(scene opens in cluttered dining room)
Me: (at table, headphones on, music up, typing furiously on laptop)
Beta: Mom. Mom. Mom! MOM!
Me: (stumbles, fuming, removes headphones) What?
Beta: Know that Buddha Board thing?
Me: (sighs) The Zen Watercolor thing, yes. What about it?
Beta: Think we can talk to dad about it?
Me: (points to husband sitting next to Beta) Oh look. There he is. Go ahead.
Husband: (chokes on tea)
Me: (angrily slaps on headphones, continues to write)