- Pedicure - no, takes a little longer and I had worn boots
- Pick up a new set of headphones at Radio Shack- boring
- Clean the house - NO!
- Go for a run - not without new headphones
- Food shopping - not necessary, I can't squeeze one more thing in the fridge for all the left overs
- Fabric store for Halloween costume - no
- Work - I really needed to organize all the new information from our daylong meeting and figure out my plans for next week...
- Make phone calls, check emails - probably
- 3:36-3:48 Picked up stranded items from around the house and took to their rightful homes
- 3:48-3:59 Called to contest the ticket I got from the broken parking kiosk and made a cup of jasmine green tea to keep me calm (Next available hearing date - February!)
- 3:58-4:01 Changed the laundry (after checking for smell cause I think it was in the washer since 6am)
- 4:01-4:22 Piled and filed - I find that if I just pile first, it feels like an accomplishment
- 4:22-4:30 Checked emails and weather reports for tomorrow's sports!
Of course my kids didn't get home until 4:35, but I didn't get to really take advantage of it because I had such short notice! I was caught off guard. These moments for a mom come once every six months or so. It's a random act of the universe and it's almost as shocking as snow in October. You panic - you think, how will I do this? What do I need to prepare? It hit me and I was in a tailspin.
But I learned something. I think from now on I'm going to keep a list of 45 minute activities so I'm not caught off guard again. It will be my secret list and I'll keep it inside the cabinet over the sink in case I ever get stuck there, you know, doing the dishes and not knowing where to go next. Someday I might find I have a little time to myself and I'll forget what to do again. It will be like a bucket list of sorts, just shorter and simpler, a bowl list, so I can remember what it's like to have free time - time where I get to do what I want.
So here's my revised list:
- Stop and talk to my neighbors
- Take a bath
- Take a nap
- Call my friends who I haven't had a real conversation with since summer
- Look at one of the magazines I bought for 50 cents at the library to make my coffee table look more like a coffee table