Do you notice yourself doing things differently when you're alone in the house? Which behaviors do you change (hide?) when your significant other or roommate leaves?
I wanted to know, so I took a survey.
Here's the secret stuff I found that people do when left on their own:
Me: 29 year old female, living with fiance/ no kids -- When Capricorn is away, I will read, or watch videos
on my laptop, or even do crafty things (because I am a crafty bitch) on my bed. Meaning, by
the time I go to sleep, there's a series of books, clothing, laptop,
canvases--whatever, you name it, next to me on the bed while I sleep. And the cats. He hates this. This is something I can't do when
he's here, but it always happens when he's away.
Cooking: If it is just me, I don't do it. I live off of a diet of
arugula, grilled chicken, coconut water and too many sushi dinners. I
only cook when he comes back, or if a friend is over for dinner.
Lana: 29 year old female, living with fiance/ no kids -- When my fiance is out of town or even just working the over night at the
vet clinic and I have "me" time I do all the things I normally
I watch my stupid WB shows that she won't watch
(supernatural, the Carrie diaries) or the history channel, and I order
sushi (she can't even stand the sight of the stuff). I sleep in the
middle of the bed with two cats and a pug so I don't get lonely. I also
read a lot. When Kelly and I are home together, which isn't as often as
I'd like since our work schedules are both weird I always feel like I
need to do things with her, spend time with her, enjoy her company.
Which means solo activities like reading that new Steven King book go on
the back burner. And I'm completely ok with that. I want to spend time
with her. But sometimes its nice to curl up with a spicy tuna roll, a
new book, and that ww2 documentary without feeling guilty.
Jenna: 30 year old female, married with 2 young kids -- When my husband is on shift (24 hours every 3rd day), I sometimes do the
thing he hates the most...eat in bed. Its ice cream though, so in my
opinion it doesn't count. It drives him nuts. And sometimes if I sort the
laundry on the bed at night, I will get distracted w the movie I'm
watching and end up just moving it all to his side and going to sleep it eventually gets put away.
Kylie: 25 year old female, married / no kids -- Every time my husband isn't home I make frozen French toast sticks and pour
tons of syrup all over them and have a glass of milk. Childhood favorite.
April: 29 year old female, in relationship / no kids -- Wax my 'stache.
Leia: 29 year old female, live with boyfriend / no kids -- I sleep diagonally in bed or sneak the dog on the bed which he doesn't
allow. And I always deep clean the house when he's not home so he
doesn't get in my way.
Dana: 36 year old female, live with boyfriend / shares kids with ex-husband -- Are we being honest? Masturbate. Whenever. I NEVER want to get caught doing that. Or watching porn, I'm a lady.
Rachel: 28 year old female, married / 3 kids -- This is too funny because we ALL change when our significant others are
away! I get to watch my chick flicks, hang out with my other mom friends
more and drink a little more often than usual. Being a mom I also have
to juggle the kiddies by myself but that also means not necessarily
making 'real' dinners...mac n cheese, peanut butter and jelly,
cereal....you get the idea. I don't have to worry about when he'll be
home so I can have the house clean and dinner ready I'm also a HUGE bed hog! No cats or crafts in my bed! It's me, me ME!
Natalie: 27 year old female, lives with male roommate / no kids -- I go out with girlfriends and paint the town red and let my dog sleep with me. And I put a knife under my pillow, don't judge me.
Anya: 27 year old female, lives with roommates / no kids -- I
talk to myself (in French, English, or Russian), listen Russian music
and sing, walk in my underwear, i spend a lot of time
pampering myself (bath, body lotion, and everything else)
Capricorn: 31 year old male, living with fiance / no kids -- I think I spend less money when I go out. (Which is funny, because I told him I think I spend more money.)
Tracy: 30 year old female, living with roommate / no kids -- I walk around naked and watch Netflix.
Karen: 29 year old female, lives alone, spending 1/2 week with boyfriend / no kids
-- I SLEEP. We haven't found the best way to sleep together yet, I like
a fan on, he hates it. I sleep with the tv on and I'm trying to stop
when he is over. When he's not around, it's me, my fan, and the tv all
We got bed issues! The majority of surveyed participants noted that
their sleeping arrangements change when their significant others were
away. We sleep in the middle, with pets, or with projects. There you
have it. I wonder if this equals better sleep, or just different.
Do you do something entirely different? Let me know what you do when the person you live with goes away.
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