Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Missing Papa..

I shared about HB's constant availability at home in my last post. Here's a contradiction to what I commented.

HB operated a daily flight to TPE yesterday. Daily OK...! So I was not exaggerating of him being home often ;-) It takes approximately 5 hrs to reach TPE. To & fro should take up to more or less 10hrs. 2 sets of tech crew operate this pattern. Each pair either fly to or fly out. A legal duty period is within 12 hours which starts from the reporting time. This pattern has only a 10 minutes buffer.

The flight was delayed due to strong headwind. Furthemore it was overbooked. Since HB operated to TPE, he was flying back as a passenger. By stepping down in TPE, he was ironically doing his company a favour. Last night I was hubbyless... ;-)

OK. I am a frank person & I won't lie. Yes!! I enjoyed it. The bed to myself... No green background on TV... Watched Desperate Housewives at ease... & I thought the girls felt the same. The elder girls perhaps but not to both Balqis & Nadeen. No surprise... They are both very manja with papa.

Nadeen went to sleep asking about papa & woke up searching for papa. Balqis? She loves to write nowadays. Has completed her Bacalah Anakku series. She has this written for papa ...

Now let me do the honour to elaborate. To Papa, From Balqis... that one is clearly understood. Welcome Home, Papa I Love you... that too is easily comprehended. Can you see our house there? Now how about the drawing next to it? According to her, that's the hotel in TPE (She's been there. You may want to read here, here, here and here). The stickman in front of the hotel is obviously papa ;-) How sweet... I was wrong with my assumption. They both sure love having papa home ;-)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I have plenty of stories to blog but when everything rushes out to be put into words, there is a massive traffic there in my head. Ever experienced that?

Now this is my attempt polishing on my menglipur lara skill. I shall start with....HB. My frequent readers I'm sure is aware of HB's job patterns. Ever since early this year things have changed a bit. Nooo...! He's with the same company, the same department the only thing that differs is his time.

Nowadays, he is always home. Always means we see him every single day. He sometimes goes to work very early in the morning & will be home by 5pm. At times he goes off somewhere after dinner & comes home right after my daily morning menyupir chore. Most of the time he is home but we can't make plans for he might be called for duty.

The truth, it is kind of difficult for me & also the girls to adjust. We are too used & comfortable with his irregular existence at home ;-) Having him over a week with us is funny.

I am not so domesticated when it comes to house chores. I don't fancy cleaning up. Mopping, sweeping, vacuuming.. what more scrubbing toilets! Unlike HB who is very rajiiinnn. He likes things to be in order & spotless.

My trick then was to chill whenever he was away & make sure the household is presentable during his return. No! Don't get me wrong... My house is nothing like a ship wreck. Those who have been here should know. At a glance things are tidy. I always make sure the living room especially is nicely arranged. The living area is the first you see once entering the main door. I of course depend on such room to welcome my fatigue husband after days away from home.

Remember Monica Geller of Friends? Well, I'm pretty much like her. House organised but I have this habit of dumping things that are an eyesore into cabinets & drawers ;-) Since HB has the extra time at home, he now discovers his wife's imperfectness ;-)

Have I changed over the months? No, I haven't. I have been living with such pattern for too long & it has become my comfort zone. True, I have a helper at home but she is a fast learner to my making things disappear habit. (Sighh...)

How I wish HB gets busy again... Heard that he would by the end of the year. To maintain the house in order is merely a small issue. My concern here is our relationship. I just don't know how others do it but with HB home almost all the time limits our daily conversation. I know there are couples who work at the same place & see each other daily. How do they survive? Having HB around 24/7 & going through the days together... we are sometimes lost of words. No more topics to discuss. Hahaha! Seriously... and I better not forget to make an appointment with my OB/GYN by December. My IUD will due ;-)

Now at this very moment, I'm blogging & he is next to me playing his favourite game in my handphone. We even played Jenga together this afternoon... Hahaha!