Since we're all getting to be friends here in the blogosphere, here's something you need to know about me, especially if you live in my town and/or we ever actually hang out in person and not just through our computers.
I hate, loathe, detest, and utterly dislike home parties that require the participants to buy something. Tupperware, Longaberger, Mary Kay, and the like -- they're all untenable in my book. Sure, the hostess may say something like, "Oh, you don't have to buy. Just come and have a night with the girls." Um, yeah, I don't think so, because I know the ace salesperson there will guilt me into some sort of unnecessary purchase.
I have sworn an oath to go the rest of my life without attending any such event and, believe me, I will not attend, no matter how much you beg, threaten, or nag. Even if you are my mother, my best friend, or my husband's boss' wife. I promise you I will not attend. I won't even lie about it and say that I have a prior commitment on my calendar. I'll just decline politely, but firmly.
So please, pretty please, don't ever invite me to one of your home parties.
Just so we're clear.
(If anyone reading this actually sells the aforementioned products, no insult was intended.)
* Gollum in "The Hobbit."