I guess I’ve always been a bit of an independent woman, not quite a feminist but I definitely fit in the ‘i’d rather hang that picture frame on the wall right now and wonky rather than wait 6 months to have it done straight and by the other half’ bracket. So the times when the other half packs his little suitcase and goes on some work related training, always meant i could relished in the me time that this opportunity created.
But wait! I have a nearly 2 years old monster to deal with now. Idealism of chilled out evenings; me sitting on the sofa, finally getting to sift through my programmes (Thomas the tank engine, balamory, Andy’s prehistoric adventures…oh!) on the sky planner, early nights, tidy house, healthy dinners etc. Did this happen in my 4 days and nights of my snipit into single working motherhood? Did it heck! Meanwhile the other half is living it up in his upgraded room in the Hilton.
I sat in bed every night looking somewhat confused thinking where the hell did my evenings go? Get back from work, put monster willingly (!!!!) to bed then all of a sudden, holy shit it’s 10pm!
What has the time thief done with my evening? Where am I supposed to cook my dinner? Prep for the next day? Exercise? Dare I say do housework? Stuff the TV it’s bed time for me too!
Mornings are no better, I wake up, get dressed in the living room whilst monster chomps a couple of biscuits, dry shampoo my hair on the way out the door. I’ve been one of these ladies sat in the car park at work desperately slapping on some foundation, attempting a mum bun to disguise the missed greasy patch of hair and sparingly placing badges to cover the area where the monster confused my top for a tissue. I constantly feel like I’m chasing my tail, I know that i look like I am too.
Finally the other half comes back home, yes! Quickly I blurt “Hello, cook some tea I’m having a bath!” and lock myself in the bathroom to relish in actually being able to wash my hair. (I would have got a glass of wine, but I’m storing my wine reserve for tomorrow night!)