This is the fourth morning I have dropped off my two youngest (Katie, age 10 and Abby, almost 7) at a Vacation Bible School at 8:30 in the morning, for three hours. THREE HOURS. I can see the shoulder shrugs of some of you (big deal, three hours, so what), but I can also hear the gasps of amazed envy from some others (three whole hours to myself? Wow! I can only imagine) As a mother who has chosen a homeschooling lifestyle, time alone is at a premium. I had fully intended to write that entire time, each of those five days. On day number one, I did, but then I realized I needed to do more research to add to my second chapter. On day number two, I did the research and wrote some more. Yesterday, on day number three, Katie called me ten minutes after I got home and I had to go get her. I let her stay on the couch and watch television, but then my kitchen writing time was interrupted by retching sounds coming from the living room and the plaintive wail, “Mom, I need to puke again.” I ended up doing more research and printing everything out so I could take it with me today while I go to Dubuque with my husband for his doctor’s appointment. This morning, after I dropped off the girls I caught up with my e-mail and then did a little Christmas shopping online with some Photostamps codes I had. Check your local Walgreens stores to see if you can find these kits on clearance like I did;
Look in the photo department. These kits normally retail for $19.99+, but are on clearance for $7.19-$10.40 at participating Walgreens stores. You use the code inside the kit to make your own personalized postage stamps, a sheet of 20 stamps. Now, if you consider that a sheet of 20 stamps costs you $8.80 at the Post Office, $7.19 for a personalized set sounds pretty darn good. But don’t pass over the $10.40 boxes if you see them. For each box you buy, you are going to get $21 of credit on the Photostamps website, and if you buy and use more than one kit at a time, you will save $2 on each set in an order. I ordered 6 sets with the 5 kits I had and the credit paid for all of them. I’d also used a free shipping code which added some more credit onto my order because the kids pay for the shipping. If this sounds like a convoluted way to get an extra set free, it was, but it also means I paid $50 for $52.80 worth of postage. Would you buy 6 sets of personalized postage at your local post office for an almost $3 discount? And what better gift for someone you love, like your own mother, than a set of stamps with this photo on:
And, of course, I had to add a couple of sheets to my order of this photo of David and I, taken in a Chuck E. Cheese booth:
Did I waste this morning’s time alone on Christmas shopping and e-mail? Perhaps, but only because I know that I will be sitting in a doctor’s office for three hours this afternoon, writing. I actually look forward to doctor’s waiting rooms if I don’t have children in tow.
And then,there is always tomorrow.
Unless Abby gets whatever it was Katie had yesterday morning. knock on wood-
A friend recently commented to me, Time alone is highly overrated. I actually get bored. And lonely.
It hit me that only someone with plenty of time alone would say something like that.
It also made me wonder: Would a woman of means say such a thing to a mother struggling to make ends meet? Money is highly overrated. I actually am tired of having so much money. Whatever I want, whenever I want it, I just buy it. That can get pretty boring.
And then she’d probably wonder why I just slapped her.