Friday, February 19, 2010

In Which I Have Some Time Alone

The Boss is going on vacation next week. 

I'm driving her to the airport early in the morning on Monday for a flight out to Arizona, where she'll be spending the week reconnecting with her best friend. This vacation has been in the works for quite a while, and she is very excited about going. Having lived in either Maine, Massachusetts, or New Hampshire her entire life, this will be the furthest away from home she's ever traveled. This will also be her first time flying, and with all the things she has planned out on her itinerary, I know she's going to have a blast.

Me, though? I'll be staying home with the house to myself for the week, and working a shitload of overtime. 

Since The Boss is going to be away having fun, I've tried to think of things that I want to do while I have all of this time to myself. I don't often do things just for me, and what better time to do that when the wife is away for a few days, right? There'll be no guilt, no compromise, no consideration for what the other person wants to do. Quite frankly (and I'm probably going to get in trouble for saying this), it has all the potential to be an awesome week. 

I can watch all the movies that The Boss refuses to watch with me (can you say Star Wars marathon?) and have the volume set at a level that I feel is appropriate. I can eat junk food and whatever else I want, regardless if the particular item is normally meant for dinner and I'm eating it for breakfast, or vice versa. I can watch internet porn without having the sound muted or using headphones, and freely masturbate in any room of my choosing. When going to bed, I can stretch out as much as I want, not being confined to my "half" of the mattress (normally about eight inches worth). I can take a shower and not have to worry about not having enough hot water. I can finally reenact the scene from "Risky Business" in my boxer briefs. I can burp and fart with abandon and not be chastised for the smell.

For one week, the world will be my oyster. 

I have all these dreams of grandeur, but I probably won't do anything too special with all of my time alone. I'll most likely wind up sitting at my desk on the computer and finally catching up on all your blogs, or in my easy chair reading a book. I'm sure I'll do a couple of the things that I mentioned just now, but for the most part it will be life as usual. Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed. Lather, rinse, and repeat. The week will pass by like it always does, and I know I'll find myself missing The Boss and counting down the time until she comes home, at least so she can help me figure out what shirt matches with my work pants. It'll be a rare day when I can manage to do that on my own.

In all seriousness, despite how much I will enjoy having some alone time, I will miss having The Boss around. She is to me what a straight-jacket is to the skitzophrenic, after all, but I know it's going to be good for us to have some time apart. For her to reconnect with her best friend, and for me to stretch my legs and spend some time on me

Part of me thinks I should feel selfish for saying that, but other parts of me, the ones with louder voices that resonate in that deep inner part of my soul, know otherwise.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


Moonspun said...

Being alone is a mixed feeling, I find. You can do all kinds of things, but soemtimes, without that one person you count on? It's not as fun. Safe travels to the Boss!

TechnoBabe said...

I want my cake and eat it too. I like hubby here but I also like it that we each have so many things we do as individuals for ourselves. You say "I don't often do things just for me, and what better time to do that when the wife is away for a few days, right? There'll be no guilt, no compromise, no consideration for what the other person wants to do." For me, I don't understand why it isn't like this whether she is there or not. But like I say, it just me.

Feral Female said...

I agree, being alone has its up and downs. Enjoy your weekend Geek!

strokeofliving said...

Aww, this was a sweet post. Sometimes it's good for couples to be apart for a period of time. You'll be just fine. Very sweet though.

Caron said...

As of this morning, I'm having a long weekend alone. It's a nice chance of pace.

Mystern said...

Shit. I wish I could have *more* time with my wife. Working two jobs and not having a single day off with her has been a living hell on me, and god damn it sucks. Good on your for getting some time to yourself, and I hope you can enjoy it.

Scarlet Charlotte said...

Ups and downs of being alone? It's all up. I am an insistent loner who happens to be coupled with a traveler- which works out peachy. Although my alone time turns out to be much of the usual, it's nice to turn on the tele and flip at lightning speed mindlessly for an evening or two without demands and requests from anyone but my own inner voices. Pure and simple quiet is sometimes a nice thing to be had to re-energize and remind ourselves why we love our significant others..but warm weather and sunshine sure sound like something to be envied.

