Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Alone, but Busy

I dropped my husband off at the airport yesterday morning.  Day 1 down; 33 more to go.  I can do this.  We can do this.

It's weird to be home alone.  The house is too clean, and too quiet.  But if he's going to be gone for more than a month, now is the time to leave.  I'm heading into the busiest point of the semester (I feel like I've said that before--but this really is coming up on the busiest time), which will last until one week shy of my husband's return.  So if I stay late--that's okay.  If I come home exhausted--that's okay.  If I decide I want to eat apples and peanut butter and crackers and string cheese for dinner because I'm too tired to cook anything else--that's okay.

Aside from work, I'm also going to try to have a bit of a "social life" since I'm not rushing home to my husband.  A colleague across campus wants to interview me for a research project, and some friends from church want to go pick apples this weekend at a farm about two hours away.  Since getting married (and moving 30 minutes out of town), I've often turned down these invites to spend time with him.  So in the absence of him, I'm trying to say "yes" to these opportunities. 

Today's blessing is my parents, who call just to check up on me because they know that I'm lonely.  I'm so blessed to have parents as thoughtful and caring as them.


  1. Weird how we were thinking about the same topic! When Jason was in Shanghai for two months it was hard, but I look back at it as a growing experience. For once everything was left to me (dog care, groceries, cleaning, home maintenance) and it was an opportunity for me to learn to rely on myself and learn new skills that I had previously always counted on him for. I really enjoyed the time, actually. Missed him, of course, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. You are on the right track by keeping yourself busy. Another suggestion I have (besides working out a ton to look super sexy for when he comes back) is taking a day long weekend craft class if any interest you. Basic sewing or cake decorating or card making. They have them at JoAnn's and most other craft stores. That way you are taking time to better yourself while he is away! Not that you aren't perfect already :)

  2. yay for 'me' time! I have a good feeling about the next 33 days for you! I know what you mean about the doing 'whatever' after work b/c it's just you - and apples and peanut butter sound delish! ;)


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