Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easy, Hard, Your Choice

It's around 11:00 AM in the morning on a Tuesday and Avery has dropped by to visit with Cyann.  Brooklyn was just put down for a nap in her crib.

Cyann:  So, you took Aviana to daycare, even though you aren't working today?
Avery:  Yes.  We're debating if we want to have her go more often once the baby comes.  I'm sure I can handle them both, but it may be good to still have her go a little more often so I can get some rest at first. 
Cyann:  Have you decided if you're going to continue to work or not?
Avery:  I like having the money, but if I continue to work, the extra day care cost won't be worth spending.  Besides, I think I'd like to be home with both for a while.  I didn't work for at least six months when Avi arrived, but then I didn't want to lose too much work time.  You know, for my resume's sake.  But I'm okay with letting that go this time.
Cyann:  That's cool.  I love being home with the kids.  Of course, sometimes I want to get out of the house.  Speaking of which, does that mean you aren't still considering a larger place right now?

Avery:  Craig and I have been talking about this a lot.  We are thinking that we'd like to get a bigger place, but we're going to wait a while.  We have quite a bit of money saved for a down payment, but we're not in a rush.  The kids can share a room for a while.  That will give us more time to save up and then we'll start house hunting.
Cyann:  That will be so much fun!
Avery:  I know.  I think about it and get excited, but it will be another year or two.  We have time.  Besides, I spent time getting the current apartment, small as it is, the way I like it.  Not to mention having more space to clean is going to be an adjustment. 
Cyann:  It is, but you get into a routine.
Avery:  I can hardly wait for the space to do what you do.  Almost every time I come here, you change the arrangement of the living room.

Cyann (laughing):  I know.  Sometimes I get bored with it, so I switch it up.  I'm also thinking about some more re-decorating again.  I just can't help myself.  It's fun.  Sad that it's the highlight of my day, but fun.
Avery:  I'm sure I'd love that.  Right now the only decorating I can focus on will be adding a crib and maybe a small dresser to Avi's room.
Cyann:  Well, I'm up for shopping when you start getting things for the baby. 
Avery:  Okay.  I'll be sure to let you know.
Cyann:  So what else is going on with you?  How are your parents?
Avery:  They're well.  Mom's still trying to figure out how to get to Parker.  I told her I'm done with helping.  I'm not trying to distance my brother by helping her. 
Cyann:  I get that.  No need for you to jeopardize your relationship with him.
Avery:  Speaking of which.  I am trying to figure out if he has found someone.  I know he's dating and I'm hopeful...

Just then the door bell rings.  They both turn their heads.

Avery:  You have more company.
Cyann:  It sure sounds like it.  I wonder who.  I'm not expecting anyone. 
Avery:  Well, it's a surprise.
Cyann:  I hope that didn't wake Brooklyn.  Let me see who it is.  I'll be right back. 

Cyann heads to the door and answers it.  It's Ember just dropping by for a little while before going on with the rest of her day.  Cyann tells her Avery is visiting and asks her to have a seat while she checks to be sure Brooklyn is still sleeping.

Ember:  Hi, Avery.  How are you?
Avery:  Hi, Ember.  It's good to see you.  How are you?
Ember:  I'm good.  Just out and about working.  But I have some time, so I thought I'd drop by.  How are things with the baby?
Avery:  Good.  Just waiting out the time.  I have an appointment for the ultrasound soon. 
Ember:  Awww!!  Are you going to find out what you're having?
Avery:  I don't think so.  Are you staying for a while?  Have a seat and we'll chat.
Ember:  Okay. 

Ember sits down.

Avery:  How's Erwyn?  Avi asks about her.  She enjoyed having her for company.  They'd had tea and, according to Avi, Erywn thinks she makes the best tea ever.  (She laughs.)
Ember (chuckling):  I'm sure Avi sure does.  How is Avi feeling about the baby?
Avery:  She doesn't know yet.  She thinks I'm just getting fat and eating a lot.  We're taking her to the ultrasound appointment so it's easier to explain to her about the baby.  That way she can see the baby.  We're hoping that works.
Ember:  That sounds like a good idea. That should help to make it real.  I know it did for me with Erwyn.
Avery:  Ha!  Me too with Avi!  I knew there was a baby in there, but there was nothing like seeing her.

