Things I Do While My Husband Is Away

It's no secret - I go on a lot of "girl's trips." But my husband only goes away once a year with the boys. I literally live for that week every year. Last night as I sat here enjoying the heck out of my last night of "alone time" I reflected on all the things I did all week that I don't normally do when he's here. And thus the list below was born.
  1. 1.
    Take out the garbage.
    That's his job. I honestly only do it once a year. And when it is "my turn" I'm always reminded - on the walk up and down to the street (with a garbage can and a recycling bin) - just how steep our driveway really is.
  2. 2.
    Sleep with two televisions on.
    One on downstairs and one on upstairs. To make it look like I'm not home alone. Duh.
  3. 3.
    Skip dinner every night.
    Normally I have a skip dinner night one night a week. (Don't ask.) When he's gone I don't eat dinner all week. And I don't miss it. Bonus - I lose weight.
  4. 4.
    Go 24 hours without hearing my own voice.
    I work from home. I talk to 2 people on a daily basis - him and my mom. Both are at night around the same time. And since I hate talking on the phone both are a total of like 4 minutes.
  5. 5.
    Play Candy Crush and Words With Friends in bed.
    I'd do it when he's here but I know how annoying the light from the iPad or iPhone would be. So I don't. I'm polite like that.
  6. 6.
    Sleep with my phone (and cheaters) in the bed.
    Because I fall asleep playing Candy Crush or Words With Friends. (See #5)
  7. 7.
    Put the tower fan on Power Cool aka 60 degrees.
    As opposed to the "White Noise" mode which is the only setting I could get him to agree on once I hit the "night sweats" age.
  8. 8.
    Stay up later.
    Typically I'm in bed by 9:30 or 10:00. When he's gone it's more like 11:30 or 12:00. I have no explanation for this one. Maybe it's because I feel like my parents are away and I'm breaking curfew?
  9. 9.
    Turn the volume on my phone on.
    I am not a fan of hearing pings, ring tones, or the myriad of annoying notification sounds that exist. So therefore my phone is always on silent and hence I miss a lot of calls and texts. But - just in case he's trying to get in touch with me - I turn the sound on. (Queue the "Awwwwws"...🤗)
  10. 10.
    Miss him.
    Shhhh. This one is between you and me. He doesn't need to know. And if you tell him I'll swear I never said it.