Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - #libfaves16

Below you will find my favorite books of 2016. I really dislike having to put them in a 10-1 order so I kind of kept it simple. I looked at all the books I had read up this point and listed the 5-star books first in order that I would recommend them to someone and then I did the same with the 4-star books. Had I made the list today instead of a few weeks ago, the order might be different. Anyway, these were books I would recommend and they cover a slightly varied reading tastes.

 #libfaves is a yearly hashtag event where librarians share their top picks. It's been going on for 6 years now and you can find the top ten picks over at EarlyWord.

You can find the full list of books I've read over on GoodReads.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - 9/28/2016


kindly, lighthearted, melodramatic

It's been a number of years since I've commuted daily on the train. However, after today's NJ Transit crash in Hoboken commuting has been on my mind. When I sat down to write on yesterday's prompt I just kept thinking about all the train trips I've taken.

A smile
from a kindly old man,
insisting I take his seat.

A lighthearted laugh
between long time friends
reminding me to text mine back.

A melodramatic conversation
between the two college girls
brings a smile to my face.

It may have been a long day
and I may be on a crowded train.

But I wouldn't have it
any other way.

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? - The Portland Heat Novellas

I've been in a kind of reading slump lately. I'll get a few books out from the library, read a few chapters and then give up on the book. I think a lot of them sounded interesting but just didn't grab my attention.

So last night I'm browsing my library's ebook collection when I see this pop up as new books.


Bundled Up (Portland Heat, #1-3)Bundled Up by Annabeth Albert
All three of The Portland Heat Novellas together for the first time!

Served Hot
In Portland, Oregon, the only thing hotter than the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are the hard-working men who serve it up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
Robby is a self-employed barista with a busy coffee cart, a warm smile, and a major crush on one of his customers. David is a handsome finance director who works nearby, eats lunch by himself, and expects nothing but “the usual”—small vanilla latte—from the cute guy in the cart. But when David shows up for his first Portland Pride festival, Robby works up the nerve to take their slow-brewing relationship to the next level. David, however, is newly out and single, still grieving the loss of his longtime lover, and unsure if he’s ready to date again. Yet with every fresh latte, sweet exchange—and near hook-up—David and Robby go from simmering to steaming to piping hot. The question is: Will someone get burned?

Baked Fresh
From its famous coffee to the mouthwatering fare at its cafés, restaurants, and bakeries, Portland, Oregon, has a lot to whet the appetite, including the hard-working men who serve it all up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
Vic Degrassi is a baker on the rise, and it’s all thanks to his rare ability to make—and keep—his New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, giving up smoking, or graduating from culinary school, Vic goes after what he wants—and gets it. This year? He wants Robin Dawson, the sweet-hearted hottie who volunteers with him at the local homeless shelter. When he learns that Robin is suddenly single after being unceremoniously dumped, Vic is more than happy to offer a shoulder to cry on—or at least a fresh-baked pastry to bite into. But it’s been a long time since Vic’s gone on a date, and he’s nervous about risking his friendship with Robin. So when their flirtation turns into a steamy night together, Vic and Robin have to figure out if they’re friends with benefits or lovers in the making, and if Robin is ready for something more than just a rebound. There’s only one way to find out: turn up the heat…

Delivered Fast
Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.
Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt. 



I've finished Served Hot and really enjoyed it. It's a short, sweet and steamy read. Can't wait to read the other two

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Book Review - Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Leave MeLeave Me by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the outside Maribeth would seem to have it all. She lives in NYC with her husband and two kids and has a job working with her best friend in their chosen field. Inside her life, Maribeth is busy, so busy she mistakes her heart attack as just bad Chinese food. 

Maribeth has a hard time recuperating at home after her surgery because everyone still needs everything from her. They don't know how to function with out Maribeth guiding them. Knowing that she needs to focus on her recovering Maribeth hastily packs a bag, leaves a note for her husband and then runs away.

Maribeth needs to heal from more than just her heart attack. She needs to heal her soul. She needs to uncover part of his past and reevaluate her current life if she's going to be happy in the future.

I was torn about even picking up this book. I love Gayle Forman and was excited to read her first adult novel, but I dislike the 'run away from your life to fix it' plot. My love of the author won out and I requested this book.  I wasn't disappointed by the book at all. I didn't like Maribeth but I got invested in her story and for me that played a bit part in why I finished this book. If the main character is unlikable and I still want to find out more about them and if they solve their problems, I know I'm reading a fantastic author.

