I have one child in second grade all day and one in preschool three days a week so my alone time is limited to that, and with school ending in just a few weeks, I have mixed emotions about summer vacation and my extreme lack of “me time” in the near future. For now, some of my time alone is spent doing dishes, laundry, and taking a nice long hot shower without anyone banging on the door. But I try to make some time for myself doing something that I want.
After dropping the kids off at school I should drive straight home and throw in some laundry, organize my kitchen cabinets, mop the floors… fun stay-at-home mom stuff, but sometimes I just can’t. I sometimes (and probably should more often) take time for me. I love to go through the Starbucks drive through and get something mocha flavored (not even nonfat – I know, pretty hard core). Then I go home and indulge my guilty pleasure, aka catch up on tv shows. I DVR some or go to On Demand to watch them. I need my fix of Grey’s Anatomy and 90210. Something about Dr. Jackson Avery and good ol’ 90210 drama puts me in a happy place. I live vicariously through tv dramas. I also LOVE reality shows like Mob Wives, Celebrity Apprentice, Big Brother, and Teen Mom. I mean, it’s shows like these that make me feel a little better about my own life.
I guess I refer to them as guilty pleasures because I feel a little guilty spending my “free time” watching tv. I can’t watch my shows around my kids and my husband isn’t really into any of them. But it’s important to take some time for myself, and my time should be about me and what I want to do. Time spent outside my own reality rejuvenates me and satisfies me, something I really shouldn’t feel guilty about– just don’t tell my husband! I swear I’ll get the housework done… me and Dr. McSteamy.
What do you do for yourself when you have some free time, guilty or not?