I’m thinking of the party last fall where I decided to make dessert for 60 people. Not only that, I made sure to give plenty of choice for the dairy-, nut- and gluten-intolerant. What was I trying to prove—sentencing myself to a week of full-time baking?
Twenty years ago, our triplet children were infants and we didn’t hire nearly enough help to give ourselves time to nap or sleep, never mind get anything else done. Yes, we survived, but it was like running a three-year marathon.
The dictionary defines grandiose as pertaining to something or somebody imposing, impressive, magnificent; pompous and showy. (I think of the wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales when I hear this word.) Note the juxtaposition of positive terms—impressive, magnificent—with negative ones: pompous, showy.