Monday, September 26, 2005

Tangible Proof

I spent my evening sorting and organizing forty-eight packets of photographs. Two boxes now contain the tangible proof of our lives in the years 2004 and 2005.

Now, if I can just figure out where I put the pictures from 2003 and 2002, I'll be all set to resume scrapbooking.

Meanwhile, I came across this photograph.

Today, the twins had P.E. at the YMCA. After my husband dropped them off, he came home and picked up my daughter and the 3-year old boy we watch and took them to the park, leaving me home alone.

And how did I spend my precious quiet hour?

I cleaned out my refrigerator, including the freezer. Then I sorted through the ever-present pile of papers and magazines on the counter and relocated everything. I picked up the scattered Legos so they wouldn't become even more scattered. I took the recycling out to the bin.

And then everyone was home. What does it say about me that I spend a rare hour home alone cleaning out my freezer? What would you do if you were home alone for an hour?

19 Comments:

Blogger Cris said...

These days, it would depend on where I was when I started the time to myself...but back in the days when there was a household full of kids, I probably would have done one of those things you can't do and get interrupted by the kids, and then when they got back wonder why I didn't do something that was just for myself.

When is your "me" time?

Mine was always between 12a and 3a (but then I was young and able to function for days on only 4 hours of sleep a night)

4:24 AM  
Blogger Edna B said...

My choice would be a long hot bath with candles and music...Definitely not cleaning!

4:39 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I would read blogs.

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Melene said...

I would probably do something similar to what you did-because it would be done without any interruptions, but I'd have to turn the computer off before I started!

PS-My blog has moved to http://jmeg.typepad.com

6:04 AM  
Anonymous mopsy said...

I would probably sit on the couch and think of all the things I should/could be doing. Then I'd fall asleep.

6:21 AM  
Blogger sallyrogers said...

I would have done exactly what you did. As much housework without assistance as possible. That's dreamy for me!

6:23 AM  
Blogger WordsRock said...

Ah, so you've now experienced an hour of what my life has become: plenty of time home alone to do whatever I choose.

I think I appreciated it more when it was something special.

Suzanne

6:28 AM  
Blogger Jared Kirk said...

I have no children and therefore, get those moments pretty regularly (not trying to rub it in), but I almost invariably sit on the couch and read a magazine and drink two cups of tea.

7:15 AM  
Blogger tab said...

and what does it say about me when I say it is a rare "treat" to just go to the grocery store ALONE!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Eyes said...

I second the "where is your me time"?

7:30 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

Thats me exactly. I clean when I'm left alone and funny thing I went through my magazines on the shelf yesterday too. They pile up something fierce!

7:40 AM  
Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

I'd probably bake a pan of brownies (so I could eat tons of batter) and read blogs.

Yippee!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Only an hour? I'd probably just sit at the computer. I'm not sure I feel good about my answer.

Cute picture! I totally relate to the pictures as being tangible proof. I remember you saying once that pictures were the proof that you had taken the kids to do fun things. I think about that when I look through mine. I say, "See, we have a life!"

9:18 AM  
Blogger Smoov said...

With an unexpected hour alone, I would run outside or ride my motorcycle....once I have one!

With the planned time alone I have, I generally work or study

9:33 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I know it's your daughter and all but she looks EXACTLY like you.

I've got plenty of time for myself. That's what having only one who is a teenager with a job and girlfriend will do for you.

11:22 AM  
Blogger red fish said...

When I have time alone I usually take a nap or surf blogs. My messy house attests to that. If I can get my lazy self motivated, I sort through toys and hide the ones I think should be pitched. The ones the girls don't ask about for six months or more disappear forever.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Chewy Mom said...

Oh, I'd probably sit my butt down in my big, comfy chair and open up your blog and read it!! And then maybe write a blog of my own....I guarantee you that my freezer would remain untouched, and I'd be just as clueless about what is lurking in its dark corners as I am now!!

4:32 PM  
Blogger Feeble Knees said...

what does it say about me that I among the many reasons I'm looking forward to giving birth, high on the list is that I can't wait to be able to bend at the waist again so I can *really* clean my fridge, scrub the tub, the floor, etc.

an hour cleaning the fridge/freezer is an hour well spent my friend. I don't care who thinks that's weird, it's true. :)

10:58 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

When I get time home alone I either read blogs or clean out my children's closets. It is easier to purge when they can't see you! If those two things are in order I clean one room really fast, then sit down with a magazine and pretend the rest of the house is just as clean.

4:41 PM  

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