- How do you feel about being at home alone?
- What do you do differently around the house when no one else is around and won’t be for a while? Like when your partner/kids are out of town overnight?
- What do you eat when you’re eating by yourself? Do you cook a meal for yourself?
- Do you get scared at home alone?
- What’s your favorite part of being alone at home?
My answers :
- I LOVE TO BE ALONE. But I don’t want to BE alone. Ah, the contradiction that is my life LOL. I feel most “myself” when I’m home alone, and I like to be out alone, but also around people, for a little while, then I get overwhelmed and need to be truly alone again. When Leo’s out of town, being home feels a little like a staycation. Not that I’m unhappy or uncomfortable when he’s home, it just feels different for me knowing that I’m alone and will be for x amount of time. That probably doesn’t make much sense, but it’s the best I can explain. I love to be alone at home for a couple of days, after that, I get lonely, but one thing I do know, is that absence makes the heart grow fonder 😉
- Possibly TMI, but when I use the bathroom I leave the door open 😉 I just can’t be bothered to close it. I would NEVER DO THAT with anyone else around, or if there’s a chance someone would come home LOL.
- Oh, I love to snack for dinner if I can. Last night, I ate popcorn and red peppers, then an apple. When I was drinking wine, I would have wine, cheese, crackers and olives. HEAVEN. I’m not necessarily opposed to cooking a “meal” just for myself – I do that a lot even when Leo is home because we eat different things – but when he’s out of town I feel like I can be a little “indulgent.”
- Never. I have Dagny to “alert” me should there be any strange noises, and hopefully her barking would dissuade anyone from trying to enter the house, but in general, I feel very safe at home, and in our neighborhood. I’ve never been one to be jumpy or fearful anyway; I’m one of those characters in a horror movie you yell at when they go and explore the strange noise LOL
- How completely QUIET it is. I listen to NPR in my office while I’m working, but otherwise, I don’t like background noise (music LOL) or tv noise unless I’m actually watching something.
I would write the exact same answer to all your questions !! too funny
How do you feel about being at home alone?
Love it – usually get a couple days a week (I work from home on Fridays; husband often flies r/c planes one day a weekend) but we don’t often travel separately.
What do you do differently around the house when no one else is around and won’t be for a while? Like when your partner/kids are out of town overnight?
Also the bathroom door. And I stay up too late reading in bed. Waaaaaaay too late sometimes. Depending on timing, might keep the house colder than spouse prefers.
What do you eat when you’re eating by yourself? Do you cook a meal for yourself?
Typically I’ll eat a meal that husband doesn’t like – maybe shellfish, like mussels & linguine.
Do you get scared at home alone?
Sometimes – weird noises do freak me out. We live remotely – I never worry about safety in hotel rooms when I’m traveling alone, but I don’t always love being alone in a rural area. My cat is not a good watch”kitty” 😉
What’s your favorite part of being alone at home?
Reading late 🙂 And not feeling guilty if I don’t do the dishes or eat vegetables or exercise or….
One of my favorite topics! Haha. I live alone now, so things have definitely changed since I lived with someone else…
1. How do you feel about being at home alone?
I’ve always loved being home alone (except at night). Clearly – because I live alone now. I’m a total homebody, so having the place to myself is a luxury.
2. What do you do differently around the house when no one else is around and won’t be for a while? Like when your partner/kids are out of town overnight?
Same as you – bathroom with the door open. I never close the door anymore, so it’s weird on the occasions when friends come over and I do have to close it haha.
3. What do you eat when you’re eating by yourself? Do you cook a meal for yourself?
Back when I lived with someone, I used nights alone to eat a lazy dinner – usually cheese and crackers. It was my excuse not to cook. I kind of miss that!
4. Do you get scared at home alone?
I used to! I always lived in houses/first floor apartments, and I’ve had a fear since I was young of someone breaking in in the night, making it impossible to fall asleep alone. When it came to finding a place to live alone, I was so nervous about this – I discovered that being in an apartment, higher than the first floor with an interior entry door (off a hallway, not directly to outside) made me feel more secure, and I sleep just fine now.
