I am so very frustrated with my mother-in-law. She is part of the reason we are moving out of state…we need to keep many miles between us for the sake of my sanity and the health of our marriage. My husband's ready to hang her out to dry too. Any family events mean more contact with her and my brother-in-law (he's another story), and this has been one of those weeks. I've determined I'm good for one brief encounter once a month. Well, we've gone over the quota due my daughter's birthday and I'm ready to commit hairy carey. Even after she's gone, her presence lingers in the home like a strong unwelcome perfume. I hate that I have such a hard time dealing with this and that I allow a past encounter to still dwell in my present. She prattles on and on on insipid topics (like cousin Sally's boyfriend's new remodel in her kitchen) and my tolerance is gone. GONE. And this is just one area…. How do you tell someone that they're freakin' annoying without blowing your stack or….I know this is a very real possibility…becoming the target of hostility. Her passive/aggressive comments about me seem to be increasing. Hubby knows he needs to rise to my defense but he ends up reverting back to his childhood modus operandi by shutting down. Our house in on the market but who knows how long it will take to sell. On top of everything else, hubby ends his temp tax job on April 16. We're growing our own CPA practice but there isn't enough work to support us yet so we have this added stress right now. The irony is…whenever our circumstances are more challenging, she seems to pick up her tendency to drop over. (Law of Mother in Law Attraction?) I would appreciate any words of encouragement… And thanks once again for being such a supportive community.