Most of you know how overbearing and controlling my mother can be. Don't get me wrong, we are very close and she can be a huge help with my kids, but her telling me how to run my life 24/7 gets to me more days than others. Today is one of those days. She came over to my place this morning after I had left for work to take difficult child to her new school. Normally difficult child will be bused to and from school, but it takes five days from the signing of the IEP to implement transportation. We just had the IEP and signed the papers yesterday. The school is too far for me to drive her myself. I wouldn't be able to take her at a reasonable hour plus drop off easy child at his school on the other side of town. Until the bus service is implemented my mom is going to drive her to school and back. It is a huge help to me, and my mom is really going out of her way to do it. BUT, this morning after she dropped difficult child off at school, she called me at work to let me know what a terrible mess my apartment is. I just got through coming home after work and cleaning on Friday. I also put up some cute new Thanksgiving decorations. Since Friday my place may have gotten a bit messier, but hardly enough to say anything to me about. If anything, I really expected my mom to compliment me on my new decorations. But nope, instead I get insulted. Then she chastised me for the cats not having any food in their bowl. I just got through putting a whole bunch of dry food in the bowl before I left for work this morning. It's not my fault the cats ate it all in one sitting! Now I'm at work in a bad mood and trying to get out of it. I know I shouldn't let her ruin my day but seriously, I'm at work and the last thing I need is to be insulted. Sometimes I just let it roll off my back and don't let it affect me. Today is just one of those days where it bothers me, I guess. Sorry, I just needed to vent!