Friday, September 3, 2010
My Day Off
We interrupt this regularly schedule day of Feel Good Fragments to share some observations. 1. Sometimes, a day off with no kids and no husband and only a few things to accomplish is exactly what a busy mom needs. 2. I went back to bed this morning. I didn't go back to sleep. But I enjoyed the time I took to lounge. 3. Do you know how it feels to eat breakfast by yourself? It's heavenly! I started to make myself breakfast but decided, quite honestly, that I just didn't want to do the work and make the mess. So I took myself out for breakfast. I thought about calling Jeff or tweeting to see if anyone wanted to join me. But I wanted the time to myself. And I enjoyed every second of it. I picked up the free local papers that are focused on arts, music, food in the local scene. I sat at a small table by myself. I sipped coffee by myself. My food arrived and I started to cut and eat... but stopped myself. I cut a bite of sausage and put it in my mouth and I chewed it slowly. I savored every flavor in that bite. I cut into my over-easy eggs and sat and watched the yellow yolk slowly run out onto the white of the egg and the plate. I savored the texture of my english muffin. I paid no attention to the clock. I savored my meal and my time and left feeling so completely relaxed. Worth every penny. 4. As I type this, I've got dye on my hair. My third attempt to find the red I want and like and is reliable. I plan to take a looooong shower when I rinse out the dye. I'm going to shave every centimeter of my legs. I'm going to scrub every inch of my feet and legs and arms and belly and so on. I'm going to really enjoy and savor the water and the scented soap. Today is about experiencing my choices, my moments. 5. I'm choosing my entertainment. I'm watching shows that I want to watch and I'm bawling my eyes out if I feel so moved. So far, Boy Meets World and MTV's If You Really Knew Me have brought on the tears. I've also pumped up the radio and danced in my underwear. And I've sat in total silence and just... existed. The best part is that while I'm not watching the clock... I'm doing all of this "me time" in just a few hours. I have obligations to get to once the morning is over. I have dishes to do, laundry to do, cleaning up to do. I am going to the kids' school after lunch and will be there for at least an hour, maybe more. I could easily get caught up in the pressures coming up and the list of things I could or should or need to do. But I'm going to do what I want to do this morning and I'm going to savor and delight in every choice I make.