Today is the eleventh, and final, day of my vacation. Out of the eleven days that I have been off work, every single person that lives in this house has been here every day. Every single minute of every one of those days. This has made for a very l o n g eleven days.
Tonight has been the highlight of my vacation.
Because at the moment, there is no one in the house except for me.
The husband left for work this afternoon, the little kids are with my sister (because they still have three days of winter break left), and the teenager is at his girlfriend’s. I had the house completely to myself for FOUR WHOLE HOURS before bedtime. That’s 240 minutes completely alone. I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself with all of this free time!
I know that there are things I SHOULD be doing and there are things that I WANT to be doing, but the couch and the television kept calling my name. I simply couldn’t deny the pull that came from the living room. I knew I would feel extremely unproductive (and a little guilty) if I took my position on said couch, but I also knew that I deserved those few precious hours.
It’s not something I get to enjoy very often. As a matter of fact, around here it’s something very rare. Every single holiday that I get off from work is also a school holiday. The few vacation days I get I have to manipulate to cover the days that the kids get off from school that aren’t federal holidays. And the days between Christmas and New Years that my company is closed? Yes, the kids are out of school. So these very few, very precious hours are meant to be savored.
So what did I do? I sat on that couch, watched as many ‘chick flicks’ that I could cram into my evening, and I wrote this blog post. All very important. All very satisfying.
So, what does tomorrow hold? It’s happy-back-to-work-day for me!! But don’t worry, it’s a good thing.