It is day two of our child-free stay-catation, while Sayer is at camp and Jacob is visiting relatives. Here are some tips for your stay-cation, should you be so lucky to have one.
1.Take a break from logistics and planning. Until you stop it's hard to realize how much we moms are constantly planning, arranging, organizing, anticipating. I am training my mind to think "I won't make that phone call until Thursday" and "I'll think about setting thus-and-such up later." I'm getting the hang of it and will probably master this feat just when I need to restart the logistics-wagon.
2. Take a break from laundry; don't think "This is a perfect time to do a bunch of loads." Just wear what is clean.
3. If you have a husband/partner do things at a "grown-up" time. Our kids seem to self-destruct if they don't have dinner by 6:00 p.m. so what a treat it was to go work out at 5:00 and -gasp - eat dinner at 8:30. This is also a good time for lamb chops and shrimp.
4. Read a book that has nothing to do with self-help, your professional life, or saving the world. Right now I am reading "A Freewheelin' TimeA Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties," a fascinating memoir by Suze Rotolo, who was Bob Dylan's girl friend in the early sixties. It really capture an era and a sense of place. Oh, but that Bob - such a genius but such a player. Between this book and the Joan Baez song "Diamonds and Rust" you get a pretty good picture.
5. Think about how this would be a perfect time to clean the fridge, clean out drawers and get on top of weeding the yard and so on. Don't do it (see # 2). Instead, take a nap or pop in a DVD.