How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-word Challenge for Grown-ups – Week #169


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The prompt this week is:  …so what time did you say it was?… + 100 words


Pressure Cooker


“Good. You’re home. Fix me a martini, Sweetie?”

“Frazzled, are we?” Gerald gazed at the kitchen clutter. “What’s all this?”

Pink-faced, Suzanne spun her wooden spoon mid-air. “What’s it look like, genius? Dinner.”


“Glasses in the freezer, vermouth—fridge. Vod—”

“Alright already.”

“What time is it?”

“Six ten. Why?”

Check. Check. Oh-no. The roast’s not in the oven!”

“Here. Sip. Don’t guzzle—sip.”

“So what time did you say it was?”

“Six eleven.”

“Get the pressure cooker, quick.”


“Relax? The McKinleys are coming for seven.”

Gerald checked the wall-calendar and burst out laughing. “McKinleys are next Saturday. The Petersons are tonight.”

“Oh-no. Wrong menu!”


© 2015 All Rights Reserved Tess and How the Cookie Crumbles


Part 2 to last week’s Tailspin will be published tomorrow (Wednesday).


Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

37 thoughts on “100-word Challenge for Grown-ups – Week #169

  1. My mind costumed that one as a Mad Men spin off. Vivid as always, Tess. I don’t know how you pack so much into these shorties! Huge hugs. ❤ 😀


  2. Had to laugh out loud on the wrong menu. Nothing like a Pressure cooked pot roast for a family of vegans


  3. I do this with the wall calendar ALL THE TIME.


  4. OK, that’s me. I officially gave up on being Extraordinary Hostess years ago. And that scene is why!


  5. And yet another reason why I don’t have house guests. 😉


  6. Wait…..we’re supposed to COOK for our company???????


  7. Another perfect story Tess. You are simply nailing these every single time. ❤


  8. I was getting anxious just reading. My nightmare come to life. Another fabulous read Tess!


  9. Oh no that poor woman, why do we put ourselves in situations like that? Very real Tess, you are the flash mistress 🙂


  10. I wish I was organised enough to plan that far ahead! Good writing!


  11. A good one and very funny! Can happen to anyone. Maybe an Indian take out will have to do this time.


  12. I love the name of your character…. I think???? 😉


  13. OMG she is obviously doing too much entertaining! 🙂


  14. During many years I had to cook for the friends of my ex… now what the heck no problems!!ª!!!!!!!


  15. 😀 😀 Fabulous and funny ❤ I can relate as I’m hopeless at entertaining of the dinner party type


  16. Have you been peaking into my kitchen? that sounds shockingly close to the state of anxiety I’m in whenever I’m entertaining. Cool, calm, collected, I’m not 🙂


  17. What’s wrong with the McKinley meal. Those Petersons can just shut up and eat what they’re given.


  18. 😀 You got a big smile out of me, Tess. I can visualize the whole scene. Poor Suzanne.


  19. I think as hosts we tend to worry about getting it right, even when our guests are easy-going.


  20. Lol so cute. Wrong day, right martini! ❤


  21. Too funny! The rule here is you eat what’s on your plate or be hungry. Of course this is wine to take the edge off.


    • there is wine 🙂 Note to self, edit before posting.


    • Exactly, but nowadays, people have ‘restrictions’. UGH. That’s when I opt to go OUT instead! I had international students who visited my country for 10 years and I hardly had an eating situation that wasn’t resolved in a day. Fear was the worst factor. Nowadays people are getting too poo-poo (nose-in-the-air-special but not in my house. Whew.) 😀


  22. She does has a busy schedule. I’m happy to cook for those I invite over (few and far between of late though) well done on your hundred worder, now where’s that martini 😉 xx


  23. Haha 😀 Another wonderfully descriptive, fast-paced flash Tess. Love this: ‘What’s it look like, genius? Dinner.’ Maybe Suzanne needs another Martini to help her calm down, before the wrong pressure cooker goes off…


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