You know you're part of a well-established couple when your partner is gone and you start feeling sorry for your toothbrush. It's been several years since S has gone anywhere on his own for an overnight or more, which means it's been several years since I've seen my toothbrush sitting all alone in its own spot, without the company of S's toothbrush alongside. He's currently out of town for a long weekend, having left yesterday afternoon.
Happily, the kids have been keeping me busy. We had gym class this morning and a visit from our dear Auntie L last night. I'm not sure what we'll do this afternoon, but tomorrow is quite full (birthday party in the morning, babysitter in the afternoon so I can get a bit of a break) and then S will be home again on Sunday afternoon.
We knew S would be leaving for this conference when we made our plans to move in at the new place, and I'm very glad that we are settled fairly well already. His going out of town was a main reason that we rushed the move the way we did, with only 2 weeks notice or so to pack and get over here. I knew I did NOT want to be in a new place for only a few days before he had to leave. As it is, tomorrow we will have been here for a mere 2 weeks.
It still feels a bit like we're camping out here at the apartment -- doesn't really feel like home yet -- but we're reasonably comfortable. Kids are still really enjoying the newness of it all. But honestly, aside from moving around some furniture, unpacking some stuff, and purchasing a new dining set, the only major issue left to resolve is the cats. (Well, we still have to decide what we're going to do with the old house....) Actually, Butchie has done very well. It's poor Socksie who is acting out ("inappropriate elimination" sigh) and true to form it was his yowling that woke me up at 5 a.m., not anything from the kids. I'm sure the cat is wondering where his guy has gone; S and Socksie are definitely buddies.
S, if you're reading this: the cat misses you. The kids miss you. My toothbrush misses yours.
And of course, I miss you too. I hope your conference goes really well, and I'm looking forward to seeing you home again soon.