The 4:00 pm Date Phone Call
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?
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!)