November 20, 2012 I HAVE TO DO THANKSGIVING CHORES WITH BRIANNA!! I LOVE Thanksgiving…and I mean REALLY love! I actually love ALL holidays, but I think the turkey ones are the best!! Every year I stuff my face and then lay on the couch in a food coma, dreaming of pie until I wake up…to the smell of pie! But this year Thanksgiving might not be as cool as usual because I have to do chores with Brianna. It’s not that I don’t like helping out. If my parents ask me to do something, as long as it’s not something like, “Clean the toilet with a toothbrush!” I’m all over it! But I’d rather pluck my eyebrows off one-by-one than do chores with Brianna. Trust me…that would be FAR less painful! It’s IMPOSSIBLE to get stuff done when I’m working with that girl!! She makes EVERYTHING so hard. First of all, she whines like CRAZY and is super dramatic! I remember one time we cleaned the garage together. All day it was like, “Why do we have to clean Nikkiiiii? I need to stop for a snack…I’m STARVING Nikkiiiiii! This is SO boring I think I’m gonna DIE Nikkiiiiiii!” She ALWAYS drags out my name when she’s whining, which makes it even more annoying! Then there’s the Miss Penelope thing. Whenever she messes up she blames Miss Penelope. Like this one time when we were helping Mom paint a room. Brianna was jumping around like a little mental patient, and she ended up knocking over the bucket of paint. She was like, “It wasn’t me! Miss Penelope did it!” I told her that made no sense, since she kicked the bucket with her FOOT and Miss Penelope is just a HAND! Then she changed her story, saying, “It was Miss Harriet…Miss Penelope’s cousin!” As if Miss Penelope’s long lost relative lives in her shoe! I am SO not looking forward to doing stuff with her. A holiday is supposed to be a day off from stress, but I KNOW she’s going to drive me CRAZY! My mom gave me a list of options for things we can do together to help out: -We can bake a dessert, which means AT LEAST an hour in the kitchen with Brianna, another hour cleaning the mess she’ll make, and then a half-hour cleaning HER. Last time we baked, she put Crisco all over her hair and screamed, “I’m condi-ching my hair to make it pretty!” It didn’t work! -We can clean the living room and the bathroom…which would be awesome if I could take the living room and give HER the bathroom, but knowing her she’ll end up doing something ridiculous, like flushing herself down the toilet -We can make some Thanksgiving decorations. This actually sounds kind of fun…and an obvious choice given my mad art skills! But Brianna makes a HUGE mess whenever we do arts and crafts stuff. And mom wasn’t talking about a construction paper turkey you make by tracing your hand. She was talking about a cool table centerpiece, turkey place mats, and a wreath for the door. I’d LOVE to make that stuff if I didn’t have to do it with Brianna! So those are my options. I thought about asking my mom if I could do it all on my own, whichever one I pick, but I think she wants us to work together. She seems to LOVE it when we work as a team, even if it makes things super hard on me. What do you guys think? Which chore should we do? And how can I make it as painless as possible? I need your help big time!!