While the kids have now been in school for almost 3 weeks, Jessie didn’t start full-time Kindergarten until last Friday, so I’ve only had about five days of daytime hours by myself.
It hasn’t gone exactly how I’d imagined.
Things I’ve done:
1.) Watched a lot of bad daytime television. After years of Nick Jr. as the intermittent soundtrack from 9-3, I realize that it is a pretty high-brow network in comparison to TLC or Lifetime. On the upside, I can now work on an Alaskan crab boat and find the perfect wedding dress.
2.) I still go to Publix almost daily, but my average grocery bill has dropped 20% without “help” from the kids.
3.) Re-introduced myself to the treadmill. (And it’s still an asshole just as I remembered.)
4.) Reading a lot more, but now I also have time to argue with myself all day before I see another human thus sparing others from my political rants. You’re welcome, Interwebs.
5.) While I’ve always cooked a lot, now I’m trying new things like pickling. Botulism over boredom is my new motto.
What I haven’t done that I thought I would have by now:
1.) Finish organizing the basement storage. There are boxes still there from two moves ago, what’s the rush?
3.) The myriad of redecorating projects I had planned. While I realistically didn’t think I would have re-tiled the bathroom or painted a mural on the playroom ceiling by September 1st, I did think I would have at least thought about new paint colors and fabric swatches..
4.) Picked up my novel in progress again. The good news is that it’s about an HOA gone horribly awry, and watching the daytime antics in this neighborhood is excellent research.
5.) Sought professional help for my pickling addiction. (Or at the very least, contacted TLC for a reality show about it.)
Surprising things I’ve learned in all of this solitude:
1.) My cookie recipe makes an extra dozen per batch without the kids stealing the dough.
2.) Jingle really does sleep all day--but now I know it’s under Amy’s bed.
3.) When you can honestly tell your kids that there are things living under your bed, it’s time to clean under there.
4.) I really need some friends. And a hobby. Or a cat. Or ten cats. (But they’ll have to sleep under Jessie’s or Matty’s beds.)
5.) I miss my kids.