Monday, July 15, 2013

Settling into Summer

Well, we're about one month out from the end of the school year, and here's what I've learned about myself:
  • While I imagine I would feel quite differently as a mother, I don't think I'll ever be a housewife. I am already driving myself crazy with these long, leisurely days. And it's only been a month!
  • I always knew I was an excellent procrastinator, but I didn't realize how good. I'm taking it to a new level, guys. I have a daily face-off with the dishes and usually finally give in to them around the time Terry calls to say he's on his way home.
  • I need to push myself in order to maintain productivity. It's easy to get sucked into the Internet--Pinterest and Facebook and blogs, oh my! My friend Amanda suggested aiming for one "big" errand per day. As long as I get that one thing done, I can feel good. How pathetic I feel compared to my crazy go-go-go self during the school year.

Today's "big" errand was getting the car washed. Taxing, right? I really miss having a driveway and a bucket to wash my own car, but someday I'll get back there. I made it to the wash after lunch, got gas, and also tackled four loads of laundry today.

The baking bug bit me around mid-afternoon, so I whipped up a batch of pecan-chocolate chunk cookies. Instead of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, I decided to try a recipe from The Newlyweds' Cookbook. I liked the ingredient list (only 2/3 cup of sugar for two dozen cookies) and thought they were incredibly simple to make. And delicious!

So that's a sense of how summer has progressed for me so far. I'm trying to watch a movie per day (I throw it on in the background as I clean or blog or avoid the dishes), and the rest of this week I'll be visiting with several friends. I'm getting quite a lot done, but I can't help counting down the hours until Terry gets home. At this rate, I'll be begging to get back to work soon!

One fun part of being off for the summer is more time--for everything! I can actually read my favorite blogs, I can create more deliberate workouts, I can play with Scout anytime. We can go to the farmer's market and then I can take pretty pictures of everything we buy.

So here are some of my summer goals:
  • Work more toward building my blog and expanding my audience
  • Find new blogs to follow, especially outside of healthy living blogs for the sake of variety
  • Finish chores, errands, and blogging before Terry gets home so we have more time to relax and enjoy each other's company
  • Cross those nagging to-dos off my list, like that dermatology appointment looming over my head
  • Reconnect and/or put more time into connecting with my friends
One way I've decided to start in on these goals is by creating a 30 by 30 page on the blog. Awhile ago, I posted a list of 30 things I want to do before I'm 30. This page will track my goals and keep me accountable. And this summer seems the perfect time to get started--so here I go!

Would you ever be a stay-at-home mom/wife/husband/father? Why or why not? (If you already are, please share!)


  1. I was briefly a stay at home mom, long, long ago. It was not for me. I feel better when I'm working, and I think that made me a better mom.

    If I were doing it over though, I'd try to find some way to work from home, so that I could get the best of both worlds.

  2. Cross those nagging to-dos off my list <--- I totally need to get on that too!

  3. I have to have to use a reminder app to keep from procrastinating. Set a due date and stick with it. Otherwise I just keep moving the due date :)

  4. I have one week left before going back to work and I do not want to go back! lol As much as I love my job, I wish I could be at home a lot more. Im the type who would LOVE to be a stay-at-home wife/dog-mom!! ;-)

  5. I am a stay-at-home mom, but I also have full certification to teach. I get to work when I want, but I also never have to worry about missing work because of sick kids!
    I blog, I cook, I garden. I find stuff to keep me busy. I also take my kids to the gym where they have child watch, so I can get an hour and a half to workout.