Probably nothing. At least until you heard “What were You thinking!” from your mate. At that point you actually started to think …not about ‘what was I thinking’, but about what your answer to this question is going to be. It doesn’t sound good. Just what did you do?
Probably something you’ve done before a hundred times and never gave it much thought. Or it was some involved mini-project using elaborate guy-logic to test some arcane theory to occupy an unused moment in space you had a few minutes ago. Whatever “it” was, she’s pissed …and you’re starting to think ‘what’s really going on here and how am I going to deal with it?’ Note: smiling, laughing, touching, and otherwise using your wily ways on her right now is not going to work! Bonus note: the only way you’re going to get to go to sleep tonight is working this out for everyone.
So now you are in the bottom of the 9th inning, two outs, sweat is forming on your brow, and you know playing the “flowers card” or “cooking dinner” or “giving her one of your special hugs” will just get you knocked out of the ballpark, and do nothing for resolving the issue. You’ve got only one pitch left, and knowing that the last two things you said only infuriated her more and started her asking even more questions…
Now lets just stop a minute a look at your guy-brain. Looking back at this situation, you’re not even sure that what she’s talking really is an issue, …at least not to you. Then again, you’re not even sure of what she is talking about. But you do know ‘she is mad about and you don’t have an answer that works!’ Also, it involves you and something you ‘probably’ did, and that she has ‘probably’ corrected you on this exact item several times before, and once again …you’ve ‘probably’ forgotten your ‘societal adjustment lesson’.
Ergo, the title of this article. Get ready for action. At this point you are now ready to concede the ‘error on your part’ and ‘thank her for all the self-correction’. Time to go for the game winner: “Oh my god, you’re right, WHAT WAS I THINKING! I am sooo sorry, how can I make it up to you…”. Yes, the title of this article used correctly in a sentence can save the day.
And if you’re lucky, later you might find out what the real reason she’s actually pissed off about, ‘cause you sure don’t have a clue…!