Just over three years ago, if I wasn’t on a night-shift or on-call, weekends were spent out with friends, drinking and dancing, or on a date with The Boyfriend, and generally having a rather good time.
Nowadays, the term ‘weekend’ holds little meaning to me, as The Boyfriend only has one real weekend off every six weeks, and I’m currently on maternity leave, so one day is really rather similar to the next. As busy parents of two little ones, The Boyfriend and I have no real social life to speak of. The Boyfriend occasionally pops round to the pub with some friends, but gone are the days when he can drink more than three pints without noticing. Or without me noticing, as he struggles to get his keys in the door and bangs his way through the house and up the stairs. And the last time The Boyfriend and I went on a date was….I can’t even remember. Probably last Christmas, when we realised it had been 17 months since we had last been out to dinner. Having to work around varying shifts covered by The Boyfriend, and breastfeeding a five-month-old on demand, means leaving the house of an evening is impossible.
So these days we have to be creative with our dates. When I say ‘creative’, I mean ‘stay at home’. But I have found an alternative to spending hours trawling through a gazillion TV channels, declaring “There’s nothing on again!” Oh yes, I have discovered the QI boardgame. For anyone familiar with the TV series, it is a great way to pass a couple of hours, and an even better way of proving to yourself that you do, in fact, know nothing.
For The Boyfriend and I, our weekends (whatever days it may fall on) are now spent with cups of tea, question booklets in hand, asking, and failing to answer, pages of obscure fact-based questions. I have to admit, I did have to read the rules a few times before I fully understood what I was supposed to be doing, but then it doesn’t take much to confuse me these days.
Who said parenthood isn’t rock and roll?
I was sent the QI boardgame by Presents for Men. I did not receive any payment for this post, and all words and opinions are my own.