The way this story is written you easily sway from the present into Maribeth's past as she contemplates her past with her best friend, her husband, and her life choices. They aren't jarring transitions that feel crammed in to fill the need for backstory. They are easy transitions that reminded me how I can easily slip into a memory when triggered by something in my day to day life.

That being said, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have liked maybe two more chapters to stretch it out. Or maybe I just really love reading Gayle Forman's books that I didn't want it to end.

**I received an ebook copy of this book through Netgalley for my honest review.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Sunday Scribblings - July 24, 2016

This week's prompt: toenails

What makes me smile?
My brightly painted toenails
always do the trick.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

five minute friday - July 22, 2016



I walked in the door carrying with me not only my bags but the weight of the day on my shoulders. The tension was pinpointed in between my shoulder blades. I dropped my bags, kicked off my shoes and sat down on the couch. I just wanted to close my eyes and just sit in the cool darkness in my living room. It quickly became clear that sitting down was not going to be an option.

"Do you think you're helping?"

She looked up at me with her big brown eyes and I just melted. I gathered her up in my arms and just snuggled her to my chest. The stress of the day melting and a sense of calm came over me. Lola looked up at me and wiggled out of my hold. She sat next to me her eyes begging me to get up. 

"Okay fine, you win. We'll go for a walk. Go get your leash."  

A walk was just what I needed to walk off the remainder of my day. What a smart dog I have!

*My Lola would rather cuddle and nap, I wish she would pester me for a walk instead of just treats, but that's life with a pug!

Friday, July 22, 2016

3 Wood Wednesday - 7/20/2016


Fatal, Gaping, Harmonious

I'm not telling how much of this is true and how much of this I made up to fit this prompt!

I can’t remember when I fell in love with blacksmiths, but they have been my secret obsession for years. It probably started at one of those living history sites, the smithy shop has always been a favorite stop when walking around the town. There was something magical about the elemental way they can reshape metal. As a teen I’m sure it became more about staring and trying not to gape at the blacksmiths themselves. Even today, I find myself drawn to these demonstrations. Watching as they pull the metal out of the fire, shape it on the anvil and then cool it in the water. I have quite the collection of pieces created by this technique.
The pieces are scattered around my apartment as to not draw attention to the collection. The same can be said of my collection of books featuring a blacksmith. I started by picking up nearly every book I could with blacksmith in the title. Warning, just because it’s in the title doesn’t mean that’s what the story will be about (sometimes there is nothing going on in a smithy). I have such a wide collection of books it’s hard to notice if the ones on a certain shelf or two are collected together for a discernible reason. Recently I’ve noticed that it’s becoming a little hard to hide my obsession. Take my selection for my final performance piece. I chose a piano piece titled The Harmonious Blacksmith. When asked by my professors why, I made something about the style of the piece and the way it translates from the harpsichord to the piano. I’m not completely sure they bought it, but I passed anyway and now I know about this wonderfully titled piece of music. I even have my wedding planned out and it involves a blacksmiths. Well a blacksmith’s anvil but details aren’t really important. My plan is to get married in Gretna Green, Scotland. See in the Regency Period it was really difficult to get married so to elope couples would take a long trip north to Scotland where marriage laws weren’t too strict. The first town across the border was Gretna Green and the blacksmith could perform your ceremony. So how amazing will it be to get married in the old blacksmith’s shop in front of the anvil? It will be amazing! There is just one flaw in this plan, first I’d need to get engaged. So I’d need to get a boyfriend. I probably have to change my standards because some hot blacksmith looking guy isn’t going to just walk into my life. I don’t even live near a living history location and it’s not like blacksmiths are just walking around major cities. Well maybe they are, I mean there are horses on the police force. Well, that’s not important, what’s important is that I find someone who makes me happy and if they also happen to be able to make metal bend to their will so much the better.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Three Word Wednesday - July 13, 2016


carefree, deadpan, ear-splitting

Maya and her boyfriend were sitting at a table outside of a little café enjoying their Saturday routine of coffee, scone and free Wi-Fi when an ear-splitting scream disturbed the peacefulness of the morning.  Glancing in the direction of the scream, Maya could see a group of teens in the park across the street all running towards the girl, phones drawn and at the ready to catch whatever it was that the girl was so excited about and soon they each were just as excited. Quickly they were off to hunt the next creature to capture.

