Last Minute Invitation

“You can’t be serious!” the woman exclaimed as she stood up.  She walked across the living room and turned around, “after all this planning now you are not even going to be here for our Superbowl party?”

The man shifted in his seat looking uncomfortable, “He is my boss Diane.  I have to go.  If it was anyone else, I would have just invited them here, but I have a certain image to uphold at work.”

“Your precious image will be tarnished with your friends and family and that is ok, but heaven forbid you look less than perfect for Mr. Paulson.  Just go ahead and renege on your plans, but you better be here to help with the cleanup.”

“Yes Diane, I will.”


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

Party On Dave

He stumbled and his friend Dave said, “Have a nice trip, see you next fall” and started laughing, loudly.  Dave was always loud and thought he was funny.  Tim knew it was mostly all really bad jokes though.

Tim told Dave, “Thanks, I am ok.  I appreciate your concern” in a very sarcastic tone.  It went unnoticed though.  Dave just kept walking and said, “How long ago did the party start?”

“It was supposed to start at 8 o’clock.  Relax, we will still be some of the first people there,” said Tim.

“I am planning on getting toasted.  Don’t let me do anything too stupid,” Dave said with a laugh.

Tim said. “Just so long as you aren’t stupid enough to join the guys in tripping out.  I guess Erik had a really bad trip at the last party,”

Dave rolled his eyes and said, “I won’t do anything (hopefully) that would jeopardize my trip to Florida next week.  And getting way out there might get me in trouble.  I only want a good beer buzzl”

Tim grabbed Dave’s shoulder and pointed to the house ahead, “This is the place Dave.”

Dave rubbed his hands together and said, “Onward, I need a beer!”


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

The Perfect Surprise

The room was filled with people.  A phone rang and everyone fell silent.  Chris answered the phone, “Hello.  Yeah, everything here is copacetic.  Go ahead and bring her home.  We will be ready.”  Chris then told the crowd, “They are on the way back.  Pete, you keep on eye on the window, it should be less than 5 minutes.  They are just at the gas station on 5th.”

Pete stood at the window peeking out of the curtains.  As the car came down the street he said, “They are here.”  As Betty stepped inside, they all yelled, “Surprise!  Happy birthday!”


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

Happy and Grateful – Day 248

The kids are all in school, there is a growing crisp in the air.  Football games and shorter days fill the weeks.  It is September.  I have accomplished another month of acknowledging my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join me as I continue my goal of one year on this journey.  Please join in with your happiness and gratitude in the comments or your own blog post.  No matter how bad the day is there is always something worthwhile in the day.

Today turned out perfect.  We had the help of a great nursing home staff help us have an outstanding 100th birthday party for my grandma.  She is a big fan of the Iowa State Cyclones as she worked at the campus for many years.  So the staff arranged that the head coach of the basketball team would come and wish grandma a happy birthday.  She seemed very happy and all the residence seemed to enjoy themselves.  It made me happy to know this birthday was not overlooked for her.

The weather today was amazing.  Highs just in the 70’s and a nice light breeze.  We had windows open again and I got to hear the birds singing.  I am always grateful for a day of fresh air!

Now I need to get some sleep to be ready for the apartment inspections tomorrow.  As always remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!