Cyann returns.

Cyann:  Brooklyn stirred, but she's still sleeping. 
Ember:  Good.  I'm sorry I almost woke her up.
Cyann:  It's okay.  I'm glad you stopped by.  So, Avery was just catching me up on her family.  What were you saying you were hopeful about?
Avery:  Oh!  Yes, about Parker.  I think he's seeing someone and I was just hoping to find out who.  I hope she's making him happy.  I just want to know.
Cyann:  Oh!  Well, I'm sure he'll tell you when he's ready.
Avery: Yes.  Well, anyway, enough about that. 

Ember:  I was just asking Avery about the baby.  It's almost time for the ultrasound.
Cyann:  Good.  Then we'll know how to set up the baby shower.
Avery:  Baby shower?  No, you don't have to do that.  Thank you so much for the offer.
Cyann:  You're welcome, but it's not an offer.  It's a plan. There's going to be a shower. 
Avery:  You really don't have to.  I don't want anyone to feel obligated...
Cyann (interrupting):  It's not about obligation.  I am throwing you a shower and that's that.  Are you going to find out what you're having?
Avery (sighing):  I don't think so.  I want to be surprised and Craig is okay either way.
Ember:  Well, I like the idea of a surprise.  Good for you. 

Cyann:  So, we can wait until about 8 months and have the shower.  That will give me time to get things ordered and get everyone invited.  It will also give you time to register.  So we can do that on our shopping day. 
Avery:  That's so nice of you.  But you don't have to.
Cyann:  I know.  We can do this the easy way or the hard way.  You can get to have some input on how your shower goes and who's invited or I can just go with my own theme. You know I can talk Craig into bringing you somewhere and you'll always be wondering if I'm surprising you.  This way, you don't have to go through all of that.  I throw a great party, but I think you'd love to have to some input. Easy, hard, your choice.   
Avery (hesitating and thinking):  Well...
Cyann:  Come on.  You know you'll enjoy it and you know it will be fun.  Come on. Say yes.
Ember:  I'm not trying to get in the middle of this, but I know I want to give you something for the baby.  Shower or no shower, people will give you gifts for the baby.  Plus it will save you money. 
Avery (after pausing):  Okay!  You're right.  It will be fun.  Why not?  I'm in.
Cyann:  Yes!  I'll work out a preliminary plan and look for options.  We'll discuss again later. 

Well, it looks like Cyann gets to plan another party soon.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Telling Erwyn

It's Friday evening and Elaina is caring for Erwyn after school until Ember gets home.  They are watching an animated movie.

Elaina:  I love them.  They are so cute.  Angelica is the best.
Erwyn: I like her too.  She takes care of her babies. 

In walks Ember who has just arrived.

Ember:  Hi, You Two.  What are you up to?
Elaina:  Hi.  We're watching this Rugrats in Paris movie.  It's cute. 
Erwyn:  It's the end of the movie.  You missed it, Mommy.
Ember:  I like that movie too.  I'm sorry I missed it.  Is homework done?
Erwyn:  No homework today.  It's Friday.
Ember:  That's right.  So, Elaina, are you staying for dinner?
Elaina:  I'd love to, but I'm going to a movie with my mother this evening.  I need to grab my shoes and stuff and get going.  We'll probably grab something to eat.
Ember:  Okay. Let me walk you out and drop some things in my office.  Erwyn, I'll be right back.

After Elaina gathers her things, Ember walks her to the door, pays her and then heads to her office to place some materials and her laptop bag there.  Then she joins Erwyn in the living room.

