"It's okay: I'm still billing the client."
"They told me at the blood bank this might happen."
"This is just a 15-minute power nap like they raved about in that time-management course you sent me to."
"I was working smarter, not harder."
"Whew! I must a left the top off the liquid paper."
"I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!"
"This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!"
"I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance."
"I'm in the management training program."
"I'm actually doing a "Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan" (SLEEP) I learned at the last management seminar you made me attend."
"This is in exchange for the six hours last night when I dreamed about work!"
"I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress.
Do you discriminate against people who practice Yoga?"
"Darnn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem."
"The coffee machine is broken."
"Someone must've put decaf in the wrong pot."
"Boy, that cold medicine I took last night just won't wear off!"
"It worked well for Reagan, didn't it?"
"I was cross-training for telecommuting."
"Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!"
"Wasn't sleeping. Was trying to pick up a contact lens without hands."
"The mailman flipped out and pulled a gun, so I was playing dead to avoid getting shot."
"Geez, I thought you were gone for the day."