... while on the phone with Big J:
(You need a little backstory on this one - today is Mister J's birthday. You'll see more about that soon enough!)
Me: Oh, by the way, E called and I gave him your cell number. Did he reach you?
Big J: Just got off the phone. He invited me to [exciting sporting event in nearby metropolis] this evening.
Me: Oh, bummer that it's tonight and you can't go!
Big J: What do you mean?
Me: (As blood pressure rises and face reddens, but with voice as calm as possible...) It's your son's birthday
Big J: Ok.... And?
Me: (Blood pressure higher, face redder, voice slightly less calm...) And. It's. Your. Son's. Birthday.
Big J: (Laughter. Lots of it. I'm surprised he didn't fall off of his chair. And then, amid continuing laughter....) Sorry, I couldn't keep a straight face for that one! How's your blood pressure?
He knows me too well! With blood pressure slowly settling back down to normal, I laughed along with him as we finished up our conversation. Admittedly, he had me going there for a moment, but I have to confess that I'm thankful for a lighthearted moment like this in the midst of such a busy week!