Date: May 30, 2023 05:56 pm Title: The Second Month Part Seven
Yay for the update!
More Jim and Gerald drama. Oof. Man needs a hug. Maybe from his own father.
For all the talk about men being the root of all evil, Helene sure does want a piece of Jim to herself. I guess she had needs. Meemaw, on the other hand. Maybe they should name the baby after her. Also, really funny that Pam was the one who spilled the beans.
Lol at the proposal. Pam probably doesn’t have expectations but a billionaire should know better.
I don’t have any jellies but I don’t know… have a record player instead. I found it while robbing someone’s house.
Date: May 27, 2023 02:52 pm Title: The Brief
Oh I’m so very late to this, but am loving it!
Author's Response: Oh thank you so much! There's lots to come still, so hope you keep enjoying it!
Date: May 25, 2023 09:43 am Title: The Second Month Part Seven
Big chapter for both sets of parents for sure. I see a bit of canon Jim here at the start. Running away and avoiding his problems rather than facing them. I get this Jim is intimidated by his father and all, but honestly it would probably help if those two would finally sit down and really hash things out. I know Jim has felt like he's tried, but often it seems like it didn't quite land. The fact the record player got left behind though seems like an important detail.
Likewise for Pam bringing Jim to meet Helene for the first time. Penny is 100% correct. Helene is totally projecting all her issues on any guy. Saying things like "all men are the same." She's also being very manipulative of Pam. Claiming "I'm only trying to protect you," and all. Feels like a real Mother Gothel and Rapunzel gaslighting vibe there. Though considering Meemaw is in top form it's not a surprise where Helene gets it from. Good for Jim for standing up for himself here and for Pam though. Countering the idea that the man is only the breadwinner and the woman is only the child raiser. No. They can both provide and they can both raise the child. Good way to call that out. Feels like some of it might have gotten through to Helene there at the end.
A very nice moment there on vacation for sure. Despite it all they still love being so close to each other and it's great to see. Pam not accepting what feels like a forced proposal was great on her part too. Yes they both know they're in it for the long haul, but it's also important for them to do things for themselves. Not because of some outside pressure.
The pictures about everything are always great as well.
Oh I'm glad you picked up on the record player!
I hope Helene came across ok. I wanted to strike the balance between the canon Helene that we see telling Pam she doesn't need to go through with it and the one that gets with Michael - and all in one part of the chapter!
Glad you still like the pictures! I sure do love shopping for thee two!
Thanks for the review!
Date: May 23, 2023 08:52 pm Title: The Second Month Part Seven
Lovely to have this back! Great chapter, I’ve missed these guys!
Author's Response: Ah thank you so much! Sorry for the delay! So glad you liked it :)
Date: May 23, 2023 12:53 pm Title: The Second Month Part Seven
I'm just so happy that the pants are in the fic and the swim shorts starring role was also a highlight for me.
Intrigued re: the forgotten record player! You did good with the balance of Helene being anti men but pro Jim. Sylvia certainly doesn't help! Look forward to seeing what the new year brings these 2...
What can I say, this chapter just wouldn't have been the same without your support. Thank you thank you thank you
You hang on to that thought on the record player, it'll come back around....
Date: May 22, 2023 08:46 pm Title: The Second Month Part Seven
Yay you’re back!
When I first saw the update I got a jolt of excitement,
but I couldn’t read the new chapter right away because I was at my niece’s graduation ceremony.
I can understand why Jim would want to leave early
because his dad not only doesn’t understand Jim’s career, but doesn’t want to understand it, or Jim for that matter. Helene is just as bad as Jim’s dad.
Plus she’s just like her own mother. I have a feeling that Helene isn’t innocent when it comes to her divorce with Pam’s dad. With Helene’s attitude I have a feeling that she drove her husband to leave her, and I’m sure that Sylvia didn’t help matters.
I think that Pam and Jim should take a break from their parents for a while. That way they can truly develop their relationship on their own terms and time without other people’s toxicity.
I have to say that for a moment I thought that Jam was going to have a run into Roy while in Scranton.
I do feel bad for Jim’s mom though.
First off, congratulations to your niece! Glad you got to read the update eventually!
I always love your thoughts on the characters and what they're getting up to. Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!
Date: December 22, 2022 05:21 am Title: The Second Month Part Six
Oh heck. Dad angst. Dwight Shute!!
Author's Response: Yup. Dads
Date: December 22, 2022 05:20 am Title: The Second Month Part Five
Loving it! Question: u into daddy's?
Author's Response: Maybe a little
Date: December 13, 2022 12:29 pm Title: The Second Month Part Six
Oh, poor hungover, guilty, Jim. And to think this is not even as bad as this chapter gets for him. At least Pam's not mad. And doesn't dump him for not knowing who Ina Garten is.
I like this exchange about the record player. Good way to organically bring Jim's issues with his dad back up, and suggest how having Pam around might make them easier to resolve.
"I wanted to give you your Christmas present." Yeah he does. (Again, the backstory between him picking the necklace is very sweet.)
Oh, Jim. That's gonna be hard to get over. They're having a lot of fairly traumatizing sexual disasters in this story.
*Sighs* Feels like we've got a long journey to go still to heal things with Jim and his dad. Although again intriguing signs of passed down generational trauma.
I know, I know. A lot seems to go wrong in their sex life, but it is a rom com after all. We need the comedy part!!
Oh there's a lot to come with his dad. We'll get there...eventually...
Thanks for the review!
Date: December 08, 2022 11:52 pm Title: The Second Month Part Six
I knew someone would walk onto them, but I still cringed sooo hard from second-hand embarrassement.
Author's Response: Heheheheh
Date: December 03, 2022 03:46 pm Title: The Second Month Part Six
Thank you for your incredible Christmas gift! This was so cozy and red and plaid and snowy and Christmasy and I loved it! This AU is just the best and so are you!!
Jim… so everyone knows that you and Pam are expecting… she's accepted that your secret is out... you did not have to drown your sorrows! But maybe next time, use your arsenal of morning sickness remedies to feel better! Ginger tea? Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate? Some bland saltines or toast? Got it? Good!!
Oh the Hamptons and Ina. This is everything I think it would be. Yes, I do think since they PASSED HER HOUSE they will see her if they venture back!! I’ll have you know I have created a whole Ina Jam subplot and spin-off because I’m just obsessed with both of them!!! How bad can that be?? (Wink wink!) And Jim… yes, I agree with Pam... what DO you expect out of a gift for your mom on December 23??? The brooch was nice but Betsy’s def gonna need a better Mother’s Day gift. Something more personal and poignant. But… I love the record player… and I feel this will be making an appearance in future chapters!! There’s just a little bit more of a reveal of how deeply seated this Gerald angst sits with Jim. Also how maybe Gerald has lost some of the fun he had with Betsy and his fam too, revealing that maybe he's also not so thrilled with his choices to choose work… so clearly this was an important memory for the Halpert family. I’m slightly concerned that this Christmas seems to have put a bit more space between those two also… best to nip it in the bud sooner and while Pam is pressing the issue a little more, Jim really seems to go to a dark place when he’s confronted with Gerald. I'm a little surprised that Betsy didn’t push Gerald more too… at least tell him that his name is going to be on a gift for Jim and Pam!! But maybe Betsy and Pam can pair up to further shed light on this issue? Moderate a conversation between the two? But then again, maybe baby Jam will bring the two together as well in a few months. Maybe the trip to Scranton might also shed some light for Jim as that seems to be a trigger for Gerald certainly.
I love the whole scene with Pam’s necklace— just perfect! I love the cozy bed and the red and plaid pjs and a sparkling diamond necklace! You were so sweet in writing the few sentences about how he lovingly placed it on her neck. But oh no… emphasis on the com of the rom com girl!! What a horribly awkward secret for Jim, Pam, and Betsy to share!! I mean, I'm PRETTY sure that Betsy knows how Jim knocked up Pam but now she can’t blissfully ignore it… you write so well these scenes that I can see in a rom com… Jam getting hot and heavy… Betsy’s car pulling up in the driveway… Pam tying Jim up... the door opening… Pam sliding down Jim's body… Scamp busting up the stairs… Pam now sliding UP Jim's body… Betsy approaching the room... you know what’s gonna happen but you can’t stop the train wreck! And I can totally hear Jim hissing at Pam “Don’t move!!” I love Pam’s reaction… just laughing.. I mean, you can either laugh or cry… in this case, probably a little of both, lol!
What a sweet little callback to your first fic with Love Actually! Especially in cozy matching pjs! I can’t believe it’s been a year because you have such a volume of amazing work!!! Congrats!! I loved Topping Rose House; def Ina approved!
Will Jam pick Turks or Barbados… can’t wait to see that epic celebration in paradise!! And loved that perfect Jim Christmas outfit… so festive.. and Pam’s red AND plaid! I can’t wait to see Jim in some jeans and a sweater though.. I know he’s CEO Jim but I gotta imagine he’s just as yummy in his hipster casual comfort wear too!
And a sweet little baby bump scene… I can’t wait till Jim talks to baby… but it seems like Jim’s touchstone is not a necklace or a neckline but Pam’s baby bump and that’s super sweet… also fitting because he wants his baby to feel loved, accepted, cherished, and prioritized— which he doesn't get as a son from HIS dad, so of course he’s hoping his baby feels it all… A sweet little laugh in there from Pam’s misunderstanding of what Jim was referring to as “hard” too!!! And what a strong, sweet, loving, and confident speech from Pam to Jim about how she KNOWS what kind of father he’ll be to their baby… definitely a tear jerker!! It seems like Jim heard her, really heard her this time as opposed to brushing it off like he did during the Thanksgiving walk, and for that I'm grateful.
Thank you again for a year of great friendship, fun, laughter, and fan fics! You truly are the BEST! Epic as always and can’t wait for more! Much love and holiday warmth to you and yours!!! As always, write on your timeframe... but faster is def preferred!!!
Ooof another epic review that I sure I'm not worth of!! Thank you so much!
I had a lot of fun Xmas shopping for this chapter, so I'm glad you liked it all. Sorry there wasn't more Ina, but just a sprinkle for that full Hamptons effect.
Glad you for the Jim and Pammy reference! But poor old Jam and Betsy!
Thank you so much for yet another amazing review!!
Date: December 03, 2022 07:27 am Title: The Second Month Part Six
Beautiful update! I dont know how you do this whole writing thing so perfectly! Perfect mix of, fluff, smut and angst!
I've got to say I'm not liking Jims dad at all right now but I'm sure you have good reason to have wrote him this way. If he could just stop being such a cock, that'd be great, thanks.
Sooo cringe having Jim's mum witness what she did. Oh my god. Everyone's worst nightmare!!
I do love that you included you love of Ina Garten!!
Keep doing what you do!
Oh thank you so much!!
I know, I know. It'll all come out with Jim's dad eventually, I promise!
I would die if my mum walked in on THAT hahahha!!
Thank you so much for the review!
Date: December 03, 2022 02:08 am Title: The Second Month Part Six
Wow, we got to see Jim in different forms now didn't we? Let's list them
Hungover Jim - Probably a great story to tell in like ten years to your kids, but not awesome when you're trying to get from point A to point B and he has to stop every ten minutes to throw up.
Gift Cramming Jim - Not a big problem for someone who's rich, since it's nothing a credit card swipe couldn't handle. Maybe keep him away from record players moving forward (*sad violin music plays*)
Kinky Jim - Good to have when you're feeling bored at home. Maybe keep you dog away from him. And invest in safer doorframes.
Sad Jim - An upset stomach is code for "My dad thinks I'm a huge disappointment and not even the spirit of Christmas can repair our relationship." When it's bad, it's best to just let him brood.
Daddy Jim - Will protect your baby. Don't expect him to be hard while doing it.
No jellybeans but I'll have Scamp jump on your bed and lick your face.
Please keep Scamp to yourself. I'll take Daddy Jim instead tho
Date: December 03, 2022 01:05 am Title: The Brief
💖 it’s late and my brain ain’t online completely but this was a wonderful chapter as always, my dear.
Tell Jim’s dad to stop being a dick. It’s Christmas for gods sake.
HAHAHHA!! I shall pass on the message!
Thank you for the review! <3
Date: December 01, 2022 04:53 pm Title: The Second Month Part Six
So lots of things to enjoy and unpack this time around. But first of all, congrats on a year at MTT. It's been a joy having you here and getting into all the fun stories you've posted.
Oh Jim, you gotta get over your embarrassment issues. Drinking to get rid of the memory of letting the cat out of the bag at the party? Yeah. Just own it dude, especially with a lady as lovely Pam at your side. Still nice to see he didn't need to go the macho route and he did let Pam drive to the house.
Holy cow that house! Sign me up please! Feels like some of the ice concerning his father is starting to thaw, what with the record player and the memories associated with it. Nice to have that bit of levity and hope.
Hoo man! Betsy walking in on THAT scene! Yeah, ok, THAT's something to be embarrassed about for sure. Especially with the porn-stand-in-scenes (nice little reference there by the way) during the movie. For the most part Christmas did seem nice. Still a bit frosty between Jim and Gerald though. Seriously, what is with Gerald and insisting Jim be working all the time? In that regard I get why Jim is so upset. Here they are in a great vacation spot that Jim paid for and the only thing of consequence Gerald says to Jim is when are you getting back to the grindstone? What more does Gerald want, other than for Jim to be a lawyer?
Kind of feels like Pam is letting Jim off the hook here. She's been kind of putting a bit of pressure on Jim to talk more about his dad, and there has been some progress, but maybe she should push just a bit more. Kinda feels like he needs it. Though it also feels like Pam didn't want to ruin Christmas so that's also why she didn't push.
Love the pictures as always. Great outfits all around. Very dapper for Jim and Pam of course would be stunning in (and out of ;) ) all of that.
Why thank you so much! Glad you've enjoyed me and my fics!
That scene made me laugh so much writing it, so I'm glad the embarrassment came through! And glad you got my little not to Jim and Pammy in there!
All the Gerald drama will come to a head...eventually, don't you worry!
Glad you liked the pictures, I had a lot of fun doing their Christmas shop!
Thanks so much for the review!
Date: December 01, 2022 04:53 pm Title: The Second Month Part Six
This chapter was too funny! 😂
I was like Pam laughing during that scene.
Also I love how they were watching Love Actually
since Martin Freeman,who is in the body double scene, also was Tim in The Office.
I’m really curious about Gerald’s background in
Scranton, because he just keeps getting mixed messages from his dad. Perhaps Jim should just give up on having a deep and meaningful relationship with his dad and just try to be cordial with him. It was good to see that no one else backed up Gerald’s opinion at the dinner like he was looking for.
Please update soon.
Ah thank you!! I'm glad I was able to make you laugh!!
Love Actually is very dear to me heart - if you haven't read Jim and Pammy make a Porno, it's all about that scene and I loved that it was Tim!!
We'll find out eventually what's Gerald's deal is I promise! Next update will most like be in the new year as there's an Xmas fic I need to write!!!! But I shall try my best for sooner!
Thank you for the review!
Date: November 22, 2022 05:45 pm Title: The Second Month Part Five
Sorry! Somehow I posted “Great chapter!” earlier when I started my review but didn’t finish!! I am soooo happy you’re back!! We desperately missed you and this story! As usual, you never disappoint!
First of all, as a representative of the US healthcare system (good or bad, but I am), JIM. 10 minutes waiting for an appointment? That’s nothing! Good or bad… but that’s nothing! Anyways… oh Michael. It’s not lost on me that no one asks how Michael grilled his foot on the Foreman… but I agree… best not to ask Jim. Just take it for what it’s worth. I loved the bubble wrap cast…did Jim ask about mailing his foot in the episode? I do remember Stanley saying his foot liked like “Mailboxes Etc.” and so I loved that callback!
One of the best parts of that episode is the physical comedy… many times you can’t even see Michael but the sound of his crutches crashing and falling and his subsequent falls are comedic gold, and you were able to write that scene so we could HEAR the commotion Michael made even though we aren’t seeing it! Incredible!!
Poor Pam and her morning sickness… of course Jim is trying everything! I love Rolando. He’s more my style of medical professional… comforting and warm yet competent. I know you told me to trust in Michael as the doc but girl, I’m still not convinced! I’m def on Jim’s side of skepticism with that! But what a sweet scene getting to see baby Halpert!
Helene… you also have an uncanny ability to write the cringiest stuff for Helene!!! Ugggghh… Pam, I hope you enjoy the Hamptons, because Christmas with Helene (and maybe Meemaw?!?!) sounds just miserable! Hopefully Jam enjoys their day or two off before they have to deal with holiday family drama that is Helene and Gerald. I’m dreading the pregnancy reveal to Helene as much as Pam is!! Will Jim be charming enough to melt her cold hard heart? Could Pam be enough to do the same for Gerald?? Nevertheless, I suppose it’s not the holidays without some good old fashioned family drama!!!
Oh Jam… your effortless coordination of your outfits never disappoints… what a stylish chic couple!!! Pam and her neckline fiddling reminds me of Pretty Woman… both Vivian and Pam doubt their confident beauty, while Edward and Jim see it and continually encourage them to believe in it… very sweet!!
I can’t believe Kelly, Ryan, Pam, and Jim will be double dating at Lamaze… or more accurately, Kelly will likely be third wheeling… at least we know Jim will find the best possible class in NYC! Both Pam and Jim struggle slightly with boundaries… Pam with Kelly and Jim with Cathy…
That being said, I like the way you write Jim’s nonchalance and inability to see Cathy’s actions for what they are because it’s very fitting with canon. Of course Jim won’t act on anything, but I can see how it’s stressful to Pam that Jim doesn’t see it. I wonder what Cathy will have to say about baby Halpert! Clearly she’s less than thrilled of course. So sorry your Christmas was ruined, Cathy!!! But perhaps your Christmas shot with the bosses brought on Jim’s slip…
I love that Jim and Pam are joining their companies, albeit socially! Bodes well for future endeavors! I love that Jim just calmly nudges Pam’s hand down from her neckline in front of everyone and is her silent strength… but oooh… that slip up Jim? I think Pam has to be relieved both in canon and this AU that she no longer has to play the “I’m waiting to make a speech before I have alcohol” card much longer… because both canon Pam and HD Pam seem to be much less upset about the reveal than I’d imagine. So glad you are back! We missed you and your fantastic story my love! I have no more jellies, but can offer you an unlimited amount of choices from Pam’s virtual handbag collection? Or Jim’s virtual watch collection if you prefer??? You just let me know!! Thank you as always!
Oh my goodness, another EPIC review!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I'm glad to be back too, I missed this one!
Glad the Michael scene went down well! I wanted him to have a lot of physical comedy and no one really reacting to it, so glad that worked ok!!
Oh Helene, I'm never gonna like her. She's no Betsy. Will be fun when we get to meet her for sure.
The lamaze classes are going to be a HOOT!
Yeah, Jim doesn't know what's going on with Cathy, he's still so in the dark. For now at least. Should be fun to see what she says about the baby in the new year seeing as she stormed out of the party. And yeah, getting Jim a little tipsy was kinda her fault.
You know I'll always take one of Pam's handbags. Thank you so much!! And for this EPIC review!
Date: November 22, 2022 06:07 am Title: The Second Month Part Five
Author's Response: Thank you!
Date: November 21, 2022 09:01 am Title: The Second Month Part Five
Ah, I love self-aware Michael, recognizing exactly what he's doing with his foot injury. Good for him. Live your best life, Michael.
Oh, Helene. Not a lot of great parenting role models for these two.
I love Kelly here. Jim and Pam should be careful what they're promising her.
And that, Jim, is why you don't drink before giving a speech, ya goofball.
Hehe glad you liked this Michael! He was a bit of a pickle to write, so hopefully he was ok!!
I feel Kelly is about to get Jim and Pam into a WORLD of trouble with this one.
THANK YOU! Booze before a speech is a terrible idea!
Date: November 21, 2022 08:49 am Title: The Brief
You always give us attentive readers so very much to look forward to each time we see you’ve made an update to your story. How do you manage to write so much and so quickly? You must teach me more of your ways. I promise I will be just as attentive as a student as I am your faithful reader.
I, too, second the previous notions mentioned by my good friend Romanov and Hogfan. Maybe Karen and Cathy could meet a “friendly” Russian and suddenly fall horribly sick… just a thought! Haha!
It’s been a pleasure as always, my dear friend! Please do not keep us waiting!
Author's Response: Oh thank you so much for your kind words!! I've no idea how I write so much, I just love Jam so much, I think that's it!! Gotta get these stories out of my head!
Date: November 21, 2022 08:39 am Title: The Brief
Great minds think alike, Hogfan. Great minds. I second their addition to my previous proposal. It’s the easiest way to get rid of both.
Author's Response: Ok, I'm gonna leave you two to plot the murder alone now...
Date: November 21, 2022 07:11 am Title: The Brief
I second InRomanovwetrust’s suggestion about Cathy being dumped on a pig farm.
Being from Arkansas I know that my precious hogs will finish the jobs. Woo Pig Sooie!
Also the person driving the car the hits Cathy should be Karen. After Karen hits Cathy she can accidentally run off a cliff. Two birds with one stone. 😂
Author's Response: HAHAHA! You guys are too funny!!!!
Date: November 21, 2022 03:52 am Title: The Second Month Part Five
Brilliant update as always
Author's Response: Thanking you muchly
Date: November 20, 2022 08:22 pm Title: The Brief
You’ve done it again. 💗
But wtf Jim… way to ruin a pregnancy reveal dawg.
I vote that someone please punch Cathy in the face and then maybe hit her with a car… and maybe like dump her body at a pig farm so there’s no evidence left… Y’know… in case you wanna write THAT.
Why thank you!
Yeah Jim, you silly billy. What you doing??
Sounds like an excellent plan for Cathy. Maybe I'll steal your idea
Date: November 19, 2022 09:32 pm Title: The Second Month Part Five
Pam’s mom is annoying.
I would hate being that bitter in life.
It’s no wonder Pam hasn’t told her about the baby.
Jim accidentally telling everyone about the baby
was funny. I know that I’ve said it before, but Cathy needs to be fired. She’s not even trying to his her complete disrespect towards Pam.
I really dislike Helene, so she's not gonna come off well here at all! Just as well Pam is kinda finding a new family for herself
Glad you liked Jim's slip up! And yes, Cathy has GOT to go!!