Monday, January 16, 2017

Getting More Business

Azalia (Zale) Lucas and Giavanna (Gia) Rossi are at their bar, Reds', getting waiting to meet with a potential client, Vedette Draper.  Vedette is an event planner and she is always looking at new venues as possibilities for her clients.  Now that Reds' has been open for a while and her schedule has allowed it, Vedette is hoping to add another event venue to her list of event options.

As they wait, Zale is putting new bottles of liquor on the shelf and Gia is reviewing menus for the next couple of weeks.

Gia:  I was also wondering if we should do some fresh vegetable and fruit options once Spring hits.  I think that could be a crowd pleaser.  Veggies with dips and liquor soaked fruits.  Or just fruit with dips.  I don't know, something like that.
Zale:  Hmmm.  Maybe. 
Gia:  I think we could even do some sort of healthy night a few times and see how that goes.
Zale:  Liquor and healthy.  I'm not quite sure how the two go together.  Well, unless the benefit is to save food calories and use them for liquor calories.  But that's more about weight.
Gia:  Well, yeah.  I mean, if you have to let go of calories somewhere, that's how you do it.

They both start laughing.

Gia:  It's a thought.
Zale:  I'm not saying it's a bad thought.  I'm just wondering how we'd market that.
Gia:  We call Syren and ask her for some suggestions.
Zale:  Not a bad idea.  Maybe we hit some ladies' gyms and see if someone those ladies need a sort of guilt free night out.  That may be tempting for them.
Gia:  Now you're talking. 

Zale finishes putting the bottles away while she and Gia chat briefly about the fresh fruit and veggies idea.  When she's finished, Zale has a seat.

Zale:  So, are you ready for this meeting with Ms. Draper?  I'm hoping she plans a lot events that only require limited space.  We couldn't have a reception here.
Gia:  Sure we could.  Well, a very small reception.  But people do things like that all the time.  It saves money, it's intimate.  We could find space for a small wedding cake to sit. 
Zale:  You're probably right.  But what would really be fun is a bridal shower.  I'm not sure where the male strippers would do their thing, but I'd figure it out.
Gia:  Me too.
Zale:  Speaking of space I'm not sure I like this new set up.  I kind of like facing out and seeing everyone coming in, without having to turn my head.
Gia:  I know, but we agreed to try it.  It's easier for us to bring things out without walking past seated customers.
Zale:  That it is.

After a few minutes, they hear the bell and Gia goes to answer the door (its locked because they are not currently open for business).  She greets Vedette and shows her in so she can meet Zale.

Gia:  Ms. Draper, this is my partner, Azalia Lucas.
Zale (extending her hand):  Hello, Ms. Draper.  You can call me Zale, if you'd like.
Vedette:  It's very nice to meet you, Zale.  You can call me Vedette. 
Zale:  Certainly.  We're glad you are interested in meeting with us.  We'd like to think we have a pretty good business model and provide great service.
Vedette:  This place looks very nice.  The décor is inviting.  I like that it's pretty cozy, it encourages mingling. 
Gia:  Thank you.
Vedette:  You're also in a good location.  The parking is ample and do I like what I know about your menu, especially the one price per guest.  It makes it very easy for my clients to understand the costs.
Zale:  We thought it would be attractive to people and make it easier too for planning an evening out or an event.  If you don't mind, you can have a seat and we can talk about what we can do for you.

Vedette has a seat at the bar.

Vedette:  Ladies, I can honestly say I like what I see.  This space would work for smaller gatherings.  Fortunately I do have clients who throw small events at venues because they don't have space in their homes or don't want to be bothered with cooking, cleaning up after or even shopping ahead of time.  Fortunately, they also prefer that someone else spend the time planning for them, which is why I have a business.
Gia:  It is a lot of work.  I guess the ability to hire someone to do what you don't have the time to do is what makes the world go 'round.
Vedette:  That's so true.  We, as business owners, get that.  I am interested in knowing about more about rates.
Zale:  We try to stay within a range and ensure that our menu reflects that range.  We do place a maximum on drinks.  We know we aren't our customers' parents, but we also don't want to contribute to or be liable for any accidents.