5. What’s your favorite part of being alone at home?
Watching whatever I want on tv, listening to whatever music I want, eating whatever/whenever I want. Its going to be hard to adjust to living with someone again in the future!
1. I love being home alone, as in, no other humans – but I need animals around. There have only been a few times in my life when I didn’t have pets, and I was very unhappy and lonely. I don’t like being *truly* alone with no other living thing in my space, but I do enjoy being the only human. 🙂 Right now that’s impossible as I have two small kids! I also enjoy shopping alone way more than shopping with others – shopping with others tends to stress me out, because I feel like I’m annoying the other person when I want to go somewhere or look at something.
2. I try on all my clothes and experiment with outfits. For some reason, I feel really silly and get embarrassed if I know my husband is there to watch my fashion show.
3. I snack more, simply because I don’t want to cook a lot of food for just myself. Sometimes I cook simple things, like rice and soybeans.
4. Only if I’m completely alone and have no other living things with me. I have an extremely active imagination and I can freak myself out. When I first got married, we didn’t have any pets for about 3-4 months, and my husband worked nightshift. I had the worst nightmares. So we got a pet rat and I was so much happier. 🙂 I can get freaked out when I go on work trips since I don’t have anyone with me, so I typically go to bed at like 7pm (also because work trips are exhausting!)
5. I like the quiet, and being the master of my time. Like you, I enjoy being with people sometimes, but I have to recharge. Since I have small kids right now, a nap by myself with no children to interrupt me sounds amazing.
Uh- update….. you are definately not alone with that little bump you got going on……..just sayin!
1. I love being home alone and do need to be alone from time to time. That said, I like being with my BF too. However, even in a small open lay out apartment, I can easily retreat to the bed with a book and the cat for alone time even when he is home.
2. My BF stays at his mother’s a few nights a week as he brings her food and keeps her company. My routine is not that different on those nights than when he is home. It is very important for me to stick to a routine in the evenings to prevent insomnia so him being home or not doesn’t change .
3. My dinner is probably simpler that can be quickly assembled (leftovers or a salad) and I will usually eat earlier. Occasionally I’ll have fast food (closet junk food eater) but I need to stop that. My BF and I only eat together at home one work day night so it’s kind of a bigger deal (either order in something nice or I’ll cook for us). On the weekends, we are together almost 24/7 (except if we go to the office) and we eat out most meals at nice places (mid-range to fine dining). I’ll eat at home more or eat simpler take out if I’m alone. We’ll eat two meals (brunch & dinner) when we’re together where as on my own I’ll do three smaller meals.
4. Yes when I was in my twenties. Now, not at all. I live in a secure building in a small apartment. We have great security and the building is not that big (we can see from one end of the hall to the other). If any of us screamed or otherwise, it is the type of place that people would open their doors/windows to check what is going on. We are familiar with what the other residents more or less look like too. In a house, it can be a bit creepier but I’ve always had a dog when I lived in a house. When I was married I had a German Shepherd who was highly alert. I did have a situation a few years back where I was being harassed/stalked by an ex and I was definitely jumpier than if I was home alone or when my parents were sleeping (I lived in a house with my own separate wing/entrance with my family).
5. I don’t have an answer for this as I don’t feel a big difference any more.
I went through a period of being afraid to be home alone. My specific fear was fainting while alone, because I had been sick and had had a few scary episodes of nearly fainting. It went on for a couple of years, but I’m over it now and I love to be home alone!
I basically could’ve written your entire post, Grechen! (Except my cats are terrible alarm systems.)
I crave alone time and when I moved in with my boyfriend last summer it was my main concern – that I wouldn’t ever get to be alone. It’s not usually a problem but I do miss being able to watch whatever I want on TV while eating snacks for dinner. (Not that I couldn’t do that anyway, but it’s different when you’re alone.) When he goes out of town I absolutely plan out my nights like it’s a staycation for one. Heaven.