Sounds very familiar.
I keep the computer on my lap 80, hmmmm 85% of the time if the TV is on and I am sitting around "watching" tv ...
Conversation something like Blah blah blah, ...your new phone is coming Thursday", "not here today?" "no" blah blah blah. "Never mind, I can see you are busy with your fish friends". "Sorry I just have to finish (pick one) checking, fixing, moving, answering, helping, this one thing..." "I think I am going to grow some gills" "No, no, no, I am paying attention now. I thought we were watching TV?"
"How's everything in fishland?"
'No that's not a new tank it's already been used."
"I need to grow more plants" "Really aren't there enough plants?" "No there is a different kind of plant I need there"
"These are just like little gardens, not really like a fish tank, there's just shrimp in there"
These are like my house plants...
"Do you kill a lot of fish?" "NO! Why would you ask that?" I am just wondering because you are always needing more fish, are these replacements for the ones you have killed?" Moderately long conversation/explanation detailing the type of fish which goes into each type of tank and how they do or do not get along, they need more friends to be happy," etc, where he hears "blah blah, blah, blah."
He loves me and likes me to be happy. "As long as it makes you happy."