((Denial of what? Besides, I'm not in Egypt and that's where it is! (inside joke explanation) Denial sounds sort of like the Nile, you know, as in the river?
"I am waiting, but go ahead and sit down," she said. "Knowing this kook, he'll show up about three hours after he said he would."
She leaned back in the chair. "So how've things been going with you?"