Ember:  Did you have a good day today, Honey?
Erwyn:  Yes, I did.  We played some games, but they were about stuff we learned this week.  It was fun.
Ember:  Good.  Fun and educational. (pausing) So, Erwyn, before I make dinner, I wanted to talk to you about something.  I'm going to explain this the best way I can, okay?
Erwyn:  Okay.
Ember:  You know sometimes when a mom or dad loses their husband or wife, it could take a while, but one day they may want to look at possibly being with another person.  They may want to date again because even though they loved their husband or wife, they can love another new person too.
Erwyn:  Okay.

Ember:  Well, Mommy has decided that it's time to date again.  Well, not just date, start a relationship with someone because it could lead to something more, like having someone, a gentleman, in my life for a long time.  That means he would also be in your life.
Erwyn:  Like a new daddy?
Ember:  Possibly, but we're not anywhere that possibility right now.  It takes time to get to that point and right now, there's no guarantee about that.
Erwyn:  Oh.  So you have a boyfriend?
Ember (smiling):  Baby, please take your shoes off so you can turn toward me.  I'll take mine off too.  I need to get out of these boots.

They both take their shoes off and Erwyn turns so she can have her feet up on the sofa and face her mother directly.

Ember:  So, to answer your question, yes, I have a boyfriend.  I would never have a boyfriend and let him be around you until I thought it was a good time to do that.  I needed to be sure I would be okay with you being around that person.
Erwyn:  So I'll meet your boyfriend?
Ember:  Yes.  If I'm going to spend a lot more time with him and think about having him in our lives, I want you to be able to spend time with us together.  Not a lot at first, but we'll see how it goes.  Do you understand that?
Erwyn:  Yes.  Are you going to marry him?
Ember (laughing):  No, Honey.  At least not right now.  We still need to see how things go. 
Erwyn:  Is he nice?
Ember:   Yes, he is very nice.  You've met him.  It's Mr. Parker. 

Erwyn (with a look of surprise):  Oh!  I know him.  He's nice to me.  He says I'm beautiful.  Does he think you're beautiful, Mommy?
Ember (smiling):  Yes, he does. 
Erwyn:  Then I could be like Chuckie.
Ember:  Chuckie, who?
Erwyn:  From the Rugrats movie.  He got a new mommy and she was very nice to him.  I might get a new daddy.
Ember:  Hmmm...I guess that could be so one day.  But let's not rush it.  Right now Mr. Parker is just someone I'm, we're getting to know better.  Come sit on my lap for a minute so I can hug you.

Erwyn crawls onto her mother's lap.

Ember:  Listen, Erwyn.  You are what is most important to me, above and before everything and everyone else.  I want you to get to know Mr. Parker better too, but it will take time for Mommy to get to certain levels of trust.  I will always protect you, no matter what.
Erwyn:  I know, Mommy.
Ember:  I want you to remember that.  If for some reason you are ever uncomfortable, no matter what, even if you think I will be upset, you have to tell me.  Can you do that?
Erwyn:  Yes, Mommy
Ember:  Good.  I love you more than anything. 
Erwyn:  I love you too, Mommy.

Well, Erwyn seem okay with the news of Parker and Ember dating.  I wonder how everyone else will react.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Penny for your Thoughts

When we last saw Parker and Ember, they were on their way to spend time together for Valentine's Day.  Parker picked Ember up and they went to the restaurant where he made reservations.  They coincidentally went to the same restaurant as Maurice and Henna had their dinner, but this time dinner went very well. 

Parker and Ember have just finished their meal.

Parker:  That was delicious.  Would you like some dessert?
Ember: Thank you, but I'd better say no.  I don't want to be too full.
Parker:  Me neither.  Are you enjoying your evening?
Ember (smiling):  Yes, I am having a wonderful time.  You planned well.
Parker:  I hope so.  I also have a gift for you, but it's too big to give you here.  I can give it to you after we leave.
Ember:  How nice of you.  I can hardly wait to see it.

