Thursday, June 14, 2012

So it's officially Summertime now. What to do with 60 days of no-school...


All of you other stay-at-home/work-from-home Moms out there have a serious head start on me on this subject.  You see, even though my Kid is 7, this is the first year that I've been able to be home with him all Summer.  I didn't do it the "normal" way and have The Kid and just not go back to work.  I had The Kid, went back to work for almost 7 years at a full-time and a part-time job, saved up as much dough as I could, then quit to work on growing my small business/see my kid again (I worked 12-hr shifts that whole time, sometimes days, sometimes nights, most weeks with overtime, and always at full-tilt stress load).  So the other day The Kid comes up to me and asks, "what do you want to do for our 60 days?"  60?!  Holy ol' long-block-of-no-me-time Batman!  Then I thought, wait a second, this was the whole point.  This is why I'm home and not chasing bad guys or teaching people to do CPR over the phone.  Oh, and also because that job totally sucks.  OK, not entirely true.  That job was amazing on it's good days.  It was damned cool the day I got to talk a guy through delivering his wife's baby.  But those days, unfortunately were few and far between and didn't make up for days when the other side of life happened, and I had a front-row seat through all of it.

Anyway, sorry about putting on the bummer parade there, but the point I'm trying to make is that I'm amazingly grateful to have this time to do 60 days worth of happy things with a happy person.  And if I can handle getting pepper-sprayed, tased, taking guys twice my size to jail, and talking on the phone to people who are having the worst day of their life, I should be able to handle Summer vacation...right?

So what do you guys do all Summer?  Today we're going for a hike, and I'm hoping to spend a wicked lot of time in a kayak over the next couple months.  That's about all I have planned right now.  I know there are women out there right now shaking their heads in disapproval, and waving their Summer flow charts at me.  But this is the first Summer in a very long time that I'll be able to wear flip-flops every day instead of combat boots, and I'm a tiny bit amped about that.  Does anyone have about a gallon of sunscreen they can send me for my glowing-pale, formerly cut-off-from-the-daylight legs?

Thanks for stopping by,

1 comment:

  1. Keep checking your local paper. There might be a lot of community activities in your area that are low cost or even free.
    Sure, its not as exciting as a trip to 6 Flags BUT it does get you out of the house and who knows, you might learn something :)