You know how sometimes you get those invitations from friends? The ones to come to a “party” that’s really a way for someone to sell something? I get the frequently for CAbi, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, some wine one and the like on a fairly regular occasion. Whenever I get the invitation, I groan.
Then I weigh what the thing is that’s being sold. Then I decide how much I like the person. And if I have a winner and my calendar works, I’ll go. Let’s just say that I’ve never been to a CAbi, but I miss Tastefully Simple only when I’m sick.
Well, a friend of mine has started selling Usborne Books. I really love Usborne Books. We got a train book and CD for Mister Man for his first birthday. It’s a simple board book with several stories that he can listen to and read by himself. He still enjoys is periodically. And we used their sticker books (dolls, princesses and ballerinas) to help potty train Little Miss. They have all sorts of cool educational and themed kits and novels for teenagers, etc. Oh, just go look for yourself.
Anyway, when my friend asked if I’d be willing to host a show, I agreed. That was probably mistake number one, right? My friends are going to hate me for inviting them to something like this. I had to bribe them. I promised chocolate. Lots of chocolate. And it worked — some people are coming!
Now comes the problem. The show is tomorrow, and I usually work on Thursdays. Fortunately, I’m generally working from home, so I was planning to shop for stuff tonight and cook tomorrow. Yeah, until I got invited to some meetings in the office (like with our CEO) that sort of made it necessary for me to be there in person. Hmmm.
So what am I doing now? After I finished working at 5:30, I started planning the menu, and I’ve been baking furiously since. My mini chocolate chip scones are done and plated. My chocolate chip cherry brownies have been in the oven for 45 minutes now and still are not done. Oh, and I still need to go to Costco tonight to get some fruit to dip in chocolate and some fun cheeses. And my ingredients for the chocolate martinis I dreamed up. And Costco closes in 55 minutes. But I can’t leave brownies in the oven, and I can’t turn it off (they’ll fall and not cook through if you don’t do all the baking in one shot).
Oh yeah, and I have to have the house entirely cleaned yet tonight. I made the mistake of having a playdate yesterday where a mess was created and then playing outside and then having a girls night out (yeah, I know another one) last night. And my husband is currently in Milwaukee at a Brewers game. Who thinks I’m having an early night tonight?
Remind me next time someone asks that no, I can’t host. I’m overcommitted. Wish me luck that we’ll have fun tomorrow. But what am I missing from my chocolate tastings menu? Anyone?
Buzzer just went off on the oven again, so fingers crossed they’re finally done so I can run to Costco!