MFTing can either be initiated, or reactionary, the former being the preferred methodology.
Me: "Hey Michelle! Which night this week are you going to make me dinner? I just want to know so that I can plan it out, I already have several other people making me dinner, so I don't want to cause any conflicts. Sorry I have been out of touch, my phone has been really weird lately ..."
Used in a reactionary setting:
Michelle: "Where have you been for the last two months - you never returned my call ..."
Me: "Oh yeah, my phone, it's just been ... weird"