Once upon a time in the kingdom of Jenworld, Queen Jen was busy. Very busy. She spent all of last Friday and Saturday cleaning the castle from top to bottom.
You are probably wondering, why would the queen have to clean? Doesn't she have any royal servants to do her bidding?
As it happens, Jenworld was a kingdom of only modest riches. King Pete and Queen Jen had plans for the royal princesses. Plans that involved braces, private school, and such basics as tiaras and hot pink faux furs. Therefore, expenditures such as royal maids, royal cooks, royal gardeners, and royal pool boys were considered frivolous and unnecessary. Luckily, King Pete was usually amenable to cleaning the royal crappers or else Queen Jen would hire a retinue of maids so fast it would make King Pete's head spin.
Getting back to the story...
On the Friday and Saturday in question, Queen Jen was working hard to make sure that Jenworld was clean. That it sparkled even. So she dusted and scrubbed and wiped princess fingerprints from windows. She vacuumed and mopped and swept. She washed sheets and blankets and even fluffed pillows. She bought food and drinks and other comestibles. In between, she also worked hard at her job, schlepped princesses hither and yon, and stayed so busy that she would fall into bed each night, utterly exhausted.
But hey, that's the life of a mother for you.
All of this frenzied activity was in anticipation of the arrival of the royal in-laws on Saturday. The royal in-laws had traveled in their royal Honda all the way from New York state for their annual autumnal visit. Queen Jen felt it was important to have a clean Jenworld, so that her in-laws would not have to wade through piles of royal crapola whilst here.
The visit was great fun and the royal in-laws seemed to have a good time. Certainly, the royal princesses enjoyed the hell out of their grandparents.
On Monday afternoon, the royal in-laws loaded up the royal Honda and headed back to their own kingdom. Queen Jen finished waving good bye and walked back into her wee castle. She took a deep breath, let it out, and ...
... cleaned the bathrooms, ran the vacuum, stripped the guest bed and put the room back in order, did two loads of laundry, and cleaned the kitchen floor.
It appears that a queen's work is never done. Nonetheless, she lived happily ever after.