Even so, I find I'm nowhere NEAR ready for tomorrow. As an added bit o' stress, I'm teaching the later kickboxing class. I won't be home until 11 a.m., and people will start arriving around 2.
Here's what I've already done, following a morning-to-early-afternoon outing with my dearest:
~thoroughly cleaned the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room and part of the bedroom
~made 5+ lbs. of potato salad (and I'm still worried it won't be enough)
~made marinade for the shrimp
~prepped the veggies for cole slaw
~made the balsamic dressing for the cole slaw (and I'm still worried it won't be enough)
~made a ranch dressing for the crudites, 'cause the stuff in the store is sort of meh
~cut up most of the crudites
~made a carrot cake, 'cause not everyone likes chocolate cake
~made a chocolate cake, 'cause not everyone likes carrot cake
~made the base for cinnamon ice cream (I'm going to have to buy vanilla and chocolate, as I am neither organized nor awesome enough to have made those from scratch as well)
Here's what I still need to do:
~teach a 9:15 cardio kickboxing class, clean/lock up the gym
~plant at least one window box and one large pot for the patio (I have the flowers; I just need TIME!)
~chop up the remainder of the crudites
~chop up veggies for burgers
~make guacamole for burgers
~tidy up the bedroom
~give my office a quick cleaning
~process the cinnamon ice cream and give it time to firm up
~make cream cheese frosting
~frost carrot cake
~make chocolate buttercream frosting
~frost chocolate cake
~wash all the dirty bowls/whisks/beater blades, then put them away
I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of dozen things. I'm not entirely sure how many people are coming, nor exactly who is bringing what. I'm rather pathetically worried I won't have enough food for everyone, and that I will be judged harshly because I bought salsa rather than make it from scratch.
In my head, I'm a brilliant hostess. In reality, not so much.
Ah, well. I'll just make sure there's plenty of beer and wine and hope all the mistakes and missteps go mostly unnoticed.