Open Thread: I Ain't Worried, Doin' Me Tonight

Screengrab via YouTube
Screengrab via YouTube

Well buds, it looks like we made it to the end of this year, despite the vast forces in this world that conspired against us. It’s a Saturday and it’s freakin’ New Year’s Eve, which means you’re either sitting on your couch in stretch velvet leggings eating popcorn or preparing yourself to throw some sequins, some lipstick and some dancing shoes to get on out there and give this year the swift kick in the pants it deserves.

I leave you with the sheer joy that is Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied” – the extended remix only, I don’t play – and wish you all the best in the coming year. Also: there’s still time to learn all the dances from the second half of this video before you show up to the function, even if the function is just a self-curated House Hunters: International marathon, a little bit of weed and a few wines.

Happy New Year, pals!

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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I’m down in the greys, and lurk here often, but I thought I’d see what people here think of my current situation and can offer any advice.

I’m getting married in July. Been with my wonderful man for 3.5 years. We live together, have a dog. Very happy. His mother is a nightmare. I’ve known for a long time now that she has control issues and is emotionally abusive (e.g. telling him he’s lazy and worthless, making up shit I said and/or did to try and tear us apart) but this last Christmas trip was brutal. She called me a “disgusting, lazy pig”, told me I’m only with him for his money (to be clear, homeboy ain’t no millionaire. We are firmly middle class.), repeatedly called me an alcoholic (I’m in my 30s, I can have 2 glasses of wine STFU), and insulted my entire family, whom she’s never met.

I’m done with her. She declared I’m no longer welcome in her home, not even thinking that this means that my (future) children will never step foot in her home either. I don’t want her at our wedding. My fiance agrees, however he also knows how she rolls. He’s worried that if we tell her she can’t come, his father, sister, and brother won’t come either. We both want the rest of the family there. Just not her.

I can’t stop thinking about how awful she is. I’m going to start therapy once my new insurance kicks in after the first of the year (tomorrow). We’re leaving for vacation on Monday and it’ll be great.

My friends and family have been unbelievably kind and supportive. I know she’s nuts. It’s tough though and I don’t know anyone else that’s ever dealt with this before. I was raised by kind, loving people, and this constant screaming and abuse is something I don’t know how to deal with. Does anyone out there have any advice?

We’re headed to a friend’s house so I may not see responses until tomorrow, but anything is appreciated.