Ember: You know, I'm actually surprised that we've yet to see anyone we know yet while we've been out.  It's weird, but good I guess.
Parker (laughing):  That reminds me.  I stopped by to drop off cards for Avery and Aviana and barely got out without getting the third degree.  Avery was trying hard to figure out who I was meeting tonight.
Ember:  That is funny.  The same thing happened to me with Henna.  She and Maurice are no longer seeing each other, but she definitely found a window in her grief to try to figure out who I was planning to see.
Parker: I guess inquiring minds want to know.
Ember (smiling and shaking her head):  It seems like it. 
Parker:  Don't worry.  I won't say anything until you say your ready.  I'm not in a rush.  I just enjoy being with you.

Parker:  If you don't want anything else.  I'll go pay the check and I'll be right back.  Is that okay?
Ember:  Of course.  I'll be right here.  Thank you.

Parker goes to pay the check and then returns to get Ember.

Parker (offering his hand):  May I help you from your chair, My Lady.
Ember (taking Parker's hand):  You certainly may, kind Sir. 

They exit the restaurant and head to the car.

Before we go on, this part of the story is slightly adult, maybe PG-13, but not R.  Now back to Parker and Ember.  Their evening did not end after leaving the restaurant.  They have arrived at the next place where Parker has a reservation, the Sweet Dreams Hotel.  They have just walked into the room.

Ember:  This is such a lovely hotel room.  I like the d├ęcor.  It seems so serene.
Parker:  I did some research online and read some reviews.  It's one of the best hotels around here. 
Ember:  Yes, reading reviews is very helpful.  I do that a lot when I travel.

Ember:  Look, there's a great view of the city.
Parker (laughing):  I think that was actually in a review too.
Ember (laughing):  It wasn't me.  I promise.
Parker:  Well, I don't mean to change the subject, but I'd like to give you your gift now.

Parker sets down his bag and Ember sets her bag and purse on the bed.  Then she turns around to accept Parker's gift.

Ember:  This is a big box.  Should I shake it to guess what's in it?
Parker:  No.  Well, you can if you'd like, but I doubt it will help you.
Ember:  I won't shake it then.  I just love the anticipation.  This is so thoughtful of you.
Parker:  I have to warn you I picked it out myself.  I hope you like it.  I think it's perfect.  I'll turn on the overhead light so you can see it well.

Parker walks over to the light switch and turns on the overhead light so Ember can see better.

Ember sits on the bed and looks at the box for a minute. 

Ember (feeling excited and curious):  I'm going to open it, but maybe you could sit next to me while I do.
Parker:  Okay.  Good idea.

Parker sits down and she opens the box and pulls back the tissue to see what's in it. 

 Ember pulls out beautiful lingerie and gasps.  She is very surprised.

Ember:  This is so pretty.  I love it, Parker.  You have wonderful tastes.
Parker (grinning): Well, I have to be honest, it's for me too.  I was hoping you would wear it this least for a little while.
Ember (feeling her cheeks get hot):  Of course I will.  I'll go put it on right now.  I'll be back soon.

Ember grabs her overnight bag and the lingerie from the box and heads to the bathroom.  While she's in there, Parker put the gift box next to the chair by the window and then undresses.  After he's done, he looks around the room some more and then stands by the window to get a better look at the view.

Ember comes out of the bathroom and stands watching Parker as he looks out of the window.  She's a little nervous, but excited.  It's been a very long time since she's enjoyed an evening like this.  But she's certain that she wants to with Parker.

Parker keeps enjoying the view until he hears Ember softly speak his name.  Parker turns around and a huge smile comes across his face.

Ember:  So what do you think?  Do you like it?
Parker:  No.  I love it!  It looks even better than I imagined it.  I'm not going to lie, I did imagine.  But this reality is so much better. 
Ember:  Thank you.
Parker:  Please come closer and turn around so I can see how you look from the back.

Ember walks closer and turns around for Parker to see her.  Parker takes the opportunity to put his arms around her.

Parker:  You smell wonderful.  You look so sexy.
Ember:  Thank you.  You are making me feel beautiful.
Parker:  I doubt you need me to do that.  You just are.

