This is one of the questions I dislike most from our friends and acquaintances. I know the question is meant to be a conversation starter. After the weather questions, if it is a Friday, you get the weekend questions.
"So, what are you doing this weekend?"
Do most people ask that because they really want to know what we do with our weekend? Or do they ask because they want to tell us what they do on the weekend? Do weekend plans tell others something about you that they can't ascertain through other questions? Is it one of those questions you have to ask before you can ask the question you really want to ask?
What would this response say about me?
"Well, Saturday I will probably go grocery shopping. Sunday we have church. Well, that's about it. By the time Saturday comes around we are exhausted and don't want to do anything."
If the husband isn't working at the hospital, Saturday is the day he tries to catch up on everything - including sleep. The last thing he wants to do is anything that requires effort. Physical effort is perfectly fine. It is the social effort that he doesn't have the mental strength for.
We are homebodies through and through.
When we have made plans on a weekend we always regret it. Yes, we like other people. We just happen to like the ones living under our own rented roof better.