There is something so glorious about waking up on the first day of a break. No sense of urgency, no nagging thoughts about all of the things to get done in order to prepare for the coming week. It was great to roll over and go back to sleep for a bit after my usual 5AM waking. Then I just lounged and relaxed, no hurry at all. Today I just needed to run a few errands and get my stuff ironed and ready for my trip to Texas. We are spending the afternoon with some friends and family so I have until 3 to get it all done. No hurry at all. I wish every weekend could be this carefree. It is like I get to be like my husband for a day. No cares, no concerns, spend the day relaxing and watching TV. His life is pretty awesome! I really need to stop enabling that. I am going to skip my 3 things today because the entire day is my best things! Happy 1st day of Spring Break!
When did I become my mom?
I like to think that it just slowly crept up on me over the years, but I think I may have been in denial for a very long time. We are both extremely neat/clean people. I cannot relax if there are things to do in the house. Everything has its place. I have always been this way, but now it is the other things. So maybe not my best things, but still 3 things.
#1 - The road rage: after moving last summer my commute went from 25 to 40 minutes. Only 15 minutes, no big deal. That is what I kept telling myself. The truth? It is making me crazy. I just want to get where I am going and everything in my way seems to irritate me. I need to work on this. My mother is the driver in the family and drives a little fast, like me. I blame her for my impatience.
#2 - Going to the city: In my 20s we thought nothing of spending time in the city. My friends and I went down a lot and had tons of fun. Fast forward 20+ years and I feel like it is a chore. Everytime we talk about going it seems like such a production to plan. So this week I went online and made reservations at a restaurant I have wanted to try for a long time. They never have any openings when we go downtown so I was proactive and made them for April so it will force us to go. Granted the only opening was 5:00, but I will take it! BTW, my parents refuse to do anything that takes place in the city.
#3 - Weeknight events: UGH, when did I get this old?? Any time someone suggests doing something during the week, I cringe. By the time I get home and get ready and then coming home late... yadda, yadda, yadda. Really, I can't stray from my super exciting routine for one night? Jeesh!
I am sure my husband could list 100 other ways I have turned into my mother (like the fact that I drove 20 minutes last weekend to grocery shop by our old house because I do not like the stores near me).
BTW - Happy Friday and Happy Spring Break to those of you with next week off!!!
Today's top 3 will be brought to you by my excitement to spend Spring Break with my niece!!!
#1 - For almost 18 years my niece, Stephanie, was the only grandchild on my side of the family. My parents were young with they had kids and my brother was also pretty young when Steph was born. She was born in August, right before I moved home after graduating college. It was so exciting! Everything in our family was so much more fun when she came along. My sister and I LOVED having sleepovers with her and taking her lots of fun places. Neither of us were any where near ready to get married so we really got to enjoy her. She had just turned 9 when I got married and I still love this awesome picture of us chatting, with huge smiles on our faces, as she told me how being my flower girl was the BEST DAY EVER!!! (I still think it would hilarious if she let me be her flower girl someday!)
#2 - Life went on and then. finally, her senior year of highschool my sister adopted my nephew Colin. My parents had waited so long for another grandchild and he is now the center of the family (he just turned 6). Steph went to college and we only got to see her on occasion. She met Patrick and then we started to see her even less. Then, last summer, she moved to Texas! She is pretty homesick right now, but she is almost done with her first year there, will have residency and grad school will cost about $8000 less a year than if she had started last fall.
#3 - I can't wait to just have her all to myself for 3 days. To just spend time together, chat, spoil her and make her a little less homesick. I don't even care that it is supposed to rain the entire time I am there...