Vedette:  Good thinking.  Protect your reputation and your business. 
Zale:  Thank you.
Vedette:  How are you with special menu requests such as gluten free and vegan?
Zale:  We are very clear on our menu and try to keep options.  If we are setting up a special event, we work with the clients to ensure we can meet their dietary needs.
Vedette:  Great!  Good to hear.  That's a plus for my clients.  They personally may not have restrictions, but they may have guests who do.  I always ask that they check ahead of time.
Gia: Notice is very helpful.
Vedette:  Have you held many private events yet?
Zale:  We did recently hold a couple for the holidays.  We actually had a client, Select Spaces, which is a restaurant.  The guests were very pleased, especially the owner.
Vedette:  That says a lot if they came here.  Is there anything you think I should know?

 Zale (looking Gia for agreement):  I think we keep things very simple. A deposit to hold the space.  It is non-refundable since we also have to communicate that we are not having an open event on that date.  We are okay with a check deposit, but only credit card or cash three days prior.  Anything I forgot, Gia?
Gia:  I think you hit a lot on the head.  I sent Vedette information prior to our meeting today so she could review it.
Vedette:  I think your terms are very reasonable and in line with the industry.

Zale:  Vedette, we are so pleased you are considering us for your clients' events.  Is there anything else you need from us or that we can answer for you.
Vedette:  Perhaps if I have a specific event to schedule later, I will have questions, but for now, nothing comes to mind.  I like to see the venue myself and check things out.  I have a couple of clients right now who may want to use your space.  I'll speak with them to review options and be in touch if we think Reds' is the right place for their events.
Zale:  I hope we can be of service. 
Gia:  Me too.  You and your clients won't be disappointed.

They chat a little longer while Vedette takes another thorough look around.  Then they end their meeting.  Zale and Gia are hopeful they will be able to get more business from this meeting.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Friday, January 13, 2017

Too Many Mistakes

It's after Christmas, right before New Year's and Cora has asked that Ian meet with her because she would like to speak with him.  Ian was hesitant because she would not share her intentions prior to speaking with him, but he agreed he would join her for a quick drink and chat.  They are meeting at Passport, a local and trendy restaurant where patrons can enjoy delicious food and drinks.

Cora arrived first and got seated.  Ian has just arrived.

Cora:  Hello, Ian.  I'm glad you could make it.
Ian:  Hello, Cora.  I apologize for being late.
Cora:  You're not.  I just arrived a little early.  I wanted to be certain we would not have to wait to be seated.  Please, join me.

Ian takes off his coat, places it on the back of his chair and sits down. 

 Cora:  I have to say you are still looking good, after all these years.
Ian:  Thank you.  You still look lovely as well.
Cora: I know you will be leaving to return home soon.  I, myself, will have to catch a plane and head back.  You're so fortunate to live closer and be able to drive only a couple of hours to see Avery and Parker. 
Ian:  Well, we've been living in this area for a long time.   You know that.  No need to move far from my family.
Cora:  Yes, well, I could take a page from your book.
Ian:  I suppose

The server arrives and interrupts to take their order.  Cora orders espresso and Ian orders whiskey on the rocks.  The server leaves and says he'll be right back with their drinks.

Cora: Whiskey?  I was thinking you may have coffee.
Ian:  I have a feeling the whiskey will be what I need.  Cora, you are stalling.  I agreed to meet with you so you could say what you have to say.  It would be helpful if we could move past the small talk and on to why we are here.  Please say what is on your mind.
Cora:  I apologize.  I don't mean to belabor this conversation.  I am very grateful you came, so I don't want you to feel like you're wasting your time. 
Ian:  Good. 

The server returns with the drinks and sets them on the table.  Although she doesn't have any sugar or cream for her espresso, Cora picks up the spoon and starts stirring it.

Cora:  Ian, I know I've made mistakes.  Mistakes with our marriage, mistakes with walking away from the children and with trying to develop a relationship with Avery and Parker.  I was hoping you could help me.  Avery seems to be okay with my trying.  Parker, well, I just can't seem to get through.  He barely wants to speak with me.  I mean, I understand why he's upset with me...

