Me: For my birthday this year I thought maybe the kids could stay at my mom and dad's and you and I would get a nice hotel in the city and do a little shopping during the day and then a nice dinner and maybe catch a show? Then in the morning I'd like to go for a fancy coffee at a little cafe and then head home. How does that sound?
Then... two days later...
Him: So on your birthday you wanted to take the skytrain into Vancouver and go pub hopping and then come home, right?
...In his own mind, that is EXACTLY what he heard - because that is what he wanted to hear.