These past few weeks have been pretty friggin’ cool. So, first off — John works an 8 hour shift that starts either at 6 or 7 am, depending on projects and whatnot. Kidling leaves for the bus stop around 9 a.m. That means that most weeks (barring schedule changes for John or Kidling) I have, I have the house completely and one hundred percent to myself for about 7 glorious hours a day, four days a week. My schedule on those days goes something like this:
- 6:45 a.m. — Wake up to John kissing me goodbye.
- 7:00 a.m. — Wake up Kidling
- 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. — Morning routine (Kidling packs backpack, unloads dishwasher, feeds dog, does any necessary homework, brushes teeth. I start the day’s baking and feed the other dog.)
- 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Walk the dogs, do at home exercises, vacuum, take shower.
- 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. — Take care of any household tasks that need to be done (cleaning, bills, laundry, baking)
- 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. — Work on my book.
- 4:00 – 5:00 — Spend time with John, who’s usually home from work about now. Go to Kidling’s soccer game if one is scheduled.
- 5:00 – 5:30 — either pick up Kidling and his teammate from soccer practice (I’m a soccer mom!) or, if it’s my off-week for carpooling, start preparing dinner.
- 6:00 – 9:30 — Dinner, homework, family time.
- 9:30 – 10:00 — Prep coffee for the morning, feed the animals, turn off all the lights, wipe down kitchen cabinets, brush teeth, go to bed.
As a result of all this exercise, quiet time, and the resulting clean house, I’m doing great! I’m feeling chipper and laid-back, and am generally in a pretty low-key yet happy mood. I feel productive, generally emotionally stable, supported by my loved ones, and as though I’m a valued contribution and participant in the family structure. My anxiety levels are at an all-time low, and my tolerance for unscheduled changes of plan is pretty high.
Three days a week, of course, the schedule is upended and the house becomes a mess, but it doesn’t bother me the way it used to. Now it’s just like, eh, whatever. I’ll enjoy the family time today and clean up the house on Tuesday.
I’m not just adding walking/ running into my daily routine, either. Being a sahp means I don’t have to adhere to an employers time clock when running to the store and back — the biggest impediment to walking the 4 miles round trip to Winco is that it cuts into my writing time. So we bought a bike for me (and one for Kidling, who needed a new bike), and now I can bicycle to the grocery store for foodstuffs and exercise! Additionally, with Kidling and I now in possession of bicycles, Sunday family bike rides may become a thing. Woohoo!
Kidling is doing great in school and loving his courses. He continues to do well in soccer, too, and seems set and happy with his friends. I’m a little concerned about the grades of some of the kids in his friend group and the academic influence they may have on him, so I’ve been gently encouraging him to move away from some of the friendships he carried over from elementary school. It helps my case somewhat that the kids with the worst grades didn’t contact or hang out with him much (or at all) over the summer, which means they’re not really invested in the friendship.
Anyway, you’d think I’d be blogging more with all this free time, but as it happens I’m having too much fun with writing, drawing, and working out to blog. Go figure, lol. I will try to pick this back up with more entries. I’m sure I have old essays or something to post.