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Gone fishing…

Source: The Age

After months of waiting, that person reeling it in will soon be The Provider. Around this time tomorrow, he will be living his version of Bloke’s Paradise: a fishing rod in hand, a cold beer in the other, all the time in the world and plenty of other mates alongside to discuss the questions of Life and the Universe, repeating as necessary.

He’ll be away for the entire week, deep-sea fishing in a spot about six hours off the coast of Darwin. No land is visible by the time they reach the fishing grounds; just miles and miles of Timor Sea surrounding them. Not my idea of bliss (no room service, restaurants or shopping out there for starters!!) but for The Provider, this is his idea of heaven.

I spoke to him briefly before he boarded the plane this morning and I could hear a relaxed tone already creeping into his voice. It’s one that hasn’t been there for a while, let me tell you. Life has been so frenetic of late, we’ve sometimes struggled to keep up. As his moniker might suggest, he works incredibly long hours to make sure we are all taken care of. And we are certainly that. Adding to his workload is a list of other people with demands on his time as well. It’s felt like a never-ending list lately. Stress has been a regular companion.

Slipping into holiday mode… and it fits like a glove!

So being the good wife that I am, I have encouraged (read: insisted) he take this time away. Through my own experience I know there are times when you simply must leave the daily grind behind to enable a rediscovery of your own sense of self. It gets lost in the day-to-day sometimes, constantly drowned out by the cacophony of deadlines and demands from everything around you.

The Provider’s address for the week – Source
Gorgeous sunset – Source

But don’t worry that it’s just HIM having all the fun. I have a few things organised for my week too, including an upcoming appointment for a facial and massage, plus I have a sneaking suspicion I may squeeze in a few lunches and/or coffees with the girls too. Now that’s what *I* call heaven.

How do you like to unwind and de-stress? Does your other half like to fish like mine? What do they do during their down time? 

10 responses to “Gone fishing…”

  1. The Kids Are All Right Avatar

    Two years ago my husband got to go to Cannes for work. While he was gone, I spent $600 we didn't have on cosmetics. I'm clearly not very well behaved when I feel resentment about his junkets ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Janine Fitzpatrick Avatar

    My husband is seriously jealous – he loves fishing. I think the one thing he misses about being in the navy is getting to go off with his mates on their little "expeditions" which usually involved some sort of catastrophe and very little to show for the actual event (ie no fish) but a lot of fun was had.

  3. What Sarah Did Next Avatar

    Oh Rachel, that is hilarious! This sort of behaviour would encourage him to make sure any future 'junket' style breaks have mutual benefits for all concerned, lol.

  4. What Sarah Did Next Avatar

    Fun is definitely the order of the day on these trips, for sure. The last one he had was two years ago – they went to WA and boarded a boat off Geraldton for 5 days. We got lots of beautiful fish out it too. I didn't know your husband was ex-navy – he must have had some amazing experiences during that time!

  5. The Kids Are All Right Avatar

    Perhaps, if he ever found out ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What Sarah Did Next Avatar

    Oh nicely played! Some things are, and should always be, judged on a need-to-know basis!

  7. Mumabulous Avatar

    I seriously wish I could get away by myself but not on a fishing boat of the coast of Darwin. A luxury cruiser off the coast of Darwin would more m style ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hope you enjoy your girlie time while he's gone.
    Love Mumabulous

  8. What Sarah Did Next Avatar

    A luxury cruiser, you say? We're definitely on the same page there, Mumabulous – I'm right into the 'luxury' way of things, especially when you're talking about getting away!

    Looking forward to some long-awaited girlie time this week, too!


  9. Anonymous Avatar

    My husband would love to do that. And you're right that everyone needs to take the time to get away in some fashion. Hope he comes home happy!

  10. What Sarah Did Next Avatar

    I have a long weekend away in Melbourne to look forward to (and a catch up with our mutual friend, Rosie, woohoo!) which will be MY time away. I. Cannot. Wait.

    Am sure The Provider will be in a much better frame of mind than when he left – plus, with any luck, he will bring home some yummy fish so it's a win/win all round ๐Ÿ™‚

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