“We need to disseminate the news to everyone.  The new company policy will start next week so make sure you check the call-in and vacation sheets to see who you need to call with the news.  This is an important move for us and I think it will bring the staff together.  That’s all for now, so it’s back to work everyone.”

The people in the room quietly filed out, I was one of them.  I didn’t hear any conversations like usual at the end of a department heads meeting.  I think everyone was in a state of shock.  I know I was.

The meeting had been about an idea for a new monthly gathering.  It was not your normal company-wide meeting though.  The boss had the idea that we all should meet once a month for yoga in the park.  He had recently had heart surgery and was very into doing good things for his body and wanted to spread the joy.  It wasn’t a bad idea, I guess.  I just think we may lose some employees over it if it is mandatory.

I went back to my desk and typed up an email for all of my staff.  I guess we will see soon how it goes over.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – disseminate

The Company Meeting

Teri asked, “How are we going to do this?  Are we all going to drive, or should we coordinate with each other and save some gas?”

“Teri, we are all going to the same place.  I think it only makes sense we ride together.  We can meet in a central location to us all and then go from there.  Who has the biggest vehicle?”

“Not me,” said Ashton.  “I have a little Honda.”

Gloria stood up in the back of the room and said, “I have a van that seats 8 total.”

“Then you win Gloria, Minnesota here we come!”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – coordinate

Experience, Strength and Hope

“Welcome to tonight’s meeting,” the woman said.  “Who wants to share?” A lady in the back slowly raised her hand.

“Hello I’m Sue,” she said.  “I haven’t been to a meeting in years, but my life is more than unmanageable.  I needed to be where I felt welcomed.  I have not had an alcoholic in my life for five years now, as he drank himself to death.”  She continued, “I still feel the chaos of life leaving me completely out of control and I just needed to come to a meeting.  Thanks for allowing me to join the group tonight.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – welcome

Up The Ladder

The meeting was to take place at 1 o’clock.  Kathy dreaded the thought of two hours of nonstop boredom.  But this was a meeting with the West Coast division of advertising, and she knew she wanted to move up at the agency.  Putting on a good show at this meeting would give her good brownie points.  She had already put in 11 years of hard work and knew it was just a matter of time before she either moved up or moved on.

The intercom buzzed and her secretary said, “The meeting starts in 8 minutes, you better go now.”


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Only For You

“No. I insist, let me get the check,” she said and pulled the payment folder out of his grasp.

“It was my idea to meet” he replied. “At least let me get the tip.”

Once the monetary obligations were done they headed to the parking lot. She was full of butterflies inside at what would be next. She had known him for years but they had only just met in person. He was someone she cared for greatly over the years of online and old-fashioned snail mail correspondence. But this was different, he was here now. He was within reach and a part of her wanted more than a friendship… he was after all very good-looking and had been her best friend for a while now.

“Let’s head to that coffee shop you always talk about and finish our conversation” he suggested.

She bit her tongue and stopped herself from saying yes. A girl can’t seem too eager. “I have to work in the morning. If I fill my night with coffee I will never sleep.”

He put his hand on her shoulder and said, “they do sell decaf babe.”

At the mention of the word babe she had to smile. He started calling her that about a year ago and she found if sweet even though it was not a very PC thing to like. “Ok, will you drive so we don’t waste my gas?”

“Only because you asked nicely,” he said dropping his hand by his side again. Her shoulder suddenly felt very cold. She realized his hand had been really warm and a thought went through her mind about how warm the rest of him would be. A small embarrassed laugh escaped her before she knew it.

He turned back to her and asked, “something funny I said?”

“Just a happy memory sneaking up on me.”

“Care to share it with me?”

She wanted to share a lot with him, “maybe this one should stay private for now.”

“You’ll make me pout,” he said and stuck out his bottom lip.

Before she could stop herself she reached up to push his bottom lip back in and was instantly feeling the heat of a blush crossing her cheeks. He grabbed her hand and without missing a beat said, “Don’t spoil my pout.”

It felt like forever but it was only about 5 steps to his car when he let go of her hand and opened the door for her. Another old-fashioned act of chivalry he was full of. “Such a gentleman” she grinned at him.

“Just wait, I will show you how much of a gentleman I can be” and he shut the car door.

A memory clear back to her youth, just out of high school came to her. A time when she would sit in the middle of a bench seat next to her boyfriend on a drive. She glanced down at the console that separated the two seats and sighed.

As he got into the car she said, “I can’t believe you made the trip all the way here to see me.”

“It wasn’t’ that far from the hotel” he grinned and then added, “only for you babe, only for you.”


Ok … another attempt at fiction.  I know it is sappy but this is just days away from Valentine’s Day so bear with me.  PLEASE let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Day 65 – 100 Days of Happiness

Things seem like they are falling apart lately.  Too many problems and not enough solutions.  My boyfriends way to deal with this was to start drinking again after being sober for 4 years.  It has brought back memories of my ex-husband and his battle with alcoholism.  Today I tried to find some peace the best way I know how (besides walking in nature) – I went to an Al-Anon meeting.  I used to go regularly for nearly two years.  Then I had health issues that kept me away.  I am hoping to settle back into a regular meeting time and find a little peace.  It was good to be in a room full of others who have similar issues.  We even laughed a little tonight and I really needed that.  So even in the middle of the chaos that is my life right now, I can still find some happiness in a day and I am so very grateful for that!