Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FAL days

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my FAL days - as in, Free At Last!

Yes, for the first time in almost five years, I have a few hours to myself those two mornings while the kids are in school (unless they're home sick, like they were last week, and my husband is conveniently out of town, so it's AKATT - All Kids, All The Time. How the fuck do homeschool parents DO it??).

Let me tell you how my first FAL day went down. David walked Sawyer to pre-k and I took Sage to her preschool - yes, I have two kids going to schools in two towns at exactly the same time. I dropped her off, she shed not a tear, and I hustled back to my car, knocking over two mothers with their babies in strollers.

I got into the car. Shut the door, and let out a primal yell that sounded something like "AHAHAHAHA! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"

I then went to...wait for it...Target! I had to shop for Sage's birthday, which was the next day. I ran into the mother of one of Sawyer's former preschool classmates. She was there with her daughter and her 2 year-old son, who has some "issues" and basically screamed and yelled the entire time.

I did my happy dance right in her face. OH YES I DID!

Sorry that YOU'RE with your two crazy kids and I'm free to stroll around, filling my cart with such necessary items as a Hello Kitty Toothbrush and mallowcreme pumpkins without anyone demanding a new Transformer or a 5,000 piece puzzle.


Ahem. Anyway, it's not been all fun and games. I did get myself to the gym one time and jogged for 25 minutes. At a pace slower than my last two miles of my marathon. Today it was exchanging clothes at Old Navy and going to the grocery store.

I had more envisioned mornings of pedicures and Starbucks. But I've found there are too many errands to run and stuff to get done.

But you know, it's still early. I'm sure I'll figure out how to really make the time my own - probably right around the beginning of March, when No. 3 arrives and it starts al over again.


Melissa said...

Ahhhhh yes, FAL days. I am busy celebrating them too. I thought I'd do a lot of gym and Starbucks and pedicures with my FAL days before I have to go back to work next month. So far I've been to Starbucks once and the gym once. Other than that it's grocery shopping and errands. But, it IS grocery shopping and errands in a slow and relaxed and QUIET manner. There is something to be said for that!

Enjoy you FAL's my friend! :)

Jen C said...

On my first FAL day, I took a nap. IN the morning!!! Oh yes I did.

The second one was today and I squandered it doing nothing, absolutely nothing. Oh wait, maybe that wasn't a squander after all.

Mely said...

I remember back then how I felt the first time that I had my frist FAL....Zoulanche was 3 yrs old and went to preschool. I went lunch with friends without any kids and the food tasted better then ever!...and the conversation!...Good times!!!

Enjoy it!

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