Sunday, March 1, 2009

Alone Time

I've seen the question a thousand times floating around the blogosphere and every time, I pause to think about my answer and then get caught up in a daydream. What would you do if you had an afternoon all to yourself?

If you're a Mom, I'll give you a second to get caught up in your own daydreams.

Yesterday, I left J.and the kids at home while I went out for a few hours. I didn't have anything pressing to do. There were no errands that needed to be done. In fact, I didn't even know where I was going when I left the house.

Here's what my afternoon looked like:

Get in the car and pop in a CD. Crank it loud because that's the only way Beastie Boys should be heard. (Don't start judging me yet, there's plenty of time for that.)

Go to the mall and score a FRONT row parking spot, a feat that should earn me a medal on a Saturday afternoon.

Walk around the mall at my own pace, wandering in an out of as many stores as I want. Actually try on clothes in a real live dressing room without anyone crawling on the floor to peek at the person in the stall next to us. Do not stop at Claire's because there's no five year old girl there to beg me. Pause for a moment to think about going into Claire's to get a surprise for the five year old girl but banish the thought when I realize Gap is having a sale next door.

Back in car, crank up the Brass Monkey and sing loudly. (Don't even act like you don't love the Brass Monkey.)

Wander aimlessly around Target without stopping at the crap dollar section. Find a cute dress and decide to try it on. Admire how great it looks. Try to get dressed so that I can look for shoes to match the hot dress. Holy Crap. The zipper is stuck. (I didn't even have to apologize for saying Holy Crap because there were no tiny ears listening!) Try for ten minutes to get zipper unstuck. Pause to thank God that I don't have the kids with me to ask inappropriate questions while I am contorting my body to yank at the zipper. Walk out of the dressing room, red faced, to find help. After the 12 year old dressing room attendant tries for 10 more minutes to get the zipper open, she declares it hopelessly stuck because the fabric is fraying around the teeth of the zipper. She finally resorts to cutting the zipper open, with real live scissors. Mossimo, you let me down with your beautiful dress with the crappy zipper.

Buy myself a Cherry Coke Zero on my way out of Target without the dress. Because nothing comforts me like a Cherry Coke Zero. Except maybe a real Cherry Coke but that comfort brings calories.

On my way out of the shopping center, I saw something that I've been hoping to see for weeks. GIRL SCOUTS. WITH COOKIES. Don't ask how many boxes I bought because I'm not telling. (It rhymes with heaven.) This comfort also brings calories but they don't count because it's a good cause. (Yes, you may judge now.)

I finished my aimless wandering and headed home, satisfied. Next time I see a meme with the question about a free afternoon, I'll totally know how to answer. Next time I have a free afternoon, I won't be lured by Mossimo and his trick zippers.


  1. I'm so glad you had fun and the chance to have some mommy alone time. It makes you a better mommy when you get home. Have a great week!

  2. Time alone... even a few MINUTES... is like a mini-vacation. Cleared mind. My Beastie Boys is country music. We have a discount store here called Building 19... VERY discount, if you know what I mean. But I love it there. I love the super bargains and the silly signs and the buttons that the cashiers wear ("I'm only here til I hit the lottery.") I love my car in the winter when the sun has it all warm and cozy... and then I LOVE coming home to, yes, even dirty dishes and toys scattered everywhere because, inevitably, a couple of my grandchildren are visiting!

    By the way, I tried on a dress last week at Macy's and the zipper go stuck. I had to have the dressing room lady zip it up for me and then zip it down. The dress was too perfect to pass up (little black dress, was $170. marked down to $56), so I bought it with the idea that Barry can help me with the zipper detail when necessary! What is it with zippers, anyway!?

  3. woohoo, it sounds like BLISS!

  4. What a GREAT afternoon! And I definitely do NOT judge the Beastie Boys - my little one is just getting old enough where I can only listen to APPROPRIATE music now, and it's a bummer. :)

  5. What FUN! Well, except for having to turn into a contortionist!

    I laughed at the "12 year old dressing room attendant" line. Sometimes I wonder if their mothers know where they are, they look so young! I guess that just means I am getting OLD.

    Brass Monkeys?? Never heard of them.


  6. Completely jealous of your afternoon out. The only thing I want to do when I have a free moment is take a nap. Maybe I should make time alone more of a priority than sleep....

  7. The trick zipper was a blessing in disguise. You didn't buy a dress that would surely fall apart, and I find that a lot of things I like when I'm at Target, I don't like as much at home. Sounds like a great day. And I didn't know there was Cherry Coke Zero. Must try it after Easter.

  8. "Put your left leg down - your right leg up
    Tilt your head back - let's finish the cup....."

    So I'm not the ONLY mom that listens to this at full volume when I'm (rarely) kidless ???

    And I'm pretty sure ELEVEN rhymes with heaven-
    you could even make a case for twenty-seven rhyming with heaven! ;)

    just stumbled across your blog- what a great read! Thanks!