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Well, yesterday I returned from a business trip to Pittsburgh (which I love - born there, went to High School there). I haven't been there in close to 25 years. I wanted to get downtown...I love going through the Ft. Pitt tunnel and BAM you are in the middle of downtown with all the lights and bridges! Unfortunately I didn't get the chance. Work kept me close to the hotel. I need to go for leisure instead of work so I can see all the things I want to.

I'm feeling a little blue. I was in Boston last week, Pittsburgh this week, Dallas and Jackson MS next week. I get a week off and then it's Denver, Sacramento, and Minneapolis. Even though they are troopers, my kids don't like me being gone. I know my DH is taking great care of them while I'm gone, but we all just miss each other. I really don't want to go next week. I leave on Sunday night and don't get back home until very late the following Friday. It may be career-limiting, but I don't think I'll ever do this much traveling in this short time-span again. It's just too tough on me and the family. Frankly, I'm too old for this nonsense. I get the kids little gifts, talk to them every night asking about school and activities, but it's just not the same as being home. This is just too damn hard.

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Comment by Lill on October 15, 2010 at 11:39am
Jen, I agree with Julie. I understand how you feel, you want to be home for them. So when you come home on Friday, I know you'll give them lots of hugs and kisses. Probably ds will say "ok mom that's enough." You have a dd and she sees what you are accomplishing and what a great example you are to your children. And Skype does help, my dd does that everynight my sil is out of town. I'll miss seeing you at our quilt meeting. Have a safe trip!! Oh, when you go to Denver don't bring the snow with you!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 15, 2010 at 6:35am
My DH traveled LOTS for many many years. When our daughter was small I made her a 'Daddy Doll' that she only got when he was gone. It really helped. It is hard, in many ways, with lots of adjustments to make when you travel and are away from home so much. It is made easier these days with the ease of calling now and like Pam said, with Skype or similar services. I think when you are home and rested you can think through this all better - just don't make decisions when you are still so emotional about it all. You need to do what is best for you and your family. Whatever the right decision is you can work through the difficulties it may present.
Comment by Irene Gallway on October 15, 2010 at 3:56am
I'm glad you got to visit your old "stomping grounds" in Pittsburgh. Business trips are usually not much fun as it's all work and no play. I hope you get to go back soon with your family and enjoy your stay there.
Comment by Pam/NY on October 15, 2010 at 3:44am
Do you skype with the family? We travel a lot and that has really made it better. It's not easy...

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