updated 01/17/2011 AT 9:30 AM ET
•originally published 01/17/2011 AT 9:45 AM ET
Attending the Golden Globe Awards is such a treat for a small-town girl living the quiet life as a hockey player’s wife in Canada.
We’re talking, of course, about Carrie Underwood, who attended the Hollywood gathering on Sunday as a best-song nominee – after several weeks of downtime in Ottawa, much of which she spent busying herself with housework, as husband Mike Fisher was traveling.
“It is hard being a hockey wife,” the country star, 27, told PEOPLE. “They will go off for a few days at a time to play some road games, and I am just like sitting at home twiddling my thumbs thinking, ‘What do I do?’ ”
The answer: chores. “I cleaned, and we are moving into a new house, and so I was unpacking all of his stuff,” she said. “And laundry and dishes.”
Despite the challenges, Underwood says newlywed life is great. “Even though he’s not here with me tonight, I know he’s watching,” she said. “And just to have somebody that I know is 1,000 percent cheering me on, it’s really nice to have that kind of support.”
In Fisher’s place, Underwood brought her manager to the Globes. And she also brought along a good-luck charm – a mirror that her mother gave her.
“She has had it every time I have won something big,” Underwood explained. “So, she thinks the key to the whole thing is the mirror.”
Unfortunately, the mirror wasn’t quite enough, as Underwood’s “There’s A Place For Us” (from Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) came up short, with Diane Warren’s “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” from Burlesque, winning best song.
With reporting by ALEXIS CHIU