Recently, I was home alone. Strange things happen when you're in a big house (or a not so big house, that feels bigger than it is) by yourself. Some of these things really startled me, so I thought I'd share my experiences with you, so you can take comfort if you're home alone anytime soon.
First of all, you hear strange things. For example, when it was very quiet in the house, I could hear myself think. When I turned on the stereo, I could hear the music without having to listen to it over the sound of the TV or a radio in a different room. And, when I did turn the stereo off and the TV on, I could hear it even when it was on an extremely low volume setting. Odd.
Secondly, when you're home alone, your normal routine can be disrupted. I noticed that when I would usually be cooking dinner, I was sitting on the deck sipping iced-tea instead. I was also keenly aware that the 7 loads of laundry I expected to do, turned into only one small load. Additionally, when I picked up the house and went to bed, everything was exactly where I left it the next morning. Strange.
Lastly, when you're home alone, your sleep is often affected. The first night alone is always the hardest. It took me half the night to realize I could move from the very edge of the bed towards the middle without bumping into a seven year old that had climbed in without my knowledge. Although the bedroom is often not the correct temperature or darkness for my liking, somehow that night, and every night after, it was exactly perfect. Weird.
If you find yourself home alone, don't be frightened by the odd events....you might just find out you even like them.