Empty House and the Lonely Dog Lady

Little girl: Then who do you live with?

Robin: Well, actually, I’ve got five dogs.

Little girl: Don’t you get lonely?

Robin: No, I’ve got five dogs.

Little girl: My grandma has five cats and she gets lonely.

Robin: Well, yeah, that’s cats, I’m not some pathetic cat lady, not that your grandmother is some pathetic cat lady – does anybody else have questions?

Little boy: Are you a lesbian?

Robin: NO, ARE YOU? Jeez. [mumbles] Every woman that lives alone is not a lesbian. –How I Met Your Mother

Today is day 4 of Match’s 7 day work week. His schedule shifted and the way the chips fell, he has to work 7 days in a row. Boo! These aren’t overtime days either so double boo. Sigh, such is the way of the Law Enforcement life. The good news is he will have Friday-Sundays off for the next four months. This weekend we will be celebrating by meeting up with a few of my old friends from my long ago Freshman year of college, back when I was a wild party girl. It’s going to be great meeting up with the guys, but hopefully they don’t share too many incriminating stories with Match. He knows most of them, but hearing them from someone else is likely to be cringe worthy.

In the meantime, this week is dragging. Normally I don’t mind Match’s regular work schedule because it’s 3-4 days on, but then he gets a least 3 days off. But last week he worked a bunch of overtime, so he’s been gone more than he’s been home and the house is starting to feel really empty.

I have been housebound, self inflicted, because I want to save money for our down payment, so I’ve turned down some offers to hang with friends because inevitably it means spending money on food, booze and gas. So that means I’ve had a lot of exciting nights cleaning the house, talking to my dog, reading books, and spending way too much time on the couch.

This pretty much sums up my nights:

I’ve also been trying to come up with craft ideas that don’t cost anything. Halloween is around the corner and I’d love to start making some decorations. Anyone have any good craft suggestions that don’t require a lot of expensive supplies?

I can’t wait for us to have a house. I know when we do I’ll have plenty of fix it projects to keep me busy while Match is working. There just isn’t much I can do in our rental besides clean it, which I do daily.

I start my first volunteer shift with the crisis nursery on Wednesday and I’m really excited for it. It’s going to be a great excuse to get out of the house and be around people. Hopefully it’s also fun! Other than that I’ve been trying to up my workouts and not snack out of boredom. I’ve gotten back into running and there is a little less jiggle in my wiggle. Yay! I do manage to stay busy and active, but I’m ready for my Match to come home. As self sufficient as I am, I have a lot more fun when he’s around.

I miss this face!

So what have you been up to? Do you have any suggestions for me on how to stay busy while Match is gone?


One Comment


    I hear you on the trying to save money for a house thing. It can really put a damper on your plans! To avoid spending money on socializing, I’ve been trying to plan workout dates with my friends- walks with the dogs, hikes or free yoga classes. I’ve also been trying new recipes, and freezing the leftovers in individual servings for future lunches or snacks.

    We found a house that I’m 99% sure we’re going to get (we’re under contract with a closing scheduled for Sept. 19th!). I’m just shaking in my boots imagining how much trouble we could be in if stuff like the air conditioner or plumbing need to be replaced anytime in the near future!

    My list of household projects is already 2 pages long! 🙂

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