Chaos is a key ingredient in Worry Soup. A cluttered house contributes to a cluttered mind, and a cluttered mind will add a whole new dimension to any worry one might already be harbouring. My suggestion is to start sorting through your walls of bookshelves the minute you get an offer on your house. There is no need to be methodical or orderly. After all, the people have already looked at your house, so there's no longer any need to keep things tidy. More mess equals better soup.
Uncertainty is another important ingredient. To make the best possible Worry Soup you need quality uncertainty. Don't settle for something as mundane as not knowing what the weather is going to be like tomorrow. You need a big worry. Something along the lines of knowing the buyers need to remove their subject to sale and home inspection clauses, and not hearing a word from the realtor about setting up the necessary home inspection appointment. To make your Worry Soup more flavourful, be sure to add several days of this uncertainty to the pot.
Even the best chefs have made the mistake of thinking they didn't need an ingredient, only to find that in the end it was not only needed, but absolutely essential to the final outcome. This is where stamina comes in. Thinking I was past the "having to clean the house to perfection" phase, it never crossed my mind I would have to clean it one more time. My Worry Soup seemed to be quite tasty already, and I would have been happy to leave stamina out of the pot entirely. That was, until our realtor finally phoned about that house inspection we had been waiting to hear about. Apparently the buyers are doing the house inspection themselves rather than hiring a professional, which means they will be coming back. (Insert bad words here.) Too late, I realize I might have added a bit more chaos than I should have.
Seasonings can make all the difference when cooking, and Worry Soup is no exception. It is important to use a dash of wine. Repeat until the bottle is empty. Also, pinches of chocolate on a regular basis are essential. A word of caution here! When making Worry Soup the seasonings do not go into the soup pot. They are best consumed directly by the cook.
Let the soup simmer slowly, knitting often to keep the worries from boiling over.
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