Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Shop

This is a two parter, stay tuned for the second half sometime soon!

“The what is closing?” I looked at the time while holding the phone to my ear. If I didn’t leave soon I would be late and I needed to finish the phone conversation with Laney quickly.

“The Shop!” I heard Laney scream into her phone. She was talking to me on speakerphone, evidently.

“How do you know?” Before I could let the shock hit me, I needed confirmation. I needed more answers. I decided that I could brush my teeth while holding the phone as well.

“I just drove by, there’s a big sign.”

“When?” I had to mumble, with toothpaste foaming and dripping into the sink.

“I didn’t see exactly, we’ll have to go and yell at Tony.”

“Yesf, Ve bill!”

“Why do you sound funny? Are we breaking up?” She yelled again.

“Doh! I’m brufing my teef.” I spit.

“Oh. Ha! Just now brushing your teeth? You better get a move on it, we have to be there in fifteen minutes.”

“Yeah, I know so stop talking to me!” I hung up the phone and slid it into my pocket knowing I would see her soon. I rinsed my mouth out and then it hit me. The Shop is closing. The shop was mine and Laney’s favorite hang-out spot. It had such a generic name because it did so many things. They sold coffee and books, they were a very popular spot for open-mic nights, at night they sold alcohol, and in the morning they had the best scrambled eggs and French toast. Not that there was an easy way to mess up scrambled eggs, but there must be a secret ingredient that no-one knew. I couldn’t believe they had chosen to close. Or maybe they hadn’t chosen this fate? Tony, the owner would have a lot of explaining to do to me and Laney, his most loyal customers. In fact, I can’t imagine him making this decision without our input.

I pulled into the parking lot the same time as Laney, we were able to walk into the salon together. It was our small business that we both worked hard to get. We met at school, both working on our associate’s degree for nail care. From there we worked at different salons under the same ownership. The boss moved from store to store to check up on things and was over worked. This put a lot of pressure on me and Laney until one day at The Shop, we decided it was time to buy our own. For a year we worked hard and saved all our tip money and were able to buy this little building in the perfect spot of town.

“So, when we’re done here we go talk to Tony right?” She took out her keys and opened the door.

“Duh.” I followed her in and flipped on the lights. We had a routine when opening our business.

“I mean, I would have a hang out here, but… but The Shop!” She turned to me and whined like a two year old not allowed his second piece of cake. Some nights, instead of closing up and going home or heading to The Shop, we would stay and have a glass of wine with some of the employees. It is good team building to become friends with who we work with and we are one of the only places that we know that work on this. Some of the other salon owners think it is a terrible idea, but they also haven’t seen as much profit as we have in the short time that we’ve been open. It also gives us a chance to play around with nail designs and massaging techniques without the customers getting upset.

“Sell coffee to customers and they read a book while we do their nails? Doubt that would work.” I turned on the computer and logged in. “Hey, we got a 10:30 appointment.”

“Let me guess, Maggie.”


“Full service?”

“Yup.” I began clicking around on the schedule to see who was coming in.

“I am prepared. When does the 11 O’clocker get here?” She set up her station the way she liked it and headed for the back room to pick up more supplies to set up the other stations.

“Did you just answer your own question?” I yelled to the back room.

“Oh. Well, you know its Vicky. She tends to be late.” She emerged from the room and set bottles of nail polish remover at all the stations.

“I gave her a warning last time. If she shows up late today, she gets a star taken away.”

“I still can’t believe you do that. Our workers aren’t in kindergarten.” She begins to wipe down the massage chairs.

“But it works, remember Jeff? Kept flirting with all the customers so bad we lost some valuables? He was so afraid of leaving that he eventually got all his stars back and was one of the best people.”

“But those customers never came back, even after he moved to Milwaukee.”

“Well, what do you want me to do about it? Call each one of them up saying ‘The flirty guy left, we’d appreciate your business again’?” I finished looking at the schedule and clicked on the new unread emails.

“That would be lovely.” She ruffled through the mail for new magazines for the waiting area and bills.

“Not going to work Laney.” I flipped the door sign from closed to open and unlocked it so customers could come in. Not long after Maggie, our dedicated customer, entered and other customers slowly trickled in. The day seemed to go slow, knowing that we would be heading over to The Shop to grill Tony on the reason he was closing his doors for good.


Blog January 13

None of the stories I’ve started lately have endings yet. Tonight, that is my goal. Hopefully something post worthy.
Nothing too entirely exciting since my last blog post. Although I have lost some weight and I’m closer to my goal, whoopie!
Last night my brother gave me an idea for a novel that he found on what I assume was tumbler. Which means the story has been written out there somewhere, but that’s not going to stop me. Romeo and Juliet has been told so many different ways, me adding another point of view isn’t going to hurt. No, its not a love story, but I’ll find a way to incorporate it somehow because that’s what I do. So he set me a small challenge, the first two chapters on his desk in a month’s time. That’s pretty easy seeing that I was doing just about a chapter a day only two short months ago.
I attempted applying for a job a short time ago and decided against it the day of the deadline. Since then, the website to apply on sends me job opportunities weekly. And for the first time in all my job searches, it actually gives me suggestions I am interested in. Tonight, besides the goal of finishing a story is to apply for a few of those jobs. Might be useless, but its always worth a shot and I’m going nuts here.

So that’s my update, a few days later than planned but I started watching a TV show and I’ve been binge watching. Cuz that’s the thing to do now a days!

Blog January Four

New year!

I’m not going to say new me, its always been me and it’s going to stay me. But that doesn’t stop some resolutions.

1. I’m going back on my diet, because although I lost 20 pounds, once I stopped doing it I gained 15. Well, that also included the holidays. Sometimes you can’t help that second helping of turkey. And this time I have the boyfriend working on the diet with me, yay motivation!

2. Writing. Writing. Writing. I did bad with NaNoWriMo. I didn’t write as much as I had hoped. But this year I have a few goals. Post blogs at least once a week. At minimum, once a month. Another goal, finish a book. Probably going to be a children’s book because that is the easiest. I also want to finish the book I started for NaNo.

3. Find what I want to do in life. I recently got accepted to a Graduate Student at Large program and the new semester starts in a week and I’m not sure what class to sign up for. I recently had a talk with the boyfriend and came up with a conclusion. One, get a masters in English and not know what to do with it afterwards. Two, go to culinary school and hope to get a job afterwards. I am afraid to complete either, I would have to quit my full time job. That isn’t a possibility with bills and rent and loans. Hopefully the boyfriend is offered a full time teaching job in the fall, it is looking promising. So many factors come with being an adult it’s nuts. They should have a class in highschool where they teach you all the problems, not just check writing.

So we’ll see how 2015 turns out. Good luck to the rest of you with your resolutions!