to tell them we wouldn't be there. I on the other hand, know the call HAS to be made, I'm just not thrilled to be the one calling to say sorry not coming. After 20+ years, I should be use to it, but there are times when I just don't want the job. But somebody has to do, so I'll be the bigger person and make the call.

    See as much as I would love to be able to say, if you don't do, I'm not either but, I just can't do that to my neice. I won't do it to her.

    I have told him that he will need to hire personal assistant to take care of all the things I do for him, like make these types of calls, if we ever get a divorce.

    The call was made. They know. The conversation was fine. We - the necies, DD and I - are all still going shopping on black friday.

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