While the government shutdown has undoubtedly halted many important functions, the only ones hitting the news are overflowing garbage cans at federal tourist sites. Where do these outraged visitors think the trash comes from? Certainly they were never taught the "Pack it in, pack it out" mantra.
Yorkshire resolved: tripled the recipe and split between two 10 x 13 Corning pans. Perfect...except that son took kids for a walk to wear off some energy and they got sucked into a Gap 60% off sale. I texted them that they'd better get home fast or face 60% deflated Yorkshire.
But the kids were once again entranced with the construction of the croquembouche. They all helped, filling and choosing placement of puffs. Son did the gluing and spinning.
They usually take home about a third, but somehow we ate the whole thing.
ETA, son wants to double the size next year. Not sure this is a good idea. Will report.
Still chuckling, yesterday at the kids' school's "grandparents day", a 4-5 year old Elsa in a well worn Disney dress sidled up to me and asked, "Are you old?" I answered, "Oh, you betcha!" She wandered off.