“Girls” Night In

promptly penned

Welcome! If you’ve never seen read Promptly Penned before, we’re given a . . . wait for it . . . prompt and we have to use it to write a short piece. Easy peasy! The prompt this time is dialogue and it will be in bold so you know what it was. Enjoy!!


Maggie settled back on the couch with her feet kicked up. She hadn’t been sure she could swing hanging out with her two best friends, but, once Mrs. Hutchinson had convinced her she would take the kids Maggie had agreed. It was tough being solely responsible for her two younger siblings, but Maggie couldn’t do anything else. She loved them.

Grace pranced out of the kitchen followed by Joey. Both were carrying bottles and glasses as they sang off key at the top of their lungs. Good thing Grace’s apartment had solid walls or else the party would end before it got started.

“Have we missed anything?” Joey asked, handing Maggie a champagne flute.

“No, the Grammy’s aren’t on yet and I can’t drink this.”

“Oh yes you can, it’s sparkling grape juice. What do you take me for? I know very well pregnant ladies can’t have alcohol”

“Yeah, he’s way smart,” Grace said with a smile. “He graduated from Yale and is a lawyer.”

Maggie laughed since that was Joey’s pat line for explaining why he was always right. Grace had taken to tossing it in before he could. It always made the three of them laugh.

“That’s right,” Joey said. “Yale. Lawyer. That’s me.”

“Joseph P. DeMarco, Esquire,” Grace said, putting on what she called her haughty rich lady accent, which really consisted of her attempts at a bad British accent.

Maggie sipped at her drink and shrugged. It wasn’t bad for sparkling grape juice, of course, to her, anything was better than champagne. She couldn’t stand the stuff while her friends guzzled it like water.

“Here’s to our first official Girls Night In,” Grace declared, holding her glass up.

“I love this,” Joey said. “Thanks for inviting me.”

“Dude, you’re one of the girls,” Grace replied.

“It wouldn’t be the same without you,” Maggie told him.

“Ah, thanks girls. So, let’s dish. Grace, how’s it going with Calvin?”

“He’s old news. I haven’t talked to him in ages.”

Maggie rolled her eyes. “Ages? You saw him last week.”

“Whatever, it’s been so long I’m probably not interested in him anymore.”

I’ve seen his Instagram,” Joey shot back, “you’re definitely still interested.”

Maggie nodded. “You’re liking and commenting on his feed all over the place. Not that there’s really much to like. The man isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack.”

Joey nodded. “Sharpest pencil in the case.”

“Brightest crayon in the box,” Maggie continued.

“You two are mean,” Grace declared.

“She only says that when we’re right,” Joey told Maggie.

“The Grammy’s are on,” Grace pronounced primly. “We should watch it.”

“Avoidance,” Maggie said, “that means we’re really, really right. And she knows we’re right, but he’s called her and she’s going to go out with him.”

Grace ignored them by turning the TV up and Joey sighed dramatically.

“Yep, she’s going out with old dim bulb. He must have a big peen since he really can’t carry on a conversation.”

Maggie burst out laughing and finally Grace broke and began to laugh too. Yep, Maggie decided, Girls Night In was a success.


Now head over and see what my amazing friend Siobhan did with the prompt.



03-Top 10_ Best Things in Life

Hello! And welcome to my brand new blog!!! Isn’t it beautiful?? I love it and I love Bronwyn even more since she fixed it up for me. She’s such the bomb-diggity.

Okay, so the very first official post on my new site is a top 10. I love those. As always, they are in no particular order. So, here goes.

  1. My sister. I love her. She’s my best friend, confidante, partner in crime . . . and on and on. I can’t imagine my life without her.


2. My friends. I have the best ones ever. And, no, even if you tell me your friends are better, I will disagree since no, they’re not. Sorry. I have the best ones.

3. My kitten. Maeve is so sweet. See. Sweet.


4. Gardens. I love them. We often travel to visit botanical gardens and we’re currently working to fix up our front yard and make it less yard and more garden. Gardens sooth and relax me.


5. Books!! I love to read and write so yeah, books are a best thing in life ever.

6. Traveling. I love to hit the road with my sister. We’re trying to figure out where our next destination is and the possibilities are endless. I will tell you one of my favorite places is Colonial Williamsburg. Yeah, I know, total geek, but the place is utterly amazing. So much history.


Governor’s Palace

7. Tea. If you know me, then you had to know this would make the list. I love tea as well as going to tea. We have a tea room here in town and Sis and I hit it quite often. In fact, we’ve hooked a lot of our friends into going too. There’s 7 of us going to a Mermaid Tea in April. I cannot wait.

8. Fall. I love fall. The colors, the scents, the hint of crispness in the air. To me, it also signals the start of the holidays, which is a time I love.


9. Crafting. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I’m a jack of all trades, mistress of none when it comes to crafts. I do a little bit of everything from knitting to jewelry making to making my own soap. There’s something so satisfying in making something, anything. And, if I can give it to a friend, that makes it even better.

10. Naps. I don’t think I even need to say more. Naps are the absolute best, especially when it’s raining. Total heaven.

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