TJsMama - Good luck. I hate having to confess financial things to DH, and we're doing really well! I had to tell him last tax time that I hadn't kept good baby sitting income records, even though he had been reminding me consistently to do so.
It wasn't pleasant.
Cheryl - We've cut ties with DH's father years and years ago. It was tough, and we had a bunch of family members pretty set against it, but it has been for the best for us as a family. We have also gone back and forth with my brother about speaking and not speaking. Really, it would be better if we weren't at all involved with him, but, as with all things family, it's complicated. I like to think that we strike a pretty middle ground between attracting drama, but it seems that we attract people (family and friends) that are in crisis in some form or other. So, while the drama isn't really ours, it is stuff we have to deal with. It is exhausting and draining.
Speaking of exhausting and draining family members, we just got through a week with my SIL and her three boys (11, and almost 6 year old twins). The kids are pretty wild and disrespectful of boundaries, normally, but did pretty well this trip. All 6 kids had a great time with their cousins. The problem was my SIL. She was such a drain on us. In a week with us, she did absolutely no dishes, didn't cook or offer to help cook a single meal, would throw dirty laundry into the washing machine, but not turn it on, left gross things laying around (used ear plugs from the pool on the dining room table, dead skin from her feet in a bowl, wet muddy towels from the boys' feet on the hardwood floors, etc.), and didn't pay for a single thing! On top of all that, she never said a single thank you or please. It was so frustrating. She's kind of always like that, so we were sort of expecting it, but she usually isn't so intense with her rudeness. I just felt like an abused maid.
It wasn't fun at all for me.
RR: No running to report, but I think I'm going to write out a running schedule for the rest of the summer. I think I'm going to also look for another 5k or two to do.