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He Said: "There's No Place Like Home" | Today's Cliche - Marriage, Family, & Working Mommy... from BOTH Women's and Men's Perspectives

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He Said: “There’s No Place Like Home”

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You may wanna 1st read:
The GIRLS’ VERSION (CLICK HERE) OF “There’s No Place Like Home”

One of the most overused cliches in today’s world is “the grass is always greener on the other side.”  Whether it be a career, a relationship, or financial security, it always seems that “someone else’s” position is better than yours.  Or mine.  Or that guy’s.  My business trip – in my and Kat’s eyes – is CLEARLY no different.

I know some travelers will be gone for two day trip, with an overnight stay, for a two-hour client visit or sales pitch.  They may literally work 2 hours out of the two days they are away.  I’m not bitching, only stating a fact.  More power to them – if they can pull it off, be successful, and take care of all responsibilities only working an hour each day (on average) then they have a good gig going.

My trips are not so brief, and not nearly so uneventful.  On some trips I wish I was Dorothy (without the Wicked Witch – I still have nightmares), and could just click my heels and repeat the name of this post, over and over again, until I end up back home.  I stay away for a week at a time, installing an ERP system for our customers.  Many of their operations run round the clock, which means that I’ll be there at 6 am, stay ’til 9 pm, grab a quick dinner and a beer somewhere, then crash at the hotel.  Oh yeah, I’ll also take any calls between 9 pm and 6 am from the 3rd shift, who are learning a new system “on the fly.”  Not to mention random calls from our existing customers who need a helping hand.  Awesome.

Yes the pillows were great and yes – when my cell wasn’t ringing off the hook – it was quiet in my hotel.  The other advantage was that I didn’t have anyone pulling the covers off of me or stealing my pillows!

I did buy a magazine for the plane ride home – after 6 straight days of non-stop activity, I needed to wind down.  Nothing better than a little meaningless reading (along with a Sudoku or three).  Believe me, diaper changes, carpool lines and temper tantrums were sounding pretty good by the time Wednesday morning rolled around.

Oh yeah, one more thing to be completely honest…our customer did take us out Wednesday night to wind down a little.  You can click here for the results.  The timing was perfect for the 3 of us to get away, if only for a few hours of entertainment.

And another thing – any time you’re comparing a business trip with a leaky nipple, you’re clearly on shaky ground and will lose the argument.  I’m sure everyone reading this post agrees.

Geez, if I’m getting this much grief about a work trip that brings home the bacon, I can only imagine how much crap she’s going to give me for MY GUYS’ TRIP TO SAN JUAN NEXT WEEKEND!  Woohoo!!  Boys Rule!!  The guys are already exchanging e-mails and busting chops (mostly mine, BTW), and it’s still a week away.  I hope my flight’s not canceled, and I somehow have to force myself to stay an extra day down there.  Let the blog floodgates open – Kat’s gonna have a field day with this one.

(I’m dead.)


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11 Responses to “He Said: “There’s No Place Like Home””
  1. Angel says:

    OHhh see the prime difference in what you are doing and what she is doing is you are in ADULT company so you can not ever compare it to her job while you are away. Yea I get they may not act too adult like at times but they are still adults and do not require you to aim their privates for them to pee OR change their underpants when an accident has been had… sooo no you are not winning this one sorry..


  2. We are all playing our proverbial violins for you…


  3. Emmy says:

    Sorry buddy not really feeling sorry for you. Though mu husband hates when he is away because well, he needs me to help take care of him too 🙂


  4. Jen says:

    I am liking you guy’s blog every much. What a cool idea. I am going to subscribe to read more. 🙂

    Found you from SITS.


  5. I’m not gonna lie, I am tempted to call this one a draw. I have to take hospital call, and it SUCKS to finally get some rest, just for the pager to go off. Of course when I go in in the middle of the night, generally it’s because someone needs a barium enema. Nice.
    However, my vote once again goes to Kat. Why?


  6. Alright – love your honesty. Here is the thing. I travel for work. I do. And while my days are tough, my nights are NOT longer. Even if I am working really late and am stressed about early morning meetings – there is something REALLY different about sleeping without a monitor and knowing when I can get up. I feel terribly guilty during these work trips, because hubs works all day too and when I travel he has to deal with it all.

    I get you though. Because even though you get those few hours of uninterrupted sleep, the amount of time I spend on the defensive makes it SO not worth it.

    You have a fantabulous wife. Got to meet her at boot camp and think you guys are great.


  7. I don’t know, I think you both need to be grateful. I mean, how many people actually get to HAVE a “girls” weekend or a “boys” weekend???? Heck, all I want is a MARRIED COUPLE’S weekend away!


  8. Becky says:

    I can appreciate your honesty. And I like being able to read the guys perspective. But I’m with Kathleen above. If I were both of you I would certainly be so grateful for a girls/guys weekend getaway. Shoot I would be happy to just be able to pee without hearing anything. When I do travel for work (maybe once or twice a year) I still have to work 12 hour days. The only benefit is that I can go back to my room and crash without having to feed anyone, even myself.


  9. Young Wife says:

    Stopping by from SITS. Interesting arguments on both sides.


  10. Missy says:

    Yes, but do your clients need you to cook their food for them, wipe their bums, get them dressed, bathe them, feed them, throw up on you, pee on you, and wake you up all night long because they need a drink of water?

    Stopping in from SITS.


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