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1) straighten up the house before she gets home thus making her really feel unneeded; or
2) leave the house a mess and say "We're really glad your home. We don't know how we can make it without you!"
My superior male logic says to go for option 2. :)
What saith the sages?
I'd say the important thing is to make damn sure that whatever you do or don't do, it mustn't be happening at the last minute...as soon as she arrives it should be 110% missedyougladyou'reback...interspersing that with finishing off the last batch of dishes rather dilutes it IMO
I also find that expensive chocolate and a decent wine tend to smooth out most rough edges