Rain! Actually, not even rain but cyclonic conditions.
How can it be that I've just organised what was supposed to be a small gathering for AJ's birthday party and ended up with a massive party that will need loads of phonecalls to change venues, postpone or simply cancel all together?
We have nutted out a backup plan which includes even more work because it means family will still meet up with us tomorrow for brunch BUT it also means postponing the "friends" part of the party until one afternoon after school. Which means inevitably means another lot of food and another cake!
But how do you just simply cancel the party? I just can't bring myself to do that to her. She's been looking forward to it all week. We made her cake this afternoon - all the while with a splitting headache that I can't shake and resisting the urge to just crawl into a nice dark place and close my eyes - and she has done an awesome job in decorating it.
It's one of my favourite things, making my girls birthday cakes. I don't know why because it can be quite stressful when they want to "help" although, as you can see, AJ is getting better at helping these days and I'm getting better at letting go of the controls a little more. But it is really satisfying to know that I made it and it's one of the few things I really know AJ appreciates. You know kids, they pretty much take everything for granted but you can see how much she loves her cake each and every year. She goes through the cake book 3 or 4 times a year and has selected the cakes for each birthday up until she's about, oh, 53. So, yes, it is something I look forward to and the end result, so far, has always left me feeling somewhat creatively inspired.
So, what I am doing for the next 12 hours - apart from popping Panadol and going to my dark place finally? I'm hoping like mad that the rain miraculously departs so we can have our party according to Plan A not to Plan B.
And hopefully there'll be no forecast for TEARS tomorrow.
Cake looks good though doesn't it?