Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Holiday blues

I have gone away and left everyone behind. It is just me for a week and I am guilt-wracked and tense about the whole idea of a holiday on my own. Not so guilty that I did not get on the plane though. It has been such a long time since it was just me that I do not know if I can do it any more. What if I am really bad company?

I left my husband a note.

Be patient with the children
Be more patient than I am with the children
Remember the six-year-old likes peas, hates beans
Remember the four-year-old hates peas, likes beans
Both eat raw carrots but hate boiled carrots
Do not try to make them eat boiled carrots
Remember the six-year-old needs a Comic Relief red nose for school on Friday
If the six-year-old has a red nose, the four-year-old will want one
Best get the baby one so she does not feel left out
Remember to ring my mother at least once while I am away
Remember to hear the baby if she cries at night
Remember the binmen come on Tuesdays
Remember you love me.

Back soon.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

They'll eat boiled carrots if they are hungry enough ??

Anonymous said...

oh, the peas / beans thing is easy - just do one of each in a bowl and let the boys sort it out...

but how is the baby going to be fed ?

if your hubby's 'moobs' are as big as mine the baby might stand a chance..

Anonymous said...

I think Husband should continue the blog in your absence.
A week with three kids- now that could be funny....

Anonymous said...

I thought you had a nanny?

Anonymous said...

Good for you for taking a holiday! Have a great time and enjoy the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

You really are testing that man's commitment. A rare opportunity to spend time with him, and you fly away on holiday?

Stay at home dad said...

I didn't hear the baby at night once - although by my ear and by all accounts quite thirsty - luckily my in-laws did. Have a nice time and don't worry - he'll cope, he's a dad!

Sahd

Another Mum said...

I left my husband with the kids for a week (supported by a team of helpers) . My four year old said "Daddy, it's not the same without Mummy around". My husband said that was really sweet of her to say this and she added "Yes, there's no shouting."

Helena said...

Have a lovely time and don't feel guilty THE CHILDREN WILL SURVIVE. Your husband might not, but they will...
www.helenafrithpowell.com

Anonymous said...

Oh yes! Come on Husband in the North. It's your turn!

Winchester whisperer said...

Where have you gone? South?

Dee said...

Have a nice holiday WITN, where did you go ? Enjoy, don't feel bad! Everybody deserves a break.
Does hubby get to go on a vacation as well at some point, on his own ?

Newmania said...

reminded me of this a bit, do you know it ?

This Is Just to Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

GO! Smell the flowers said...

Here here, got to keep the blog wheels rolling....hubby in the North? Or hubby trying to remember lots of things, wifey?

knifepainter said...

Have a great break.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Have a fantastic time Wife Gone Away. Remember to have a long hot bath at about 5pm every night. Or a sauna. Or a beautiful cocktail on a sunny veranda. But it has to be at 5pm, and it has to last until gone kids' bedtime. Luxuriate and enjoy. It will be over sooooo quickly.

Silly Mummy said...

Where have you gone to? I am looking for inspiration for when I announce my retaliative mini break for husband's last golfing weekend.

sophie said...

Hi judith,

have a super holiday.

we have a qaud bike come visit - you could learn to be the driver.

love sophie

Livvy U. said...

Brave woman! You've done absolutely the right thing, but how well I know that guilt thing. Don't let it spoil your time alone, though, which is as essential for bringing up vaguely okay children as being there with them is. Have a wonderful time.
Livvy

james higham said...

And remember you love him, dearest one. Have a lovely trip.

Sarnia said...

How wonderful! A week away! Just ENJOY it for Gods' sake!

Yes - write notes and stuff. No-one will take any notice.

Everyone will survive. You're going away for a week. A week.

That's all.

rilly super said...

I understand your dilemma dear, really I do.. sometimes it's hard to be a woman.. sigh.. have a super holiday

Anonymous said...

They'll probably eat everything for their daddy!!

SINGLE MOTHER ON THE VERGE said...

I hope you will be flirting and carrying on in a shameless fashion. falling over that sort of thing.
I hope he knows how to use a washing machine

Laura said...

Just enjoy it.

Things will be different, not better, not worse, just different.

Anonymous said...

Hurry Back!! I can scarcely live a day without reading your blog (I lead a dull life).

Norman said...

My wife goes of on her own for the occaisional break too. And she STILL leaves me lists and wonders if I'll cope. And this after 43 years of married life!
.....must be a "woman" thing.

