Madam has let me know that she won't be home for dinner as she is planning on meeting a male friend for an evening out. I know that it is nothing more than socializing, but I find myself somewhat disquieted. My work is done for the day, all the household chores are done (though I found myself hand washing the dishes rather than using the dishwasher), and I just feel at loose ends. Normally I would start prepping dinner about now for Madam's arrival at 5 PM, but this disruption in my daily schedule is certainly having an impact. I'm not sure why I feel this way. It's sort of a feeling that I am failing Madam if I don't find a productive use of the extra time alone. Anyone else have these issues?