Obviously, he, Jada, Trey, and I are not watching the same television shows late at night - a fact I somehow already knew.
Just watching Top Chef makes me hungry and nothing goes better with a nice glass of chilled Pinot Grigio than a bag of Hot Cheetos. All the finest someliers will confirm this. Just (don't) ask one.
All this to say, another new show I'm loving is Cake Boss on TLC. It's given me more than just an evening waiting with bated breath for Buddy's head to pop off when someone drops a perfectly decorated cake. It's given me inspiration just waiting for the chance to express itself.
Well, friends, that opportunity came just this week when Olivia announced her Earth project was due and she wanted to make her 3D model out of cake.
I was elated.
"This is my project and I want to do it all by myself, Mom. O.K.?"
"Sure, whatever, where's the sugar, eggs, and Kitchenaid? Step aside and prepare to be amazed, Buddy, I mean, Olivia."
"MOM. I'm serious. I have to do this by myself."
I realized by her expression, and the use of her entire body to block the flour canister, that this project was not going to be one that I got to snatch out of her hands, do the entire thing, and simply put her name on it like someone (Trey) did in the past with Tee's Charlotte's Web Diorama with the removable roof and working swing.
Olivia was standing her ground in an apron and knee socks.
Olivia finished her cake this morning, after Trey spent 45 minutes last night sorting M&M's for her. It looked great and she was proud as a peacock. It was a win/win because I now have a giant bowl of blue, green, and brown M&M's that may not have made the cake but go great with coffee.
I think Buddy Valastro would approve.