"Yes, I know you don't want to have to backstitch me for the 8th time, but..." (shrug).
"Yes, I know you want to get on with stitching the border but...." (shrug).
This final temple seems to be taking me a long time to get through, but I'm not going to skip forward and start the next part until I'm finished. I'm NOT! (Say it like you mean it!)
I just need to stitch in Athena's spear so that she can give me a sharp poke instead of giving me attitude!
(It's a bad sign when you imagine your cross-stitch subjects talking to you, isn't it?!)