Shelley: How’s England? The family?
John: Good. Good. What about you? Keeping busy?
Shelley: I know you’re worried that I’d run out of things to do and get bored,
But, I haven’t stopped.
And when I did, I went shopping.
John: Hopefully nothing too expensive?
Shelley: Of course not, we’re retired and not made of money. Hang on, I’ll send you some pictures of what I bought.
John: Jesus Christ, Shelley!
Shelley: Ha! Ha! Got you. Although I really really do want a hot tub. My birthday’s sooner than later, you know.
John: Very subtle, dear.
Shelley: That’s me. Anyway, I spent a few days at Habitat for Humanity. Everyone says, “Hi.” They want you to know that they saved you some dry wall to work on.
Shelley: Ha! Ha! Got you again. And, you’ll never believe what happened.
Shelley: Janise had me over for movie night.
John: No!!! After three years of living in the Valley, someone, besides family, actually invited you out?
Shelley: Yessss!!! I was so excited. Before Janice could explain anything, I started going on and on about how great movie night would be, how I needed to know what I could bring, where she lived, what time I should arrive, what I should wear. When Janise said, “I’m wearing my Pj’s.”
I blurted out, “Oh no, I don’t have any Pj’s, I sleep in the…”
John: No. Tell me you didn’t share that.
Shelley: I told you I was excited.
John: Dear God.
Shelley: I know. I know.
John: What did Janise say?
Shelley: Actually, she was pretty cool. Without missing a beat she said, “Shelley, you gotta wear clothes.”
Shelley and John: Oh! Ha! Ha! Ha!
John: What was the movie?
Shelley: “12 Years a Slave”
John: That’s pretty heavy.
Shelley: True, but the good thing is we bonded over the tissue box.
John: Nice. Have you returned the invite?
Shelley: I will, but I don’t want to be too eager and scare her off. Small steps, John. Small steps.
Shelley and John