Me: Hey, how was your day?
(minutes-long pause as I wait for him to follow up)
Me: OK, so did anything interesting happen today?
(another minutes-long pause, after which I decide to take a shower and get in a better mood before following this non-conversation any further)
20 minutes later…
Me: (drying off after the shower) Anything on the docket for this evening?
Him: No – you hear about anything?
Me: No. I asked around at the office, but nothing’s really going on tonight.
Him: Oh. (another long pause here, *sigh*)
Me: Do you want to hang out tonight? Maybe get something to eat, or go get a drink?
Him: (bluntly, with no interest in his voice at all) What do you want to do?
Me: I dunno – just hang out with you. We could get dinner, or watch some scary movies here…
Him: (again with no interest, but a hint of exasperation) So what do you want to do?
(by this point what I want to do is avoid him for the rest of the evening at all cost, but I grit my teeth and try again)
Me: How about we go get dinner?
Him: I’m not hungry
Me: OK, let’s watch some scary movies.
Him: (makes noncommital ‘meh’ noise) What do YOU want to do?
Me: (steam pouring out of my ears) I want to type in my blog! Alone!
So that’s what I’m doing.