narrated by: Lorelei
Marshal tried being subtle, by encouraging me to visit Erin often, just so I could spend more time with baby Mallory. I wasn’t fooled on what he was trying to do, but I was happy to oblige, I do like spending time with my friend. But lately he has started asking when I might want to start a family, he gets big puppy eyes, and pouty lips. It’s all quite dear, for now. I imagine if he keeps it up for years, I might grow weary of it.
It’s not that I’m absolutely opposed to a singular kid, it’s just that I am enjoying my own career for now. I finally own The Red Mill, and business is booming. I have such a great time getting back out on the floor and serving customers, as well as doing all the behind the scenes.
My crew is competent too, which is a huge relief. When I was training new servers, there were many discounts given along with profuse apologies. This is the finest dining establishment in the whole county, and to retain that reputation, people can’t be having their lobster land on their lap.
Jessica has long been a source of drama, she has worked here since I was a mere hostess before I went to college. Back then her husband Matthew was cheating on her, but she was blinded by fear. Then she got divorced rather recently, and now she’s dating a man named Warren. He seems to treat her right, his sister is Miriam the Kindergarten teacher, so I might be inclined to think he is a gentle-spirit. But it is Jessica dating him, and I don’t know that she has good judgement.
Her boys are teens now, and I guess get in more trouble than they did in their younger days. They’ve never been to the restaurant on any regular basis, but now they are here every single day after school. I don’t know what she will do this summer when they are on break; I hope she doesn’t think they could wait for her at work. I would hope she wouldn’t, but I find the after school time already unprofessional.
It’s always obvious that Flint is the trouble maker, he scowls at customers the entire time. The only thing that has made me more lenient in this, is that there are very few customers from 3-5 o’clock.
My newer hostess has been working out well, unfortunately she announced that she’s pregnant. I haven’t had to deal with maternity leave since I took over, and it puts me in a bind. I will have to hire a temporary replacement, which seems unfair to the new hire. I’m not entirely cold-hearted though, I do want her to enjoy her time with the new baby, just wish that it wasn’t going to leave my hostess podium empty.
All in all, these things keep me on my toes, and it’s what I love about owning a business the most. It’s unpredictable, and the calm times are enjoyable. My brother Zeke came in to see if I would babysit the twins. He rarely asks me to watch them anymore, not since I got engaged, but I suppose now things have settled for me. It was hectic planning the wedding, everything had to be perfect, and I know I drove my Mom insane.
Marshal came home to find Vivienne and Cicely over, and he was thrilled. He absolutely loves kids, and getting to have them stay over is always a highlight for him. When we first started dating, it wasn’t that important to me how great of an uncle he would be as opposed to how great he kissed. But now that I’ve settled some in my hormones, I fall more in love with him when he plays with my nieces.
Cicely confessed to me that she’s worried about having too much homework in high school, it took effort to not smile. I assured her that she has plenty of time before she gets to that point, she’s only in the first grade! Moments like these, I do think that kids are pretty darn cute, but then again, I’ve always loved being an aunt.
I made the girls’ favorite pie, cherry. Marshal shares their same taste, so was just as giddy as them. I’ve always been more of a sundae girl, which I get from my Dad. Growing up, we’d always sneak some ice cream after Mom went to bed. It was the perk of having a writer for a Dad, he never had to go into the office early the next day.
Cicely went straight to bed, and I was grateful. A day of working, and doing bookwork, plus watching the twins, it did be in.
Vivienne was not nearly as easy, she was beyond tired, but scared to sleep in our bedroom upstairs. She just wanted to go home, and started crying for her Mom. I thought for sure I’d failed at babysitting the girls, but Marshal stepped in and calmed her right down. He told her a story, and promised to stay in the room with her until she fell asleep. I half expected him to get a blanket and sleep on the floor, but Vivienne was settled with him just staying until she slept.
Maybe if we could jump straight to kids, then I wouldn’t mind. But I’m not blind to the woes of pregnancy, infant hood, and then terrible twos. That is years of my life that I’m terrified of losing to sleepless nights. Once Vivienne was asleep, I asked Marshal if he wanted to do some traveling, before we were trapped to our house every free minute with a one-day baby.
He’s not well-traveled, he’s never left the continental USA, and doesn’t see the big allure. I’m not the most obsessed with travel, so it generally suits me just fine. Just feels like if we aren’t going to have a family right away, that I should give him something like vacations to look forward to.
