My wife Robin leaves today for a two-week road trip, during which time she’ll visit friends in eastern California, Utah, and Colorado, and spend a couple days eating and gambling her way through Las Vegas (don’t worry; she only plays 25-cent video poker).
It’s always a bit odd when she’s gone. When you’re used to having someone around the house, it’s strange having it to yourself, and I occasionally find myself talking aloud to keep myself company. (It’s also a lot more work, as I’ll now be in sole charge of keeping our full-of-beans Jack Russell mix, Ziggy, occupied during the day.)
But there are certain things I do look forward to when Robin leaves for a while. Most importantly, I can eat what I like. Sure, I could always do this, but as the cook in the family, I like to prepare things that she enjoys as well. No cook likes to make a dinner they know the other diners won’t appreciate. And there are quite a few foods that Robin isn’t too keen on. So for the next two weeks I’ll be eating a lot of beets, sausages, omelettes, and most of all fish.
In fact, I may just have fish every single night.
Another plus is that if I wake up in the middle of the night with insomnia (an all too common experience for me these days), I can turn on the bedroom light to read without worrying that I’ll wake Robin up. (Ziggy, of course, will sleep soundly through it.)
And last, but certainly not least, I can stay up late watching cooking shows and British mysteries on TV in the living room to my heart’s content, with no one to say, “You’re watching another episode of Broadchurch?”
But yes, I’m going to miss Robin and will be thrilled when she returns. And by then, I’ll probably be sick of fish.
Readers: What do you look forward to when your spouse/partner/roommate is away for a few days? And if you live alone, what do you look forward to when you have company at your place?