I haven’t had a day to myself in over a year. I get a couple of hours here and there, typically on the weekends when Kyle watches A. That’s not really the same as having a full day off to just do your thing. Sure, I’ve had girl outings and fun times since having Andrew but I rarely get a day off, by myself, for myself.
Today is New Year’s Eve and our office at work is closed. However, it’s Thursday, a day I normally take A to daycare, and daycare is open.
As I was pulling out of the driveway, I felt a little guilty leaving Andrew with Phyllis. I don’t ever do this! I normally take any chance I get to be with my little guy but I had a gift card burning a hole in my wallet. My guilt quickly turned into excitement. Andrew will be fine! He loves daycare and it’s just ONE day! First, I went to my favorite coffee shop (no it’s not Starbucks, sorry). I ordered my favorite almond milk latte and an egg & cheese frittata sandwich. I sat inside and seriously smiled the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with Andrew and I always miss him when he’s not with me but I was already loving this day.
Next, I walked around a beautiful outdoor shopping mall in our area, this is where I had my gift card. This shopping mall is pretty upscale so naturally, I went to the cheapest store there – Ross! I bought a new purse that I just love! It was fuh-reeeeezing outside but I walked the long road to my other favorite store and bought a few presents for some friends. I also got Andrew a “Thomas the train” Christmas ornament that was 1/2 off. Okay, by this time it’s only 11 am…hmmm…
I texted Kyle to see if he wanted to meet for lunch but this is his busiest day of the year so he said he couldn’t. I decided I would just take myself out to lunch! Before lunch though, I ran to Old Navy and Marshalls. I bought some new pajama bottoms and a cute little shirt for Andrew with a bow tie. Gah, I’m a sucker for bow ties. Welp, money’s gone which means shopping is over! Off to lunch I go!
It’s a little weird going to lunch by yourself. I mean, Taco Bell or one of those places is fine, but a sit down restaurant is a little awkward. Today I didn’t care. Today I was enjoying every second. I ate at a terrific eatery called Crepevine. Man do I love their food! I got a Greek style crepe with a side salad and a vanilla italian soda, yum! I know, who cares what I ate? It was good though!
I had to run to the grocery store to pick up some stuff for tonight. We’re making appetizers for the holiday and staying in of course. Then I came home, showered and got ready. After that I prepped some of the food for tonight and now I’m sitting here writing this. It’s almost 4, almost time to go get A.
I know you all could probably care less what I did today but it’s rare that I get a day to myself. It was so wonderful. I love love love being home and having a family, it’s my greatest blessing, but feeling like a 28 year old young woman today was pretty spectacular. I think we all have to remember to take some “me” time every now and then. I feel like it revitalized me. I sound like a broken record but I just feel so lucky, especially today, when I’m free and alive.