It sounds terrible doesn't it - well it is something Robert has realised he has to do on a regular basis. His office is a good hour away from home (an hour on a pretty busy stretch of motorway) and when he's not in the office he is travelling all over the north east of Italy visiting schools etc (don't feel too sorry for him - he gets to go to lovely places........) - this means that when he comes home, he comes home and wants to stay home. I on the other hand work from home - I love the convenience of being able to get up and start work at 5.00 in the morning if I feel like it, finish when I want so I can spend the afternoon at the beach, be here to run the kids around or meet their teachers (there is a whole post/rant just waiting to be written about parents having to take time off work to speak to teachers) etc etc but it also means that when I finish work, I have to get out, my head goes all cotton woolly if I don't. And while I could, and I do sometimes, go out without Robert, he's the person I most like hanging out with (and he claims the same...) so, I really would rather go out with him (the kids have been taken out of the equation - on the whole we are not their favourite people to hang out with). And now this has been 'named' - it's called "walking the wife" according to him - you know how when you have a dog you have to take it out in all weathers, rain or shine, hot or cold - well Robert has claimed he has to do the same - with me. That's amore right???