"How are things with you?"
"I have just been so busy! I mean just literally drowning in paperwork. This new job has taken over my life!"
"It's always the same isn't it. Work, work, work."
"Amen to that."
"How are things at home?"
"What do you mean - I thought you had just had your first child?"
"We have - I ended up missing the birth and if work gets any worse I think next time I'll probably miss the conception!"
"Was that a joke?"
"Yep. Sorry. Things are fine."