Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm not good at saying "No"

I'm a Yes person.  Sure I can help. Absolutely, you can count on me.  Why not?  I've found that lately my desire to help out or pitch in has been to the detriment of my family and more importantly, to my laundry. 

I have been inspired by my painter to start a list of readily available and scripted excuses for why I can't do things.  Maybe if I just had a list nearby, it would be easier to get out of stuff.  My painter has a list as long as his arm of excuses.  Here are some that I've heard lately:

My daughter was sick and I had to get her from school

A tree trimmer got his truck stuck in my driveway.  He got unstuck by 11am, but by then, I had started to clean the garage

I have another job that is bigger than yours

I'm feeling foggy today

So, I need some more excuses for my arsenal.  What are some of your go-to's?


Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

what a lazy painter! too bad you have to hear all his sorry excuses. At least you're writing them down to use later, lol.

I do have a good one:

"I was getting ready to leave the house to come to your house but to my surprise, my (fill in the blank) showed up at my door! I haven't seen him/her in so long, I had to invite him/her in. They didn't leave until (fill in the blanks) and that's why I didn't go to your house. I was so shocked to see him/her that I didn't think to call you."

Deanna said...

I need a list as long as my arm of excuses why I couldn't do the laundry so when my husband or kids ask, I can say "I couldn't do the laundry today. I felt foggy...or there was a truck stuck in my laundry room!"

Jennifer Juniper said...

I'm going with the Marsha Brady: "I have to wash my hair"!