Back ♥ Home = happy place (physically & mentally)
Bridges = help us get there
My wonderful Hubster (whom I frankly Adore), recently took his son on a Snowmobiling Trip.
Not only was I grateful he has sons who can join him on those COLD Weather Adventures (somewhere up in Yukonesque Territory with below-zero-double-digit temperatures)…
I was also excited to have just a couple of days All Alone.
Okay, somewhat alone…with all the dogs. And cat. And goats. And cattle…
Bottom line: The minute they pulled out of the driveway (at the crack of dawn)… I felt like Kevin in Home Alone !!!
But, instead of running from room to room waving my arms overhead…
when I finished cleaning up their breakfast dishes and feeding, watering, and letting animals out & in… and then out & in once again:
I went back to bed and took a Nap!
What. A. Luxury!!!
I am a Stay-At-Home-Wife (gladly)… but, contrary to what some might think,
I. DO.NOT. SIT. around with my feet up watching soap operas and eating Bon-Bons.
Quite the contrary!!!
We SAHW’s are a busy group.
As with any profession, you have hard chargers and loafers. And I’m gonna guess most of us SAHW’s would crush your styreotype.
From the moment my alarm goes off at Noon (LoL, JK) 6:15AM… I am off and running!!
To be honest, I don’t have time to even turn on the TV during the day and have never eaten a Bon-Bon (unless it was a high-proof liqueur infused variety).
However, I will confess to eating handful’s of M&M’s sporadically during my day as I;
Run errands, cook, clean, grocery shop, organize, vacuum, tend to laundry ‘n animals, drive kid(s) to & from school, and try to keep up with my Blog, all the while orchestrating a smoothly running family calendar and household…
Oh, and did I mention, Cleaning!?!?
I’m not bragging or being a martyr or keeping score, because I love my job and I also happen to have a very hard-charging husband.
He also does more than his share around the house (mostly all the outdoor stuff!!!) plus has a Full-FULL-time job.
I’m simply setting the stage for why a Nap was a Luxury!!! And why being alone, provided me with a weekend full of my kind of Luxuries…
(single-digit-below-zero temps & weather advisory snowstorm)
It was a very cold and blizzardy day. I forced myself to get up from my cozy nap and made myself Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup for breakfast and finally turned on the TV.
I planned to watch all those Grey’s Anatomy episodes I’ve had TiVoed forever, but after watching just two I was pretty bored. Maybe Grey’s just isn’t the same without Derek???
I scanned HBO, but nothing looked all that interesting, so I made lunch.
I made a box of Jell-O “sugar-free” Chocolate Pudding and the whole thing fit into my bowl. It was really good. I didn’t even wait for it to cool, it was soooo good hot!!
By now you might realize I never bothered to make the bed… or get out of my pajamas; a pair of Gap plaid flannel pants and an old Grey’s Anatomy T-shirt that says: “Seriously.”
I must say… as I took care of the animals throughout the day, I kinda felt like they were judging my attire just a little bit…
The rest of the day was unremarkable and passed slowly.
There was plenty of time to O.D. on social media: reading Blogs about life, decorating, girlie-girl things, etc…
I was able to catch-up with all my kids; via texting of course, because nobody seems to answer their phones nowadays.
And then I ended my evening, eating dinner (a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, without the milk) in bed and watching a sappy Hallmark movie until I fell asleep.
Pretty much a repeat of Day 1!
Until about 3:00 PM, when I simply couldn’t take it anymore… I bathed… dressed… and ventured out to Walmart in a virtual white-out-blizzard to get milk for “dinner”.
And to buy a “couple bags” of Hersey Foil Easter Eggs to replace the ones I’d been snacking on…
For three whole days I took care of the animals, watched sappy girlie stuff on TV & pretty much did and ate whatever I felt like. I didn’t have to think about anybody else or their needs.
I didn’t need to plan, prepare or clean-up any big meals…
I had resorted to recycling the use of just one bowl for all my meals.
And by the third day of being All Alone… I was really missing the Hubster!!!
Wise people say: Even the Sun burns when you get too much. And the goal to a happy life is a Balanced Life.
So, after my three days of “Luxury”… I got up at 6:30AM… okay 9… and very HAPPILY (with Renewed Enthusiasm) tackled my regular SAHW routine and had everything Spic-n-Span, and a full course dinner waiting… when the Hubster returned Back ♥ Home!!!
Everybody needs a little time away… or so they say…
What would you do on your Time-Out-Day???