Have a splendid weekend!

carissa said...

I'm not married, so I can't speak from experience... but I would think that EVERYONE can benefit from having a little time alone. I know I would go crazy if I didn't!

Rebecca Knight said...

There are two things you MUST DO while you can :). 1) Use the bathroom with the door wide open at all times, and 2) drink a beer in the shower.

The cold beverage + hot shower thing truly makes a person feel free.

I hope you and The Boss have fun!

Sandy said...

You will miss her more than you think. But time alone can be so nice!

Mrs Soup said...

Time apart will be lovely, if only because it will make you realize how much you love The Boss!

Have a great time!

Anonymous said...

It must suck having a wife who's name all the time is "The Boss".

Miss Grace said...

The time apart will be nice, and it will make the time back together even nicer.

Anonymous said...

Make an effort to do as many of those things as you can. If you don't you may be going "dang!" later on. Besides, it'll give you a little something to giggle about with the Boss later on. ;]

Amy said...

Sometimes some time apart is good to recharge your batteries. Plus, Reunited sex is always the best;)

Enjoy your weekend!

Nej said...

Do every one of those least once, if not more. Enjoy it! Alone time is ALWAYS a good thing...and it makes reunited time all the better! :-)

WebSavvyMom said...

-->Maybe once a year or so my husband and I have a few days apart and it's WONDERFUL. For him, for me, for our kid, for the dogs, everyone is rejuvenated and happy to see each other again. Enjoy.

Aunt Becky said...

Enjoy it all. As much as you can, yo.

#1Nana said...

Leave the toilet seat up all week! When my husband is out of town I enjoy knowing that anytime I go to the bathroom I will find the seat down...that all changes when he gets home. Live it up, have it your least for a week.

Badass Geek said...

Moonspun: It is a mixed bag, I agree.

TechnoBabe: We compromise a lot, so it'll be nice to not have to consider her needs for a week.

Feral Female: Thanks, you too!

Strokeofliving: Oh, yes. I will be fine. I'll just be missing her badly by week's end.

Caron: Isn't it?

Mystern: I'm sure I will. Hope you get some extra time soon.

Scarlet Charlotte: Yes. I'll be jealous of the warm weather she'll get to experience.

Carissa: Me, too!

Rebecca Knight: Interesting. I'll have to give it a try!

Sandy: Oh, I know I'll miss her. Probably on the second or third day.

Mrs Soup: I will do my best to.

Anonymous: It doesn't suck, actually. Her moniker is more of a term of affection than anything else.

Miss Grace: Agreed.

Anonymous: Exactly, my friend. Exactly.

Amy: Amen!

Nej: I agree. It'll be a good week.

WebSavvyMom: It will be a good break, I think.

Aunt Becky: I'll be sure to.

#1Nana: I don't know if I'm capable of leaving the seat up. Growing up with two sisters, that's just programmed in my DNA now.

Jennifer said...

Shame the Boss won't watch Star Wars with you. Great series, there...

Hope your time to yourself is awesome and I hope she has a safe and fun trip with her friends. :)

Dylan Murphy said...

I can say Star Wars marathon. I've done it. But you have to start with Episode 1.

Christina In Wonderland said...

Aw. That was kind of sentimental and sappy in a way. You know you'll miss The Boss just because you love her so much. :) Anyway, enjoy your week doing whatever it is you might find to do!

camerabanger said...

yes mixed bag. I get all the sound on the porn and bed to myself stuff and I also get the missing/guilt stuff too. No matter what, I keep coming back to the same old concept-what ever gets you an hour's peace is what you should be doing. That's about all there is. Don't get too concerned. Just enjoy it.

Mwa said...

Time to yourself is divine! It's not like you don't want her to come back, right?

Phoenix said...

Me time is never selfish - it's needed to be a better friend and partner for those around us.

That said, the Boss won't watch Star Wars with you? Are we talking original eps 4,5, and 6 (le gasp) or the crappy 1,2, and 3 (understandable, unless you turn it into a drinking game)? I raise my eyebrows in concern.

Anonymous said...

Don't you think that she feels the same? I'm sure she is just as happy when you are gone and she can have the house to herself. I know I am!

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