Archive for July 2011

I haven’t bought fuel in 5 weeks

July 21, 2011

If you looked at the trip odometer on my car (a 1982 VW Rabbit that runs on vegetable oil), you’d think I’ve only traveled 26 miles. But this is not true. My trip odometer rolls back to 0 after 999.9 miles. With that in mind you might guess that I’ve traveled 1026 miles on a single tank of diesel. This is also, not true.

My trip odometer just rolled over for the second time, meaning I’ve traveled 2026 miles on less than one tank of diesel (I reset my trip to 0 when I fill up). The kicker is I still have about 1/3 of tank of fuel left. The last time I stopped at a gas station was on June 16th.

#aweekwithoutmywife

July 17, 2011

My wife and 3 month old daughter are traveling with a friend (and their 6 month old son) to Florida to visit another friend (and her 7 month old twins). I was told that the trip down went great and that all of the kids took the time change in stride (they’re staying in Alabama which is on CDT). So far they’ve gone to the pool quite  a bit, eaten at the Oyster House and went shopping at an outlet mall.

So how have I survived without my wife for 4 days so far? First off, I miss her and Charlotte very much. However, before Liz left she baked me a cake, a cheesecake and a menu for the entire week. She also purchased all of the groceries necessary to support said menu.

I’ve also discovered that I am definitely not cut out for a bachelor’s life. I’ve been trying to hang out with friends and family to keep me company. Thursday I watched Scott Pilgrim with @madmup, Friday I visited my parents and Saturday I played Starcraft II with my dad all day. Sure I’ve got three dogs and a cat to keep me company but the summer heat pretty much zaps all of their energy. It’s been awfully quiet around here… too quiet. I find myself staring at the TV for hours on end. I’m also catching up on my Netflix queue of movies Liz would have little interest in (mostly action or quirky comedies). I’ve also decided that I will watch the original Star Wars trilogy at some point in the next three days (probably starting tomorrow after work).

I’ve always realized how lucky I am to have such an awesome wife but the point has been driven home this week. I’ve been trying to keep up with the dishes and laundry and realize how much I hate those jobs but my wife does them day after day and rarely makes a peep.

All in all I’m surviving. But I do miss my beautiful wife and daughter.