Ember:  I was feeling nervous about this evening, but now I just feel so...ready. 
Parker:  I'm glad.  I could hold you like this forever.
Ember:  Mmmm....I would like that.  It's been so long since I've felt like this.  I don't want it to end.
Parker:  It doesn't have to.  I don't plan on going anywhere.  I know what I want and I'm holding her right now.

Parker gently turns Ember around so she is facing him and then he begins to kiss her.

Parker:  I love you, Ember.
Ember:  I love you too, Parker.

A whole lot of loving went on for a while and then they both dozed off to sleep.  After a while, Ember wakes up and decides to go look out the window.  She feels like her mind is now running a mile a minute and maybe letting her mind drift into the sights around her, she can calm it.

Ember enjoys peace at the window for a while.  Eventually Parker stirs and realizes she's not in the bed.  He turns over and notices her at the window.  He gets out of the bed to talk to her.

Hearing him come over, Ember turns to look at Parker as he puts his arm around her and touches her face.

Parker:  Hey, Beautiful.  Penny for your thoughts.
Ember:  After how special you've made this evening for me, I think this one can be on me...I was thinking that I'm ready.
Parker:  Good.  Ready for what?
Ember:  Ready to let everyone in on our little secret.  I want us to grow our relationship and I'd be so honored to let everyone know I love you.  I want  you in my life and Erwyn's.
Parker (smiling):  I'm glad.  I want the same thing.  Now, do you want to come back to bed?
Ember:  I want to stand here a little longer.  I can't get back to sleep right now.
Parker: An even better reason for you to come back to bed.

Whew! and YAY! It's about time....

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Quick Stop?

It's Valentine's Day evening and Parker is on his way to pick up Ember for their date.  He makes a stop along the way because he wants to drop off Valentine's cards for Avery and Aviana.  When he arrives, Avery is in Aviana's room putting on her pajamas following her bath.  Craig greets Parker at the door and, although Parker just wants to drop off the cards and leave, Craig encourages him to come in for a few minutes.

Craig:  I'm sure they'll be out in a few minutes.  (raising his voice so Avery can hear him) Babe, Parker's here. 
Avery (from the room):  Oh!  Okay.  We'll be right out.
Craig (replying to Avery):  Don't take too long.  He has some place to be.
Parker:  Thanks, Craig.  Do you two have plans?
Craig:  We're going to relax and order a movie after Aviana is asleep.  We have some dessert to enjoy. with it.  Oh, and I did get Avery something special, so she's pretty happy.  She's been a little tired and didn't really want to go anywhere.
Parker:  I understand. 
Craig:  Have a seat and we'll chat.
Parker: Thanks, but I'm just going to say 'hi' and then get going.  I just meant for this to be a quick stop.
Craig:  Okay.  Well, I'm going to take the load off.  I had a long day at work.

Craig sits down and almost immediately after he does, Avery and Aviana emerge from Aviana's room.

Aviana:  Hi, Uncle Pawker!
Parker:  Hi, Sweetheart.  It's been a while since I've seen you.  How are you?
Aviana:  Okay. 
Avery:  Hi, Parker.  I'm glad you stopped by.  You seem so busy lately. 
Parker:  Well, with work and everything, I have been busy.  But I didn't forget about Valentine's Day.  I just wanted to drop off these cards.  Aviana's has a little something extra.

Craig:  Avi, isn't it nice Uncle Parker brought you something special for Valentine's Day?
Aviana:  Yes.  I like pwesents.
Craig:  I know you do.
Avery:  Thank you.  So, I understand work keeping you busy, it's the 'everything' I'm curious about.
Parker:  I do have some friends, Avery.  Don't forget, I have a roommate and he has an active social life.  So he invites me to do things.
Avery:  Well, that's nice.

Aviana goes to Parker to pick her up and he does.  Avery asks him to spare a few more minutes.  Parker obliges her and carries Aviana over to the chair where he sits down and places her on his lap.