“Wonder what they caught?”

“You could go over and find out.”

“And ruin the image of a grown adult who is sitting here reading the New York Times on an iPad?”

“Like you haven’t been playing on your phone the whole time we’ve been sitting here?”

“Fine.” In as casual as possibly Maya got up and walked across the street. She was just a carefree woman walking into a park looking at her phone, nothing more, nothing less. That was until she saw what they had all gotten excited about and let out a little whoop!

She quickly composed herself and walked back to the table.

“So something good?”


She looked up at him and in a deadpan manner shrugged and said, “It was decent.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Three Word Wednesday - July 6, 2016


Wasteful, Addicted, Bruise


Ode to an Avocado

Oh, avocado!
How I love thee (I’m sorry I didn’t love you sooner)
The smooshie goodness that is beneath your skin
The tears that form when I cut you open and;
notice the bruises from those people who squeezed you too hard.  

Oh, avocado!
It’s so wasteful when I have to scoop around brown bits
I feel sad that you were not able to be fully enjoyed
That sadness is washed away once I start to mash you
Oh how creamy and yummy you look

Oh, avocado!
You taste amazing when I start to turn you;
into something amazing like guacamole
You’re an addiction I don’t want to fight
I just want another avocado!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sunday Scribblings 2 - Prompt 121

This week's prompt: Sequel 

sequel
natural, inevitable
ending, interesting, enduring
where do we go
cycle

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Weekend Cooking - Green Smoothies by Fern Green

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads


Book Tite: Green Smoothies: Recipes for Smoothies, Juices, Nut Milks, and Tonics to Detox, Lose Weight, and Promote Whole-Body Health 
Author: Fern Green
Publication Date: December 29, 2015

Description: (From Goodreads) A collection of 66 illustrated smoothies, juices, nut milks, and tonics to kick-start metabolism, fire up the mind, and promote whole-body health.  An easy-to-follow and informative guide, this book pares smoothie-making back to its essence. Each recipe is presented in a highly visual spread, and grouped ingredients are displayed opposite finished smoothies and juices, providing at-a-glace instruction. Recipes like Dandelion Tonic, Popeye's Juice, Coconut Kale, and Pineapple Twist provide a simple introduction for the new smoothies making, as well as new inspiration for the experienced blender. A seven-day detox plan with straightforward recipes energizes and invigorates. 

3 Little Thoughts:
1.  I got my hands on a juicer and dove into trying this juicing thing. I can't say it was an eye opening experience, but I did enjoy a few of the juices like the Green Giant (broccoli, green grapes, spinach, cabbage, red apple), Strawberry (strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage), and Carrot-ene Healer (carrots, red apple, sweet potato).  I really liked the strawberry and carrot-ene healer, it was interesting to juice a sweet potato.

2. I requested this book because of the smoothies, I have really gotten into making smoothies and wanted to try some new recipes (and ones not pulled from Pinterest). I was torn on smoothies, I liked the ones I tried, but I kind of hit my wall on blending greens. I enjoyed the Banana Tonic (romaine lettuce, banana, mint leaves), and Fruit and Fiber (cilantro, strawberries, coconut water, banana). 

3. I'm not into the nut milks, so I did skip those, but I tried two of the shots. As with the other two sections, I both liked and disliked recipes in this section. Not a fan of the milks, but there were some interesting shots. I really liked the Aloe shot (aloe vera juice, green apple) and the Ginger shot (ginger, lemon, agave nectar) it was um, interesting. I think I put too much ginger in and wow, it was quite strong. I'm going to give it another shot (pun intended) with less ginger.

I will be using this book again to make some more juices and smoothies!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Monday, March 28, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Brutal, Clammy, Dense


Brutal, Clammy, Dense

Working on my short sci-fi story and this prompt fit in perfect with a section that needed to be rewritten. This might not be the final draft of this section, but it works for this draft.

