A gal pal of mine recently told me a fabulous secret (that she gave me permission to share). She loves that her husband genuinely tries to help around the house (there are guys out there like this, it’s not an urban myth). He even cooks! A true keeper, right?! However, he seems to not get the whole idea that you don’t just take out the trash, you do occasionally have to also clean out the bins. However, she doesn’t want to discourage his good deeds, so, she confided that when he is traveling or out of the house for a while, she does this:
I thought the addition of the little rubber ducky was a nice touch.
This got me to thinking: What else do we do when our spouse/partner/significant other is away?
I’ll begin with a confession of my own: when the Hubs is out of town I sort through his greying undershirt drawer and clear out the ones that are past their prime. Now, do not confuse this with his t-shirt collection. Oh no, I know full well not to touch his precious assortment of shirts with keeper slogans such as I’m With Stupid. When we finally move to the lake, I’m sure we will find Hoffa, Waldo, and Elvis tucked away in the back of the closet.
I crowd-sourced my gal pals to find out what they do when the cat’s away. The answers I received were wonderful. Here are just a few gems.
Many of us use our time alone for a little pampering, relaxing, and needed self-indulgence:
Put on a cloth anti-aging mask (with eye and mouth holes) and stay up late with good red wine and an entire season of The Gilmore Girls! ~ Vikki C.
Watch Netflix and eat chips or cereal for dinner. Any day I don’t have to cook is a good day. ~ Jill B.
I ordered Thai food and watched an entire season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. I also cleaned and organized my laundry room and stayed in my pajamas until 12:00. It was a good day! ~Marnie C.
We also take care of a few things on the honey-do list that need fixin’:
My husband considers himself a pretty good handyman. And most often he’s able to ‘MacGyver’ his way through with some duct tape and a wrench. But the bathroom sink had been dripping for weeks and the washer replacement was not cutting it. So, when my Mr. Fixit was on travel recently, I called a plumber who took care of the drip in about 15 minutes. The Hubby never even noticed. ~ Wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.
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Many of us catch up on our writing (this one is definitely me too):
Take-out of whatever my teenage boys want for dinner, wine, chick flicks for company, and sprawling notebooks and laptop all over the bed while I take advantage of the solitude and write. ~ Deborah B.
With Halloween happening this weekend, this was one of my favorite responses:
One thing I don’t do anymore is watch Dateline or 48 Hours when hubby’s away! Scares the bejeezes out of me! ~ Camille T.
So how about you, what do you do when you find yourself with some free time, a quiet house, and no weekend agenda?
PS: & please join me in wishing my wonderful son Jimmy a very Happy Birthday – he turns the big 25 this weekend. Love ya babe!!