I called my husband before I went to lunch to tell him that I loved him, I asked him what he was doing and I could tell that he was lying to me when he told me that he’d been cleaning the house. I knew that he was actually watching Breaking Bad on Netflix because he started it two nights ago and hasn’t been able to pry himself from the television ever since. When that man decides he likes something, it quickly becomes an obsession and he beats it to death until there’s nothing left, and finding a TV show that he liked provided no better example of that. He tells his little white lies and I tell mine, I liked to joke that I wanted to get plastic surgery and when he’d ask me if I was serious, I’d respond that I wasn’t but I always knew that one day I’d want to get something done. I’d worked too hard for too long and it showed on my face, I wanted to enjoy my retirement without feeling like I looked like an old woman. He tells me that he’s cleaning the house, I tell him that I wouldn’t actually consider getting cosmetic surgery so as far as I’m concerned, we’re even.
I went to lunch with the president of the company, him and I had known each other now for over ten years and had grown to be very close business associates. I was retiring at the end of the week and he wanted to take me out and reminisce a bit before I was gone. By this point in our careers, the last thing that we wanted to talk about was work so we mainly discussed what was next on the horizon for Jerry and I. He asked if Jerry was enjoying his retirement and I told him that he was spending a lot of time watching television ad he seemed to be pretty happy with that. He laughed and asked what he had been watching and I told him that it was a show called Breaking Bad, he stopped and said that he’d been hooked on it since he started it a couple weeks ago as well. “Oh no” I said, “now there’s two of you” and he responded that there were a lot more than two of them as he went on to explain that it was one of the most popular television shows on cable. I told him that him and Jerry needed to hang out and waste some time together. We finished up and headed back to the office, when I returned my receptionist had a couple messages waiting for me. I sat down, took a deep breath and thought about how I was going to tell Jerry that I wanted a facelift without having to listen to him trying to convince me otherwise. We communicated about most things just fine but this was one of those things that he wasn’t going to have an open mind about.