Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Scram! Beat it! Get Lost!

Two weeks to go. Two long, what-the-heck-am-I-gonna-do-with-them-today weeks.

Back to school for us is Tuesday September 2nd, after the last long weekend of the Summer. My countdown started on the first day off, as you may recall from my June 26 post, “Already Bored”.

Don’t mistake my excitement for school to begin as the desire to rid my house of the kids. It is instead based on my insatiable need for solitude and quiet. I adore my boys, as any good mother does, but being raised as an only child (yes, I have mentioned my two sisters before, but from the age of six, I was the only child in the house), I was spoiled by the ability to do—within reason—what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted—with no interruptions.

Of course having a child, and then another, changed all that. Everything is interrupted: Sleep. Sex. Housework. Conversations. Shopping. Bathing. Reading. Breathing. You’d think after seven years of Motherhood, I would be used to it, but I am just way too stubborn to let go of the idea that I should be allowed to spend a good chunk of the day in PEACE.

Come September 2nd, I am going to spoil myself silly. I am going to make up for the eight weeks of “Maaaawm? Can I -----?” and “Maaaaawm, when are we gonna -----?” and sometimes even “MOM! How many times do I have to ask you!???”

For at least the first week with the house to myself, between the hours of 9am and 4pm, I am going to nothing for anybody else, but ME.

Selfish? Yep. Greedy? Indeed. Self-indulgent? Absolutely. Deserved? YESSSSSS.

Here are a few ways I am going to spend my glorious free time:
  • Organize my blue room.
  • Enjoy a trip to the spa for pedicure and manicure.
  • Go for fresh blondification and revitalized layers at the hair salon.
  • Paint the kitchen, living room, foyer, upstairs hallway and mud/laundry room.
  • Back-to-school baking—a freezer full of it.
  • Populate my Etsy shop with more product.
  • Touch base with past Signature HomeStyles customers and hostesses in an attempt to rejuvenate that business.
  • Sew Jake’s long overdue duvet cover to match his quilt.
  • Sort Quinn’s closet full of art and school work into properly labeled boxes.
  • Clean every window in the house. Inside, outside, tracks and all.
  • Blog about it, every step of the way.
How are you planning to spend your free time after the kids are back at school?


  1. Saw you on Dooce - I liked the name "Joe Girl" so thought I'd pop over and say hello.

    I'm Chris. Nice to meet you!

    I have three sons - two will return to school in September - my toddler will remain home with me. Always a bit bitter-sweet.

  2. Although I'm TOTALLY envious, I'm very happy for you - you totally deserve it :-) I'll be thinking of you during the barely two hours my four year old is at J/K in the afternoons, lmao. I was so excited for school to start, until I realized how little time I would actually get "free". I'm due for some me time though, so I may just schedule myself in for some type of little splurge to celebrate back to school myself!!

  3. I must say I am the same way. I love having time to myself. I know some of my friends think it is crazy my kids go to bed at 7:30 but it is for me. Then I at least get a few hours in the evening to myself. But having a whole day....*I smile just thinking about it* Anyway, enjoy your time! I look forward to seeing the new things in your etsy shop. It is all so beautiful!

  4. Sounds delightful. Oh solitude how I miss you.

    Do we ever get used to our lives being all about everyone else and their needs? I am imagining not.

  5. I think this is definitely the time that all us moms look forward to. Mine go back Thursday. I am looking forward to it. I do still have one at home, but for now he's not into everything so it's not too bad. And since he'll nap from right after lunch until I have to pick the older two up in the afternoon it will be peaceful and I can't wait. No more mommy all day long. No more she did this and she did that to me. No more can we do this. It will be so nice. I love them to pieces, but you know sometimes you just need a break ;).

  6. thanks for the comment on http://www.organizeinstyleblog.com ! I had my manicure today + lunch w/the girlfriends yesterday....oh did I mention walking w/the girls the second the kids stepped on to the big yellow smiley bus :)