Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What do to with quiet?

Every now and then, I find myself on a work-from home day with Amelia at school and a very light work load. I run an errand or two, investigate the latest coupons, and get the laundry started. I refresh Facebook and my work email every few minutes, looking for a new conversation or task. I watch the clock.

These days are really slow.

Amelia is in extended day school because I work several hours per day - sometimes in the office, sometimes at home. I do not pick her up until 4:00. On days like this, my body feels lazy. My mind is sleepy. By brain has no idea what to do with all of the quiet.

It is funny how I often find myself begging for some alone time with no responsibilities and no pressures. But when I get it? I have no idea what to do with myself!

Snacking and TV are not going to cut it. Three loads of laundry are already clean, dry, and tucked away in various closets or drawers. The carpet is sporting brand new vacuum lines. The sun is shining... perhaps I should go for a walk? If I burn more calories, maybe I can enjoy a cold ice cream treat with my girl this afternoon.

It is not often that life and work both reach a quiet place. I should enjoy it, I suppose. But I miss my chatterbox, a perpetually singing and dancing little wonder. My ears have grown used to having her around. 

What am I supposed to do with all of this silence? 
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