Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Six Hours

Bob, The Baby

Now that Bob is in pre-school, I am looking at six delicious hours to myself every week: two hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I have big plans for my sweet, sweet, new-found freedom.

The novel will be written. Or an outline for the novel will be completed. Or I will use up all 140 characters in my Twitter updates.

The house will be cleaner. Or straightened-er. Or I will get that sticky area off of the floor between the big chair and the bookcase that showed up last spring that I'm pretty sure is cat barf.

I will dress like the moms in Cookie Magazine. Or I will dress in street clothes instead of pajamas. Or I will wear actual clean pajamas, not “clean” as decided by a sniff test.

So, I have plans, lofty plans. Here's how it's going so far:

On Day One, I came home and used my two free hours to clean the baseboards, make a wish list on the Anthropologie website, and do some research for the novel.

On Day Two I watched 3½ Tivo'd episodes of How I Met Your Mother.

On Day Three I changed back into the pajamas I slept in and ate a 12 oz bag of Trader Joe’s Veggie and Flax Seed Tortilla Chips while getting misty watching baby videos of my son on YouTube. Then I counted the minutes until I could pick him up from school, drove back early and sat in my station wagon in the parking lot until that damned two hours was up.

I think I'm really hitting my stride.


  1. Awwwww. So sweet. 6 hours well spent!

    Karen Peterson Matchinga

  2. Two hour increments. Let's break it down. 15 minutes coming home from taking Bob. 20 minutes driving to get Bob and waiting for him to come out. You're now down to 1 hour 25 minutes. 10 minutes looking at your list of things to do. 5 minutes adding or subtracting. Now at 1 hour 10 minutes. Take a shower, put on make up for the first time in weeks. 30 minutes. Free time = 40 minutes. Oh, look! Dishes in the sink! A load of laundry to fold! One more to put in the wash.

    Times up.

    Please excuse me. I have a preschooler to pick up.

  3. I know what! These extra 6 hours should be solely for gaining back all the sleep you lost over the last 3 years.:) how many hours would that be? um, 8 hours x 365 x 3 = ?'s my idea:

    - keep your PJ's on
    - drop Bob off
    - jam back home
    - jump in bed
    - sleep for 1 hour 30 min. (with one eye on your watch, of course)
    - jump back in car
    - pick up bob

    Whatcha think? :)

  4. I'm afraid the long-term sleep deprivation brain damage is permanent, but naps are still nice... from what I hear.