Ian:  Do you, really?  Cora, it's one thing to have decided you didn't want to be married to me any longer.  It's unfortunate, but it happens sometimes.  But you left your children behind and chose to act like they didn't exist.  I raised them...alone.  You wanted nothing to do with them.  You tossed them aside and didn't look back.  How do you think that makes a child feel? 

Cora:  I know.  I...I see that I was wrong.  I was young.  I made mistakes.  I made too many mistakes.  Mistakes I can't make up for.  I just wanted to be free to enjoy life.  I should have admitted to that before I got married and before I had children.  I guess I thought with each step if I just got further in, I would see it was the right thing to do.  My feelings of angst would go away and I'd be a happily married woman with children.  But they didn't.  My need to be free just grew stronger.  I was too young.

Ian:  I'm two years older than you, Cora.  As each year went by, we both got older.  You were too young is not an excuse
Cora:  Perhaps not, but that's how I felt. 
Ian:  We were married for almost eight years.  Are you telling me you suffered for eight years?  Never mind, it doesn't matter.  It's just excuses.  You have excuses for everything, Cora.  You were too young, didn't know what you were getting yourself into, didn't realize you'd hurt anyone.  At what point were you going to be old enough or unselfish enough?

Cora:  Ian, I know I hurt you, but I had to find my own happiness.
Ian:  Did you?
Cora: Yes.  I know it took a long time for me to get things together, but I'm here now and I want to have a relationship with my children.  I want to know my grandchildren.
Ian (laughing):  Seriously. Cora.  I don't know if you even believe what you say.  You want to know your grandchildren?  Your only grand child doesn't even know you.  You came when she was born and haven't seen her since.  She's three now and you wonder why she treats you like a stranger.  You haven't changed. You're not trying to do better.  You're just acting out of your own convenience and then acting shocked at the consequences.

Cora:  I'm not perfect. You're right about Aviana.  I just let life get in my way.  I know I can do better.  I just need a chance. 
Ian:  Uhuh.
Cora:  I didn't come to rehash all of this stuff from the past.  I just came to ask for your help in being able to explain to Parker.  I can do better at fixing things with him and Avery.  I just need some help.  I know he'll listen to you.
Ian:  Parker is a grown man.  Although I have raised him to be respectful, I didn't raise him to be walked on, Cora.  I can't control his feelings.  You showed him you didn't want to love him or be a part of his life and now that you think it's convenient for you, you want him to let you in.  Hell, I'm surprised Avery even bothers to speak to you.  If you keep acting like you do, acting like everyone is on your schedule, you may lose that too.
Cora:  Ian, I just need a chance.
Ian:  Well, good luck getting it.  I can't help you.  I have to excuse myself now.  I didn't come here to raise my blood pressure.

Ian stands up, picks up his glass and gulps down his drink.  Then he reaches for his coat.

Ian:  I will  find the server and give him enough money to pay the tab and leave a tip.  I will leave you to enjoy your espresso in peace.
Cora: I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to start an argument.
Ian:  I'm not arguing at all.  I simply refuse to engage in this useless conversation any longer.  I hope you have a safe trip home.  Goodbye.
Cora (hesitating):  Goodbye, Ian.

Ian puts on his coat and turns to walk away.

Cora (to herself, looking at the horoscope machine on the table):  Maybe you'll be of some help.  I could certainly use it.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cyann and Avery Catching Up

It's Wednesday afternoon, after Christmas, before New Year's, and Cyann is visiting with Avery.  Grayson is home on vacation, so Cyann has left the girls at home so she can just spend time with her friend.  Avery, who normally has Aviana home with her the days she works, has taken time off for the whole week, but to have a break and get some rest, she has chosen to still take Aviana to day care during the week.

They did enjoy the holiday party (sorry, no scenes to show from the party), which was very nice.  Everyone had a good time and it was very festive. 

Cyann:   I think we should think about having another holiday group party again next year.  It was fun being able to laugh and socialize.  Maybe your parents can come back again next year too. 
Avery:  I'm glad they could come too.  My mother was thrilled to be included.  She sees it as another path to acceptance.
Cyann:  Good for her.  Will she be coming back for the baby's birth?
Avery:  I would think so. 
Cyann:  That's good.  While we're on the subject of the baby, have you gone maternity shopping yet?  I wish I still had a few things to give you, but I donated everything after I had Brooklyn. 

