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December 13, 2007
Had she noticed?

We'd had this exact conversation once before, almost word for word. It was my own fault for re-using that joke, but I wouldn't have had to re-use it if our conversation hadn't lapsed so awkwardly.

After dinner I accidentally re-used another joke. I knew she had noticed this time because of the glowering. It was intense and icy. It made me uncomfortable.

After that I was reduced to reciting bits of nursery rhymes, playground gossip from fourth grade, and the lyrics to a commercial jingle for snack cakes that was stuck in my head.