"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough

It's tough being a man. 

At least I assume so since I'm not a man.  Then again, I suppose a guy might think it's tough being a girl. 

The point is is that we all need different things to get us through the day.

I'm an introvert.  SM is an extrovert.  I get my "battery" recharged in solitary pursuits.  Home time, reading and writing.  SM draws his energy from the hustle and bustle of people, places and things. 

Hanging out with me day in and day out is not very exciting.  Entertaining perhaps, but not the thrill ride a guy like SM might like to have.  So every now and then a guys' just gotta get away.  And where can you get all excitment you can handle?  That's right.  Vegas, Baby! 

The first hint came the other day.  SM's on the computer and I'm getting ready to leave for work.

"The Beliagio is only $100 a night.  That's an incredable price."  SM says as I walk by.

"Mmmm Hmmm...Remember Boo has to be at the Vets at 8."  I say bending to kiss him goodbye for the day and I'm off.

Saturday morning, since it was still cold outside, we decided to get the grocery shopping out of the way.  I'm driving and we're talking about Spring and weather and gas prices and stay-cations.  Here comes hint #2.

"I feel bad that we haven't gone anywhere the last few years."  SM offers.

"Yeah well, you know me.  I'm OK hanging out at the house.  I know it's not your cup of tea, though..."  I reply.  "I saw an article that was talking about gas prices and how it's going to impact the vacation and travel industry."

"Vegas understands that.  That's why prices are so good right now.  The Beliago is only $100 a night."  SM reminds me.

"Do you want to get away for a weekend?"  I ask.  "We can see if we can get a freebie frequent flyer flight."

"Actually I was thinking of going by myself..."Such and Such" trade show is happening in March."   SM says.

"By yourself?  That can't be fun.  If you want, I'll go along."  I offer.

"You'll just harsh my mellow..."  SM says, his eyes cutting sideways at me with a small smile.

"So you don't want me to go?"  I ask  "What are you going to do?  Drink, gamble, smoke cigars and go look at boobs?"

"They're all artifical..."  SM brushes me off.  "No, I'll hang out with some of the guys from "XYZ".  I just feel the need to get away."

"OK...I know you've been feeling it lately."  The "it" being the "blahs".

I suppose some couples are joined at the hip.  But I'm OK if SM needs a little "guy time".  And even though SM "asks" me if I'm OK with it, I'm really not one to make a fuss about what a person needs to get him or herself through the day.  So do what you need to.  I'm cool with it.

And I appreciate being able to do a Happy Dance same as the next person.  (This is one of my favorite Seinfeld clips.)  Sometimes a guy's just gotta be a guy.  (You Go Superman)

So I've encouraged SM to start checking flights.  Hopefully he'll get his battery recharged.  And Hey...he'll be out of my hair for a few days.

It's a Win-Win for both of us don't cha think?


  1. I adore my husband, but gotta admit, I'd LOVE to have the house to myself for a few days. I would NOT COOK (!!!) and I would eat nothing but Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream, read UN-interrupted, ....oh, heavenly joy.
    Have fun!
    You lucky lucky gal!!

  2. Me - I too, am introvert, and RMan the people person.

    But I do love the ""I feel bad that we haven't gone anywhere the last few years." SM offers. And then proceeds to tell you he wants to go on his own.

    Time out for me, only - I LOVE it!

  3. Funny. I've been just asking DH if HE needs a mini-vacation away from the farm. He hasn't taken MY hint yet though!! :)

    Although technically, his "vacations" usually are just going up to the other farm and working THERE instead of HERE. Maybe I understand now.

  4. I'm with you gal. Love when my husband takes an alone mini vacation...they are too far and few between...but soooo nice! AND VEGAS!!! My poor hubby got lost in Vegas last time we went! He kept looking for some long forgotten Casino from his younger days...poor fellow, broke his heart it no longer existed.

  5. Well, my DH is an over the road truck driver, so I get plenty of me time. :) Being away so much does make him appreciate being home more.