Avery:  You know?  I've been putting things off, but I'm getting bigger and nothing is really fitting.  These sweat pants can't hold me over and the few dresses I have that I can still fit because they are loose in the first place can't won't get me through.
Cyann:  I'd be happy to go shopping with you.  And we can go baby clothes shopping together.  Are you going to find out what you're having?
Avery:  We haven't decided yet.  I kind of want it to be a surprise, but then again, I'd like to be able to figure out what to do about the blankets and other things I need to get.

Cyann:  Well you can always go for neutral things.
Avery:  I guess, but you know how cute the outfits are that are gender specific.  It's a choice of getting them ahead of time or running out later to get them.
Cyann:  How's everything else going with getting ready for the baby?
Avery: Well, Craig and I are still discussing whether I'll continue to work or not.  We'd like a bigger place with the new baby coming, but I don't want to stress our finances without my personal spending income.
Cyann:  Well you have time.  Plus you love this place.  The children will be small for a little while longer, so you have time before more space seems absolutely necessary.

Avery: Not to mention all that time and energy we spent time just figuring out the colors for this place.  I really like it here.  It's so convenient.  I'm not sure if I'm ready to go.  We've been here since we got married. 
Cyann:  Yes, that's probably a little hard. 
Avery:  I would miss my kitchen, although a larger one would be great.  We'll see.
Cyann:  Take your time.  It will come to you.  So how's everything else going? 

 Avery:  Oh, that reminds me!  I think Parker's seeing someone. 
Cyann:  Really?  What makes you think that?
Avery:  Well, he said that he finished up his shopping with the help of someone and I don't know too many men who would be able to help another one find good deals.  Craig wouldn't be able to help anyone with that.
Cyann (laughing):  I here you.  Gray can do okay by himself, but give advice?  I don't think so.
Avery:  Plus, he never denied it when it was brought up. 
Cyann:  Hmm...Do you have any idea about who it may be? 

Avery:  No, I don't know who he knows.  It's probably some woman he met while he was out.  I can see lots of women being interested in him.  He's pretty handsome and even when we were younger girls would drool over him. 
Cyann:  Oh.
Avery:  I just think to myself that it must be a reason he hasn't talked about her.  I know he doesn't say much in front of other people, but he's my brother, he talks to me.  I knew about his hesitation with Marlin.  Nice girl, just not for him.  But he went shopping with someone.  That's like trusting someone's opinion.
Cyann:  Yes, I guess it is.  But I'm sure when he's ready to tell you or it gets serious, he will let you know.
Avery:  That's true.  Anyway, it just hit me, I know she's a little older, but maybe you could start saving some of Brooklyn's baby things, in case we find out we're having another girl.

Cyann:  No problem.  I'll save anything she doesn't stain or tear up. If you don't have a girl, I'll just donate what I keep as usual. 
Avery:  That would be great.  I appreciate it. 
Cyann:  We do need to talk about a shower too.
Avery:  I don't need a shower. I don't want anyone going through the trouble.
Cyann:  It's not any trouble.
Avery:  Thank you, but I don't want anyone thinking they need to get us anything. 
Cyann (thinking she'll just do it anyway):  Sure.  I understand.

They chat a while longer before Cyann decides it's time to head home.  Avery relaxes a while longer before she goes to pick up Aviana.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Monday, January 2, 2017

Post-Christmas Presents - New Residents (Musings of a Blogger)

So, there were no new residents under the tree this year, but lots of other good things were there.  Like a small action camera my husband bought me so I could get into tighter spaces for shots.  I didn't ask for it, he just thought it would be helpful.  He's so supportive of my hobby.

I am happy about everything I got, however, as any doll lover knows, once you want a doll, you just want it.  I just had to get more ladies because I just needed them.  So here are three new residents I gifted myself.

Here's Peyton:

 She's so pretty.

Just another shot of Peyton.

Next are Falon and Jayna.  Because they arrived together, they took shots together.

 I am loving these two.

L-R -  Jayna & Falon

Only Jayna is on her original body.  Peyton and Falon both have MTM bodies. 

