RB So what's the reward going to be?
LB How should I know - you know it doesn't count till we are both on board.
RB oh. well. yeah. so. What did you decide?
So what do you want?
RB I dunno
LB Me neither. It's always hard to do the reward thing, isn't it. and besides, a reward implies rules obeyed and ... well - that's not your strong point.
RB Oh so it's my fault, is it? I suppose you're talking about that second frozen yogurt bar I ate last night.
LB yep. I am.
RB so why didn't you stop me?
LB 'Cause I forgot about it.
RB Does that mean no reward? Are we out of the challenge now?
LB No it doesn't - to either question. The rules said if you stumble just get back up and keep going. I think that's part of what we're supposed to be experiencing - the Don't Give Up stuff. And I want to keep trying.
RB Oh. Good. So do I, then.
LB Really? I'm glad about that.
RB So what are the rules - what are our rules, that is? and what are the rewards? What's in it for us?
LB Hmmm. I think the rules should be that for 31 days we make the effort to perform those 3 tweaks - no sneaky bites at breakfast , a walk if it isn't raining (like it is today) , and only ONE dessert per night. And as long as we're still trying by August 31 ... and so long as we post something about it somewhere every day - then we get the reward. How does that sound to you?
RB Sounds fair. And the reward?
LB you greedy puss. I don't know. You didn't seem to really love the options I threw out -
RB Tell them to me again.
LB Okay - what about new sheets?
LB but we really need them.
RB then get them
LB okay - what about a facial?
RB well, that would be nice. yeah. I like them. but it's just ... well... nice
LB New clothes?
RB Ugh. We have too many clothes
LB Art supplies?
RB no. We have enough of them too, right now
LB Well for goodness sake! What do you want?
RB I don't know. But I want something. I want some kind of reward for all this effort. Just not something you ought to get us anyway.
LB well - what about just the pleasure of Improving ourselves?
RB I like myself already.
LB Ugh. It's not about liking ourself. it's about getting rid of bad habits.
RB We-ull. But everytime we do something that improves ourself you just think of More Things We Have To Do.
LB Of course I do - there's always room for improvement.
RB (hums a tune) www.youtube.com/watch?v=
LB Very funny. So - eliminating bad habits isn't good enough for you?
RB nope. I want a reward.
LB (ponders a bit) Okay. How about a day off?
RB Oooo. yeah. Now THAT sounds like a reward. But ... well, but what about ... we're already taking off a long weekend in September and a week in October ... will this be an extra day off?
LB Yeah. That's going to be hard. and besides - how will this feel special if we're already taking off so many days already? Hmmmm. How about this? Suppose we take a half day off sometime in the middle of the week. We just don't go back to work after lunch one day.
RB Ooooo. yeah. I like that. When can we do it?
LB Well - we want it to feel sort of spontaneous and we don't want to screw up something important but I'd say ... early in September. Especially since we have to be out of the office so much at the end of the month for work stuff. So. Let's say within the first 2 weeks. How does that sound?
RB It sounds GREAT!
LB It means we have to work pretty hard on those other days so that we don't get behind in the job. There's no reward worth screwing up our work.
RB I'm good with that
LB Then it's a deal?
RB It's a deal. Uh ... there's something else though
RB well, we really do need another set of sheets. You ought to order some today.
LB oh. yeah. okay.
RB Love ya
LB Love ya back.