When I tell people that I'm taking an extended leave of absence, aka working my SAHW (stay at home wife) / funemployed spouse game, I usually get a lot of blank stares or "Oh, ok...." type of responses. It's weird but I'm getting used to it. I get that what I'm doing isn't the norm and a lot of people have asked how I fill my days.
- I still get up at the same time in the morning (usually 6 AM) to get ready for the day.
- Make Adam's lunch and breakfast...previously Adam made and/or put our workday meals in our lunch boxes before work. Now I do this for him...if he's lucky, he gets a cheesy note with some stick figures drawn on it!
- Clean up the kitchen. I swear that dishes are a vicious, never ending cycle! I try to put away anything that's dry and clean up anything still in the sink from the previous night.
- Tidy up the house...put things away, run the vacuum, start on some laundry, etc.
- Read blogs. Write blog posts. Try not to waste too much time on the book of faces.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, I volunteer at a local preschool so I spend my mornings there. I love it! It's been a great way for me to use my time in a productive manner and also structure my days.
- Do all of the stuff that I didn't do everyday with Paddy dog...take her on a walk, brush her, run around the backyard, etc.
- Workout, unless Adam and I have plans to run, bike or hit the gym together after he gets home from work.
- I make sure to get dressed everyday and am enjoying the challenge of trying to style my professional wardrobe for everyday! Sidebar - I promised myself that I would not buy an entirely new fall wardrobe of casual clothes for my funemployment.
|PS See that icky linoluem? We ripped it out yesterday and it's being replaced|
by pretty new wood floors this week!
- I usually set aside afternoons for projects...like painting our baseboards, putting together our wedding album, yard work, cleaning out closets, major cleaning projects, etc.
- Start prepping dinner so that we eat at a more reasonable hour (like 7:30) instead of 9:00 like we did when we were both working.
- Run errands. I make it a point to try to grocery shop during the week...and do all the other errands that seemed to take up most of our time on the weekends. My goal is simply to create some ways for us to enjoy the weekends more.
This break has enabled me to focus on things that just didn't happen when I was also working really long work weeks, like Adam. I've been able to....
- send my car in for a repair that was long overdue;
- hit every doctor's appointment during the workday and haven't stressed about it (!!!);
- obtain estimates for having new floors put in our home, an improvement/upgrade that I've considered for about 2 years and now finally have the time to do it;
- go to the post office during the week, a feat that I didn't think was ever possible;
- talk to my grandmother on the phone once a week;
- write letters to family and friends;
- handle a lot of random household things like transferring from cable to fios (which is saving us lots of $$), etc.
This time has truly been a gift, and in some ways a luxury. I know that and appreciate it completely. Somedays, I think about all the jokes I've made with friends about sitting down to watch the Today Show and then starting to day drink with Hoda and Kathy Lee....and then proceeding to eat bon bons and watch the soaps. But really, I simply don't want to do that! I've enjoyed the ability to be productive around the house and enhance our life. I'm enjoying the time to read (so far, I've read #Girlboss, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, and 3 issues of Garden and Gun that were sitting on our coffee table..). I'll be enjoying an impromptu girls' trip to Disney to see the Christmas decor next week and will have ample time to prepare for the holidays. This is a really good time in my life and I feel happy, rested, and well!
What's a big thing you've accomplished in your non-fitness life lately? I'm SO SO SO excited for our new wood floors to be installed this week!