After four years of being together with a firefighter I have just recently started having a hard time spending the time alone while he is at work. My husband works 24 hour shifts every other day for five days then has four straight days off. It is easy to understand if you look at it in a real week, think MWF he works from 7 am to 7 am the next morning and then he would have Tuesday and Thursday off in between as well as Sunday then the next four straight days off.
It isn't terribly long but still long enough for me to start to miss him.
I normally love my time alone and deal with it quite well. I can have girls nights, friends over and make evening plans with my Young Life girls without having to feel guilty about abandoning my husband. Today felt a little bit more normal though because I was way to busy to even notice he wasn't home. It could be way worse though some places have 48 hour shifts at a time. I would go crazy if that was his schedule, especially if we had kids.
On the flip side though I am crawling the walls by the time his fourth day off comes around. The dishes start to pile up, our place is trashed and the laundry is in need mile high. 96 hours together that often is not as great as it sounds.
I do get this coming home to me though so I will stop complaining.