And I find that my spirit is slumping in a big way. Probably exhaustion. lol Tomorrow is xmas eve and I still have a ton of gifts to wrap before katie and family arrive tomorrow around noonish.....because I can't wrap them with them around. I have a chocolate pudding cake to bake totally from scratch........I haven't done it in a long enough period of time I'm a tad nervous about it.......it's a touchy sort of cake, pure heaven on earth when it comes out right. I'd asked katie if there was anything in particular they might want to eat xmas eve for dinner from menus I'd cooked while they were here. Yes, there was a reason it was worded that way. I know M well enough now to know he'd ask for steak and lobster or something else off the wall. She stated they'd prefer no noodles please as they've been eating noodle dishes almost everyday. Well, ok I can handle that I suppose. Then she said M would really like chocolate pie for dessert. Now I knew my spirit was deflating when that hit me all wrong. I mean for a normal meal I do not have dessert. They know this, they complained about it often enough. So I've been flip flopping back and forth on whether or not to make M this stupid pie of which he will be the only one eating as no one else is really gaga for chocolate pie (especially if a chocolate pudding cake is in the house......cake wins hands down) I bought the ingredients. I still don't want to make that darn pie. It's probably just me, but it seems like one of those over and beyond request of his that he is so prone to making. Sigh. Yet there is a very teeny part of me that keeps saying that it won't kill me to give the jerk something he likes for xmas too. UGH! I actually may not make it. The cake takes a very long time and makes a huge mess all by itself. I really don't need to be baking a pie on top of it. easy child took over baking my share of cookies just so I'd make the cake. lol Maybe I'm just feeling a tag daunted with how MUCH I have left to do in such a teeny window of time to do it all. And then when I finish I can't sit down and enjoy what I've done...........noooooo.........I get to listen to M for 3 whole days. (omg what was I thinking?) Oh, well. I guess I'll survive. It will get done or the menu will change. It won't be the first time that's happened. lol And at least mother in law taught Travis to wrap presents very well and he's been helping me a LOT this season.