Too Much Together Time?

Too Much Together Time?

Heather Blaha
Feb 4, 2010

Having an architect husband, the recession has hit my family hard. Laid off since March '09, my husband's been a work-at-home, work-on-the-home kind of guy: Insulating, rebuilding walls, setting up a workshop, stripping woodwork, painting, etc. With a few freelance jobs and his own projects, this means he's now home all the time. As a work-at-home person myself for the last 4 years, I'm used to being home, too. Alone.

During a recent conversation with Maxwell, he asked, "Don't you miss that moment at the end of the day when you can ask each other how your day was (being apart from each other)?" He threw out the ideas of finding a small office somewhere or at least heading out with my laptop more often.

My husband and I do have a bit of space and distance, but odds are that we see each other a lot throughout the day, and most often eat lunch together too. Of course there are definite pros to this scenario, and some days I wouldn't change it for anything. But, it certainly presents its own set of challenges.

Anyone else trying to balance an overlapping work life, home life, and relationship that requires tons of together time? How do you make it work?

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