Well, it's a new year with new things to do.  I don't have any resolutions, but I do have goals, like actually completing more residences and businesses and getting more residents into the mix.  If only I could stop being side tracked, I'd get everything done.  Oh, well, as long as I enjoy doing things, that's all that counts.

Happy 2017, Dolly People! - Jaye

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Re-ment - Bring Back Youth Days

Today a new box of Re-ment items arrived.  Although two others have arrived over the past few weeks (one was under the tree), I only felt compelled to have a couple of the ladies review this one.

The first to arrive is Giordana.  She would like to take a minute to introduce herself while she waits for her partner to arrive.

Giordana:  Hi, Everyone.  I hope you're all doing well and enjoying the holiday season.  I wanted to tell you a little about myself.  I've been here for two years.  I am a loved Christmas gift from Mr. Jaye to Mrs. Jaye.  When I first arrived, I got new lip color and a hair cut and style and assigned to the display area. Although she tried and has been looking since I arrived, we couldn't find a body for me for the past two years.  Recently, Miss Jaye ordered some IT bodies at a good price and it was discovered I actually match the PP body she ordered and viola!  I have mobility and moving to the play area.  I'll miss the ladies in display, but it's time for a new life and I'm happy about that.

Now, I really need to do something about this hair before we continue. Getting dressed sometimes affects the hair, with the pullover and what not. Please excuse me for a second.

Giordana:  Okay, that's much better.  I can't very well focus on showing things when my hair is disheveled.   Now, we just need my partner to arrive and we can get started.  We are going to try to just caption everything and use ourselves for size comparison.  There are a lot of items in this set and not chatting should make it go faster.  Can I just say it's lovely being able to touch my hair comfortably?

Tasha:  Hi.  I'm here. 
Giordana:  Hi, Tasha.  I'm glad you are here and we can get started.
Tasha:  Well, normally I do this with my girl, Lisa, but since she's visiting her family on winter break, you'll be okay for a fill in.
Giordana:  Yes, I know Lisa couldn't be here.  I'm glad you're here and I get a chance to work with you.  I could use the guidance of someone experienced.  Up until now, I've only had to stand and pose.
Tasha:  Uhuh.  That reminds me.  I have something to say.
Giordana:  We really should get started.  Time is limited.
Tasha:  We have time for this.

Tasha:  First of all, I know you are all happy to see I'm back and doing a review.  I was done wrong, but I can be the bigger person and forgive people.  Which is the only reason I agreed to come back.
Giordana:  Yes, I think we are all happy to see you.  So let's get started.
Tasha:  I'm not finished yet.  This is about turning the other cheek and getting slapped again.
Giordana:  Huh!

Tasha:  Giordana and I arrived the same day, I've been in actual scenes and yet, she has an articulated body before I have one?  I mean, she was already honored enough being with the display girls who model all day long, but now she's getting moved to another area too?   You all know that's sha...not right.  I need to be able to move better to review things.  Maybe that's why I can't even be a model. 

Giordana (to herself):  Good gravy.  Does she ever quit?
Tasha:  I think it would be nice to know why keep getting passed over for things. I mean, I try hard, don't I?
Me:  Tasha, I let you vent a little, but you are taking up time.  I have work to do.

Giordana:  If you don't mind, instead of your getting aggravated, I think have a way to take care of this so everyone is happy.
Me:  If you say so.  But if you can't get her under control, I will.
Giordana:  I've got this.  Don't worry.  I just need a minute.  Thanks.
Me:  Thank you!

 Giordana:  Tasha, I don't mean to interrupt, but I have to say I agree with you.  I think a mistake has been made.
Tasha:  You do?  Really?
Giordana:  Yes, absolutely.  As I look at your physique and your lovely eyes, I see that you should have been assigned to a place with more prestige.  You should have been in the case all this time with the display ladies.  The way you can hold a pose like nobody else, that's where you should be.  I mean, you are really working that dress.

Tasha: really think I could be up there with those beautiful girls?
Giordana:  Yes, I mean, if you're okay with standing there in some gorgeous fashion and having strangers praise how wonderful you look, then it's probably right for you. Do you think you can do that?  It's long hours, but so much admiration comes to those ladies.  They are always being seen, unlike the others you've been standing around with.
Tasha:  You're right.  We are all standing around crowded together.  In the display shelf, all eyes will be on me and I won't just be standing around, I'll be modeling all day and night. 

