We’re having a friend, her husband, and her tween daughter over for bunch on Sunday. It’s supposed to be over 90 degrees. I have no idea what to make. It’s been so hot. Just the thought of turning on the oven makes me sweat. So far, I have fruit salad. Mimosas or sangria? My favorite sangria recipe is a bit too potent for brunch, so I’d need to tone it down a bit. Thoughts?

Catch used to have a friend who called me Molly Stewart. I was the queen of entertaining. I don’t know what happened, but we rarely entertain anymore. My hostess skills are rusty. It really sank in last night for the first time that I will have to clean and pretty the house AND prepare food this weekend. For people who are not my wife and who may actually care whether the napkins are clean and the silverware all matches. (WHERE DO ALL OF THE TEASPOONS DISAPPEAR TO? Did they get cold and run off to a house that eats less ice cream? Are they resentful over the lack of dish sauna—aka dishwasher—in our household?)

Anyway, it all sounds so exhausting. Do you suppose Amazon will deliver a prepared brunch—still warm and in appropriate serving dishes?

Brunch was not supposed to be the point of this post. I sat down to tell you about how hard the past few weeks have been. How depressed I am. How as I sobbed into our couch cushions on Tuesday evening, I considered how much easier it would be if I could just cease to exist.

Life goes on, though, doesn’t it? There is work to be done. Housework. Marriage work. Health work. Job work. It’s endless, really. All I can do is hope that if I continue to go through the motions, at some point—if I just keep working—I will stop noticing how hard it all is.

16 thoughts on “Work

  1. I’m so sorry that everything feels so hard right now. I am a fan of ‘faking it till you make it’ although going through the motions sure does feel shitty. Not much I can do from here except tell you that breakfast casseroles are the lazy man’s brunch and that I really, really hope the sun is around the corner for you (of course, figuritively because I also hope you get some respite from the heat soon.)

  2. Waffles (sweet or savoury) are also a brunch favourite around my house, and they are easy to make. Maybe a frittata too. Both are low-medium effort in terms of preparation. Hopefully you’ll get your “host” on, which will be a nice distraction from the sadness and work stress.

  3. It’s crazy full of highs and lows life is. Sometimes the lows feel so low that we can’t see light. They last so long that we forget what the sun looks like. I know all too well how you feel. Those lows can seem impossible to get through. Keep searching for your light. The sun sets but I promise you that it always rises again.

  4. Make it easier on yourself 🙂 book into a nice cafe instead. No need for the house keeping and cooking. Take the pressure off and enjoy a few hours out of the house in pleasant company and surroundings.

  5. Bellinis.

    Personally, I’m a fan of bagel brunches–do you have a good bagel shop near you? Bagels, cream cheese, butter, lox, onion, tomato, lettuce/cucumber. That plus a nice fruit salad (thrown in some fresh mint leaves for a fun kick) is a nice refreshing summer weather brunch.

    But if you DO want to cook, quiche is usually a good choice–chop, mix, dump, and pop in the oven. No pressure to be the hostess you once were–they’re coming for the company, not the cuisine and cutlery!

    Life does go on, though, and you will do. Sorry it’s rough these days.

  6. It sucks to have to entertain when you aren’t feeling 100% or up for it. Mimosas are easier, so I would do that, and I have to agree with bagels and probably some cold cuts and fruit! Hopefully, being surrounded by some friends will brighten your day a little…if not, those puppies sure will!

  7. I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve been depressed recently. If you need/want to talk, please know that I am here, and I am sure many other bloggers too. Hugs to you!

    I hear you about having people over. Could you do breakfast for lunch?

  8. I hear you on depression and life is hard. I feel like my mind chants these things to me daily. And now being pregnant I feel more overwhelmed, more depressed, must be the hormones. I hope anyway! I’m happy to see you’re moving along though. I find going through the motions sometimes is best for me, but I am sorry you’re having such a hard time. I hope it doesn’t last long and life looks up for you very soon!

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