So your significant other travels for work… does that mean you’re in a long distance relationship? But you get to see him on the weekends? What do you do when he’s gone? Can’t he just do it when he gets home?
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked one or all of those questions. Nate works for a large, fiber-optic cable company and is gone Monday through Friday or for 10 days at a time – all of which can be decided with a couple day notice. Would I qualify our relationship as long distance? I don’t really know how to answer that and it depends who you ask.
One of my friend’s – Hey Katy 🙂 – boyfriend will be for months at a time playing professional hockey. Other friends have significant others in the Army. Those relationships are long distance. We do have a lot of the same feelings in our relationships, but I am lucky enough to see Nate every or every other weekend.
How do you do it?
That is likely the main question I get asked… and I am sure all of the other people with similar relationships do too. I won’t promise that it is easy, but in my opinion – it’s worth it. 🙂
Free Time/Low Stress Weeks
With Nate being gone during the week – it gives me time alone to work on the blog, volunteer and even sneak out to Happy Hour with friends. Not that I couldn’t do that if he was home – but it is nice not to rush home to see him. (I always want to see him 🙂 )
We are a lot better at communication since Nate started this job almost three years ago. We don’t want to waste the time we do have together – so if something is bothering us – we say it. Talking through issues and moving on takes WAY less time when you only have 4-8 days a month together.
Keep it Clean
I have to admit – it is a lot easier to keep the house clean when I only have my stuff to worry about. Nate is more of an elaborate cook than I am – meaning more dishes and more cleaning up to do. He also wears like three outfits a day sometimes… way more laundry!
One of the things that – for me – is the worst is flying solo to events and activities that most people do as a couple… and then having to explain why Nate isn’t there. Whether it is a family Christmas, work party or wedding – I would rather attend them with my man!
As nice as it is to have free weeknights – nothing is better than a normal night at home with Nate. I love coming home and eating dinner together and spending time together watching our favorite shows and just chatting. Sometimes you feel like your weekends are full of events and you need to see as many people as you can before he has to go back. Hopefully someday he will be home full-time! #wishfulthinking
I am sorry for some of the older and low quality photos in this post… Some of them I just couldn’t resist! #lowqualityphotohighqualitypeople I hope that you all had a fantastic week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. We are planning on doing some shopping tonight at a couple of boutiques (my choice) and going ice fishing tomorrow (Nate’s choice) – compromise people! 🙂