Ginger: I like penguins.
Ruby: I’m….happy for you?
Ginger: I’m just saying I like penguins.
Ruby: And I’m happy for you. A little confused, but happy.
Ginger: Why are you confused?
Ruby: We’re watching a commercial for motor oil and you are, without warning, discussing penguins.
Ginger: Well, yeah. Penguins were on my mind.
Ginger: Because it’s cold outside and penguins live in cold climates.
Ruby: This is true. But…again…we were watching nothing that has to do with penguins.
Ginger: Were you thinking about motor oil during that commercial?
Ruby: At the start? Yes. And then a moment later, no. I was thinking about penguins.
Ginger: It must be that commercial….
Ruby: Or the fact you randomly brought up penguins.
Ginger: I’ve never randomly brought up penguins. I have never raised penguins in my life.
Ruby: You brought them up in conversation.
Ginger: Oh. That. I did do that.
Ruby: Actually, you’ve been doing that all week.
Ginger: Have I?
Ruby: Yes. Monday, when we were talking about getting coffee, you told me penguins don’t drink coffee.
Ginger: I did say that.
Ruby: And then Tuesday, when Fly was asking if we wanted dinner, you explained that penguins have the same thing for dinner every day.
Ginger: Well, it is true. Their diet is pretty much mono-tastic.
Ruby: And then Thursday, you pointed at a tuxedo in a store window and said you liked the penguin suit.
Ginger: That’s sorta stretching the point, Ruby.
Ruby: Ginger, I’m going to be very clear on this, okay?
Ruby: I am not buying you a pet penguin for Christmas.
Ginger: But Lightbulb is LONELY!! You should see him cuddle up to my stuffed animals and cluck softly, waiting for them to reply!!
Ruby: First of all? It’s too early to start telling me your Christmas list—
Ginger: The commercials on TV don’t think so. Also, I assumed getting a live penguin would take longer than the 4 weeks of Advent would allow.
Ruby: SECOND of all, I’m NOT GETTING YOU A PENGUIN FOR CHRISTMAS.
Ginger: Look, I understand your desire to keep it a secret. Telling me what you’re getting me for Christmas is considered cheating. I was just hoping that if you WERE, you would give me enough prep time so I can acclimatize Lightbulb to a slightly chillier temperature.
Ruby: I AM NOT GETTING YOU A PENGUIN FOR CHRISTMAS.
Ginger: …I’ll get you a Totoro for Chanukah.
Ruby: …a life-size one?
Ginger: I can make that happen.
Ruby: I’ll see what I can do about the penguin.