"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Monday, March 21, 2011


if i had 24 hours to myself.
i would:
organize the basement.
watch the food network.
go to the gym.
take a long hot shower.
sleep in.
go out to lunch.
get a new bra.
watch the today show.
go to a movie.
and not in that order.
i don't like the gym anymore, but it used to be one of my favorite things to do,
and i think it would be fun to do something in my pre-mama routine.
just for one day.
like watching the today show.
i always felt so informed.
i barely heard about the earthquake in japan.
thank goodness for texting.
and people knowing that if it's not on disney channel,
i don't hear about it.
the thing i didn't like about the gym was going every day.
where it felt like a chore.
so i think it would be fun to get to go just for one day.
as a relaxing, enjoyable activity.
and really, i'd rather just go for an 8 mile run in the middle of idaho, but we only have 24 hours folks, and we all know i'm not in running shape anymore, so there's no way i'm going to be able to do 8.
man, i used to run!!!
and since we are dreaming,
i would also like to request no sore muscles the next day.
i used to love the food network show where they showed where different kinds of food got their start.
how they were all made.
when the today show is over,
i would have the food network on.
turned up so i could hear it in the basement.
as i threw stuff out.
organized the rest.
in bins.
i like bins.
a lot.
i don't even remember the name of that food network show anymore,
but before i had kids, i used to ALWAYS watch it.
i ate a lot more then.
mainly b/c when you watch the food network you get hungry.
even if you're not hungry,
watching it makes you hungry.
and it was usually on at 10pm.
evil i say!
so after sleeping in, going to the gym, and taking a hot shower,
i would get dressed.
do a little basement organizing/throwing out.
while having the food network on in the background.
and then need a break.
i'd go out to lunch.
like jen, i would have to say cheesecake factory would be my spot.
i would order:
avocado rolls with extra dip b/c there's never enough.
rasberry lemonade.
refilled at least once.
and another once for the road.
sugar retouched every time.
and a piece of the adam's peanut butter cheesecake.
i've tried others.
they do not compare.
it's all i need.
and want.
i would eat half of it.
ask for extra whipped cream to go, and save the other half for later.
back to the basement.
hopefully by now i would have cleaned out most of my teaching boxes which we all know i won't be using ever again.
god willing.
maybe have the courage to throw out the old cheerleading megaphone.
maybe not.
definitely put the pom poms and prom dress in a box.
good willed some of the toys?
maybe this basement idea isn't so hot.
but it's what i always want to do.
when no kids are around.
maybe it's just one of those things i say i want to do b/c i know the kids will never not be around so it's a safe desire to want b/c i don't really want to do it, i just want to say i want to do it, knowing it might never happen anyway?
that's too deep for a monday night.
so let's just say i'm working on that basement as planned.
then come up for a snack.
watch oprah.
during it's regularly scheduled time.
watch the evening news.
i'd better be feeling informed by this point during the day.
probably paranoid and a little depressed by all of the negative news too.
then back to the basement.
eat the last half of the cheesecake for dinner.
drop off all of the basement de-junking at the DI/goodwill.
go to a movie.
large popcorn,
layered butter 2 times, 3 if i'm being really honest.
extra salt.
large mug of diet pepsi and dr pepper mixed.
come home.
fall asleep reading a good book.
and if there really were no budget for this free 24 hours,
let's be honest.
i would have squeazed in a $1000 shopping spree.
on clothes.
and shoes.
just for me:)
the end.
who's funding this and watching my kids?!


Julie said...

Ah yes, we can dream, can't we? I too would be cleaning out--in my garage. Why is that even a thought for a 24 hours for me? Funny how being organized is such a part of who we are as moms and we know that once we are organized, there is so much we are able to do.

I'm so with you at the Cheesecake Factory, girl! That peanut butter cheesecake sounds AMAZING!

Oh if this weren't just fantasy, huh? I think I need to do a post like this too. Might just be therapeutic.

aubrey said...

Sounds like an awesome day to me!

I've never been to the Cheesecake Factory but I had to google the avocado rolls, they look amazing. I found a recipe I may have to try... though I'd have no way of knowing if they were the same.

karen said...

Oh, I really enjoyed reading this! So many things to do and NEVER enough time. Not even when the kids are grown...

Sue said...

This was really fun to read, Em. Stream of consciousness!


McVal said...

I would need 24 days to myself to get the garage organized, house cleaned, stuff good willed, and get me to a gym...
It is fun to dream tho, huh?

jen said...

That was fabulous! I'm still chuckling out loud. The sugar refreshed each time got me!
And butterless movie popcorn? Why even go?
Loved this!
Just FYI--I did watch the Today Show one morning. It was pleasant.

MiMi said...

I just had a 24 hour quiet house. It damn near drove me insane. LOL

Emmy said...

If you get a source to fund this I am so so in!