Wow, it’s been a heck of a few months. I have hated not having enough time to write, but as life will do, you blink and it’s been five months since you’ve written a word. As my fellow chef spouses will understand, the holidays can be particularly difficult on schedules as you can pretty much count the Chef out of any and all holiday gift buying/planning/shipping/wrapping. Thank god for Amazon Prime. If not for this service, I truly don’t know what I would have done.
The Chef and I also celebrated our 4th Anniversary on December 22nd, Christmas, New Year’s, my son’s 4th birthday (Ninja Turtles for him) and then my daughter’s 2nd birthday(Frozen for her). The good news, is we’re officially through all of it and heading into a week long vacation at the beach in a few days.
The Chef has had quite a bit going on at the restaurant … change of ownership, change of leadership in his restaurant group, lots of high level departures (i guess as a result of the first two things) and he’s literally worked for an entire month straight, no break, no days off … just more work. It’s funny, when he goes through these kinds of stretches of being away from the house, I almost always begin the process feeling totally stressed about how crazy life will be, but then poof .. it’s over and it doesn’t seem like it was that bad. Of course, my nails are a mess, I’m pretty sure I’ve got a unibrow, laundry is everywhere, and my car is overdue for an oil change, but we’re alive, healthy, happy and mostly in tact.
How do you guys handle this, as chef wives/girlfriends? What’s the longest stretch your chef has ever gone without a day off? If you’ve got little people, what do you do to occupy them and yourself?