Giorgana:  That's right. And you know I know from experience that it's the place to be. There's a brand new completely empty case from Christmas, so you could be one of the first in there.  Plus, I'm basically taking a step down.  You, however, will be moving up.  Doesn't that sound great?
Tasha:  Yes, it does.  How do we make this happen.?
Giordana:  First we need to finish this review, then we can either go find an existing fashion or, since you have such a unique physique, maybe we can get Leera to make something for you.  Something that will be just for you.
Tasha:  Okay.  I love it!  Let's get this review started so I can get my promotion. I already have a fashion in mind. Thanks for the idea.
Giorgana:  Girl, I've got your back.

Finally, on to the review. 

Here is a fruit drink, an analog clock (it just wouldn't stand up, so I'd need to give it a back, and a pay phone.  I've never seen this type in the US, so it must be what was used overseas at the time (80's?). The handset does come off the hook.

 Sunglasses that fit.

 Water and a coffee drink.  The camera opens in the back and the roll of film can go inside of it and the back closes.  Pretty cool.

This 'walkman' really has headphones that plug in and the tape cassette really goes inside the tape player and the case.  However, the headphones do not fit on the ladies' heads.  We tried.

I'm loving how this burger has ketchup and pickles.  The fries do come out of their wrapper.  They look supersized.

 This flower has a face.  I think it's supposed to be smiling, but it looks a little evil to me.  The noodles come out of the cup and there is a lid.  I just need to cut it out of the little cards that come in the boxes.  Look at that VHS video that really goes inside the case.

 This light has a knob that really turns to each of the positions, but the light does not work.

 A ball point pen with a cap, which is permanently attached.  The key in it's own holder is cool.  It is attached directly to the case, which does close.

 This portable cassette player/radio has a moveable handle and antenna (up or down, but not extending).

 The cassette really goes in and the holder can close.

 Decided to show the key case closed. 

 This fish tank is actually comprised of three pieces which separate - the tank, the fish and the reef.  Great for a scene where you are putting a fish tank together or something.

 This key on the huge key chain cracked me up when I first saw it.  It has some hotel name on it, but it reminds me of gas station keys.  There's a martini (the glass can be empty), the drink on the left has sugar or salt on the rim. 

 Some lipstick with a cap that can be placed on it and another drink glass.  It's either water or clear liquor that goes on it.  It can be whatever you'd like.

Hmm...lipstick on the café cup.  Not sure why, especially when it looks like a top lip, not a bottom lip, to me. Partially eaten dessert...yum.

 I've never seen that item on the left, but it seems to be some sort of astrology machine.

 This bottle on the left makes no sense to me, but can be used for medicine, I guess.  There's another form of coffee, with milk based on the color.

 Ah, the computer items - a floppy disk, mouse and keyboard.

 This computer's screen did not come attached and it remains removable, which is great if you need to show something in particular on the screen.  I'm thinking ultrasound machine.

 Usually Re-ment comes with cards, this set came with little booklets, most of which have something for you to cut out and use, like the computer screen and a box for the medicine bottle.

 More liquor bottles for another bar.  Loving it!

 Umm, cigars on ice?  Who knew that was a real thing?  And an ice bucket.  The ice is removable.

 And last, but not least, a handbag that opens and closes and another lovely drink. Every 'drinkable' item in this set has removable drinks so that the glass or cup can be empty.  That's one of the things that makes Re-ment so awesome! 

Giordana:  Thank you so much for joining us for this review.  There are so many fantastic items for homes and businesses here.  We hope Re-ment continues to make more similarly useful items, preferably not in character form.
Tasha:  Yes, thank you for looking at our review.  Please be sure to join us for my placement and promotion ceremony.
Giordana:  I don't think there's such a thing.
Tasha:  How would you know? There's never been a promotion like I'm about to get.  So there needs to be one.  I mean, the other display ladies don't even have assigned names, but I do. 
Giordana:  Okay, okay.  Let's just see about getting you there first, then we can talk about ceremonies.
Tasha:  You bet.

Thanks for stopping by and we all hope you have a safe and happy New Year! ~ Jaye and the Gang