I travel for work on occasion and more often that not, I cheat. I don’t exercise as much as I normally do, I eat the entire $12 dessert I normally never order, and rather than catching up on my sleep I usually end up watching a marathon session of HGTV. What can I say, it brings me pleasure.
I’ve heard other stories of moms boasting that the business trips they take on occasion are a sanity check. No kids. Other adults. Someone else cleans, cooks and does the dishes. I have one friend in particular who elevates the silence of the hotel room to the equivalent of spa day.
It’s not as glamorous as I make it out to be. Really, I promise. I usually come back more exhausted and sleep deprived than when I left (last week’s return at 1:35 AM is a prime example) but there is something to getting away. Getting dressed and going to see other people that makes my world shine just a little brighter. And the TV splurge? I don’t have TV at home so watching people spend exorbitant amount of money on a remodel to get granite counter tops and an open concept kitchen is sort of fascinating. To a point. I usually leave thinking thank God I don’t have to watch this at home. I’m interested, but not that interested. Let’s leave temptation back at the hotel.
While traveling I miss the kids. Immensely. I also hate pumping and am grateful I no longer have to package milk in water bottles on ice and try to get them across international borders. I usually can’t stand to be away more than two nights (hence the extreme late arrival after a full day of meetings) but I think, done once in a while, these days away are actually good for us. Laying the fields lay fallow as they say.
Although it was only two days, it makes my husband (and me) trick into believing like we have not seen each other forever. By gosh, we have to reconnect. Honey what are your thoughts on tonight? It reminds me of a previous lifetime when we wouldn’t actually see each other every single day.
So sometimes it happens and the magic is rekindled. And sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I come home to a husband who can’t stop hacking and is exhausted because both the kids have been sick while I was away. But there is always hope. And in the hotel room, there is always HGTV.
How about you? What has been your experience with business travel as a mom?