Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wing Troubles and a Contest

submitted by Olivia (Ollie) Paras
from Julie Hyzy's fourth White House Chef Mystery
Buffalo West Wing

Last time I was here to talk to you I thought all my troubles could be spelled C-H-I-C-K-E-N W-I-N-G-S, but those poisoned poultry parts were just the beginning of my problems.

Imagine the stress: sick staff members, hostage crisis, Secret Service breathing down my neck.

Worst of all, I made a terrible first impression on our new First Lady, and alienated the kids while I was at it.

Talk about an inauspicious start. The situation deteriorated with Mrs. Hyden's decision to bring a new chef into the White House without consulting me first. His name is Virgil - a new nemesis for me to deal with - hired as their personal chef. Umm... my job is supposed to be to feed the First Family. What does his presence make me? Chief potato peeler?

With all the angst going on in the kitchen, my friend, Cyan, and I decided we needed a girls' night out. What else to do but check out the work of one of the city's new super chefs? Always fun. Or so we thought. Instead of coming home with new ideas for food preparation, however, I wound up with a date!

Thinking about it later, I realized Cyan had been acting as my "wing woman." Thanks a lot, Cyan! Even so, I couldn't even imagine how it had happened. My guard was down, I guess. And I didn't want to hurt the guy's feelings. I desperately did not want to go out with him, but somehow wound up agreeing to. What the heck happened to my resolve? I blame it on all the stress.

I won't get into details about how it went, but I will ask you: Have you ever accidentally agreed to do something (not just a date) that you absolutely didn't want to do? Was your guard down or did you just want to spare someone's feelings? How did it turn out?

Thanks for letting me pop in today. By the way, my author Julie Hyzy is running a super quick contest for all the super quick readers out there. Visit her blog here: CONTEST for details. Ends Thursday at midnight.

Best to all!


  1. What a stressful situation, Ollie! Hope it ended up well.

    I think I frequently end up going to different events when I'd rather just stay at home! But I always seem to enjoy myself when I get there. :)

  2. Yes, I've agreed to do things I didn't want do, basically to not hurt a friend's feeling and sometimes it did not work out, so now if I don't want to do something, I simply say no.

  3. Thanks Elizabeth, I'm still working on it...

    I don't blame you, Dru. I can hold my own against some people (Sargeant comes to mind) but with new acquaintances I'm hard pressed to hurt their feelings.

  4. Umm... I meant to say that I'm hard pressed to *not* hurt their feelings.

    Too many meals to create today for the president and his staff. My fingers (and my brain) slipped!

  5. What a start to a year, Ollie. Definitely one for the TBR pile!

  6. Oh my goodness! I'm always being corralled into things I don't want to do. I think I'm getting better at handling those situations, but sometimes you just have to do it, whether you want to or not!

    ~ Sophie Winston
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

  7. It's simply amazing that even at my age(60) I can still get talked into doing something I really don't want to do!! This normally revolves around my Ma. Thankfully I still have her in my life, but......sometimes I'd really like to tell her NO! and I don't do it very often.

  8. Janet - it is an interesting way to start the year. Inauguration Day and then --boom! -- it started!

    Sophie - I hear you! It's so nice to be needed, and to be a good person, but there are times I wish I thought more about myself than how something will come across.

    Rita - saying no to Mom is probably the hardest thing of all. But heck, Moms deserve a little help too, right?

  9. To answer your question, that's kind of the story of my life (minus the poison wings) Although, you may have given me an idea ...

    I can't wait to read the book and see what other solutions there are!

  10. LOL Mary Jane. Good luck with the poison plan! Just don't leave any evidence of your involvement (kidding!!)