Sunday, February 21, 2010

A writer on the edge - Amanda Ashby

I like to think of myself as a pacifist-apart of course from my bad habit of killing cockroaches (but seriously, they started it). However, it turns out that apparently I'm not such a pacifist after all because since my mother's been to visit from Australia, I've been without my TV remote control for over a week and let's just say that I'm. Not. Handling. It. Well.

Have I watched any Buffy repeats for the last week? Er, that would be no. And how about Bones? Again no. House? No, no, no. In fact all I've managed to see is American Idol and trust me when I tell you that no one should have to watch AI with my mother in the room.

And seriously, it's not like I'm a TV addict (okay, perhaps I am, but I can give up anytime I want). It's just it's the principle of the matter. My TV. My remote. But apparently not, so for the last week I've been forced to watch shows whose names I can't even repeat in case it puts out some sort of bad karma. I tell you, it's enough to drive a girl to drink.

And it's not like I don't love my mother, because I do. In fact there have been lots of good things this week. A trip to the Mission for lunch, getting dressed up and going to the Napier Art Deco festival, and especially having a live-in babysitter so that my husband and I could out and see the fabulous Gin Wigmore, (who is as gorgeous as she is talented and will one day rule the world!!!!), but the truth is that I'm still looking forward to getting my life back.

So what about everyone else? How do you cope with visitors in the house? Does the break in routine drive you around the bend or is it something that you love? More importantly, what are the best tips for stealing remote controls back when no one is looking? Enquiring minds want to know.

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runner10 said...

I don't like unexpected company. I like to decide who is visiting and for how long!!

Amanda Ashby said...

Denise - we are as one!!!!!

Lucy said...

The break in my routine does drive me around the bend. I have no advice on getting the remote back as I feel obligated to offer it up to my guests, even if their choice in programs makes me nuts.

Sara Hantz said...

As you know, I don't cope with visitors in the house..... there's one other person who hates visitors as much as me and we know who that is!!!!!!

Amanda Ashby said...

Lucy - snap! Thank goodness we can now record all our shows digitally because I have a LOT of catching up to do!!!!!

Sara - yes, there is a small chance that I know who you are talking about!!!

Linda Henderson said...

The only people I don't mind visiting unexpectly are my daughters and grandkids. Although when the grandkids show up I loose all control of the remote. I don't complain though, I'm just glad they like to come and visit me.