Of course we all have those "if money were not an option, I would take a holiday to..." ideas, but the reality is money is an option - much like time, commitments, responsibilities, families and work. So what if you could have a weekend - or even just a day - where none of these mattered. What would you do?
Here are my current top 10 things (in no particular order) I'd do if I could just catch a break:
I can count on one hand the number of non-academic books I've read since Zac was born two and a half years ago. Seriously. I had amazing reading plans for my maternity leave, and then when it arrived sleep was so much more valuable! These days if I find a 100 pager that I can quickly read on the toilet or in the bath (preferably in one sitting) that's about the best I can do, so to pick up a crime novel or human interest story would be a real treat!
|Since watching the movie I really want to read this!|
Despite coming from the health and wellness industry, I do not get around to training. Mostly this is because I don't really enjoy it. The only thing I can get into without too much effort or moaning is swimming. However, I've not always had the time or access to a training pool (because I can't just splash around), so I've not done too much of it lately. Just the thought of a good km or two, gliding through the cool water... I feel relaxed already.
Have I mentioned how tired I am lately? I can be asleep by 21h00, and when I wake up at 06h00 the next morning, I still feel exhausted. I blame the pregnancy. It's ridiculous. Perhaps it's all these vivid dreams I'm having. Oh to wake up and feel human!
I would call myself a bit of an experimental cook, which usually means I often have to try a dish out a few times before I can confidently subject anyone to it. Baking is more my thing. In particular I enjoy decorating what I've baked. The last proper-fondant-icing-covered cake I made was in September 2012, and I miss the creativity of having an idea and trying to recreate it with sugar and colour. I'm a little tired of muffins and brownies right now.
|Perhaps Tarrin and I can try this for Christmas...|
5. Sing/Play Piano
I have been working on an album (in theory) for the last two years. I have songs I have written but not played or sung for a long time. There's little as therapeutic as tickling the ivories (of course, without the additional treble notes played by 10 littler fingers) and warming up these old vocal chords - and while I've been playing in the church band still, it would be nice to pull out some old material and give it a good go.
6. Watch a Movie
Andel will be shocked to see this, because I'm not really a cinema-going person. Still, it would be nice to do a seemingly mindless activity, and sit and watch a wholesome, feel-good movie (preferably on my sofa, in my pyjamas).
7. Coffee Catch Up
Even better: high tea! I've suddenly got an interest in really girlie things like tea parties, and since that was not something I did (at all) in my former years, I quite enjoy having a heart-to-heart over a pot of freshly brewed tea - with some treats on the side!
|How good does this look right now?|
8. Date Night
I know this should be a priority regardless of my schedule, and Andel and I try to stick to our 'at least one proper date night per month' agreement. It's tricky though: date night (if we want to be alone, like a date night should be) involves finding a night where we and a babysitter are free at the same time, and since Zac is usually looked after at home, we end up going out. I do wish we'd have more of the spontaneous, stay-at-home date nights where we just hang out together.
9. Hair Pamper
For real. I know massages and mani-pedis are great, but if you know me well, you'll know that my all time favourite is having my hair played with, and I could really do (it's both a need and a want) with some time in the salon chair. I don't go often, but there's something so relaxing about sitting with your feet up - a cup of tea in one hand, a magazine in the other - and having someone else do you hair. My eyes are closing just thinking about it...
Although I try to play with Zac a bit every afternoon, the truth is: the general exhaustion of each day can make it difficult to be fully present for a long period of time. If I could catch a break I would love to take my relaxed and revitalised self through an endless play session with Zac where we can laugh, run, dance, build, tickle and play until we drop!
|Let the countdown begin!|