I’m not a really sociable (social?) person - I occasionally enjoy the company of people other than my husband and my baby - but most of the time I find it easier somehow to just do my own thing.
I have an acquaintance who is someone I consider “pushy”. About the only thing we have in common is that we’re both off work on maternity leave these days. I don’t mind her, and meeting up for a cup of coffee or a walk once a month would be fine with me. It’s nice to have a specific reason to get out of the house, and she is a really upbeat person who always has lots to talk about, it’s not HER fault she gets on my nerves a bit.
The big problem is she likes to talk on the phone - and I hate it! I have told her that I don’t answer the phone often, and I especially refuse to answer it if I’m busy with the baby. I’ve tried having quick conversations with her but she drags them out for a good half-hour - even when I’ve told her at the beginning that I only have a minute. If I ignore the phone when she calls (thank Og for call display!), she will leave a long message and then call back a few hours later to see if I got her message!!!
It actually makes me avoid even planning to see her because arranging it would mean at least one or two phone calls - :eek:
I’ve tried making plans with her by email but no luck.
Is there any polite way to handle this? She is pretty thick-skinned and doesn’t take even a very unsubtle hint. But at the same time, I don’t feel right just ignoring her calls because I know it’s rude and it’s got to be hurting her feelings somewhat.