My routine on weekdays, is pretty much the same when everything is flowing along OK. By that I mean – both children at school, no husband at home! Even though my two are 15 & 17 years old – I am still their alarm clock in the mornings, and yes, I am also their “snooze” button (for my boy that means a “repeat snooze” button). Even though my “boy” is 17 (and closer to 18 than 17) – I still have to tell him to get out of the shower in the mornings (I’m sure he goes back to sleep under the water). Even though they are in Year 10, and Year 12, I still make their lunches each morning and when that is done, I sit down with my own breakfast while they get on with getting themselves organised, and thankfully get their own breakfast. So, while that is happening, I turn on the computer – check my emails, log onto facebook, check in with the p2P team to see what’s been happening while I’ve been sleeping, and then head over to the pixels2Pages Facebook group to check out the wonderful layouts our followers share with us. By then, I’m onto my first coffee of the day – and I usually have time to write a comment or two on those fabulous pages – and maybe even answer a question or two while I’m there. By then, of course, I’m asking the question to my 15 & 17 year old – are they ready to leave yet???? Hoping that they are, and there are no last minute notices to sign and we are off in the car. With the 17 year old on “L” plates , he usually does the driving to school (in Australia Learner Drivers have to display a yellow & black “L” plate on the front and rear of the car to show other drivers they are a “learner”) – and then, once there, I quickly hop out and run around to the driver’s seat hoping no-one sees me in my daggy morning clothes. Then I get to drive back home, and have the bathroom and the house to myself to make myself “presentable” for the rest of the day – what bliss!!!!
My day then pans out with doing some p2P work, hitting a coffee shop with a friend once in a while, and errands, and then of course, the day is almost done and my brain is heading down that track of – “what shall I cook for dinner????”. That question is a hard one this week – I seem to have lost the appetite for cooking the evening meal, full stop! All too soon I’m back on the school pick up run and then the house is no longer my blissful area of peace, tranquility, and my music! Right this very moment, my son is working out in our garage with all his weights & gym equipment with his i-pod dock blaring – yes my peace is shattered!
Sometimes – I leave the supermarket shopping until after school pick-up and I’ve dropped “the kids” at home! Is that bad of me? Sometimes I even treat myself to a coffee – all on my own, after school pick up! Is that bad too? Sometimes, if the usual run of the mill things turn into insurmountable tasks, for any given reason, mood, forgetfulness, lack of organisation – sometimes, just sometimes, it’s good to leave both of them to it and escape to some other little place that offers peace, even if it is just pushing a supermarket trolley around, or, even more enjoyable – sneaking a quiet moment for a quiet small flat white! After all, even though they are gone during the day, us mothers still have them in our thoughts during the day, planning and organising appointments, schedules, sports, training sessions, filling out permission forms, paying bills, parties, costumes, social events, baking healthy stuff for school lunches, planning meals for the week, oh – and sometimes even cleaning the house, etc. etc. Our brains very rarely turn off to give us what we all need – a moment, a piece of time, a space to relax and breathe! We all need to do it, and we should try and do it each and every day! It’s what I am trying to achieve this year – a time just to myself – to leave the family to fend for themselves for just a short time each day. Whether it be to grab a coffee, or to sit on a bench and look at the view, or better yet, to escape for a walk as I am so lucky to live close to the water.
Lately, I’ve been going for a walk after dinner while we have daylight savings. Just heading for a walk, with a water view, looking at the horizon, letting all my worries float out across the water and disappear (literally dumping them in the bay) – just makes me feel so much better. I don’t do it every day – but I should! We all should! It’s OK to take time out, it’s a good thing – and wonderfully, the whole family benefits for my “selfishness” of taking time out and breathing!
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