Last week, hubby stayed home with Boo for 4 days while I was working on set. (I love saying that, “working on set”!) It’s also a 2 week March break here. They had quite the active week, with Boo being in soccer camp for 3 hours in the mornings then hanging with DH’s best friend and his sons for the rest of the day. They went to the science centre, and Playdome and the movies…leaving me with precisely nothing possibly as fun for this week. And now Boo has a cold, so great, no play dates.
I worked 2 nights, arriving back home between 3 and 5am. Needless to say, I was pretty darn tired, and trying to get quality sleep during the day was next to impossible. (IS MUMMY SLEEPING?!!! YES, BOO, BE QUIET! WHY IS SHE SLEEPING?!!! crash of soccer ball on bedroom door, squeal, thump, thump, thump, crash) It was interesting to note that while hubby was having a blast with his little man, this week’s breakfasting of the kid, shopping and tidying was mostly still left to me. He’s always saying that he’d rather be a house husband than go to work everyday and have the stress of being the breadwinner so I thought he might have used this rare opportunity to show me how organized and efficient he is. He just mainly kept the kid busy by hanging out with his buddy.
I pretended I was working full time and I’d “help out” where I could. Boo’s diet consisted of a lot of pizza and cookies, didn’t eat home most of the time. The vegetables in the fridge went bad. They also had a sleepover, but I had deadlocked the back door and hubby came home about 4 hours after I had gone to bed and I had to stumble out like a zombie and let him in. Then the kid was home an hour later because he had had one too many late nights and hubby had to go back and pick him up. No break for daddy, boo hoo. Perhaps he has a inkling that it’s not all beer and Skittles for a stay at home mum. You get very little personal time and that time is usually filled with walking the dog, answering emails, grocery shopping and personal hygiene.
Meanwhile on the movie location shoot, I had my makeup done for me, dinner was cooked for me, someone brought me a bottle of water and I read my book. I was cold (but there was someone there with hand, foot and back warmers) and I had to stand a lot, but I also enjoyed talking with other actors. Seriously, I had one line and some ad lib stuff, it was a sweet deal. In my world, this is as good as a vacation!
The snippets of time I did spend with Boo, I swept him up and covered him with kisses and I just wanted to eat him up. He did not mind that at all. For once, I could savour exhaustion without feeling guilty. Working actor, that’s me.