Marissa walked out of her front door and looked out towards the horizon, the brutal winter weather was setting and the sun was just starting to rise, burning off the dense fog that had blanketed the night. It was bound to be a glorious day. She dried her clammy hands, hitched up her dress and set off to milk the cows.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Weekend Cooking - Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads


Book Tite: Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101 
Author: Sara Moulton
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Description: (From Goodreads) In Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101, Sara helps answer that eternal question, "What's for dinner?" This must-have resource combines 150-plus all-new recipes with time-tested methods that elevate meals from everyday to extraordinary. Sara guides readers every step of the way, from including detailed instructions in every recipe to ensure the dish comes out perfectly every time to tips about selecting ingredients and balancing flavors. Bright color photographs and straightforward techniques show how easy it is to build flavors in a pan for a one-dish dinner, bake seafood in parchment for a quick healthy meal, and turn fresh seasonal produce into scene-stealing side dishes. Readers will find recipes to please every palate, including a whole chapter of vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy fresh-tasting classics such as Sautéed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers, Steak with Pickled Salsa Verde, and No-Knead Walnut Rosemary Bread, along with inspired new dishes such as Smashed Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes and Seared Scallop Salad with Spicy Watermelon Vinaigrette. Home Cooking 101 also features contributions from some of Sara's favorite fellow chefs, including Rick Bayless, Amanda Cohen, Hiroko Shimbo, Jacques Torres, Marc Vetri, and Grace Young. Sara's signature mix of energy and warmth makes this invaluable resource a joy to cook from, proving that even a quick weeknight meal can be fun and easy.

3 Little Thoughts:
1.  I liked the first 'chapter' on theTen Basics of a Great Home Cook.  I agree with all ten points (even if I struggle with following them all myself). Well, I kind of agree, Sara says I should use the 10-inch chef knife, but I just find it too big so I'm investing in a good quality 6-inch chef knife. However, I fully agree, and have started arguments with my mother, over following a recipe correctly the first time you make it and then altering it to your tastes.

2. I liked the list of tools that she finds a must for her kitchen. I own a good portion of those and have a wish list of ones that I would like, but have no space for!

3. I haven't made anything out of this book yet, but I have plans to try some things out when I get a bit more time. I found myself bookmarking more of the recipes in the Chef's Pantry section than in the rest of the book. For my tastes, a lot of the book seemed too fussy for what I consider home cooking.

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Monday, March 7, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Naked, Obey, Piercing


Naked, Obey, Piercing

She could only make out random words and phrases while in an isolated cell.  The compound’s leader was yelling about being humiliated and not being obeyed. He said something about a punishment of being stripped naked.  The Chief Authoritarian quietly responded. Marissa couldn’t hear him but she did hear the leader’s piercing scream of frustration.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Scribbling 2 #114

This week's prompt: dither

I've spent too much time on Twitter
And now I've been in a dither
I haven't been writing
Let alone anything exciting
So this really bad poem
Was the only thing flowin'
Please don't ask, "What's with her?"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Engulf, Fearful, Grimace


Engulf, verb: (of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely.

Fearful, adjective: feeling afraid; showing fear or anxiety, causing or likely to cause people to be afraid; horrifying.

Grimace, noun: an ugly, twisted expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement; verb: make a grimace.

“…and this year’s top marketing rep is, Cassie Roberts!” Mark’s announcement was met by applause and eyes all turning in my direction.

I forced a smile onto my face and hoped it looked like a smile and not a grimace. Each new set of eyes was like another wave of panic as I slowly stood and walked towards the stage. The further I walked the deeper I became engulfed in the panic that had started at a slow boil when I learned I was even in the running a few weeks ago.  


Later Derek would tell me that he might have been the only one to recognize that the look in my eyes wasn’t a happy glint but a fearful pleading to make it all stop. I told him that look was directed right at him and he didn’t make it stop. He hugged me and the anxiety of the last month started to fade away.

Monday, February 22, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Backbone, Cheapen, Dangle

Backbone, noun: spine, spinal column, vertebral column, vertebrae; back, mainstay, cornerstone, foundation, chief support, buttress, pillar, tower of strength, strength of character, strength of will, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination, fortitude, pluck, pluckiness, nerve, courage, mettle, spirit, moral fiber, guts, spunk, grit, true grit.

Cheapen, verb: demean, debase, degrade, lower, humble, devalue, abase, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, shame, humiliate, mortify, prostitute, reduce, lower (in price), cut, mark down, discount, slash.


Dangle, verb: hang (down), droop, swing, sway, wave, trail, stream, wave, swing, jiggle, brandish, flourish, offer, hold out; entice someone with, tempt someone with.


