With so much work coming in, she will need more assistance. So she is actively looking for a new administrative assistant so Carly can officially be promoted to a Junior Designer position. She may even need to move to a bigger office space later in the year. But, of course, she will wait until she is sure about the contracts and has the money to get another office.
Carly is at her desk working hard and Parker has just arrived. As Henna's business grows, so does his, which means he is feeling more confident about some big plans for this year.
Carly has let Henna know Parker has arrived and she has told her to let him come in.
Henna: Hi, Parker. I'm glad you're here. I need to set up some time to review some of these quotes with you.
Parker: Okay. Good. You're really getting lots of business, huh?
Henna: WE are getting lots of business. I need to know if you're going to be able to handle most or I need to give more to one of the other contractors. You're still my main and most reliable, so I'm giving you first choice.
Parker: Whatever it is, I'll take it. I'm working on hiring more guys, so I can take on whatever you need. Plus, I still have the smaller contracts I handle through my own business and they are really multiplying.
Henna: Great! Well, let's set up a formal meeting to review everything we have so far and look at our schedule for the first half of the year. I want to be sure planning is on-point. I'll have Carly arrange for all of us to meet until we get someone else to do it.
Parker: Yes, I have heard you are searching for a new assistant. Carly seems happy about that.
Henna: I'm glad. Until now, I've been giving her a small percentage of the work she helps design, plus her regular salary. But now I'm going to need to work out new compensation. I'm thinking a base with a bonus for sales over a certain amount. She'll be getting a significant increase in pay with the changes.
Parker: That sounds good.
Henna: Yes, and I think she's planning on moving to a bigger and better location. So it's huge for her.
Parker: Speaking of changes, I have some things in the works this year. I was hoping to talk to you about some help.
Parker: No. I need help on a personal basis.
Henna: Really? Design help?
Parker: Maybe. I'm looking for a house. Well, maybe more of a fixer upper. I need a realtor if you know one.
Henna: Okay. Well, I do know a really good realtor. Let me look up her number and I'll text it to you.
Parker: Thank you. I appreciate it.
Henna (now curious): So, are things still working out with Jun?
Parker: Yes. He's a good guy. We'll keep in touch after I move out. Especially to watch the games. I think Grayson, Craig and Chase wouldn't mind hanging out with him in the man cave every so often.
Henna: Man cave? In your own place? The only time a man needs a man cave...
Henna realizes what Parker mistakenly just told her, without telling her.
Henna: O.M.G! You can tell me! I promise I won't tell! Are you going to propose to Em?
Parker (feeling his cheeks get instantly hot because he hadn't realized what he was letting slip): I can't see myself without her...and I feel like Erwyn is my daughter now too. So...
Henna (letting out a huge squeal): Yes! Yes! Yes!
Henna is happy Ember has found a man who loves her and her daughter, Erwyn.
Henna: Now the ring has to be perfect. Do you need help ring shopping?
Parker: I don't know. I thought about taking my sister, but I don't know if she will be able to contain herself.
Henna: I don't know if I can contain myself either, but I will figure it out. I'm so excited and happy right now. When? When are you proposing?
Parker: I still need to work it out.
Henna: Wait, are you going to buy the house without her? I don't think that's a great move if you have the chance to have her input.
Parker: I thought she'd like a surprise.
Henna: Mmm...I think you propose first, house shop after. It's for the best. I'm a woman who knows lots of women. You need her to love it too.
Parker: Okay. I'll wait, but I still want to keep an eye open for opportunities.
Henna: That works. So, let me know if you want me to ring shop with you. I'm in. I hope you both choose wedding colors I'll look wonderful in.
Parker (laughing): I appreciate all of your help.
Henna: Sure, BIL.
Henna: Brother-in-Law. Do you know how you'll propose?
Parker: I guess in the traditional way. Dinner and a proposal. I'm still working things out in my head. I just know I'm going to need a ring first. The rest will come.
Henna: Um. Hmmm...We can work on that.
Parker: Thank you. Well, I do need to get to the next job site, so can we set up the meeting and talk about the Franklin job before I head out?
Henna: Sure. Let me grab the file and get Carly.
I would say it looks like there will be a wedding, but I don't want to jump the gun. Parker didn't even get a ring yet and Ember hasn't accepted. We'll see.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye