Thursday, December 06, 2007


It's my friend's fault, really, it was her big idea. She wanted to spend time with her husband, "quality time." They decided that instead of using his vacation time taking a vacation, he would spend a week at home. He wouldn't go to work, she wouldn't either. She cleared her calendar totally, and he started buckling under pressure from work. Soon his "week" off was a little bit here and a little bit there. "TFBS!" she called.

Not happy that he was not living in the spirit of their vacation time, she cancelled it entirely.

He wanted to prove he could do it. They re-scheduled. This time she called it "Lock Down." NO EXCEPTIONS. No important meetings or phone calls, just the two of them, together, for a week (plus both weekends). Now, they do have children, and so their alone time was really only during school hours. They spent much time planning good use of those hours, trying to balance fun and responsibility. They had some household projects they wanted to accomplish, but they set aside time for fun things, going to the beach, hiking, lunch out, that sort of thing.

It was a huge success! They had a ball being together! Remembered all the reasons they got married in the first place. They laughed, they puttered around, they had fun, they rested, they relaxed, TOGETHER.

"Don't tell STM about this great idea of yours," I warned her. "He'll LOVE it, and I cannot imagine 9 straight days of togetherness. Please. Take. It. To. Your. Grave."

Well, "Lock Down" got leaked, and he found out. I knew it was only a matter of time until he got some crazy idea about doing the same thing.

He's a smart one, though, my husband. He knew I'd never go for 9 days.

"Care, I'm thinking about a little Lock Down for us. Just 2 nights, I full day, two 1/2 days. Just you and me in Sisters. We'll go to movies, we'll Christmas shop, we'll rent videos, we'll hang. What do you

Hard to say no to that. He even promised to make all the childcare arrangements.

He did.

We did.

It was great.

I've got two words for you people: Lock Down. Try it, you'll like it!


Go Mama said...

Sigh. we USED to do lock downs...dinner in bed with a bottle of wine, snuggling up by the fireplace, no interruptions, no phone calls....very romantic.

That was before the kid.

La La said...

Sounds great! Do I need a husband for this???

riversgrace said...

THAT is great.

Deb said...

So glad for you both!!! When are you going again?

Jess said...

Sounds great, but isn't there a nicer thing to call it?? Hmm.


Michelle O'Neil said...

Sounds great. I'll drop off the kids at your house.

Kim said...

So cozy and romantic! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I've got two letters for you.....PG

Anonymous said...

I love this, so glad you two went and did this. I would love to do this with hubby. I need to do this with hubby. I just wish I had someone that would watch Mel...
Great idea, will work on it.

kario said...

Yay! I'm so glad your hubby is persistent (and realistic). Give him an A for me!