Home Alone

Home Alone

The Greek God(zilla) has been in Poland for a week now. 

The first couple of days were tough because I missed him quite a lot so I was moping about while keeping myself busy with stuff around the house.

Then I really started to enjoy the house being that little bit tidier.  I liked not having to step over various bags in the hallway containing golf clubs or cricket bats .  It was great to collect shoes up from all over the house, return them to their proper place in the wardrobe, and let them stay there.

I started to clear my tv planner and watched the season finales of Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl and House in peace.  I did the ironing while watching E4, a channel last visited before my cohabiting days. 

The dishwasher has been that little bit quieter and the laundry… well, nothing much has changed about the mountain of laundry, other than it has all been folded and put away and not left in a pile on top of the ironing board should the desire to un-crease it ever take over me.

We have got into a morning routine, an afternoon routine and a bedtime routine.  Instead of opening a bottle of wine when Zachy goes to bed, I have been putting the kettle on and taking the laptop up to bed where I have been shamelessly watching back to back episodes of Made in Chelsea on 4oD.

Weekends, I thought would be harder.  Usually, even if we have nothing planned, we still always make it to the playground together at least once over the weekend or for a scoot round the park and an ice-cream. 

Fortunately, my aunt and uncle were throwing a 40th wedding anniversary barbecue at their local cricket club on Saturday and had organised face painting and bouncy castles to entertain the kids.

Zachy had a great time with his two best mates, Archie Bear…

Zachy Tiger & Archie Bear

 …and Grandad.

photo by Louise Irons

The drive was straightforward with no wrong turns, added journey time or throwing of Sat Navs around the car.  It is pretty amazing what distance you can cover in good time by just plugging those things in, listening to the instructions and then actually following the instructions.  Who knew?!

I must remember to mention it to the Greek God(zilla) next time we embark on a long trip…

What do you get up to when you are home alone?

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  1. June 13, 2012 / 10:43 AM

    My husband works nights and I’ve got used to having the flat to myself in the evenings. I curl up on the sofa and catch up on tv on the sky+ and go on my laptop without being told I’m ignoring him!

  2. June 13, 2012 / 10:45 AM

    It’s always nice for a short while 🙂 Can he bring some Polish vodka back for me? 😉
    Looking forward to seeing you soon! You are doing BML aren’t you? x

    • Grenglish
      June 13, 2012 / 11:10 AM

      I am sure Polish vodka will not be a problem! I am more of a Grey Goose girl myself 🙂
      Really looking forward to seeing you at BML too x

  3. June 13, 2012 / 10:58 AM

    I did two years home alone with a baby and a four year old. In lots of ways it’s easier – not better, but at least you know where you are.

    I loved my early nights and Desperate Housewives. I was always in bed by 9pm but didn’t know anything about blogging / Twitter then. Enjoy your peace and treasure this time. You’ll soon be back to your usual madness. Forgot to mensh I did the visualisation / praying for you thing you asked for! X

    • Grenglish
      June 13, 2012 / 11:12 AM

      In lots of ways it really is easier as I do feel more organised on my own but there really is no break. Two years without a break is hard!
      Thank you for visualising – they won their first game though so might not have worked 🙂

  4. Clare from Belfast Mummy
    June 13, 2012 / 12:21 PM

    I so agree, I dread him going away and then discover it’s actually fine. So far this week the house is tidier than it’s ever been. I’ve even cleared out a few cupboards and am tempted to make a start on the playroom cull. It’s definitely hard as there is no break and as you say what fun is a glass of vino on your own? Having said that my husband is back on Saturday and I can’t wait x

    PS will continue my anti positive thinking to will him home.

    • Grenglish
      June 18, 2012 / 2:05 PM

      Thanks Clare! Bet you are happy to have your husband back now 🙂

  5. June 13, 2012 / 3:02 PM

    Oh you are so good – and completely the opposite of me! I’m afraid that when I’m solo parenting like I’ve been this week, I let the house go to pieces! It’s chip sandwiches and gin for dinner, no laundry or dishes done, and early nights with a book instead of turning the TV on.

    Hope he’s getting on well and you get him back before BritMums… xx

    • Grenglish
      June 18, 2012 / 2:04 PM

      He’ll be home on Weds woo hoo!! Not good at all, not as much mess when he is not home and I am at work 🙂

  6. June 13, 2012 / 10:31 PM

    Sounds like you have had a wonderfully self indulgent time. I get to watch all my guilty pleasure TV when Younger Dad is away – like, er, and should I really be mentioning this, Twilight. True Blood its not, but its still great escapism. fabulous face paint – what a handsome boy!

    • Grenglish
      June 18, 2012 / 2:04 PM

      HUGE TWILIGHT FAN TOO! I am going to really enjoy meeting you on Fri x

  7. June 14, 2012 / 8:12 AM

    Sometimes life gets a bit easier when there’s only one boss around! Glad you are coping well x

    • Grenglish
      June 18, 2012 / 2:03 PM

      Too true xx

  8. Cedges
    June 17, 2012 / 12:44 PM

    No kids so obvs I’m a bit different but I kinda miss living with someone else, I’m much tidier when I have someone else to consider instead of saying oh sod it, I’m the only one going to see the mess so why bother tidying! In fact, now I’ve publically shamed myself, I’m going to go clean the kitchen up from my baking session……..!

    • Grenglish
      June 18, 2012 / 2:06 PM

      Hahaha, you do make me laugh x

      • Chloe
        June 18, 2012 / 2:13 PM

        Lol I did it though and then I spent 5 hours sorting my finances, doing my filing and making labels and indexes for my files. I am very proud of myself but still chronically in debt. Tidy and rganised but oh so poor!

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