I've had several days to myself recently, with my fiancee gone on a business trip for a week. I enjoy the solitude and freedom: I can stay up til 2 AM on a whim now without anyone complaining! It feels like a vacation of sorts, even though I'm working away while she's gone, in silence and without all those annoying distractions. But I LIKE those distractions, and I like my fiancee, so it's a tossup whether this solo stint is better for my morale than just our normal dual life here. I find myself looking forward to our daily phone calls so we can catch up, even when there's not much to catch up on. "How are the cats?" "Fine. Crazy as ever."