The tension/energy in this house is so bad when my mom visits that things break every time. This visit our dining room air conditioner (yes we still have window units) broke FIVE MINUTES after she walked in the house. The chain on the toilet broke about two hours after she arrived and this morning when I tried to lock my office door (for some much needed privacy) it broke. I think it's a combination of her nervousness/uptightness/tension and the way the energy in my family changes knowing how difficult it's going to be having her here.
The sad part is the same kind of energetic shifts happen within me. Things break. Usually by 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon I'm so exhausted I just want to go to bed.
I hope we find a house for her today. My family is headed for the beach Friday and the kids are staying for the week with my MIL. J44 and I are driving back Monday and I was hoping for a quiet week before I headed up to Maryland to help her pack. I'd be willing to go up to MD next week, just to keep things moving. There's a lot to do.