One from my boss' wife!
My boss' wife ("Lettie") is a terribly lovely person, sweet as anything, and a former professional pastry chef. She worked in restaurants as a young woman, and had her own bakery/fancy cake shop for a few years. She is an excellent
baker. She still works for a catering company on a sort of freelance basis, helping out whenever they have particularly special events.
She came into the office today (with a basket of triple chocolate muffins - win!) and told us about something that happened yesterday. (And no, it wasn't an April Fool's Joke, though I wish it had been!!)
The SS in question was a friend of Lettie's eldest son - (let's call her "Anna"). Apparently she's a generally sweet girl, but naive and doesn't often consider the full consequences of things before she asks.
Anna phones Lettie up, and asks if she's busy this weekend. Yup, Lettie is actually putting on a reasonable sized party this Sunday, and is probably going to be doing a lot of cooking and baking over the weekend to prepare for it.
"Oh, great!" says Anna. "I'm having a party too. If you're cooking anyway, can you do me some sweet and savoury canapes?"
"For how many people?" Lettie asks, already preparing to say no.
"About 200? Ooh, and a cake too? 2 tiers would do, if there's sheet cakes to go with it."
Wow!!! Even if Lettie wasn't busy this weekend, that's a serious commitment! And with only 4 days' notice!! Thankfully Lettie's super-loveliness didn't prevent her from saying no in the firmest terms possible.