Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just hanging out

This was supposed to happen last weekend, but life got in the way.  So right now, I am sitting in Starbucks -- having used the giftcard I was given with my Pampers Reward Points -- with my computer, and nobody else.  Well, okay, this Starbucks is busy.  Lots of other people.  A lady crocheting.  Two friends catching up.  A couple teens who look like they might be on a morning date laughing at an outside table.  An older gentleman reading.  A mom carrying a child and waiting for her drink order.  A couple of ladies who seem to be going over some work discussion.  A husband and wife.

But nobody is talking to me.

Ahhhhhh.  I have needed this pretty desperately.  To sit, with nobody expecting anything of me at all.  I don't have to point out the bathroom.  Nobody is asking for another kids' cocoa.  Nobody is drooling over the muffins and scones and asking why I won't buy one.

It isn't like I don't have plenty of pulls on my time.  I need to go through the latest edition of the TOS Student Planners and see if I spot problems.  I just finished doing up draft entries for a dozen (literally) reviews I have scheduled between tomorrow and October 8.  I need to work through some schedule stuff for school.  I need to be planning out my Physical Science class for co-op.

But nobody is interupting me.  The phone could ring, but it hasn't.  Nobody is touching me.  Nobody wants me to tell them they look pretty (name left out to protect the guilty, LOL.)  Nobody is showing me their latest lego creation, or their most recent drawing of a space battle, complete with exploding planets and crashing spaceships.

Unfortunately, I did not bring my charger, and I only have another 2.5 hours or so on my laptop.  But hopefully I will get plenty done in that time.  I have a couple books (remember those dozen reviews?) along as well, so I may go find a shady spot in Palmer Park and sit outside and read. 

I have at least five hours before I need to pick up my oldest two children.  They are at the home of some friends, playing some massive ancient civilization game.  And then they are going swimming with their patrol.  So I won't be home until, oh, 10:00 tonight. 

By then, I'll probably be ready for some sticky hugs.  But for now, I am completely, utterly, totally enjoying the fact that nobody is invading "my" space. 


Jen said...

A whole day for just you..I'm so glad you were able to carve out some "me time" :-)

Julie Coney said...


Debra said...

Thanks for the smiles, both of you!

I figured I'd have to hit the first person to talk to me about the "me time myth" or something like that.

Yeah, I was desperate for some time away. I am LOVING this.

Heidi said...

That sounds amazing, Debra! I'm so glad it worked out for you to do that today. I'm envious!

Deb said...

I understand exactly what you are saying. I go to knit night at my local yarn store twice a month. Sometimes I don't even knit - I just sit there and revel in the fact that I am not going to be responsible for anyone's dinner-eating/hand-washing/potty-ing but my own.

Tess said...

I am so glad that you got this time today. I know you needed it. Hope it was as productive as it was wonderful!