Friday, August 19, 2011

What would you do with a little ME time?

by Teresa Slack

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this busy. I’ve gone back to work full-time, have put over 700 miles on my car in the last 4 days, am filling orders and coordinating 6 parties along with my own open house for my budding Scentsy business, and trying to order tuxes and plan a rehearsal dinner for my son’s wedding which takes place in less than 3 weeks.

Oh, yeah, and I’m trying to prepare for the ACFW conference. I don’t remember my flight plans or the classes I’m taking or even what day the conference starts. Forget about preparing pitches and finishing my current manuscript in time.

There are probably writers out there just like me facing similar challenges and feeling a little overwhelmed and out of their league. So I thought it might be fun to play a game this week. Imagine if you will a solid day of nothing to do but what you want. No laundry. No husband wanting dinner and clean underwear. No kids needing a ride anywhere. No dogs to walk. No committee at church wanting to know when you’ll finish the project you were gently railroaded into volunteering for.

Twenty-four hours of unadulterated ME time.

What would you do with it?

My gut answer is take a nap, but that’s because it’s 8:30 p.m. and my feet hurt and I’ve been up since five. A nap is almost a waste of ME time. What do you really have to show for it? So come on, everyone. Chime in and give me some ideas in case I get a day like that…sometime after my son’s wedding and I’m back from conference.

A trip to the library sounds nice. I'd love to browse the shelves for an hour or two and chat with the wonderful ladies who work there and get me like few others do. I might stop at a dairy bar—remember those?—and order a foot long hotdog, onion rings, and a large milkshake without worrying about calories and fat grams. Maybe I’d get my nails done. I love the way they make me feel but can never justify the cost. After that, I might come home and sit under the maple tree in my front yard and read some of the guilty pleasure books I got at the library. More than likely, I’d follow it all up with a nap.

So what would you do with a little ME time? You know you deserve it.


Cecelia said...

Let's see...I'd probably read all day. I might be tempted to order a pizza with extra cheese and mushrooms! I'd also enjoy a nice cold beverage! :-)

I doubt I'd get my nails done. The last time I did that was the day before I got married! :-)

~Cecelia Dowdy~

Molly Noble Bull said...

Nail are out for me, too. I'm not the type. Unlike Cecelia, I didn't have my nails done before our wedding.
The pizza sounds good.
Money is the root of all evil. But it would be nice to be Queen for a Day. But just one. I'm not sure I could handle two.

Teresa Slack said...

Molly, ME time doesn't have to cost money. Except for the manicure that I probably wouldn't do, everything would be free. Oh, yeah, except for the foot long hotdog. Napping is free, and that's my fave option. Thanks, ladies, for posting. Cecelia, were you going to eat that whole pizza yourself? LOL

Cecelia said...

Well...after I ate a few slices, I'd save the rest to eat the next day! :-)
~Cecelia Dowdy~