Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I played hooky today.

It's something I've done so rarely, I'm not even sure how you spell it.

No, I didn't falsely call in sick. This was planned. I talked to my GM yesterday and Ok'd the whole thing.

I did not, however, tell Little AM that I was not going to work today.

I made sure all my work was done yesterday so that I could have today off. Even when I'm playing hooky, I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility.

I needed this day off for more reasons that one. Not only am I trying to get out of my rut, but I never, ever have a day all to myself. I know some of you SAHMs are thinking the same thing, but at least when you stay at home you can justify taking your kids to Mothers Day Out once in a while. When you work, or at least when I work, I feel the need to make up for lost time by spending all my non-working time with my daughter.

Anyway, Jason was at the auction, and Anna Marie went to the babysitter's as usual, so I had the whole day (or at least nine hours) to do what I wanted.

And what was the first thing I did on my day of freedom?

Why, cleaned the kitchen, of course.

I spent about 45 minutes cleaning the kitchen, dining room, and living room, and about another hour watching daytime TV (uplifting, edifying stuff, to be sure). Then I went to Memphis to eat lunch with Jason at the auction, and ran to a few stores while I was up there.

Among other things (like snacks for my jewelry party this weekend) I got Anna Marie a new rug, a fabric-covered bulletin board, and some silk flowers for her room.

When I brought her home, she said, "Mom, when did you buy all this stuff?"

I replied, quite truthfully, "Today."

"When today? On your lunch break?"

"Well, I guess you could say that." I had gone after I'd eaten lunch. I just didn't tell her that I'd eaten lunch in Memphis.

I feel so productive - I got a lot of stuff done. I've decided that I'm going to do this on a more regular basis, maybe once every other month. I get two weeks of vacation and a week of sick leave every year, but I can only take a day here or there because there isn't anyone to cover my job.

Last year, I had three vacation days and two and a half sick days that I lost because I didn't take them. As God is my witness, that's not going to happen this year!

So tomorrow it's back to the old grindstone. I'm hoping my little sabbatical makes me a better worker, not a worse one!


Valerie said...

oh yeah, baby! sneaky vacation days are the best! but it is hard to go back after playing hooky...so do it again, soon!

doodlebugmom said...

Good for you! Glad you got your 'mental health day'

And you better use all those vacation days!

Susie Q said...

I am glad you did this! Everyone needs such days...GOOD FOR YOU!
Do it as often as you can.
Your day sounded great!
I know your little darlin' loves the cool thngs she got!

Oh...just wanted to say that I think she looked wonderful at the pony thingee...how could she not! She is adorable anyhoo and that outfit and bow are so sweet and pretty. Really! Just perfect.

Take care now....warm hugs,

Melissa said...

I'm already figuring out when will be a good time to take my next sabattical!