My girlfriend is away.
The talented thing she is, she’s off rehearsing a play, doing what she wants to do, living the dream, etc, etc. The only unfortunate thing is, it is away. Some 2,500 miles and two time zones away. So it’s just me and the cat for about two months.
Sure, we talk on the phone, and we’re texting every day, but alas, her smiling visage no longer graces the capacious rooms of our castle home.
Therefore, I am getting A LOT of work done.
It’s not that I don’t get work done when she’s here, but when she’s not here, boy howdy! From the time I wake up until my eyes close on my pillow at night, I’m doing something or other: I’m writing, I’m transferring my writing from my notebook to my computer, I’m corresponding via email about my writing, I’m recording audiobooks, I’m editing audiobooks previously recorded, I’m working on the musical I’m writing, I’m corresponding with my writing partner about said musical, I’m traveling to my day job, or I’m working at my day job.
There are only MINUTES of my waking hours when I’m not doing one of these things, and I usually watch Doctor Who during that time. I’m a very busy boy.
If Becca was here, there would be less of this, and more of canoodling and general nesting activities with my loved one. More time spent on eating, sitting together, engaging in conversation, etc.
What’s been nice in this time of separation, however, is the Travel Notebook.
OH YES. CAPITAL LETTERS.
The Travel Notebook was a BRILLIANT idea I had (thank you very much) the last time she was away. I bought a small, pretty, hard-backed notebook for her to take with her on her travels. For every day she was away, I wrote a prompt for her to complete. “Describe where you are at this exact second.” “What was the most interesting thing you saw today?” “If our cat was there, what would she be doing?” and so on.
Since she had it the last time she was away, I was deemed the notebook-holder this time. When I visit her in the middle of her time away, we’ll trade, and I’ll give her the notebook.
It’s nice, and it keeps us thinking about each other. It also provides a fun diary on which we can look back once together and see what the heck we were up to.
Until then, though, it’s just me and the cat.