New Year’s Eve, 4pm
M: Can I sleep over at [friend]’s tonight?
Me: Um, you don’t want to be here with us?
M: No. We’re cleaning [friend]’s stuffed animals. We found if you put soap on the stains and let it set, the stains come out with the soap when we wash them!
Me: That’s true, but it’s easier just to put them in the washing machine. We’re going to have cheese and crackers with everybody probably around 7:30, why don’t you drop by for that?
M: No, we just want to play in the basement.
Me: OK then. Have fun! Happy New Year!
D: So, just to be clear about this — we’re less fun than laundry.