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November 02, 2007



the alone times are always good for the soul. they remind us of who we are and what life was like before there was a "we". hope the hubby will be back soon. he sounds like a really great guy. di na tayo nakapag usap!


"I think I'm just not used to a blank space being there so I fill it up to make me feel more enveloped when I turn off the lights."

I see more of the Carrie Bradshaw there, hehehe.

BatJay, Ang Dating Hippopotamus

ako, i have my alone nights 3 times a week when jet's on duty. i have a hard time because my sleeping gets screwed up - i wake up in the middle of the night and can't sleep so i read or watch TV.

i don't know why this happens.


Haha ako rin. I have to sleep alone during weekdays and I'm not so used to it anymore as well. I can't sleep alone sometimes. Just when I finally get used to it, Thomas comes home and the cycle repeats itself.


I guess in my case, having someone around all the time would take getting used to in a big way! : ))


Same here, Trish! I Just came back from a short trip to Macau with my Snuffy (short for Snuffleupagus, since some people believe he's just a figment of my imagination) and sleeping arrangements were less than ideal even on a king-size bed. By the time I had gotten used to the delicate "choreography" of blanket-pulling, pillow-plumping, snore-muffling and foot-warming, it was time to go home.


CathyB - Next year in Manila, we will set a date when we have more time to talk. (Hopefully by then, I'll have my real driver back...or that this one learns how to take direction from women!) :) I can't believe I missed you here...

K - Hubby's back tonight so cat has been kicked out, and all my reading material is back on the floor. :)

KB - I don't know why, but I completely understand. I guess sa sanayan lang talaga...

Cathy - ...and it's hard to get used to something when that something keeps changing!

Trish - One of my closest girlfriends S won't even let her boyfriend/boytoys sleep over for that very reason!

Ana - You mean no one else sees Snuffy?Seriously??? Maybe when you travel you should get the guy a rollaway, huh.


Other people have seen him, even met him naman but those who haven't, doubt he exists because I don't parade him around like some prize catch. Not that he isn't mind you.


I like having the house to myself, and like you I talk to myself a lot when I'm alone.

Now I'm back in my parents' house, and having a lot of people around is getting to me---they're starting to get on my nerves! I feel kinda bad sometimes feeling that way. My dad's funny 'cos he told my mom that he's trying not to play music too loud for fear that I might get annoyed 'cos I've been used to being alone for quite a long time na. I didn't really think my dad would be sensitive about how I'd feel. He must need something from me. LOL! Sama ko.

Hope your hubby comes home soon.

nunu's mum

I think I spend waaaayy too much alone time that actually spending time with real live people scares the beejeezuz out of me! I've lost all traces of social skills!!!

No,but on a serious note, I found it really tough having to soldier it out for full week being mum & dad to the kids and finally have some respite from the 'alone-ness' on weekends when hubby get back, but like most things, you just do what you gotta do, "get on with it" ika nga nitong mga Bwits. Nasanay na rin. I am now soo used to being 'alone'. I'm not saying it has done wonders for my mental well-being but I now definitely require S P A C E.

Your husband sounds so good, what on earth are you doing letting him off for such a long stretch of time??? Did your cat end up looking really matted by the end of his groomer's prolonged absence?


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i think i'll have a hard time sleeping alone or being alone. that is one thing i hate - to be left alone.

sanayan lang talaga, i agree. but being alone is one of those things i can be used to. :-)


erratum: 'being alone is one of those things i can't be used to.'


Lovely post! You are truly an independent woman! I love my solitude as well as I am a certified control freak :)


Ana - Lucky you...a prized catch, and you get to keep him all to yourself!

Jen- How funny is that, your dad's the one who's afraid of playing his music too loudly! He sounds like a really cool dude...

Nunu's mom - Funny you say that. The day my hubby came home, he sat on the couch to rest and my cat jumped beside him. Seconds later he says to me, "You haven't been brushing her, 'no? Sobrang magaspang ang buhok niya!"

Sachiko - I'll update your link. Thanks!

Bingskee - Now that my life is back to normal, I have to admit it's nice having a warm body next to me during these cold nights. :)

Jase - Hay naku talaga! When you're used to doing something your own particular way, it takes some getting used to having to adjust to someone else's. :)

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