Monday, June 25, 2007

Is this vacation?

If you are a stay-at-home parent, and your spouse is off work for a 10 days, are you technically on vacation, too?

The answer: No.

But, I gotta say, it's a heck of a lot easier for me knowing that The Da! will be home to help out. We've already accomplished more things over this past weekend than we have in the last, oh, almost 18 months.

First, it's a lot easier to get work done without being dreadfully sleep deprived. Second, two toddlers who are able to walk around, practically feed themselves and play together, for brief interludes, makes life easier all around. Third, we're motivated by the possibility of selling our home and moving to eliminate most of the roughly 45-minute commute The Da! currently endures without complaint.

In between painting jobs, decluttering jobs, fixing jobs, Mama is going to take a day off. Well, at least half a day off.

I need some good, inexpensive ideas for what I can do on my day off. I'm considering traveling to the nearest Trader Joes, which is roughly 45 minutes away, and getting some groceries (It's fun shopping, not chore shopping at TJs) and lunch.

But, perhaps I'm not thinking outside the box enough. Any thoughts? If you have a whole day to yourself, and very little money, how would you spend the day?


Shannon said...

If I can steal a few hours to myself while Daddy holds down the forte, I end up in the bookstore, reading science books I can't afford, or trashy magazine I wouldn't be caught dead buying. And, of course, indulging in a mocha latte.
Enjoy your precious "me" time!

Momma Bean said...

I second that. I haven't had a day to myself in ages, but the last time I did venture out with time to spare and only a few dollars in my pocket, I went to the bookstore, grabbed a stack of books and magazines and mulled over them while sipping a hot coffee. It was bliss.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

Go to the library or browse a bookstore. Get a good book. Read it outside in a park or a cafe or near whatever body of water is handy.

Shawn said...

Well, it sounds unanimous, doesn't it? Funny, going to bookstore/reading/coffee is also my favorite activity. I think it is exactly what I need as well. I won't take my credit card, though, or else it would defeat the whole purpose of not spending much. : )

lesleysmeshly said...

Hahah. Add another vote for reading, coffee, and a blanket under a big tree in a park. If that doesn't do it for you how about window shopping at your favorite home stores, browsing the mall, or seeing a movie.