Thursday, March 27, 2008

The calm before Disco Inferno;
and, Guess the Green

It was looking too easy, the birthday cake and all. Sophie and I agreed on design and flavor, and the task looked manageable. What I didn't count on was that I would have to drive to hell and back to find the jelly beans, meaning I went to three Safeways and two Andronico's, called about eight candy stores, and giving up on a local source drove forty-five minutes each way to the damn factory. Can you believe I was dumb enough to call ahead to confirm they had a store? As if this headquarters of sugar consumption would miss out on an opportunity to sell you jelly beans to take home in case you weren't satisfied after eating your way through their manufacturing tour.


God—the horror. Freaked out, overweight kids with little paper hats in line for their tour, in line at the store counter, in line for pizza shaped like a jelly bean at the cafe. Thank goodness I had TimTim (my GPS device) to guide me safely home.

But while we're on the subject of jelly beans, riddle me this: What flavor do you think those green ones are?


The pinks are cotton candy, but the mysterious greens . . . go ahead, guess. Think outside the box of naturally occurring flavors. Way outside.


Sophie and Husband are out on their weekly date night (swimming and dinner every Thursday), and so I'm at home enjoying the calm before the storm. My dining room table is the staging area, and I'm in pretty good shape. I think.


This in spite of the fact that Husband asked tonight "But isn't the party on Saturday?" NO, DAMNIT! All I can say is, he better have that disco ball installed and operational by 6:00 sharp TOMORROW. On FRIDAY. Usually the only this he has to do for any entertaining "we" do is show the hell up, but this time I've put him in charge of a very important task. Who says I can't delegate?

14 comments:

kristen said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so excited for Sophie and to see the fabulous jelly bean cake!!! Green flavor: jalapeno?

Trish said...

Good luck, stay calm, deep breaths!

I'm going to guess...ummmm....celery?

Kate said...

I'm thinking Margarita for the green beans.

jilly said...

I have no idea on the green, but I love those and have been to the factory as well.

FYI-I don't know if you have a Super Target out by out, but they have the jelly belly dispensers in individual colors at Super Targets.

Good luck with the party tonight, have fun!

tulipmom said...

Well, they're definitely not green apple or lime b/c that would make too much sense. Guacomole?

I can't wait to hear the party recap! Hope Sophie has a fabulous time.

Adrienne said...

I'm a Jelly Belly fiend (kiwi is my favorite), but I'm not familiar with that shade of green. Margarita beans are a darker green, right? (Wow, I sound really pathetic.)

KK said...

I was going to guess Lime or Margarita but that would be too easy, right? Do they have a pear flavor? Or green tea?

Good luck with the party!

Kate said...

my guess is margarita.

Jordan said...

Ooh, I like the green tea guess.

I can't wait to see the cake and hear about this birthday bash! Have a great time!

Adrienne said...

I'm amending my guess: 7-Up

KatieGirlBlue said...

Ok, I'm guessing: dandelion leaf, shamrock shake, pistachio (yum!), creme de menthe, mint chocolate chip ice cream and booger.

Jen Yu said...

lemon-lime or kiwi? you're such a dedicated mom. i totslly loved the tea party you threw. if i lived nearby, i'd totally chip in to help!

Impoverished Preppy said...

S and E are standing here asking why they can't go to the jelly bean store too. They still don't understand that we live in the black hole of the universe. Sigh... no beach, no REAL mountains, no jelly bean factory. Sorry girls.

Hope the party goes smoothly (of course it will) and that Sophie has a great birthday.

Maria said...

I am going to guess either wasabi or pear.