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Suck Balls or See You Tuesday

When Kyle left for work this morning, he gave me a kiss and said, “Okay sweetheart, I’ll see you Tuesday night.”

The fucked up part is that he wasn’t kidding.

You see, Kyle is working a rental gig at the Egg that, for the first few days at least, is working him until late.  (All this after working a full day at his real job.)  This gets him home at around midnight, at which point I will hopefully be long asleep, since I have to be up at 4 am tomorrow morning for my own gig at the Egg.  I’ll be working until about the time when Kyle is due in.  (The Egg will literally be swapping out Van Sandt’s, how messed up is that?)  Kyle will again be working until late, and I will again be going to bed stupid early and getting up stupid early.  I’ll be finishing up about the time he comes in and we’ll again swap places.  The cycle of ridiculous ends Tuesday night, when I can stay up and wait for him to get home.  (Since I have Wednesday off.)

Sounds like it’s going to suck balls, doesn’t it?

Sure, we’ll see each other for 15 minutes or so when we switch off at work.  Kyle will take me in his arms when he comes to bed at night and whisper goodnight, and before I leave in the morning I’ll give him a kiss and tell him I love him.  But we’re both notoriously hard sleepers, and I can guaran-fucking-tee that neither one of us will remember both exchanges.  So while we may see each other over these next three days, we won’t really see each other over the next three days.

Which is going to suck balls.

That means no recounting our days together while we cook dinner.  No sharing an episode of Sports Night on the couch with ice cream.  No crawling into bed together at the end of the day.  Not to mention the fact that the laundry, dish washer, cat boxes, and other general cleaning and housekeeping fall flat on my shoulders.  For the next three days, (and with our schedules, really, the next two  weeks,) I’m essentially missing my partner in life.

On the other hand, it’s not all bad.  It gives me a little alone time to do more selfish, me-centric things that I might not otherwise do if Kyle were around.  Like taking extra long runs and extra long showers.  Painting my nails.  Watching episode after episode of Intervention, Tabitha’s Salon Takeover, and any show with the word ‘hoarder’ in it.  Besides, crazy busy weeks like this that throw us off balance and introduce chaos into our live are good for us as people and a couple.  It keeps us from getting in a rut, from getting complacent.  There is no coasting along for us; we must be active participants in our lives and constantly reconsider our roles in our house and our relationship.  And most importantly, it makes us appreciate those moments that we do have together, be they a few minutes in the hall at work or a moment of consciousness when I wake and feel him next to me in our bed.  And one day, we’ll both have the day off, and we’ll spend it together, and it will be wonderful.

(But until then, it’s going to suck balls.)

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  • Adam Cornish March 27, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Welcome to my life…sort of. My partner, Mike, works part-time in Detroit, so half of the week he lives there. He is also attending seminary school, which is in Chicago. He has to go there for week-long or month-long intensive courses. I saw him for six days of January. In addition, he volunteers most Saturday mornings and I work most of the daylight hours (in the winter at least) during the week.

    So yeah…there’s a lot of time that we don’t get to spend together, but I figure that that’s life.

    Still, I feel for you, as you won’t even be able to talk on the phone and communicate about your day. But these times also help emphasize how much we care for the other person (and you have a bunch more experience in this than I do, as you two have been together far longer).

    Also, I miss you! Stop living in crazy places there aren’t here. Or maybe I should stop living here and be in crazy places.

    Ouch. Just…ouch. That doesn’t just suck balls, that sucks giant, hairy, cheese-filled elephant balls. You have my complete admiration, as you are a stronger man than I.

  • adriana March 27, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I totally feel your pain. Sean works 24 hour shifts, so I have nights without him about 10 nights a month… And sometimes he works 72 hour shifts. Those really suck balls. I just try to roll with it and take advantage of the alone time to get chores done, etc, so that we can maximize the time we do have! And I sometimes sneak off to my mom’s house to treat myself to long, lazy bubble baths. 🙂

    I’ll have to confirm this, but I’m pretty sure 72-hour shifts are considered cruel and unusual punishment. And I thought 16-hour days were bad…

  • Camels & Chocolate March 27, 2011, 10:39 pm

    I just created a voodoo doll of The Egg out of toilet paper and punched it in the gonads for you. It’s the least I could do.

    Punch it one more time for all the pieces of my soul that have been sucked into the walls. (But not so hard that it stops giving us paychecks.)

  • Kate (and Ben) March 29, 2011, 9:36 am

    oh, dear god. That’s awful. I get upset when we both end up working the same evenings and we don’t see each other till about 2 or 3 in the morning.

  • The Barreness April 1, 2011, 3:58 am

    I dunno, kitten. This actually sounds like the ONLY way I could actually have a relationship. 😉


    I’ve warned you about making the whole marriage thing sound less cringe worthy…

    The more I read abouut you and Kyle, the more I WANT to cringe, but can’t. It’s like you’re genuinely HAOOY with him or something.

    Does not compute.


    (BUt I hope you get through it.)

    – B x

    Rest assured, darling, you are still the strongest argument for single life (and cigarettes) I’ve ever seen.

  • Annah April 1, 2011, 8:22 am

    15 minutes is enough time for a quickie and some ice cream. Just shayin’….

    Also, I want to arrange a blogger meet up in NYC sometime in May before it gets too hot. I shall keep you posted.

    Why do you think we were both late to work yesterday?


  • Bluegreen Kirk April 6, 2011, 12:10 pm

    i agree that you need some time to yourself but I would have to admit that you have an extreme situation that most probably would not be able to cope with. I guess it really does suc balls but hey you always have Tuesday so cheerish it.

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