Julie has been in Missouri for the past five days at a work-related conference. The kids have been in Florida at SuperWow with their friends at church since Monday morning. I have been home by myself–just me and the dogs–since Monday morning.
On top of all that, we started working our short weeks at work. During the summer we work four 10’s and take Fridays off. The three-day weekends are terrific, but when you take a new work schedule and add everyone being out of town, it’s been a weird week.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. –American proverb

The buses carrying the kids are probably getting close to home and Julie is on an airplane now winging her way back. I’m not going to deny that it’s nice to have private time to find my focus. It’s nicer to know that while I’m home by myself I’m never alone and our family will be reunited soon.