Dan: Mary, why weren’t you at the staff meeting this morning? We all missed you.
Mary: Oh, it completely slipped my mind.
Dan: How could you forget? These meetings are not optional.
Mary: I’m feeling so stressed out these days. Sometimes I don’t know whether I’m coming or going!
Dan: Well, it is crunch time right now. Things will settle down after tax season is over.
Mary: I hope so. I am wiped out after putting in 60-hour weeks at the office and taking care of my five kids and sick mother.
Dan: Wow, you really do have a lot on your plate.
Mary: Yeah, I can hardly keep my head above water. Maybe I should scale back my hours.
Dan: Just hang in there a little longer. After April 15th, it’ll quiet down around here. For now, keep your nose to the grind-stone and focus on getting your most important work done.
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