Dockers, my best guy friend, came over last night in an effort to eradicate his Monday blues. Why I would be a good candidate for cheering anyone up at the moment is beyond me, but I'm so glad he came over.
We ate an entire carrot cake and a box of nougat. We became kids. It was wonderful. High on sugar, we even made a bloody Peas & Dockers dance together to the wonderful lyrical genii of Wham. We watched Before Sunset, and we laughed until we cried.
He also told me that he thinks I'm on the brink of a cataclysmic breakdown, because I don't care what people think anymore. This is true.
"Peas, I know two people that have gone nuts in their lifetime. Before their breakdowns, both parties suddenly completely stopped caring what people think of them, and just didn't give a fuck in general."
So that was interesting.
Small Bum and I are going away to the Kruger Park on Thursday with a very loved-up couple we know well. They are both good friends of ours. Small Bum and I, both being the obstinate, argumentative and self-righteous people we are, argue alot. We find this fun; almost the glue that keeps things challenging. But in light of all the other loved up couples out there - it's a pandemic - we have earned the sterling reputation of the "fightey couple."
It's a hard one to shake. And quite frankly, we both find this a little demeaning.
So we've coined a plan of action for the weekend to turn this little scenario around.
We're not going to be fightey couple anymore.
This is how we will do it:
1) Both of us must accept that one of us will have the last word. Don't fight it.
2) On the urge to argue, take a deep breath and ignore the other person. This person will know he/she is being ignored for a reason and will shut up.
3) If one of us needs space, that person will take my car for a game drive to cool off.
4) On the affection side, we will show each other lots. Not public graunching, good Lord no, just small things.
5) Under no circumstances will we be on opposing teams for games like 30 Seconds and such. Due to us both being over-the-top competitive, we have to be on the same team so we don't fight. So we always win. Together.
6) To ease any tension or frustration, we will have sex at least once a day.
Suck it up lovey dovey couples that never come up for air! Fightey couple we are no longer!
(I'm not sure if this is a huge achievement, but in a world free of booze, cigarettes and fun, any challenge sounds exciting.)