 Parker:  So Craig says he bought you something special.
Avery (raising her right arm):  Isn't it lovely?  It has a ruby in it.  I love it!
Craig:  You deserve it too.
Aviana:  Daddy said is 'cause Mommy has a big bewy for him. 
Parker:  Is that so?
Aviana:  Mommy eats a wot now.  I guess you get stuff for eating a wot.

Everyone laughs, including Aviana, although she doesn't know that the adults are laughing for another reason. 

Craig:  It's just a couple more days before we can explain with a full and actual picture of the belly situation.  We thought that would be good and make everything clear.
Parker:  Okay.  I get it.  Well Aviana, you'll have to tell me more about Mommy's belly the next time I see you.
Aviana:  Okay.
Craig: So, Parker.  Do you have plans this evening?
Avery:  Yes, do you?
Parker:  Yes, I do.  As a matter of fact, I'll need to get going.  I don't want to be late.
Avery:  So, is it a social thing with Jun or something else?
Parker (laughing):  It's not a social thing with Jun.
Avery:  Uhuh.  So what or should I say who is the something else?

Craig:  Avery, can't you tell when you're not going to get an answer.  At least not the answer you'd like?
Avery:  There's no harm in asking.  It is Valentine's Day, so I'm assuming this might be the same Christmas shopping helper.  Perhaps.
Parker (smiling and blushing):  You've got me there.  But I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet. 
Avery:  Soon?
Parker:  We'll see.  I promise you I'll tell you if and when there is something to tell.  Is that alright?
Avery (frowning):  I guess so. I hope there does become something to tell.
Craig:  Avery, leave the man alone.  There's no need in your getting excited about something until you need to.
Avery:  I guess, but I can hope, can't I?
Parker:  Yes, you can.  Well, I really shouldn't keep my Christmas shopping helper waiting.  So I'll be taking my leave now. 

Parker kisses Aviana goodbye, sets her on the sofa and then stands up to leave.  After he passes Craig and Avery, they both stand up.  Craig is going to walk him to the door and Avery gives Parker a kiss and a hug.  Then she decides to say something else before letting him go.

Avery:  I hope you have a great evening.
Parker:  Thank you. 
Avery:  And I hope she knows and appreciates how special you are.  And I hope things work out.  I can get back in shape in plenty of time to wear a bridesmaid dress.
Craig:  Ave, let the man get to where he needs to go.  Then we can get to where we need to go.  Don't forget we have plans too.
Parker: It's okay, Craig.  I know Avery just wants me to be happy. 
Avery:  That's right.
Parker:  I promise if there's anything to tell, I will tell when the time is right.  Enjoy your evening and good night.

Craig walks Parker to the door and Avery sits next to Aviana to spend more time with her before she's off to bed.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Checking on Henna

I know it's a little late, but here's some catch up for Valentine's Day.  It is Valentine's Day and Ember has evening plans with Parker.  Henna is still dealing with her break up with Maurice from the Saturday prior.  She took a few days to herself to think about things and she asked Ember to talk to her. 

Although Ember does need to get things done so she can get ready for her date, she is stopping by to see why Henna wants to see her.

Ember is trying to focus on work.  It helps her keep her mind off of how she's feeling.  The one thing she has been able to do is resist from calling Maurice, so far.

Ember arrives and is greeted by Carly.

Carly:  Hi, Ember.  How are you?
Ember:  Hi, Carly.  I'm doing well.  How are things with you?
Carly:  Good.  Happy Valentine's Day!  Are you doing anything special?
Ember (feeling her cheeks heat up):  Happy Valentine's Day!  I do have plans this evening.  How about you?  Plans with the boyfriend?
Carly:  Yes.  We have reservations at Passport.  I'm excited. 
Ember:  That's so nice.  I hope you have a great time.  I don't mean to change the subject, but I'm kind of on a schedule.  Is Henna available?
Carly:  Yes.  She's waiting for you. You can go right in.  She seems a little under the weather.  She took the box of tissues with her.  Maybe a cold I'm guessing.
Ember:  Oh!  Well, I'll keep my distance.  Thank you.

