In my house.
For two hours.
When it's raining outside.
(Not that I'm bitter.)
So, part of those preparations were, naturally, the making of the cake.
Jane expressed her distaste for any icing that isn't chocolate and since the cake is chocolate with chocolate frosting, this left little in the arsenal for decorations of said cake.
I decided to use M&Ms.
In fact, I decided to make the CAKE an M&M, only instead of a lone "M" on the top, I would make a "J." For Jane. Because that's the birthday girl's first name.
I got a little carried away and Ana (11) and I started making a beautiful M&M mosaic.
We had gotten this far when the birthday
This has happened before but this time I could NOT figure it out. What the heck? There was nary a sprinkle in sight!
It turns out that when I floated the idea of doing a giant M&M as the cake, Jane assumed the caked would have a "M" on it!! I mean, HELLO??!! If it has a "J" on it, it's not an M&M, now, is it? "J" does NOT EQUAL "M," now, does it?
NOW. DOES. IT.
So, I wiped the "J" off and wrote an "M" and then the CEO had her way with decorating the rest of the cake.
Because, you know what?
It's HER cake. I should have let her decorate it in the first place.
Say it with me now, "Process vs. Product. Process vs. Product. Process vs. (freakin') Product."
I am finally learning to let go of control (it's only taken me 45 years to do it) and to keep the end in mind. And the end I was hoping for here was a happy birthday memory.
Tune in tomorrow and I'll let you know how that turned out.