A Dozen Frogs, a Bakery, and a Thing that Didn't Happen
by Laura Pearlman
Wednesday, September 14
I saw a unicorn in a bakery window, just for an instant. It was beautiful and luminous and just like the one in my dreams. I blinked, and it was a cake with a picture of a unicorn in frosting. It was super-realistic, though.
I'm glad I decided to keep this diary. Steve's eyes glaze over when I talk about things like bakeries and unicorns.
Thursday, September 15
Remember the unicorn bakery from yesterday? Today there was a "help wanted" sign in the window. The place is called Goody Goode's Goodies. It's tiny! There's a display case and four tables, and of course the kitchen in the back. It smells like chocolate and cinnamon and honey and apples. The walls are deep blue--the color the sky gets after the sunset, right before it gets really dark--with all kinds of little white shapes in the foreground. Oh, and there's an aquarium on the side wall with frogs in it. It's quirky.
Anyway, I filled out an application, and Goody (the owner) hired me on the spot! The pay is the same as I'm getting now, but the hours are better. I start next week.
Steve was thrilled. He hates my job at the auto parts store because the guys there flirt with me sometimes. Plus he said maybe I'd finally learn how to make a decent dinner for once--but he was just kidding, he said, because even he knows cooking and baking are different.
I called Mom and told her the news. Steve got a little miffed when I told her his joke about my cooking. He likes to tell his own jokes, LOL.
Friday, September 16
Tammy and Jeff finally decided on a baby name, so I can start knitting the last part of the blanket. It's going to have two seagulls flying over the ocean carrying a banner. The banner will be the same color as the lightest parts of the sand castle, with "Annabelle" written in the brown I used for the dog's nose. They're going to love it.
Also, I went to Verizon to replace the phone that got broken in last night's argument. My contract was up, so I got a new phone for free!
Monday, September 19
I gave notice at the auto parts store today. Steve took me to the Sleeping Frog for a fancy dinner to celebrate. The whole night was romantic and special. It reminded me of all the things I love about Steve. Sometimes I forget, LOL.
Tuesday, September 27
My first day at the bakery! I met some of the regular customers. Martha is 77 years old. She walks with a cane, likes blueberry scones, and used to be a big-time civil rights lawyer. She has cats and grandchildren and lots of cute pictures of all of them.