Ember opens the door and steps into the office.

Ember:  Hey, Henna.  What's up?  I'm here now.  Carly says you may have a cold.
Henna (looking sad and relieved at the same time):  Hi.  No, I don't have a cold. 
Ember:  Well, you don't look well.  Is that why you wanted to talk to me?  Is it serious? 
Henna:  It's serious, but I'm not ill.  Come in, please.  Close the door.  I'll tell you.  I just need some support.
Ember (concerned):  Okay.

Ember sits down to hear what Henna has to say.

Henna:  Do you have plans tonight?
Ember:  Yes, I do.  So I am on a schedule, just like I told you earlier.  I'm sorry I can't stay long, but I did want to be sure to stop by.  Please stop stalling.  I'm concerned about what's serious.
Henna:  Okay.  (sighing)  Maurice and I have ended our relationship.
Ember (surprised):  Really?  Why?
Henna:  Because yet again, he wanted to propose to me.  I don't know why.  He knows I'm not ready to get married. 
Ember:  I see.  When did you break up?
Henna:  Saturday.  We were celebrating Valentine's Day early.
Ember:  I'm so sorry to hear that.  How have you been handling it?

Henna:  It's been hard.  I didn't want to end it.  It was his decision.  I don't see why we can't still be together, just because we're not married.  But he seems so set on getting married.
Ember:  Well, you did keep telling him you weren't ready, right?
Henna:  Yes, of course I did.
Ember:  That was his mistake then, to keep trying to force it.
Henna:  I know.  I agree.
Ember:  However, he did keep talking about wanting to marry you, didn't he?  So you knew that was what he wanted.  So that was your mistake.
Henna:  Who's side are you on?
Ember:  I'm always going to support you because you're my sister.  But I'm also always going to be honest with you. 

Henna:  What are you saying?
Ember:  What you should have known.  This was bound to happen.  You were not on the same page.  You were both in denial and both headed in a different direction.  Although I love you both, and I don't want to see either of you hurt, maybe this is for the best.  I'm not happy you broke up, because it's clear you care about each other.  But all is not lost.  You can both find people who want what you want.
Henna (feeling tears coming to her eyes):  Maybe.  Can you and Erwyn come over later and keep me company?  I can order in, find a movie for Erwyn to watch and we can talk.
Ember:  I'm sorry, Honey.  I still have plans.
Henna:  Do you have a date?
Ember:  I have plans, Henna.  Speaking of which I need to go now.  I have some things to do.
Henna:  So you have a date?

Ember grabs her purse and stands up.

Ember:  Why don't you call Mom or Syren or one of your friends for company this evening.  Although Syren probably has some poor man taking her somewhere.  I doubt Mom does.
Henna:  I love Syren, but she's not helpful.  You know she's about dumping men after using them.
Ember (laughing):  Well, it works for her for now.  Tomorrow evening you can come over and spend time with me and Erwyn.  I'll cook and you can chill with us.  We can talk after Erwyn goes to bed since it's a school night.  How does that sound?
Henna (pouting):  Okay.  I can do that. 
Ember:  Good.  You'll be okay.  You can get through this.  Just keep reminding yourself why it didn't work out.  You just didn't want the same thing.

Ember heads to the door and cracks it open as Henna stops her.

Henna:  Ember?
Ember:  Yes?
Henna:  Who are you going out with tonight?  I'm just surprised you have a date.  I mean it's great, but Valentine's Day dates are usually for lovers.  So who is it?
Ember (smirking):  You are really trying, aren't you?  I have plans, I'll give you a call tomorrow, have a good evening.  I love you.  Bye.
Henna (sulking):  Okay.  Bye.

