She: Wheee! We: Whooa!

Text pictures have been traded while my dear wife Karen is enjoying her annual Girls Getaway on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

How could you concentrate on dinner, dear?

How could you concentrate on dinner, dear?

From the south, a sunset during dinner. Gorgeous.

From left: Georgia, Karen, Cathy, Michelle and Chris.

From left: Georgia, Karen, Cathy, MIchelle and Chris.

Another night, another happy dinner. Equally beautiful.

And I am grateful to receive these as I am typing blogs and comments and reading the same on my iPad Air. OK, watching the Mets, too.

Meanwhile, heading back from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Syracuse from my iPhone 6 I muster from the porch one morning …

Hey, Ma, Da won't be as nice to me when you're not around! No, really!!

Hey, Ma, Da won’t be as nice to me when you’re not around! No, really!!

I know my dear will want to see Ellie B looking happy. Our beloved rescue mutt is doing her thing, but misses half the attention in her life these days.

I'll look better at the airport, promise.

I’ll look better at the airport, promise, my dear wife.

As for me, I swear I did not stage this shot to look as pathetic as possible. It came before my morning jolt of joe in the cup the size of my head. I hadn’t yet used the Sonic Care to brush my teeth. And …

Karen returns tomorrow. The laundry will be done.

Does your significant other go on a getaway, and if so, how do you fare? Do you take good selfies or bad selfies, and what’s the trick? Does your pet like to pose for pictures, and if so, what’s your favorite?

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70 thoughts on “She: Wheee! We: Whooa!

  1. You’ve got me laughing here, cuz. You really do look like your tail is between your legs, you poor thing. No java, laundry that must be done, AND missing your dear wife. That’s a triple whammy! Don’t worry, Ellie B and you will be feeling so much better when your better half comes home. (smile) โค cuz from the east โค

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  2. This pic does remind me of puppy dog eyes!
    I take decent selfies, but so much depends on light. I’m so pale sometimes my face disappears, and then if the light is too dim, I get a lot of shadows and look ghoulish or strung out.

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  3. The husband was away a lot when the children were growing up since his retirement he does not go away as much, but I love it and I enjoy every second of me time. I have never had many get always but when I do he does well and enjoys his time to the full.

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  4. Well for goodness sake Terp don’t look so down and out?! LOL Its good for you to bachelor it every now and then! To be honest I do not personally need girls time away-we have so much company coming soon (MY BFF and her family, too) that I am rather content right here on my Ocean paradise! We enjoyed going to the Georgia Mountains to my in-laws other (new) home (and treehouse) so it feels like getting away?! The Gatorette…now get on that laundry!!!

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  5. I think it’s great that Karen gets away. When I was married, Marie used to go to her parents for a few weeks every summer without me – actually I drove he down and then came back to work. She also traveled a fair bit for her work too but that wasn’t really a vacation for her. Initially she was responsible for making all of Canada Post’s retail outlets handicap accessible. Every town and county in Canada has their own bylaws regarding accessibility – including very literally the actual legal measurements and construction of ramps, doorways, etc. This required quite a bit if supervision to make sure it was done right so she had to travel some for that. Then she was in retail training and would often go away for 3 or 4 days to give a training session.

    I think that is healthy Mark. I must say, you do look down in your selfie. Cheer up! Karen will be back shortly.

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  6. The question I have is what do you have in your fridge?

    The first time I went over to The Boffin’s house for dinner, he had everything he needed to make the meal, but the only things he had in the fridge was beer and cheese. I remember the cheese being a good quality European cheese, but it was still beer and cheese.

    Have you stooped that low?

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  7. My husband and I haven’t taken individual vacations in quite sometime but we really don’t need to. As soon as I come home from work at 3, he’s off to work until midnight, comes home after I’m asleep, and we don’t even get the same days off. I have to say, it isn’t easy functioning as if you are a single mother but I’m grateful for his help when I can get it.

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  8. Is Karen in Ocracoke? I love that island!!! We had such fun there. I never go away on trips unless the boys are with me, then we just leave my husband home with the dogs, the fish and Shirley, the turtle. Coming home after the end of the day is like a vacation for me, it is so peaceful out on our patio with the trees (looking rather poorly this year) and the dogs. Think if I was going to go away – I would go over to the ocean for a week and write a book, just me and my laptop. That would be great!!!!!

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  9. It looks like you’re doing just fine! I am always amazed at my friends who go away and must leave premade dinners in the freezer with explicit instructions, then get umpteen phone calls on where things are within the house. Makes me wonder if their other half actually lives there or just views it as a hotel:). You’re doing stellar! A modern man indeed . . .

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  10. I literally cannot take a selfie to save my life, so it’s fortunate that my partner and I don’t vacation separately. I occasionally send him cute dog pictures when he’s at work and I’m at home frolicking about, and he sends me pictures so I can check up that he’s doing the chores properly.

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  11. What a beautiful place for your beautiful wife and her friends to visit! I love Girls Getaways! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ellie B is so cute! I have a 6 year old Shorkie named Cooper! And he is a good poser for photos! ๐Ÿ™‚
    My SO goes with his guy friends on trips and I encourage him to! I actually enjoy some alone-time once in awhile! ๐Ÿ™‚
    YAY on you getting the laundry done for your wife’s return! You should clean the house, too! Oh, and fix her a Welcome Home dinner! HA! Or have I gone over the line here?!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›
    HUGS,
    Carolyn ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. I’m sure you will look happier when that mug sees her face. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes mine goes on trips with his college buddies. And he sends me pictures of HUGE foods. I could send him a picture of my toast I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. OBX is truly beautiful…and looks like a fun group there. I’m all in favor of the “ladies getaway”; have done it quite a bit in my life. โ˜บ I’d say I’m catching up on my WP Reader, but I’m really here to avoid the Phillies getting handled by those pesky Mets, Mark. Ouch ???

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  14. Thank God I’m the full team here bro Mark. If I don’t want to comb my hair (meaning I forget) then I don’t worry about it. And if someone has the nerve to knock at my door they deserve what they see when I open it, unless they have called to let me know they are coming. This usually discourages further impromptu visits from the sane ones, and teaches me to check the peephole before opening the door the next time.

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  15. Some of my friends go off with sisters while husbands go off to golf. My friend, Nsncy, loves historical tours while her husband likes to go on tavern tour us at night to hear jazz and blues with her brother on law and guy friends, days golfing down south.
    Mark, I think separation keeps life sports y and interesting. Glad you know who she is with since they seem like a great group of women. You had t.v. dinners last year, if memory serves (?!) Indulge in some kind of thing to enjoy yourself. No feet on the table, ha ha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. According to my teen, while 10yo and I were gone this past week, my dog Freedom moped. When we returned last night, he about had a heart attack do to happiness! What can I say, our dog has good taste ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re learning to weather these separations like a champ, Mark…but you never want to weather them to well, right?! Welcome home, Karen ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. poor poor pitiful you Mark ๐Ÿ™‚ you look so forlorn. It’s hard to be away from the one we love – especially when the laundry needs to get done! My husband hates it when I have gone away for a mere 2 days overnight- it’s lonely!

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