Bachelorettes. That was us last week.
Dan has had the worst travel luck. Boyfriend said he would be home Friday afternoon. But a bunch of delays later, he didn’t make it home until 9 p.m.
So, since we flew solo, I decided it would be a great idea to do a whole bunch of chores and errands.
We got the car inspected, went to Costco, put a way a million loads of laundy, made stuff at art class, hosted playgroup.
Here’s the thing about flying solo: it stinks at first, then you get used to it, and then when your partner gets back, you have to put that person back into your routine. Only to have them leave again.
The more I do it, the better I am at filling our days, accepting there will be no breaks, and just doing the stuff that needs to be done. I don’t wait for Dan to help. I just do.
So that part is easier. The anticipation of doing stuff is harder than the actual doing.
The hardest part for me is the loneliness. Since Dan works from home, when he’s home, he’s home. We’re all home. Together. For like, 20 hours a day.
But when he’s gone, he’s gone.
I go from together a lot to not together at all. Rinse and repeat.
So, what’s a girl to do? I try to schedule as much friend time and alone time as possible when Dan’s around. And then try to work in some friend meet up while Dan’s gone, so I don’t go through togetherness to a complete depletion of adult communication.
For those of you who maybe work at home alone and spend long hours a day solo or other home alone moms (and dads), what do you do to prevent loneliness?