DG went to Santa Barbara on a business trip yesterday, and while he's only going to be gone overnight (he'll be back today to go to a wedding), I'm reminded of all the reasons why I like a business trip when I go. The best benefits (working moms, tell me that this is not better than a spa weekend) are staying in a hotel room by yourself, ordering room service so you don't have to actually talk to anyone or have anyone talk to you, catching up on horrible reality TV (last time I was gone, I watched Jerseylicious. I mean, the name alone, right?), and the QUIET--seriously, the quiet to read and write is truly the best part.
But this time, I was the stay-at-home parent. Seriously, one day is no big deal at all, but there are definitely some pros and cons of being at home as the only parent (of course, single parents do this all the time, and I whole heartedly admire them and their ability to balance).
PRO: I get the whole bed to myself to spread out my books, magazines--maybe a tray with tea.
CON: It's a little disconcerting to turn out the lights at the end of the night knowing I'm the only adult in the house. Leads me to some irrational fears. You know, the kind like Michael Myers from Halloween with the hockey mask is lurking at my window? What? You don't do that? See what I mean? My wild imagination is definitely a con.
PRO: When it's morning, we all get up at the same time. DG's a late-sleeper. Seriously, he'd sleep until noon every day if he could. Okay, maybe 11, but no earlier if he could help it.
CON: The day seems loooooonnnggg when you're you're up early and you're the only adult in the house. And LOUD. Did I mention I like it quiet?
PRO: I don't really need to cook. Somehow, having the whole family home makes me feel more responsible for putting a healthy meal on the table. Not that I have the time to do it more than about 3 days a week, but when it's just me and the kids, popcorn and a fruit smoothie is a perfectly suitable dinner.
CON: Too much sugar makes that day even longer.
PRO: There's one less person to get out the door. 'nuf said.
CON: I miss having DG here. We see so little of each other during the week as it is, having him gone over the weekend makes me miss him even more.
Again, I have no reason to whine when it's only one day. The pros far out weigh the cons over one day. Still, I'll be glad when he gets home. And the kids will too.