Reverting to Bad Behavior as Soon as the Spouse Leaves

My husband has been TDY a lot lately. Before he leaves, I behave like a normal, sane person. But I’ve noticed that as soon as he walks out the door, I immediately revert to college-student behavior.

Pre-Separation Behavior:

  • Awake at 6:00 feeling rested and ready to conquer the world
  • Work out
  • Shower (shaving legs are part of the showering process)
  • Eat my whole grain english muffin and Activa yogurt for breakfast
  • Begin my work day
  • Eat a pita stuffed with Turkey for lunch at 12:30
  • Continue working
  • Eat a nice, prepared meal around 7:00
  • Finish outstanding work issues and spend some time with my husband
  • Get to sleep reasonably early (usually by 10:00)

Post-Separation Behavior

  • Awake to the sound of an alarm and violently abuse the snooze button
  • Decide that I’ll work-out in the afternoon vice the morning
  • Eat Little Debbie Chocolate Chip Squares (yum) with a glass of milk for breakfast
  • Stumble to the computer, grumbling that I should have an hour’s worth of work behind me at this point
  • At about 3:00, scrounge around in the freezer for a frozen pizza for lunch
  • Back to the computer (dragging)
  • Notice that it’s getting dark and I should probably eat dinner
  • Eat whatever is easiest to make (usually soup) about 8:00
  • Notice that the dishes from breakfast and lunch didn’t make it into the dishwasher for some odd reason
  • Crawl into bed about 11:30
  • Realize that I didn’t take a shower and wonder how that happened. Realize that I didn’t work-out, either.
  • Finally get to sleep about 2:00 a.m. because I flipped channels, read or played on my smart phone for hours
  • Wake up feeling like a concrete block fell on my head during the night
  • Rinse and repeat

Now, I’m an adult. I know that I feel and perform best when I eat well, get plenty of sleep and exercise. I know that taking care of myself is important and the right thing to do. I’m actually a bit anal about my daily routine. Which makes me wonder why I find it all too easy to revert to bad behavior as soon as I wave goodbye to my husband.

Thank goodness he’s back. I need some sleep, and I definitely need to shave my legs…

About Andi

Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.