5.47: One Day at a Time

Well, about one month of planning down.

It’s gone by pretty quickly, actually. I feel like I’ve been so busy… non-stop, y’know? And Hope’s been just as busy as me. Maybe even busier. Meetings with designers, photoshoots almost every weekend… It’s kinda nuts!

At first I thought I’d feel lonely with her so busy while I’m sitting at home… And I mean, I do, in a way. But it’s not much worse than how things would have been if I was still at the restaurant. I’ve been really busy too. Every day I’m going through Lucas’ cookbooks, or buying new spices at the grocery store, or doing experiments in the kitchen.

That’s definitely been Hope’s favorite part. She gets to be my guinea pig every time I try out something new. I think it’s one of my favorite parts too — I love seeing her fall in love with something I made. She’ll rave for ages about how amazing the spices were, or how perfectly cooked everything was. And I’ll take furious notes so I’ll remember for next time exactly what worked.

Of course, sometimes it’s a total miss too… And she’s never too afraid to tell me with brutal honesty when something tastes like shit either. That’s a little less fun, I guess… Though sometimes the faces she makes are pretty damn hysterical.

I just wish the business side of things could be even half as fun.

It’s a little overwhelming, I guess. Making a business plan, figuring out a budget, finding suppliers, choosing a location, contacting builders, getting all the permits, hiring the staff, advertising… You never think about all that stuff that has to go on behind the scenes. Not until you have to deal with them yourself.

I had Dom come over and crunch some numbers with me the other day. It was kinda weird, actually. It was the first time we’ve ever hung out where it felt so… business-like. He was really helpful though… I never thought having my best friend be an accountant would come in handy like this.

Basically, we figured out my inheritance money is more than enough to cover all my startup costs, so financially I really don’t have much to worry about. But Dom kept telling me I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket. “Find an investor.” That was what he told me. He says maybe I should even look for a full-on business partner.

But I have no idea where to even start looking.

Anyway, I know I don’t have to worry about any of that stuff yet. I mean, I still haven’t even finalized a menu or theme or anything. That’s what I need to focus on right now. It’s just kinda scary knowing all that complicated crap is looming on the horizon, y’know? I’ve been stressing out every time I think about it.

Hope keeps telling me I need to take it one day at a time. And I know she’s right. I just wish things weren’t so complicated. I wish I could just snap my fingers and everything would magically happen just the way I want it to, without all the stress and work and worrying… If only life were that simple, huh?

Oh well. Like Hope says, one day at a time, right?

And today, well, it’s not even about the restaurant. It’s about us.

Which means I should probably wrap this up soon… She’s due back from a weekend shoot in Berlin in a couple hours, and I promised I’d have something special waiting for her when she got home. I have this awesome new chicken recipe I think she’ll really love, and I can’t wait to show it off (and get to try it for myself!). Plus I need to go pick up some candles and flowers to set the mood a little.

It started out as more of a joke than anything else, but Hope and I still like to celebrate the anniversary of when we met back when we were kids… Or, as she so lovingly calls it, our ‘Douche-a-versary’ (I know she’s kidding, of course. But I’ve still gotta admit that asking her out and then standing her up with no explanation was a pretty douche-y move on my part, no matter what my reasons were).

I know it’s kinda dumb… But hey, if we’d never met back then and I’d never stood her up, would we ever have gotten together? Would we be where we are today? Probably not. And isn’t that worth celebrating? (Plus, it’s a good excuse for an extra-fancy dinner and some extra-hot sex… Who could say no to that?!)

I think this is exactly what I need to get my mind off all the stress right now, and I have a feeling Hope could use it too. We’ve both been so wrapped up in our work lately… It’ll be nice to have a romantic evening together, and remind ourselves of what’s really important.


32 thoughts on “5.47: One Day at a Time

  1. Zayne is stressing but thank goodness for Dom. Maybe Dom can be his business partner to take on all of the back office stuff and let Zayne be creative.

    So far so good with Hope. She is way more laid back than Zayne. She helps ground him I guess…

    Still waiting for the rainbows and sunshine to go away and storm clouds to appear. It’s building. I can feel it….the more she works and the more he stresses over his new venture…she won’t be there when he needs her. I feel a melt down coming. Maybe not next time, it soon. 😦

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    1. I’m not sure if Dom himself would be interested, but maybe he can help point Zayne in the right direction, if he asks! 🙂 Hope most definitely balances Zayne so well right now. And he certainly needs it with all his growing stress!


  2. Anti Shipper WitcHazard: Photographer!(says in singing voice)

    Shipper WitcHazard: This proves nothing! We didn’t get a name so there’s nothing to worry about!

    Anti Shipper WitcHazard: True, but what about the investor or business partner? I see red flags. I mean the best kind of business partner for a talented, handsome, young man is a beautiful, sexy, young woman.

    Shipper WitcHazard: Citizen wouldn’t do that to Zayne.

    Anit Shipper WitcHazard: Well she already killed his parents, and gave him a near death experience with a drug dealer. You really think she’s not capable of sending a little temptation his way.

    Shipper pulls out a bottle of wine and pours herself a glass. Anti Shipper tries to grab the bottle to pour his own, but Shipper pulls it away from him.

    Shipper WitcHazard: This is mine get your own!

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  3. D’awww. Those two give me cavities, I swear. I wonder what kind of person the business partner should be? Zayne’s gonna need some faith and trust (I’m pretty sure he already has pixie dust) to find the right person.

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  4. They’re so sweet and cute and sexy and fun! I don’t want Zayne to have a business partner.

    I know it’s wise advice, but seeing as how there has to be some drama and this generation, and this generation is so focused on their careers, I just feel like it’s a recipe for disaster.

    He should stick it out alone.

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    1. I love the way you described them: Sweet, cute, sexy, and fun basically describes their relationship perfectly haha. They are deeply in love, but they’re a very ‘fun’ couple 🙂

      Interesting thoughts about Zayne getting a business partner! At this point, it’s too soon to tell what’ll happen with that… But, as always, “we’ll see” 😉 (I should really trademark that phrase by now LMAO)

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      1. You should get that trademarked! Then you’ll get a licensing fee every time I use it, LOL. I’ve started using that in response to comments on my story. I just wish I could respond like hey, spoiler alert, here’s exactly what happens next. Hahaha.

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        1. I KNOW, right? LMAO Any time someone makes a prediction, I either wanna say “Um, actually no. Don’t get your hopes up.” or “Damn it, you predicted it perfectly… Crap.” Hahaha

          I guess it’s really the perfect response 😛

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  5. What an adorable cuter couple you’ve created. I’m glad Zayne knows when it’s time to focus on Hope. Although he might have it backwards…A menu might need to planned after you know the location in case the atmosphere is all off. Plus menus are fun procrastination for the miserable money stuff. 😛

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    1. They are so cute, aren’t they? 😍 Interesting thought about Zayne having things backwards! I suppose you could argue for both ways of doing things… either way, Zayne’s definitely planning on doing the fun stuff first, for better or worse! 😛

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  6. I love the way he feeds her his experiments I do that to my family too but don’t often find this much positivity as he does from hope LOL … The rose petal carpet was a nice touch by the way

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  7. I think…. I think I’m finally back to where I was. Everything is new at this point. Exciting!! Although things have been SOO positive I just know the conflict of the arc has to be coming soon. I can’t even imagine what you did to torture us this time. Zayne and Hope are just so happy I don’t want it to end.

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