Next time I feel that though I’m going to just send him to Erin’s new house. I always thought she could do better than Colin, but the reality of a broken family just breaks my heart. Plus she needs more help since she doesn’t have a partner. Her sister, Bethany is of some help, but she’s not sticking around to be a nanny.
Erin is still on her maternity leave, so she doesn’t require a babysitter yet. Except when she needs groceries, then she needs a hand. It is usually me that gives it too. I have the most flexible schedule out of all our friends, and I don’t mind helping her. But it always seems that Mallory and Logan lose control at the same time.
I’m not a Mom, I don’t have the swinging thing down, I don’t know the signs of hunger or when a child is tired, until they’ve crashed on the floor. I do know if they’d dirtied their diaper, but that’s because it’s repulsive smelling.
I’m always relieved beyond measure when I can hear Erin’s keys in the front door. She actually lives catty corner behind me, so I can just walk over, which saves gas and time. Another reason why I’m happy to help.
I invited Erin out with the group on Saturday night, but she declined. Apparently Colin doesn’t take Mallory when he comes for Logan, so she always has at least one of the kids. She begged me to invite Bethany to go out with us though, said that she needed some friends.
I don’t dislike Bethany. I just blame her for being so hard on Erin’s life, that things just blew up. In time, I figured that Erin and Colin would make good compromises, get a house, get married. Colin is younger than Erin, and from a broken family, I know, he’s my cousin. But he’s not a bad guy, just a rough one to love. If Bethany had kept her opinion to herself, Erin wouldn’t have wound herself up so much to confront Colin in such a harsh way. It just wasn’t like her.
I did ask her, even though Erin charged me with keeping an eye on her. The last thing I wanted to do when going out was babysit Erin’s baby sister. Bethany seemed mildly flattered that I asked, but I couldn’t tell if she was being sarcastic or genuine.
When we all went out, I tried to include Bethany with our group, but she didn’t know how to do any of the dances.
I just thought it was so classless, that it wound me up just looking at her. I tried to just focus on Marshal’s kind face, but I could still see her from my peripheral, and hear her complaining loudly above the music.
When it came time to do the smustle, I was livid and was only able to do it grudgingly. Marshal thought I was ‘adorable’ and decided to pick on me by pointing and laughing.
Nadia was in a pissy mood too, which usually dampens mine, but I was glad to not be alone. Though her mood had more to do with the management at Shortstack Pancake house, then with Bethany.
I ended up asking her to go to the bar with me to get some drinks, and get away from Bethany. It wasn’t necessary though, because as I ordered I saw her slipping out the side door. I was glad that she drove with us to the club, and that I didn’t have her cell phone, because when it came time to leave, it sure was going to be a piece of cake tracking her down.
I told Marshal I was never going out with her again, she’d likely be hit by a semi in the parking lot, and then Erin would blame me. Marshal just laughed, and though he didn’t say anything negative about Bethany, I can just tell that he prefers sensible Erin too.
I have half a mind to go chew out Colin for not taking his daughter with him for visitation, but instead I decided I’ll just tell my Mom, because I know that she’ll put him straight. Being a social worker, she especially hates dead beat Dads, and she wouldn’t allow Colin to just become one without some choice words first.
Notes: Marshal immediately rolled the want for a baby, but Lorelei has IFS at one, and I just can’t see her jumping straight to it, especially with just buying The Red Mill. She is allowed birth control too, so unless it fails, I’ll be waiting until she ether tells me she wants one or is in her thirties. Plus they’d have to move, and I love their house.
I had the group go out, but Nadia and Lorelei refused to dance. They’d make those faces, do one dance move, then stand straight up, like “I’m done with that crap.” I don’t know what their deal was, and Marshal autonomously went and picked on her, and she stormed off the floor.
Bethany is a romance sim, she likes the guys, and it’s her primary motive for sticking around town. She’s spoiled, pampered by her parents, and doted on by men, she’s not the easiest to handle. Lorelei and her have many negative conversations, not that Lorelei isn’t a princess in her own right, being the only daughter in her family.
And how cute are the twins, goodness, Marshal will be an excellent Daddy too. He immediately jumped in to hanging out with them, and reading them stories. Very sweet guy!
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