This morning I woke up early (early for me AND early for Saturday) to babysit the biting boy and his brother. I thought things might go smoothly because its not bed-time and we could all just play and get along, but right at the end he started destroying things angrily, so I had to give him a time-out. The parents got home just as the time-out was ending.
I was shaking all the way home.
I think I should quit because I am actually afraid of him.
On a Brighter Note
My friend Mary and I want to practice holding dinner parties. This is part of my plan to become an Entertainer. It makes me feel alive to have goals, even if I never reach them.
Tonight Mary is having a dinner party, which might turn into a snack party which is just as well.
I am reading Amy Sedaris' book "I Like You, Hospitality Under the Influence" to get some tips for tonight.
I am just in the beginning but have already gotten a lot of nuggets. It is not a quick read. It is dense and very specific.
Since I have already made a party log of my party like she suggested- I am going to continue and relay some tips I have underlined from the book thus far:
What not to bring:
"Don't you dare show up with bamboo! You might as will bring a turtle!"
"remember: NO BAMBOO, TURTLES OR SUNFLOWERS"
(I like sunflowers! But I am assuming she is referring to their top-heavy nature and difficulty to wrangle into a vase.)
What to serve to whom:
"If you are entertaining someone with the misfortune of bad skin, stray from serving cranberry muffins or pizza or any other food that might mimic their face.".
Maybe I should keep that in mind when serving myself.
On Menu Variation
"Think twice before you serve a tomato soup with a tomato salad followed by spaghetti marinara, and Bloody Marys for cocktails. That's a lot of acid to drop in one night".
"Notice in local health food stores how unhealthy the people tend to look". Agreed.
"Cashiers will notice patterns like ice cream at midnight three days in a row. The same is true for liquor. Rotate your stores". Stealth.
Why does she hate turtles so much? That was the hook. I must read more to find out why.