Get rid of the guilt I say, now that would be REAL emancipation!

mutleythedog said...

I am glad you are coming to Bridport - it will be nice to meet you in the flesh and I am sure we will have a good time as long as the bird flu outbreak does not spread from Cornwall - See you tonight!

Davina McCall said...

yes anonymous, you really DO lead a fucking dull life

Lisa said...

have a great time and I know you won't do this but DON'T feel guilty!

dulwichmum said...

Good for you. I would love a weekend away. It is good for dads to get to know how these little 'preferences' each child has can cause mayhem...

Anonymous said...

i think you have to invest in a lap top...this is torture waiting for your next post. lisa

mutleythedog said...

I have sent you another parcel of erotic magazines - I hope you enjoy them!

"Sigh" said...

It's amazing. You get coverage in a Sunday broadsheet and SUDDENLY hundreds of clones appear. Click on the names of the recent contributors (as in comments to your posts) and lo and behold their blogs have been set up since your write-up.

All trying the same hackyned (sp?) formula - Chick Lit hits Blogland.

Not denigrating you btw - just the sad "Mummies" who think they can follow suit.

Be original, People!

mutleythedog said...

Chicken in a basket X 4 filled us all up in the Woodman, Bridport. Wifey was subdued, at first but with two pints of Old Lesbian No.6 inside her she soon livened up, and we did a Karaoke version of "I will always Love You" with wifey as Whitney Houston. Afterwards it was time to meet some of Bridports more exotic inhabitants...

Anonymous said...

...is this blog supposed to be fact or fiction? because it rather oddly has the ring of neither. I have lived in this same, beautiful area of northumberland and found it lifted my soul and I never wanted to go back to dullard city . Speaking as a parent however I can offer you little hope in that direction. If you think the kids are a problem now.. wait till they grow up a tad more and crave a less simple life. Thank the god you don't believe in for your internet connection babe is wot i say.

sunshine said...

So glad we have MutleyTheDog to entertain us while our Wifey is away ---She'll be back soon, and then you can go back in your "wherever you came from".

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous (7.23pm) and "sigh".

Is this blog fact, fiction or scam?

rare breed said...

Wifey, long time no visit, I too had a break from husband, children and life. Did me the world of good and I hope yours will too when you return.

I would like to say to "sigh", leave the Mums alone - what is so wrong with taking their lead from 'Wifey'. Wifey, I am sure is, flattered that so many other Mums stuck at home have replicated the idea of a blog. I am sure it gives them a few moments of 'them time' to express in anonimity their feelings - and so what that they started after Wifey was in the Times.

And as for being original - bloggers have been on the go for a few years now. Not trying to have a go - just sticking up for fellow Mums who sometimes need a bit of grown up time.

[And I do know what I am talking about I got stuck on our farm for 3 months during the Foot and Mouth outbreak with 2 small children - my 'me' time and social life revolved around my pc, which was great cos I didn't have to share a bottle of wine with it]

KatyStrange said...

I was surprised at how easily entertained I was by me on holiday - it serves as a reminder that you DO have a personality.

P.S - any tips on how you get your pass signed for a whole WEEK away from husband and kids? I'm collecting tips for my friend.

mutleythedog said...

Just to let you northerners know that the temperature down here in Bridport has been averaging 25 - 28 degrees c all week, and wifey and I have been spending a lot of time on Bridports famous nudist beach! It is almost pollution free at high tide!

Eurodog said...

Where are you?
Sitting on a terrace in Brussels? I don't think so; it is snowing here so perhaps we should move to Bridgeport.

Sigh said...

Rare Breed - I am a mother too (hate the word Mum) and I am not in any way denigrating mothers.

But - for goodness sake! Just look at the pathetic, clone spin offs!

Why copy? I can understand mothers wanting to blog - after all, I do myself and have done for quite some time -but am not going to advertise myself here) but at least be BLOODY original about it! ("Silly Mummy"). Write about things that you want to. NOT about things that you think some newspaper is going to pick up on and possibly get you published!

Grrrrr!

mutleythedog said...

sunshine said...

So glad we have MutleyTheDog to entertain us while our Wifey is away ---She'll be back soon, and then you can go back in your "wherever you came from".

8:32 PM
Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous (7.23pm) and "sigh".

Is this blog fact, fiction or scam?


My blog is entirely made-up - Wifey is too clever to do that!