Betty's memorial party is less than 2 weeks away now. This morning I woke up from a nightmare that was clearly linked to the stress of preparation. It started with the doorbell ringing. It was one of Betty's co-workers coming to the memorial, but I was completely taken by surprise that she was there. I had no food prepared. The house was not set up for it. At least I was dressed in regular clothes and not in the a quickly thrown on cover up. I tell her to make herself at home and I'd be right back.
Here's where time takes a left. All the rest of this seems to happen in the space of 30 minutes or so.
I go into the kitchen and I'm throwing stuff around at break-neck speed - cleaning and cooking all at the same time. Except I don't have everything I need. I jump in the car and zoom to the store. I remember to buy the onion dip. I wanted to buy lasagnas, but I was having trouble finding the frozen food section. The store was all re-arraigned. I find every other type of frozen entree, but the lasagnas. The whole time I'm wondering why none of my friends, who were scheduled to help, have shown up. I go back home and continue to cook. When I start to put out the onion dip, I realize I forgot the chips. Another jump in the car and a trip to the store. This time I decide I'll make a big salad too, so I run to the produce section, but there are no mushrooms and I decide I can not have a salad without mushrooms, so I nix the salad. I head back to the frozen food section and am desperately look for something else I can throw in the oven. I load the cart up with packages of appetizers.
By the time I get back, a few more people have shown up - again mostly Betty's co-workers. I continue to cook and host the growing number of guests. Still none of my helpers have shown up. Why I didn't try to call any of them, I'll never know, but then dreams are not real life - thank goodness. Next I find myself at my desk and I look at the calendar and discover it's not the correct day for the party. All these people showed up 2 weeks early. That's when I wake up.