Date: January 07, 2022 03:47 pm Title: Perfect Presents and Lucky Stars
I'm really enjoying the way you're showing us all the beats of their relationship through the eyes of this waitress, it's such a clever concept!
*When he’d been forced to take the seat with his back to it, he’d subconsciously angled his monitor so the reflection it captured would be the same as the one he’d been staring at since he first started at Dunder Mifflin. *
Okay wow, this never occurred to me and I love this idea.
*When he pulled her name for the office gift exchange, it felt like a sign, a push from Eros, or Cupid or whatever deity was in charge of his romantic destiny to tell her what she truly meant to him. *
The step stool kiss was the cutest thing ever, omg. It feels familiar like you said but I can't place it.
(I'm not sure if WHMS coined the phrase "out there" but I definitely associate it with that movie and I definitely caught that)
So nice to hear you are enjoying it. It was fun to see Jam through another set of eyes in my first story so I thought to keep it going. Truth is when I started the first story I meant to keep it going to cover more of them but I wrote it first person and wanted to switch it up. So I closed it out and started a few others and made it a series. This one is part of that series and has taken on a life of its own now.
Anyway - I know he was with Karen but as we know his thoughts (and eyes) were always with Pam.
Yeah, I was also thinking about WHMS when I wrote the line. But isn't it Bruno Kirby's character who says it. Either way yes, I think that may be the movie that coined the phrase.
Thanks as always for the reviews. Loving them.
Date: May 11, 2021 07:46 am Title: Perfect Presents and Lucky Stars
This is quite lovely. I'm enjoying this OC you have in the waitress Beth.
Author's Response: Thanks so much. I am having a lot of fun with her and with writing about some of the experiences out favorite couple got to have (in my mind) offscreen.
Date: May 04, 2021 07:18 am Title: Perfect Presents and Lucky Stars
Nice book choice.;) I kind of love that it was Oscar that suggested it too. All the little details of the gifts were so adorable and of course, the entire section with Beth was charming as usual. Loved it.
Thanks Bored - Glad you enjoyed. I was going to have them read it for Finer Things club - but I thought this worked well too.
There were other nods with the gifts and check out candle I just bought (after posting)
But my favorite was that the first jewelry he bought her was the anklet (although technically the first jewelry he buys her is a ring) . A little more personal and private and something only she would know she had on most days.
I have fun writing Beth because as you can guess she is loosely based on me - I'm mostly shy but strangely enough also very chatty.
Always love to hear from you. Thanks again.
Date: May 04, 2021 05:18 am Title: Perfect Presents and Lucky Stars
Lots of fun as always. Micheal trying to figure out where Jim and Pam go for their romantic dates really seems to track. As does Jim and Pam turning right around when they see his car out front.
The details of the gifts were a lot of fun. It makes a lot of sense that Jim would put that much thought and creativity into his gifts for her. And for his dad. ;)
Always fun when they finally get to Christophers. Rough story there for Beth. Yeah, there are some real jerks out there. But there are some good ones too.
Wonderful job as always.
Yeah we know he was desperate to go out with them.
I had a lot of fun with the gifts - loved being able to call out other stories like Razor's Edge (even if it didn't completely track it was a nod). My favorite gift was however, the anklet - even though it wasn't the first item of jewelry he bought her, it was the first he gave her and I wanted it to have deeper meaning and be something that was a little more private - the two of them would be the only to know when she wore it (unless of course they had another Office Beach day).
Poor Beth, hopefully she'll find one of the good ones soon - but it's not Creed.
Thanks as always for your thoughts. Always love to hear them.
Date: May 03, 2021 08:19 pm Title: Perfect Presents and Lucky Stars
You did well here capturing the still fresh feeling of giddiness on Jim's part... they've been together for a while, so it's a little muted, but he's still getting to do a lot of things he'd always imagined with her for the first time, and you found that balance. And the flashback to his train of thought in buying the teapot, and how carefully he had to weigh everything he was up against, find something that would speak to Pam without triggering Roy, felt very true to canon. Thank goodness he's done with that period. And the little tie-ins, exactly what emotional experience each piece spoke to, was great.
The Dwight prank with the timers is great. That would drive Dwight ballistic.
Definitely fun to see Jim's Christmas gifts to her here, and the lengths they had to go to to duck a double-date with Michael and Jan pre-dinner party... there definitely are some Stories implied by the beginning of that episode.
Hmmmm. I know you said the headbanger isn't Dwight, but I'm very much wondering if Beth's jerky paramour is someone we know now. Not sure I see Stanley as a gym person, and Creed would never have been that subtle (I love the idea to set them up!) Packer's not married... hmm. Paul Faust of Paul Faust Disaster Kits Limited?
Jim's relief at never having to try to give his heart to someone else is a good closing line!
EGGS - I did NOT do as well as this as I thought I would, but:
-Him aligning the reflection so he can see her is definitely one... feels like maybe Comfect's Notices?
-The new Christmas tradition from Beets on the Tree
-The Snoopy mug from New Year's in New Jersey
-THE ALLEN EDMONDS OXFORDS! I guess it's good someone got SOMETHING out of all of Pam's work searching, because heaven knows Michael didn't.
-The Ugly Sweater party is from Beets on the Tree...
-The gifts they were eying for their parents is definitely from SOMETHING
-A bunch of direct references to their canceled plans from New Year's in New Jersey
-Is the teapot's ability to help them travel in time a Paradox reference?
Your detailed reviews always make my day.
This one was a lot of fun to write - one of my favorite things was a way to tie back the shoes from They Can’t All Be Winners to this story... at first Pam was going to give him shoes as a gift but then I thought having it be the shoebox where prized possessions were stored felt right to me.
You always appreciate my pranks - and that makes me happy since they are not easy to come up with so love to see them noticed.
The rest of the gifts were fun too since some were nods to other MTTers.
Yeah, as they say stick a fork in him cause he's done!
Thanks as always.