I'm a mom trying to raise her my daughter up to be a strong, confident and fulfilled woman. She's a joy to be around, my Chicklet. But she has an astounding amount of energy and sometimes keeping up with her is draining. She's the Energizer bunny on Espresso!
So, I do like so many mommies do... I escape to the bathroom for some "me time". Of course, as a mom, the only me time I can manage, even in the bathroom is when Chicklet's sleeping. For some reason, once we give birth, we stop having the right to go to the bathroom by ourselves!
I don't take the time to do this nearly enough. Even relaxing requires too much energy sometimes. But I do enjoy a long hot bubble bath. I turn the bathroom light off and light a scented candle. Do I light a lavender scented candle? Vanilla perhaps? Or is it lily of the valley? Nope. In true mommy fashion, I light a clean linen scented candle so I can trick myself into thinking I've done the good mommy thing and washed the sheets and taken care of drying them in the sun ... on a clothesline that appears in the middle of a beautiful field laden with pastel coloured wildflowers. Because really, nothing says relaxation like the satisfaction of my Domestic Goddess duties fulfilled.
After that hot bath, I step over Dum-Dum, who insists on laying on the floor in front of the bathroom door and head into my bedroom where I've got a nice glass of wine waiting and I light another scented candle (well, of course it's clean linen... I'm about to crash into bed!).
I crawl into bed. And try to clear my head. Sometimes it's by catching up with the folks in the bloggosphere, sometimes it's by reading a good book. Of course last night, watching "So You Think You Can Dance - Canada!" (woooooooooooooooo! Travis did you watch? It's going to be HOT HOT HOT! Toronto set quite the tone!) was exciting and not quite conducive to chilling, but otherwise, after a chat with Honey I settle in early. Gosh, I'm boring!
Bloggosphere, meet Lynyrd. Lynyrd, stop eating bananas in bed!
Lynyrd was a gift from my Honey when we went to the Pittsburgh zoo on our first weekend together. He gets a lot of hugs. When I'm not "home" in my Honey arms, I sleep with my "woobie". Honey and I and looking forward to retiring Lynyrd's snuggle activities and consolidating our two families into one.
I apologize for not visiting many of you yesterday, between work, shopping for clothes for Chicklet (she grows too fast), getting dinner and homework done, settling in to watch "So You Think You Can Dance - Canada!" and relaxing... I was wiped out! I'll catch up tonight, I promise.
Don't forget to visit Robert and the other fine participants as they share their pictures and stories. And remember.. relax! It's Friday!