My wife is going to visit her homeland in Eastern Europe for a couple of weeks and I already feel the wantful pangs of what I call TSL (Temporary Single Lifestyle).
In real life, I do all the cooking, we eat very healthy for the most part and we spend our nights together doing fun things and I really don’t play video games daily. If I play at night it’s usually in a half hour to 45 minute burst before bed.
In TSL I find myself doing a LOT more gaming at night and, honestly, eating a lot more shitty food and/or things she doesn’t like. I often wonder if this is a reversion to my truest nature or if it’s just something I do because I don’t get to do it a lot. I regress to childhood foods (I make Sloppy Joes for god’s sake…) and binge play games for hours, staying up later than usual, too. These aren’t things my wife has ever tried to stop or discourage me from doing anything, they’re just things I’ve given up as I got older, had more responsibility and my metabolism slowed to a crawl.
What about you? Do those of you who cohabitate with a long term partner or partners find yourself making poor-ish choices like this during TSL? What are your changes in habits? What are the guilty pleasure foods yourself indulging in that you might not otherwise? Do your gaming habits change?
I know someone is going to say, “Actually, when left to my own devices, I exercise a lot more and go vegan and usually raise money for charity” and I’m going to feel like a real asshole