September 26, 2011

What Free Time?

I always laugh a little when people find out my daughters are in full day kindergarten. One of their first questions is "What do you do with all that free time?" What free time? Don't get me wrong... I had visions of having some "me time," too, but it's not happening.
I work part-time, so my hours certainly vary. Now that my daughters are in full day school I've been able to change my work availability and work a decent amount of hours. My days typically consist of dropping my girls at school, going to work and then back to school to pick them up. I'm OK with that. It's a pay check.
On the days that I'm not scheduled to work, I'm running errands, namely going to the grocery store. If I'm lucky I can fit in a 3.5 mile walk. Other days, I'm wading through the laundry piles or trying to vacuum, clean, etc.
So, no, I still don't really have a lot of free time, but many days I manage to shower without anyone else in the house, (which means I'm not worrying about whether anyone is fighting downstairs). I consider that a victory!


MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Yeah, it's all relative, right?! ;) When my hubby is home from work (on the weekends, or during his summer break), I always feel like I should have "free" time. The best I can usually count on is the ability to take a shower during the day (as opposed to the crack of dawn before the girls are up, or after they're in bed for the evening). It's not much, but I'll take it!

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled on your blog. It is great and I love reading your experiences. I have one question, which you don't have to answer. Do you miss your old job being on T.V.?

Quadmama said...

Some days I miss it... the rush of breaking news, meeting new people, exploring new places. I don't miss the long days, nights, weekends and working on holidays!

MaryAnne said...

A shower without kids to worry about is a luxury I'm looking forward to, but I'm not surprised that you don't end up with much "free" time! I find I have LESS time with Emma and Johnny in school, because I spend so much time dropping them off and picking them up at their separate schools!

Holly Ann said...

Oh how I dream of the days when I'll be able to shower in a quiet of the many things I took for granted before children.

reanbean said...

So far, my time that the kids are in preschool sounds very much like what you described above. There's always something to do, but I'm hoping to carve out time here and there (once or twice a month, if I can) where I allow myself to put off chores and errands and give myself a true break. Still, I know what you mean about the luxury of showering without kids in the house. That has been very nice! :o)

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