I was sooooo looking forward to a relaxing ‘white space’ evening in my hotel room last night. Probably with room service. Definitely with a sheet mask somewhere in the process. Nothing to do and no one to answer to.
But then airport delays happened (plane maintenance issues) and I ended up arriving at 10pm. I will say that airport delays are really much less of a big deal when you are traveling solo. I tried to just relax in the airport instead of my hotel room and while it wasn’t quiiiiiite the same, I did make the best of it. A glass of sauvignon blanc and some truffle fries (dinner of champions?) helped. I read an advance copy of Jennifer Petriglieri’s Couples that Work on the plane, and really enjoyed it. A more formal review to come, but I felt like the author’s method of systemically studying couples and identifying patterns allowed her to come to some deep and powerful conclusions about what makes two-career couples thrive throughout the lifespan. As you might imagine, she is an ideal guest for BoBW and we are planning on having her on the show!
As mentioned in the book — it is so hard to carve out white space in this phase of life, both as couples or as individuals. I try but then something else has to be shoved in (a dentist appointment, finishing up a work presentation, the kids’ flu shots, school conferences, a work event, etc). It’s full and it’s fun but I am just craving a day or two of just doing things on my own agenda, and I am missing that couples weekend that never came to fruition earlier in the summer! Thankfully, Josh and I arranged to have our nanny cover for an upcoming Friday & Saturday, and we are going to stay home and putter around and just hang out together. I am looking forward to it (and I even ended up bookending it with days off from work so that I can really REALLY have some white space. Assuming nothing messes it up . . .).
Okay, now time for CONFERENCE MODE – very excited for this one (though it is very short!).