For the first time in ages I’ve had some downtime to think about Me. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been busy as ever, what with a school Victorian day which saw me make two dressing up outfits, be part of rescheduled sports day and have a school inset day to manage today, but for the most part I’ve had time to think and do things for me.
My freelance work contract finished with just a few weeks to go before the summer holidays, and to pick up another contract now wouldn’t be cost-effective as I would need to finance the cost of two kids over the summer holidays. So I’ve got some time at home during school hours all to myself.
I’ve been making the most of the time pre-summer holidays to get the little – but important – jobs done. I’ve been sorting out the wardrobes, cluttering drawers and tackling head-on the paper mountain that’s piling up on our kitchen work surface.
But whilst I’ve been turning beds and de-heading the roses, it’s all been at my pace whilst listening to my music without interruption.
It feels very indulgent to properly stop for lunch. Usually I’m eating something whilst tapping away at the PC trying to cram everything that needs to be done before school pick up.
But I’ve also been productive; I’m using this time to catch up with friends, have conversations with potential collaborative workers and take my time to prepare a new business pitch for late Summer. I’ve never had so much time to do these things. It’s been wonderful!
This week I’ve even managed to go running a few times, something I haven’t done for nearly a decade, but I think this could be my ‘new thing!’ – I’ve really enjoyed it. Again, maybe because I had time to indulge myself it it fully.
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I also had a strange encounter in my little market town, which only happened as a result of the Brexit vote, which made me think about me out here in the Shires, away from a bustling urban City
I sometimes feel a little guilty about being at home, but I know I’m on borrowed time. In a few weeks when school’s out for summer then my care duties will be on 24/7 – a completely different, busy scenario.
Until then, I’m going to continue to potter and sort out those long-term jobs which never get done and try & get them done!
I hope you’ve had a good week, despite the weather (again!)
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.