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Old 04-28-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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How do you enjoy your day OFF?

Thought it would be a great day off today...started off great with a, short but sweet, pampering at the hair salon then off to run other errands when I got stranded in the freeway with no gasoline. Horrible feeling! Worse of all, I had my little one with me. Poor DH had to leave work to come get us and get gasoline in my mini-van. Yikes! Surely, I have to be extra nice to him today.

And that's not all...got home to take a relaxing nap while little Christopher played in his room and I got a phone call from school that my older son was sick with a back ache and cough. Blah! When does a mom EVER enjoy a day off? When do we rest? Is there such a thing? My head's spinning and my back is about to break with so much stress---it's amazing we don't go literally NUTS! Sigh!

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Old 04-28-2006, 03:15 PM   #2
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Day off?! What is that? lol!
It's true, moms aren't allowed to have a day off or do we get sick days or vacation days.
Though, today I will enjoy running errands with only one kid. Maybe I'll get a cup of coffee or something just for a little relaxing.
Keep up the great work Dina! Summer will be here before you know it!
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Old 04-28-2006, 03:41 PM   #3
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Day Off = Unpaid Work

My days off and evenings are usually spent doing chores, shopping, etc. Whatever free time I have is usually spent on family recreation. I stopped napping in 1993, so I'm not sure what an interrupted nap is even like. My recharge time comes between 11:00 and 1:00, after everyone has gone to bed.
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Old 04-28-2006, 04:10 PM   #4
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Hey Dina, sounds about average for a Mom's Day off. Kate is home sick today too and I had errands that couldn't wait. So I went and picked up all the stuff for her ball team and brought it home only to discover that I was 4 short for the team. ARGH. Have a nice glass of wine tonight girl, you deserve it.
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:29 AM   #5
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I am well and truly over days off at the moment!!! Having been off work since 3rd March I would kill to go to work!!! I will admit i would enjoy some days off where I can walk/drive/get my own lunch and cups of tea though!!
Aren't you working full time Dina? I would love to teach part time.
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:49 AM   #6
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:47 AM   #7
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Hi Dina, I also have two boys and I always wonder about the same thing is there truly a day off (between an extremely demanding job, kids and their chores and a massive house). I guess my only day off is when I am on a vacation away from home. Still I am busy with kid chores and trying to make them comfortable or do things centered around them.

My idea of an evening off is to spend time with my best friend and go to ethnic markets and shop for stuff. We both love to sit and chat about home and decor stuff and prepare a nice meal and treat ourselves to it. With lives getting so busy we can only do it once in 6 months but when it does it always makes me feel rejuvinated.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:32 AM   #8
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What day off? Actually what I do is take a long weekend every couple of months to go somewhere alone and leave DH with the kids.the first time I did it was terrible, I was worried the whole time, I was actually in a hotel 15 mins from home just for a trial, then after that I went to another city in the same country, 45 mins drive and then two hours drive, and now I can travel to any European city. I call in the morning just after they have had breakfast, and in the evening just when I know they have had dinner and are getting ready for bed.My DH does the same, his are more football or rugby related weekends, or pop concerts from time to time with his friends.My kids are 8 and 5(to be 6 in July)Also travelling with work sometimes is like time off.I balance the two.
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corazon,
I miss my days running errands with only "one" child. Now I end up hauling all three with me. I would like to think as coffee being relaxing for me but it only adds more nerves and lack of patience with the kids. Chamomile tea for me-keeps me from screaming at them.

Vyapti,
I already got two unpaid days. Blah-hate it! Missed Friday and today since two of my kids are still sick.

Alix,
Hope Kate starts feeling better soon. Happy birthday to her BTW!

MrsMac,
I am working full time but not for long. I will go part time again in August. I'm filling in for a teacher that left on maternity leave and has resigned. And believe me, the last couple of months of full time work have been exhausting trying to juggle three kids, a husband and house work. I don't do well with so much on my plate. Why have you been off work?

Yakuta,
Your girls' day out sounds wonderful. I just wish my friends would have the same interests I do.

Jikoni,
You are sure lucky to be able to leave every couple of months. I think of it every time just never get to do it.

I better go check on the kids now. Talk to you all later.
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Old 05-02-2006, 11:55 AM   #10
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what is a day off?

i've been working 6 days a week since may of '95, minus vactions and sick days. technically it's 7 days because my 6th day of work begins at 10pm on my first day off, and continues thru to about 9am on my 2nd day off.
so i'm actually at work every day of the week, in a way.

since i have very little time at home with the family, i pretty much have given up my sundays to do whatever my wife wants to do. this only bothers me in the fall, when i'd love to stay home, or go to a buddy's house to watch football. often, i tape the games to watch at work later, but it is extremely difficult to avoid knowing the score of the game by sunday night.

over the years, before my son, we would go usually go skiing on sundays during the winter; to craft fairs and street festivals in the spring and fall, and to the beach for a day in the summer. when the weather doesn't cooperate, we go out for brunch, and then mall shopping. i think i have perfected the "extremely bored hubby" look in mall stores by now.

and if you hate holding on to your wife's handbag while she tries on clothes, just put it around your neck like a feed bag, and when she comes out of the dressing room, see if you can get it spinning around your head like a hula hoop (remember to check that it's closed or things go flying, and the humor is lost). she'll never make you hold it again...

now with a little guy in tow, we still do most of the same things, sans skiing so far, but not as often. since dw is home with our boy everyday and i'm always working, frequently i tell dw to go out with her friends, or just do whatever she wants to get out of the house, and i stay home to get some house and yard work done while watching the little guy (read watch football...yay! while vacuuming and washing windows...boo! )
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