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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The 4:00 pm Date Phone Call

The Scene: Saturday afternoon, 4:00 pm

Bill: Hi Beth.
Beth: Hi, how's work going?

Bill: I'm just finishing up and wondering what you are doing.
Beth: I'm on the computer and the dog is sleeping.

Bill: Is there anything you want to do tonight?
Beth: Hmm.............

At this point my answers fall into 3 separate but similar suggestions which almost always get the same response from Bill. Sometimes, I throw in a doozy like, "let's dressed up and go clubbing!" for which there is silence on the other end of the phone, so that doesn't count.

Our choices are: Go out to dinner somewhere;
Exercise, get food, grill out and watch TV (movie or sports)
Go to the Movies (pretty rare, though)

WOW. Sounds fun. Can we fall into such a rut so easily?

When I was younger, I used to complain or plan our lives so that we would already have plans to attend a function or meet friends somewhere but wait to tell Bill when he called and asked me at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon. Imagine this...but Bill didn't appreciate this which sent the rest of the weekend on a sour note. (How he ever dealt with me, I'll never know).

Now, to be honest, I kind of don't mind the laziness of our Saturday evenings. We've kind of settled into this routine and now it's pretty darn hard to get ourselves out. It probably just a phase that has lasted for about 6 years now. I think it just seems different now because of the empty nest situation. Have you gotten yourselves in a rut you'd like to share with me so I don't feel like such a recluse loser? (Feel free to make something up if you're running out the door to some wonderful party!)

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Blogger Casey said...

Ha, I hope you chose exercise? As the HASAY sponsor, I have to suggest this at every opportunity.
Yes, we are so lame that we got a sitter tonight (My SIL is still here) and went to dinner. We couldn't make it home before 9:30. Usually we both sit on the couch (me with my laptop) and barely talk while I catch up on my reader. Then we go to sleep and I turn into Mrs. Chatterbox wanting to talk about everything under the sun and we stay up way too late and the kids are up way too early.

November 8, 2008 at 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger beth said...

Beth to :
Casey: I did choose the exercise choice. Thanks for pushing!

Anonymous: You said, "comment?" REALLY?!*!

November 10, 2008 at 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Pilates Girl said...

Well, beth don't feel too bad- my kids are still at home and we have gotten into the same rut. Sometimes I think to myself " I'd like to go out and 'do something' " but that usually means crowded places and long lines which is a deal killer for everyone in our house. So, our weekends go like this: workout, kids games, grocery, grill out and watch movies. OMG. . . how boring, yet we all sem to enjoy it for the most part - for now

November 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM  

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