Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Man Cave?

Today Henna's in her office reviewing some design contracts and design ideas for clients.  She's been getting lots more requests for her services since the new year rolled in.  That means her profits, business and income will grow exponentially this year.  She's happy about that.  It also means she can continue to use Carly's talent more.

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.

Parker:  Hi, Henna.  
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.
Henna:  Okay.  What do you need?  References?  
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.
Parker: Bill?
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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lunch and Begging

It's almost Thanksgiving and Cora, Parker's and Avery's mother, is in town for the holiday.  She is visiting to see her new grandson (yes, it took her this long to get here because she is so busy), Cristian and have Thanksgiving dinner.  She has rented out a very private room for dinner and asked that Avery, Craig, Aviana, and Cristian join her.  She is also hoping she can find a way to have Parker come as well.

Since she is in town and Ember previously agreed to do so, she is having lunch with Ember.  Ember doesn't want to be in the middle of the issues and relationship Parker has with Cora.  But she is also Avery's friend, so she knows she may be around Cora when she's there for Avery, so she wants to keep a cordial relationship with Cora.

Cora and Ember are eating lunch and chatting, so far mostly about Ember's business, Cora's job and fashions.

Cora:  And how are you able to keep up with all of the fashion changes?  It must be a lot in your line of business.
Ember:  It can be, but the fact that my models are going to shoots and I try to be there when I can, I can see what's going on.  I take notes.  Plus, my models like to tell me all about the fashions they've seen. and worn while working.  So I don't miss much.  I am also working on some things with a high fashion model and a designer.  
Cora:  That sounds like such fun.
Ember:  It keeps things interesting and exciting.

Cora:  I imagine running your own business and raising a child keeps you very busy.  I don't know how you balance both.
Ember:  I love being my own boss, but I love my daughter more, so I ensure I make time.  Although, with more business, I think I'm ready for an assistant.  I'm ready to start looking for a top notch administrative assistant who can possibly grow into some agent role as I expand.  Although I was hopeful when I started, I wasn't sure how far I could expand.  But now, with connections and partnerships I'm working on, several things are possible.
Cora:  It sounds like it.  I don't know that I could have gone as far as I am now if I had to focus on raising children.

Ember:  Well, think there is a way to balance both, but we have to make choices based on our priorities.
Cora:  Um, well yes, I'm sure that's correct.  Well, I wish I had your fervor.  Maybe then things would be different with Parker.  How is he?
Ember:  He's wonderful.  So Avery told me you have made special Thanksgiving arrangements.  She is happy she won't be cooking.  It sounds like you've planned a very nice dinner.  

Cora:  Yes, I'm looking forward to it.  I rarely get here to see my family, but I want change that.  
Ember:  Mmm, sounds like a plan.
Cora:  Yes, it does.  I would love for you to come join us and bring your daughter.  Of course you would bring Parker too.  I would really love to have you all with us.  One big, happy family.  The food will be divine and I'm sure there will be enough for you to take food home and not cook for the next two days.  The place I've picked is lovely and comfortable.  It has a dining area and sofas and chairs for relaxation.  It will be almost like home.  What do you think?

Ember:  I appreciate the invitation, however, we do have plans.  My mother is in town and she is cooking dinner at my sister's.  So we will have to pass.  
Cora:  That is rather disappointing, but I understand.  I was really hoping you could all come.
Ember:  Well, you will still be with Craig and Avery and your grandchildren, so I'm sure it will still be a very festive time.  So, tell me more about your job, it sounds like you have a lot of balls in the air at once. 

Cora:  Yes, it's quite stressful at times, but I love running things. (Pauses) Ember, I'm going to be straight forward with you.  I want to get to know you better.  I think we can be good friends.
Ember:  Cora, I'm sure you have plenty of friends.
Cora:  Yes, but none of them are dating my son.  A son with whom I'd like to have a relationship.  
Ember:  Cora...

Cora (interrupting Ember):  Ember, my dear, I really need your help.  I know I went wrong with Parker.  I do.  I accept that.  But now that I have things together, I realize that I am missing my family and I need to repair that.  I need you to help me repair things with Parker.  
Ember:  Why would you think I would get involved?  
Cora:  Because you love him and I'm his mother.  I know that as a mother, you understand the importance of having your children in your life.  I think Parker will listen to you.  I think you can steer him in another direction.

Ember:  Cora...
Cora (interrupting again):  I know, it may seem a little awkward.  I get that.  I just need to figure out how to get Parker to forgive me.  I made mistakes.  I made a mistake I cannot correct, but I can try to get us all to move past that.  Can you understand that?  Can you help me? Please?  I'm begging you.

Ember (sighs):  Cora, Parker's relationship with you is something I don't want to get involved with. Please don't try to put me in that position.  I will not get in the middle.
Cora:  Ember, please.  I don't know what else to do.  Right now, you may be my only hope.  How can I even get a chance to repair things if I can't get a way to do so?  It's important to me. Very important.

Ember:  Let me ask you one question.
Cora: Okay?
Ember:  If you could go back and do it all over again, foregoing the career you have until later, would you do it?
Cora:  What do you mean?
Ember:  Would you go back and stay with your children and give up the career or at least delay it?

Cora:  I don't know.  I...How can I answer that? I just don't know.  I can't go back now, I can only go forward.  That's what I'm trying to do.
Ember:  Perhaps, but would you have given it up and stayed?
Cora (gives a nervous laugh): Ember, I really don't know.  I haven't thought about it.  I just know I want my son to speak to me.  I want to be a family now.
Ember (takes a breath):  Yes, now that the hard part is done you have time and attention for your grown children, but you wouldn't go back and do the hard work to have the relationship you could have developed when they were small children.  That is the problem and how you got here.

Cora:  Excuse me?
Ember:  Cora, I don't want to start an argument and, as I said before, I don't want to be involved with this issue.  I just don't want to talk about this any longer.  
Cora:  I'm sorry.  I just wanted to...
Ember: It's okay.  I need to get going anyway.  Let me just grab cash to leave for my lunch.
Cora: No, no, no.  Lunch is on me.  I'm glad you came. Please don't leave upset.  I didn't mean to upset you.  I'm sorry.

Ember decides that lunch needs to end before it gets any worse, so she lays down her napkin, stands up and grabs her purse.

Ember:  I'm not upset.  Thank you for lunch and I do hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a good time.
Cora:  Ember, I still want to get to know you.  
Ember:  Yes, well, I have to get going and again, thank you for lunch and have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your visit. 

Ember walks away.

Sorry I'm late, but this story needed to be told.  I plan to show some updates on what's been happening with some of the residents.  As much as I'd like to narrow down and focus on a few main families or residents, it's so hard.  But I'm hoping to stop buying dolls and focus on dioramas this year.  Yes, I said the same thing last year, but this year I really need to because there are just too many untold stories and not enough places and settings available to tell them.

Thank you for stopping by.  ~ Jaye