November 23, 2012 HOW I GOT OUT OF DOING THANKSGIVING CHORES WITH BRIANNA! Remember how I told you that my mom wanted me to do Thanksgiving chores with Brianna? She gave us three options: baking, cleaning, or making decorations. I would have LOVED to make decorations…if I could tell Brianna HER job was to watch and clap when I did something really well! I seriously considered if that would work…then I remembered how she once RUINED The Nutcracker by running onstage. Brianna STINKS at sitting still and being an audience! I didn’t want to do any of those things with her because it’s easier to get a MONKEY IN A COMA to follow directions. I ended up deciding on the decorations idea, because I figured that was my best chance at having a little fun. Then my mom said, “I’m so sorry Nikki, but I actually really need you two to clean for me because it looks like I won’t have time. Don’t worry…you guys can make decorations too!” As if THAT’S what I was worried about…not the fact that I might end up in a straight jacket, drooling down my chin, after a day of Brianna driving me nuts! At first I whined, “Come on! You said I could pick, Moooom!!” Then I realized I was dragging her name out like Brianna does to me. The last thing I want to do is sound like Brianna! If you ever catch me being THAT annoying, please virtually shake me and tell me to snap out of it!! I knew there was no use complaining, especially since Mom works so hard on Thanksgiving dinner and really needed the help. So I figured we’d start with the bathroom. It seemed best to just get it over with! I told Brianna to clean the tub while I got the toilet and the sink. I figured I’d have to redo it when she was done, but it would keep her busy and out of my way. I reached into the cabinet under the sink to find my mom’s homemade tub cleanser, which she keeps in this plastic spray bottle. But I noticed it was running low, so I left Brianna alone for a second so I could ask my mom for more. When I came back, I saw Brianna spraying it all over the tub. I was super confused, since there wasn’t really much left. Then I saw something that TOTALLY freaked me out: blue streaks all over the tub!! I asked Brianna, “What did you do?! The tub’s all blue!!” Then she said, “I made more cleanser!” I guess she’d seen my mom making it by mixing Dawn dish soap with vinegar, so she grabbed this Dawn bottle under the sink. But THAT bottle was actually full of paint that my mom uses to touch up the bathroom walls. And she didn’t just get it all over the tub…she also got it all over herself! I couldn’t be mad at her, since it wasn’t really her fault. But I knew my mom was SUPER busy with dinner, and I had no idea how to get the paint off her OR the tub! After a few minutes of standing there FREAKING OUT my dad ran in saying, “Gotta go! Gotta go!” I thought he was going to TOTALLY lose it when he saw the blue painty mess. But after I explained what happened, he said, “Nikki, you go help your mom with dinner and I’ll handle this!” I was SO relieved!! Mom ended up telling me, “I got this covered dear! I’m sure the bathroom disaster was stressful. Why don’t you go relax!” I totally didn’t see that happening!! I decided to vacuum the living room first, just to do my part. Then I made this cool Thanksgiving centerpiece…by myself! I know this might sound cheesy, but I did it because I’m grateful for my parents and all the stuff they do for me…even though my Dad sometimes HUMILIATES me by picking me up in his bug mobile! Hopefully they learned an important lesson this Thanksgiving: I can do a WAY better job being grateful when they don’t stick me with Brianna!!