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Old 08-08-2006, 07:11 AM   #1
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First Day of School...Now what?
Hey yall, how ya doin? :D

I just put both of the kids on the bus about 8 minutes ago. Finally, finally, I have some time to myself. But um...what do I do? What is this strange concept other Mum's call time alone. I realized at 6 am, this is the first day in 3 years that I'll be alone for 8 consecutive hours.

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO ALL DAY?

I've sure missed yall, and it's going to be great to have the time to "hang out" with you guys!

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:05 AM   #2
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Wow--school starts today?!? I'm a teacher, and my kids don't start until August 30. My brain is still in "summer mode", so I'd better start getting ready...that date is approaching fast.

Enjoy your time to yourself!! Hope you have a great day! :D
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:06 AM   #3
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I wondered where you were! It's been a while since I've seen any posts from you! Glad you're back. Wow, school starts early there! My kids don't go back until September 5! Enjoy your free time!
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This is going to sound so structured, but put yourself on a schedule after they leave so you get everything done you need to get done and then can just have some quiet "Me" time before they get back. Having recently decided to give up my job and stay home, I found the day just kind of disappeared and I never did the things I wanted to do. In fact, I found I did less around the house everyday than when I was working. Now, I zip through the boring stuff first thing and then can read, knit or visit without the pull of chores.
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:17 AM   #5
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Oh god.
School? Except not school, not anymore.
Oh JEEZ!
I'm starting college in September!

You think you're weirded out by school starting! :P
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Old 08-08-2006, 08:28 AM   #6
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WOW! I can't wait. I have a few more years until my guys are both in school full time, but this year Thing 1 goes to school from 9-1 5 days a week and Thing 2 goes to school two days from 9-1. I can't wait for August 28th!! I'm taking a few classes to keep my teaching creditials. It will be nice to think I'm working toward a career again.

Right now you feel like you have all the time in the world, but make sure you schedule some sacred time for yourself. If not, it will be filled with running errands, cleaning, and volunteer work at the school.

Here are a few ideas:
1. Knit
2. Clean an item in your house and watch it stay clean for hours!
3. Go to the bathroom without someone asking "Where's Mom?" and then sticking their fingers under the door when they find you.
4. You could always knit
5. Get a cup of coffee and go to a LYS
6. Get through the grocery store in record time AND not have extra cereal, candy, snacks, etc in the cart that were used as bribes to get through the store
7. Maybe a class or two might be nice--yoga, pilates, knitting, painting--something zen.
8. Invite significant other home for lunch (no food necessary).

Anyone care to add on?? This could be fun!
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9. Invite a few friends who are also recently kid-free over for coffee.
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:31 AM   #8
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Hey Denise!

I never had that luxury. I went back to work, at the kids' school, when my youngest entered 1st grade. I honestly don't know what I'd do with myself if I was home alone all day, every day. At first it would be enjoyable, I think, but then I'd get bored. I had to take this summer off, and there are days when I'm home alone that I get a bit stir crazy.

Maybe a part-time job?
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Old 08-08-2006, 09:32 AM   #9
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Yep, a loose schedule is the way to go. My preference was to have a cup of coffee and the newspaper for up to an hour after they left (shorter if I felt like it.) Mornings were for housework, yardwork, laundry, whatever. Always stop and eat lunch, even if it's just a yogurt or some veggies. You'll be running on empty when the kids get home if you don't. Afternoons were for errands as needed (usually one or two days a week, it is SO great to do the grocery shopping without the kids.) I didn't knit then, but it would be great to spend a couple of afternoons a week knitting. It's a hubub once they get home right on through dinner/dishes/baths/bedtime, then some more time to knit while DH watches t.v.

My schedule is similar even now that the kids are grown and gone, although I invert my days during the summer: mornings belong to the yard and the garden, afternoons are for the other stuff. I do love winter mornings, though, getting up to a cup of coffee, sitting by the fire, and knitting for a couple of hours. Looking forward to fall....
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HEY GIRL :D You have been missed!!! I pm'd you a couple of times, too! Good to hear that you are back in the knitting saddle
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