Thursday, August 20, 2009

Writer's Workshop: What to do? What to do?

This is my very first time participating in Mama Kat's Writers Workshop.

The Prompt:

1) What will you be doing now that the kids are back in school?

First off, let me tell you that I have a 14 year old girl and a 4 year old girl.

My oldest just started her Freshman year of high school THIS WEEK! My 4 year old will get her very first taste of authority outside of her home at the end of August when she starts preschool for the first time.

As for me, I have been thinking of this moment of new freedom for approx. 4 years. Now it is upon me, I am excited and nervous at the same time. Preschool is only 3 hours a day 4 days a week.


1) go back to the gym...I did a full six months of gym time last year and since last summer haven't been able to get back into my 'groove'. This will be especially nice that I won't have to stop whatever I am doing to go and wipe a certain 4 year olds butt.

2) sit at a Starbucks or another friendly neighborhood coffee shop, drink a cinnamon dulce latte and read something on my Kindle...WITHOUT HAVING TO STOP TO WIPE MY 4 YEAR OLD'S BUTT!

3) meet a friend for a coffee (yes, I'm addicted, I know) again without having to wipe any part of my 4 year old

4) get a massage or pedicure...oh how nice that would be right?


1) go to the gym...get on an elliptical machine and think about my 4 year old and who will be wiping her butt since I am not at school with her...picturing her sitting there on the tiny preschool toilet calling for me to wipe her (I am hoping she saves going #2 for at home)

2) make my coffee at home, adding come vanilla caramel liquid coffee-mate, look through my cooking magazines/books and find new things to make for dinner

3) go grocery shopping (at least my 4 year old won't be there telling me that SHE can push the cart and run into all the grandmas there)

4) dream about a massage/pedicure on my way to pick up the kids

I think I will still try to fit in a coffee with a friend whenever possible...spending too much time alone will not be good for me!

I have been in isolation for 4 years. We have no family here and only a few friends which makes isolation quite easy to do. Plus it is in triple digits here still and there's not much to do outdoors when it's that hot.

This will be a big change in my life and I really hope I learn to make the most of it for myself. Registered & Protected


  1. While your 4 year old is at school get that mani and pedi. You deserve it. :)

  2. It's amazing how ready you'll be to hear about the kids' days after you get a break from them. Enjoy the silence while it lasts!

  3. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I hope your baby has a great time at preschool! Don't they grow fast! I think you should get a pedicure too! They make you feel so great. You need to feel great in order to avoid all that sadness you feel from the kids leaving!

  4. Congrats on being featured on SITS! I love Mama Kat's site. I am on the opposite end of the spectrum, my oldest is starting his first year of school. I have a two year old too, but it is amazing how even having one less gives you that much more time!
    Enjoy your time, your wipe free time! :)

  5. I have a 13 yr. old and a 5 yr. old so I'm right there with ya! Both mine started school on Monday and while I'm getting things done at home, I am bored and I miss having my girls around!

  6. ROFL @ #2 on Things I WANT to do!!


  7. Very cute. I'd love to tell you the butt wiping ends after they get to preschool and they magically figure it out, but sadly no. My 5 YO is starting Kindergarten next week and the thought of the skidmarks to come has me cringing.


    (here from SITS BTW)

  8. We never actually stop thinking about our kids for 5 minutes do we. The whole gym thing and your daughter wiping her butt is so me but with my son!! LOL!!! Your coffee at home sounds good to me. can I come over??!! :) Well, at least try to enjoy some alone time.

  9. Im with ya on the coffee!!! Enjoy your freedom!!! :)

  10. Oh I couldn't live without my coffee!
    I have also been in isolation for about 4 years, it's hard. I have a 12year old, almost 4 year old, 2 year old and a 7 week old! I'm actually not looking forward to my 12year old daughter going back to school next week! She's been a great helper these past 7 weeks with the 2year old and the almost 4 year old.
    Stopped by from SITS :) Will definately be back :)

  11. Oh, two kids in two very different circumstances.

    I know what I'll be doing
    -more laundry
    -checking and double checking homework (my #2 kid is way too honest with his teachers, like writing 'nothing' 'nothing' 'nothing' on his worksheets because he can't leave the squares blank
    -having lots more playdates
    -waking kids up instead of letting them get up on their own
    -begging my boss for the 7-3 shift instead of 3 - 11 so I'll have afternoons with the kids and William will have to do the icky morning time
    -tripple checking Brice's homework so he doesn't just write "this is boring' and hand it in!

  12. Ahhh, I am planning much of the same. Both of my kids will be in full time school this sept and I can hardly wait for the free time to do much of the same. Great blog, I look forward to taking a peak at your recipes. From a fellow SITS-ta!

  13. Awww, you are so cute! You should def get in some time for you if you have it now. A mani and a pedi and coffee with a friend sounds nice. It is good to have a balance so I think that you should treat yourself! :o)