I have a friend who's having a hard time both being in a relationship AND having any personal time whatsoever. My friend's husband gets bitter, catty and resentful whenever my friend goes on ski day trips. We're not talking weeklong trips - we're talking skiing once a week, sometimes leaving on a Friday evening and returning Saturday afternoon. When my friend does go for a ski day, or discusses it with his partner, the partner airs one of two different sets of grievances:
1. The partner trots out tales of being "left alone with the kids" while my friend's out having "the time of his life". (This one gets broadcast to their mutual friends via facebook.)
2. The partner gets into an argument because they have "so many things to do".
I often suggest to my friend that he provide equal opportunities to his partner to go out and do fun things - whether that's a night out with his friends, taking a cooking class, join a club, or even just chilling out with a book while my friend takes care of the kids. My friend's had this discussion with the husband, but the husband states that he literally doesn't want to do so - he has no interest in going out. Oh, they have another caregiver during weekdays, so nobody's stuck in kidland 24/7. I actually think he wants to be a martyr because he refuses all opportunity to do his own fun stuff.
For the second set of grievances, it comes off as a bit tired to me: they have a home, and have stuff to do on it. But realistically, there's always going to be a laundry list of stuff to do on a house. Their to-do list includes things like putting up a backsplash, or potting plants, or sorting out tools in a garage, which can be done on a weeknight rather than during precious weekend time.
I feel bad for my friend. But there's not much I can do, other than listen and offer some suggestions on how to keep their dialogue open. I think it'd be better if they parted ways, to be honest--though they had kids a few years back which really borked up the exit plan. It's like skiing is the only opportunity for my friend to regain his sanity from his shrew of a husband... and the husband's denying him even that.