Ember leaves and Henna gets back to work.  I think we'll need to check in on Ember's and Parker's date.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Friday, March 3, 2017

The 'Chi Master' (Musings of a Blogger)

Every time I travel for work, there is a Walmart I stop at along the way (mostly for some relief along the way), but also so I can run through the toy department before getting back on the road.  I couldn't believe what I found the other day.  I'm not even sure how it could have happened, but while looking in the clearance area of the fashion doll aisle, I stumbled upon three different Stardolls. 

Their price said $17, but I thought $17 had to be too high for a doll that cost that much in the first place.  So I grabbed the one I really wanted and took her to a scanner.  She was $7.  At that price, I figured I could buy all three, although we all know I don't need them.  But does that ever stop me?  Mmmmm...sometimes.  But at that moment, nope!

So I gathered them up, thinking how I'd need to re-body them all and which bodies I'd need to procure to make that work (three skin tones).  I got up to the register and was very disappointed when the cashier scanned the first one, one I didn't even take to the scanner and told me it was $17.  I told her I didn't understand because the other one was $7.  Do you think she cared?  Nope!

So she scanned the one that actually came up $7.  Good, at least she's my first choice.  Then she tried scanning the third, but that one didn't register at all.  Would she have thought to just scan the $7 doll and give it to me for that price?  Nope! 

I didn't have time for the nonsense, so I just abandoned the two dolls and took the one.  Here are the two that didn't make it home with me.

I think I would have dyed this one's (below) hair a shade of red or added some other colors.  But she sits still on that least until I pass by that Walmart again.

Here is the one that made it to a new home. 

Stardoll:  This looks like a nice place.  I'd love to take a look around, if you can find the time and don't mind.
Me:  Well, some other dolls are not going to be happy, but since I grabbed a donor for you already, there's no need to put that box away.  Let's get you out of there.
Stardoll:  Wonderful!  Thank you so much!

After some ripping and snipping she was free.

Stardoll:  I love being in the fresh air now.  This is so kind of you. 
Me:  Well, that was the first step.  I may as well get you onto a new body.  One that moves very well.  It will also help you to fit most of the shoes here. 
Stardoll:  Really?  That sounds great.  My current legs don't even move at the hip.
Me:  While we're at it, I see some potential with making that hair less heavy and highlighting your entire face just by adding some new lip color.
Stardoll: I can tell I'm going to love it here.  You're just so wonderful!
Me:  You know, Ms. Slay could take some lessons from you.
Stardoll:  I don't know if I can teach anyone anything, but I'd like to meet her.
Me:  It's not that important.  I was just thinking out loud.  Let's get this over with. Okay?
Stardoll:  Okay.

Can I just say getting that dress off was a little hard?  I don't even know how they got it on her.  But here she is.

Me:  Well, what do you think?
Stardoll:  I feel like a totally new person.  I mean the same inside, but just prettier and freer outside.  Wow!  Who knew I could ever get the chance to move and pose like this?
Me:  I'm glad you like it.  So now you need a name.  Tell me who you think you are.
Stardoll:  I don't know.  I never thought past being Stardoll.  I just like life and everything about it.  Just like I think that we all are a part of something.  We touch other lives, so we have to be good people, right?  I hope that's not too much.
Me:  It's not too much.  Give me a minute on Google and I'll be right back.

Me:  You look very comfortable.
Stardoll:  I love this body.  I can't say 'thank you' enough.
Me:  You're welcome.  I've made a decision.  I'm going to name you, Chi Masterson. 
Chi:  I love it!  It's so pretty.  Great choice.  Thank you!
Me:  You're most welcome.  For now, I'm going to leave you here, but I'll move you later to join the others.
Chi:  I'm so excited.  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.  I'm going to love my new home.
Me:  I'm glad, Chi.  I also think I'll nickname you the 'Chi Master.' 
Chi:  Oh!  That sounds so prestigious.  I'm humbled by your kindness. 
Me: You're so sweet.  Let me get one more shot before I leave you. 

Isn't she lovely?  My little 'Chi Master.'  I think I will see if she can give Ms. Slay a few tips on true humility. 

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye