So today at 5:15 I was out in the garage sneaking in a little woodworking
between work and kid duty. SWMBO pulls up with the two SWMBOettes. As soon
as I saw the car I started shutting things down and preparing for kid duty.
All of a sudden SWMBO runs from the car to the garage and says, and I quote:
"I'm going to take the kids to Sara's (a friend with two kids of similar age
to ours). Do you want to come or do you want to do woodworking all evening?"
Now, let me see here.... several hours with four kids or several hours in
the garage... let me think.... give me a minute to consider..... "Well, I
guess I'll let you hang out with your friend Sara."
You have to resist the tempation to blurt out an answer instantly, or these
opportunities will dry up quickly. OTOH, making it sound like you are truly
torn could lead to her encouraging you to join her. There is a fine line
you have to walk to play this right.
Jim. I agree with Joe. I sounds like you handled that one pretty well - just
be careful not to overplay your hand. It's tricky walking such a fine line.
In future, you may have to throw in a little "but gee Honey, I was going to
get started on building you that new blurfl tonight". The key is making it
sound natural. Practice that a couple of times a day, and you should have it
down in no time.
Good on you for dodging that one, and happy woodworking.
I've used the dodge "but gee Honey, I was going to get started on building
you that new blurfl tonight" that you suggest. Problem is I've now got 4
blurfls in progress that keep me from what I really want to do.
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