Becareful
Andrew, I’m
coming for your job.
Keep an eye on me,
because there is
only so much you can take back promotions.
Notice me and accept me as an
equal in the office.


Cheating me out of my due is only
hurtful to you and
each person who has thought less of me.
Andrew,
please take care in what you say,
every time you think I can’t hear your
negative comments, I can.


Devoid of support I can still rise,
and I will rise with or without you on my side.
No one can hold me back
going forward I will make you see my worth.
Look at me, you wouldn’t be you without me,
everyone knows it too.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sunday Scribblings 2: Prompt 111 - Screech

The feeling of being startled awake only to awaken into complete silence is disturbing. I lay there for a moment wondering what really just woke me up. Was it really a sound or just my dream that sent my eyes snapping open and my heart racing? I strain to hear a sound, any sound when I hear it, the district sound of heavy furniture being moved over wood floors. It’s a dull screech in short bursts as whatever piece she is currently moving is too heavy for her to easily maneuver.

I swing my legs out of bed, fumble on my nightstand for my glasses and shuffle my way into my mother’s room. There she stands in the middle of the room, hands on her hips, clad in only in her nightgown staring at the chair that used to be on the other side of the room.

“Mom.” I say it quietly, I don’t want to startle her.

“I didn’t like it over there in the corner, I think it works better by the window, but now I can’t get around to my side of the bed and I can’t sleep on your father’s side of the bed that just wouldn’t be right.”

“Let’s move the chair back to the corner and we’ll refigure the room,” I look at her nightstand to see the readout on her clock, “later today. After lunch, we’ll rearrange everything for you.”

I move from the doorway and make my way over to my mother. I take a deep breath before guiding her over to the bed, she sits on my father’s side of the bed. My father who has been gone nearly 15 years and whose night stand hasn’t changed since the day he died. I return to the middle of the room and move the chair back to the corner. While I have an easier time, the dull screech follows me across the room.  The sound seems to startle my mother who stands up and watches me.

“Okay, time to go back to bed.” I watch her as she moves around the bed and climbs back under the covers. Only her side of the bed had been disturbed by her late night desire to rearrange her bedroom. The room, like my father’s nightstand, hasn’t changed since my parents bought this furniture 20 some years ago, she won’t want to change it in the morning.


Once she’s in bed I walk over, kiss her forehead and turn of her bedside light. I walk softly to the hallway and stand just outside her door for a few minutes. Once I’m sure she won’t be waking up again I head back to my room. I pick my phone and text my brother, I shouldn’t be the only one awake tonight worrying about Mom.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weekend Cooking: Cooking the Calendar: January

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Every year I try to change up the calendar hanging in our kitchen. Just before Christmas we were in Bed, Bath, & Beyond and I saw this really neat looking calendar that had a recipe for each month.  Christmas morning it was under the tree for me!

January was:

I used Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder, a too big pinch of salt, and had to switch pots half way through (started out with one that was too small) but I have to say it turned out really yummy.  Since it was a lot for just me I stored it in a mason jar and enjoyed hot cocoa a few days and then mixed it equal parts with coffee for a few days of mochas. 


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review - Yes, Chef by Alex Cohen

Yes, ChefYes, Chef by Alex Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Description
Nothing is more important to Diego than his kitchen. He's dedicated to his job running one of the top restaurants in town and doesn't have time for relationships. Then the boss, building on the restaurant's success, brings in Ben. He's young, hot, and not nearly as unlikeable as Diego wishes.

But between the distance of age and the old wounds both men are still nursing, it may be easier if Diego gives up on making something other than his kitchen the center of his world.

Review
I really liked this novella. It was a romance that focused on the relationship and wasn't all about sex, sex, sex. I also liked that it was in a restaurant kitchen, those are always great because it means a focus on food and some great descriptions. It was nice to see that Ben wasn't a chef in training but a pastry chef who was settled in his own chosen career path. 

There were some stilted sections in this novella. Places that seemed to drag in this short book or would have worked better had it been a longer novel. I would have liked to have seen instead more of Ben and Diego together, the romance seems a bit rushed. It was a lot of them just talking about each other. 

I received an ebook version from Netgalley for an honest review.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Madly, Nocturnal, Omen


Madly, adjective: in a manner suggesting or characteristic of insanity, with extreme intensity (informal).

