Have you ever had so much on your to-do list that the only response you could muster was to throw caution (and your agenda) to the wind and just goof off?
If you answered “No”, you are a responsible adult who obviously has her priorities in order. If you answered “Yes, of course!” you are the Dose Girls.
It happened to me last week. Even though Lucy was in camp for the day and Bobby was sweating it out at a long football practice, I felt overwhelmed and more than just a little bit irritated at all the tasks on my plate. I was completely out of sorts. I did the only thing I knew to do…I called Ashley.
Lisa: I have three blog posts to write and 75 back-to-school things to do. I just feel cranky and annoyed.
Ashley: I’m busy, too. I’m so glad my girls are at camp. I’m psyched to be able to get some work done today!
Lisa: Hey, since all the kids are occupied, let’s blow off all of our work and go see a movie!
Ashley: That would be fun, but I’ve just got way too much to do. Maybe next week?
Now, those of you who haven’t met Ashley, need to know this one super fun fact about her: As long as her kids are in a decent babysitting/camp/childcare situation, you can talk her into almost anything. Obviously not “sing or dance in public” levels of anything, but most other activities are entirely within your grasp if you know how to play your cards right. Luckily, I have had a lot of experience with this, so I knew exactly what to do.
Lisa: Oh, too bad. I just bought 2 boxes of the movie theater sized M&Ms. They are in my pantry right now.
Ashley: Plain or peanut?
Lisa: One of each, obviously.
Ashley: Huh…I was craving some delicious candy. Well…I don’t even know what’s playing at the movies.
Super fun fact about Ashley #2: She is totally picky about what she sees at the movies. I am happy to watch just about anything that gives me an excuse to sit in a dark theater while gulping 40 ounces of Diet Coke. Ashley is much more discerning. She wants funny, but not TOO funny. She hates anything that seems too “action-y” unless Ben Affleck is in it. Also, she won’t come within 10 theater lengths of a period costume drama.
Lisa (in extremely casual voice): Hmmm…I think I saw that Chef is playing right by your house. I think Robert Downey, Jr. is in that one. But you’re right, next week would probably be better. I sure hope that movie doesn’t leave the theater before then. I’m sure it will be fine.
Super fun fact about Ashley #3: She *LOVES* Robert Downey, Jr. and doesn’t like to jeopardize her exposure to him.
Ashley: I don’t think we should risk it. You shove those M&Ms in your purse. I’ll pick you up in 15 minutes.
At the end of the day, what are friends for if not to subtly manipulate you into procrastination when they are cranky and need a break from chores?
When we arrived at the movie, we stopped in the restroom before heading to our seats.
Lisa: ACK! Nooooooo!! Not now! No WONDER I’ve been so crabby the last few days. I lost track of the month! GAH! I can’t believe this. I don’t have anything with me at all. This is a disaster! I’m going to have to go home now and we’ve already paid for our tickets! *sob*
Ashley (passing a Stayfree® under the stall): Here you go. Crisis averted.
Lisa: OMG…it even has WINGS! Wings are like the Cadillac of maxi pads. You are the BEST!
Ashley: No problem. I’ll meet you out in the lobby. I’m headed to the concession stand. This situation definitely calls for more chocolate.
Nothing is more comforting than a friend who is easily lured into playing hooky, especially if that friend is always prepared to save the day with an ample supply of chocolate and winged maxi pads. If you find someone like that, hold on to her and never let her go.
For the record, Chef is the perfect movie to see when you are hormonal and hungry. And we did *eventually* do everything on our to-do lists (more or less).
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