There are a handful of things that you have to do to get the final prep done when one’s significant other is returning shortly. The chores that had been allowed to pile up for a week got done in a frenzy of running upstairs and down and back up empty handed past stuff I had to take to a different floor because I had forgotten something from a different floor that would help me check an item off my list entirely.
So the dishes got done. The bedding got changed (a day later than when I normally would have done it, so that she could return home to an un-slept-on bed). The garbage got taken out (including the weird little baskets in the rooms that people rarely visit and rarely use but collect used Kleenex anyway). The recycling (somehow full of pre-packaged frozen dinner boxes) gets dumped into the bin. The laundry got sorted and washed and basketed and carried upstairs so that she could command the washer/dryer without anything else being in her way.
Yes, the Guns and Roses cds go back on the rack.
And it is so very good to pick her up at the airport.
One doesn’t even mind that her luggage is still in Chicago.
And after a week of sinking slowly back into the new routine of summer being over and school being back in session, it’s good to look ahead and see a weekend full of recognizable mile markers. Chores, errands, laundry, a Friday night spent alone playing Pool of Radiance, a Sunday full of friends, and everything being back to normal.
Oh, yeah. We’re going to have a houseguest starting Sunday. Maybe wait a couple of weeks for “back to normal”? But then, seriously. Right before I get sent back to Qatar again.
So… what’s on your docket?