Nocturnal, adjective: done, occurring, or active at night.

Omen, noun: an event regarded as a portent of good or evil, prophetic significance.

This week's words worked perfectly in my writing prompt for Monday night's Writers' Group meeting.

To:                  Boss Lady
From:             Bob
Date:              January 21, 2016
Subject:        My Raise

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I don’t understand why I was passed over for a raise yet again and I would like the opportunity to speak with you about this situation.



To:                  Bob
From:             Boss Lady
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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Bob we’ve discussed this before last year. Please let’s not get into this again this year. When the mid-year evaluations come out we will again address the possibility of a raise.



To:                  Boss Lady
From:             Bob
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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If it was resolved last year this exchange wouldn’t be necessary, but last year, like the year before, there was no resolution to the fact that yet again I was passed over for a raise when nearly everyone around me saw the bump in the first paychecks of the year. Even Kim, who started just two years ago has already seen a pay bump while I haven’t in all the years I’ve been employed by this company.


I really thought this year I would get the raise. I had an omen, well I was always told it was an omen of good fortune when a bird poops and you and on the last payday (the one that my raise wasn’t in my check) a bird gave me a gift as I walked to work.  Yes, I was late that day, but I had to go home and change because I didn’t think you would want me in work with bird shit on my head all day. I believe you called it ‘having a professional appearance’ in our one meeting.

If this is about what happened at the holiday party, I can explain. I haven’t been sleeping well and I can’t take a sleep aid as it interferes with my other medication. So for most of December I had been binge watching television shows when I couldn’t sleep. The problem was that I was watching that zombie show and then I couldn’t sleep because I was having nightmares about zombies. So a friend suggested this game where you defeat the zombies, he thought if I played that I wouldn’t be so scared and could possible get at least a few hours of sleep. Well, then I got addicted to that game, so I really wasn’t getting any sleep. 

Now that my sleep is back on target there shouldn’t be a problem with those episodes. I should be fine for my next evaluation and hope that it will result in the raise I so greatly deserve.


To:                  Bob
From:             Boss Lady
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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As I’ve stated, this is not the time or the medium for discussing this issue, but since you insisted on persisting this conversation I will do my best to answer your question until a formal meeting can be set up. I will email you will full details of that meeting when I have them.


First, you haven’t received a raise since you started with this company because you haven’t received one evaluation where there wasn’t at least one area where you were lacking in some way. Every six month evaluation you improve on the area we last brought to your attention while declining in another area. While I can’t discuss another employee’s salary or evaluations with you, I can easily tell you that anyone who has started after you and received a raised has received that raise because they have deserved it which their evaluations have shown time and again.

Robert, your behavior is only one of the many things that are holding you back in your advancement in this company. Your habit of cornering your coworkers and going on madly about whatever is your current obsession is the least of your problems at the moment. At each evaluation we have discussed the issues and have suggested ways in which you can improve. We have tried our hardest to help you find your place within this company. I’m sorry that you feel you have been over looked time and again and we can only work together in the future to make sure that you feel as if you are not being overlooked.

As to your nocturnal activities, please keep those to yourself, even if it is binge watching television. I know this is sometimes the topics that you like to discuss but as we have talked about before a lot of your coworkers do not wish to discuss these things with you while at work.  This is a professional office and while we do discuss things other than work, please be respectful of your coworkers and their desire to not discuss certain topics.

If you wish to discuss this further we will do so in a face to face meeting, please do not respond back to this email.


To:                  Boss Lady
From:             Bob
Date:              January 21, 2016
RE:                 My Raise

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Okay mom! (See what I did there?)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

3 Word Wednesday - Eager, Frenzy, Guzzle


Excited to be getting back into some calm writing and happy to have found this writing prompt.

Eager, adjective: (of a person) wanting to do or have something very much, (of a person's expression or tone of voice) characterized by keen expectancy or interest.

Frenzy, noun: a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior.

Guzzle, verb: eat or drink (something) greedily.

For this prompt, I felt the words fit in perfectly to help me rewrite a chapter in my fun work "Cows".

Marissa sat with the other overnight guests. She was eager for dinner having missed lunch but not enough to participate in the frenzy of filling plates that was going on around her. She carefully reached a hand towards the food and took a bit of everything while the man next to her guzzled his food.