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Never alone

Last night after running around and doing more things than someone ought who's headed home, I was standing in the living room, trying to practice my tai chi. My husband was cooking in the kitchen behind me and I'd mostly tuned him out so I focus. The cat was in front of me, whining for a treat. Every 2 seconds. Finally, he was starting to get the hint that I wasn't going to give him one and was getting quiet.

This, of course, is the moment my husband chooses to hiss at the cat. He's convince that hissing at the cat will shut him up. It never works, mostly because the cat is getting attention. He's like a 2 year old. The only way to get him to stop is to ignore him. So with the hissing, which of course freaked me out, the cat starts up again.

At that point, I gave up. I really want to practice my tai chi, but a large portion of it is the mental aspect. Being alone in a room full of people, focusing on my movements and the grace that comes with them. I just can't do that at home. Floor space is really limited and it's impossible to avoid both husband and cats. One or the other I could probably handle. The combination means that my attention is required.

All I want is 15 minutes alone in my house. I think it's too much to ask.

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Tell the man to go out. I've done that every now and again with my homebody of a husband. I usually try to give him notice, but I will say "okay. I need a night alone. Find a friend to go out for a beer with."

He's usually quite good about it.

I think I'm going to have to do a survey of the house and stake out some tai chi space. Then I'll kick him out and drug up the cats before I practice. Maybe I'll use the garage. It's nice and quiet and safe from kitties...

Either way - a little personal space is a good thing.

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