ABC anchor Natasha Exelby is sprung mid-reverie on air, reacts brilliantly.

Isn’t it always the way?

The moment you take a little mental break from your work — to stretch, or check Facebook, or examine your chipped nail polish — inevitably coincides with your boss deciding to walk into the room.

Spare a thought, then, for ABC 24 anchor Natasha Exelby, whose moment of workplace reverie was broadcast across the entire nation.

In an all-too-relatable clip that’s doing the rounds on social media, a prerecorded news package cuts back to Exelby at the ABC studio… just in time to catch her carefully examining her pen.

The journo’s jolting reaction as she realises what’s going on is exactly how we look when we’re doing something weird at home and a housemate/parent/partner unexpectedly walks through the door (“Oh!… You’re home early?”):

Ah, classic.

Makes you grateful your work bloopers aren’t caught on film, hey?