Busy, Busy, Busy

I’m going to be very busy this weekend doing nothing. Seriously. I have the pleasure of a ton of alone time and I’m going to fill that time with flicks of the chick variety, books and computer. Coffee will be flowing freely and I may even throw in some Vermonty Python ice cream for good measure. I’m not going to go totally crazy with the eating, though.

I’m picking the kids up from school and taking them directly to church where they will get on a big bus and head to Harrisburg for PCTC – Pennsylvania Christian Teen Convention. They went last year and it was an awesome experience for all the teens.

My only glitch in the whole Weekend-To-Myself plan is another stinkin’ cold. It’s not a terrible cold. Mostly a full head – scratchy throat, plugged up ears, postnasal congestion. That sort of thing. But it made me miss Home Team this morning and I’m not happy about that! I drove the kids to the bus stop because it was about 12 degrees outside with a decent windchill and when I went upstairs around 7:20 to start getting ready I decided to lay down for a few minutes since I had plenty of time. The next thing I knew it was 9:10. Home Team starts at 9:00. Then I rolled over with the intention of getting up and making it for at least half of bible study and the next thing I knew it was 10:00. So I gave up. But I feel the loss of connecting with my Homies.

Oh wait. There may be another glitch. We’re supposed to get some snow and possibly ice tonight which means I’ll have to shovel the drive way tomorrow since my snow blowers will be in other parts of the country. That will cut into my indulgent plans and I’m not thrilled about that. But oh well.

But I am looking forward to having the remote control all to myself. I’m looking forward to catching up with all my blog buddies without hearing someone say “You spend more time with people you don’t even know than you do with us.” (I’ve never actually heard anyone say that, but there’s always the risk.) I don’t have to prepare any meals, do any laundry, be nice to anyone… I’m excited.

Both the kids asked me if I was really happy they were going away. Geesh. They make it sound so horrible when they put it that way. I told them I was thoroughly looking forward to some time alone, but that by Sunday I would be so happy to have them back. Hopefully I didn’t damage them any more than I already have. Driving Taylor to the bus stop in my pink robe and then cuffing him upside the head for messing with the buttons in the car in front of some of the neighborhood girls did enough of that.

And trying to pretend our life is a musical after watching Dream Girls and singing our conversation with a little dance move thrown in here and there seems to really bother him. Not Katie, though. She just plays along. OH! That reminds me of when she was very young – probably around four or five, maybe a little older. I would tell her to go clean her room and then spy on her from around the corner. She would walk around the room very dramatically, singing, “My mother told me to clean my room, but I don’t want to-o-o-o-o-o-o. Why must I do these things she asks of me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e?” It was hysterical! I so wish I would have gotten that on tape. She was starring in her own little version of Katierella or something. So funny!

Back to all of my family being gone. I suppose I could have lied to them and tell them how sad I was going to be, how miserable my lonely weekend would be, how I would probably spend most of the time crying, blah, blah, blah. But they would have caught on pretty quickly and lying is just wrong.

Lucky Todd gets to see his new niece and nephew – The Pretty Princess and Tank. Or Olivia and Nicholas. I’m very jealous. VERY JEALOUS! They are so cute! We’re going to California for Christmas (in Palm Springs) and I’ll get to see them then. But this very weekend — nay, this very day he’ll get to hold them and squeeze them and munch on them… Jealous I am. (I talk like that because I’m part hobbit. Remember?) My mother-in-law cracks me up because she’s so worried my children will think she doesn’t love them any more now that she has two new grandchildren. How wrong she is, but I can’t figure out how to convince her of that.

Ooo! Look at the time!! It’s almost time to pick up the kids!!



  1. Cheryl Wray on February 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Okay…her song is SO funny!!!! i love it!!!Hope you don’t get too cold!!! We have been so cold all week, but it’s supposed to be like 65 tomorrow. That will be so nice!!!

  2. Gretchen on February 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    “I told them I was thoroughly looking forward to some time alone, but that by Sunday I would be so happy to have them back. Hopefully I didn’t damage them any more than I already have. “Likely not. :)I just love you, silly rabbit. I hope you have a wonderful weekend of nothing special and lots of fun. xxxooogretchen

  3. Jen on February 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Enjoy your weekend Jen! Hope the weather and your cold does not interfere with your plans…You drove Taylor to the bus stop in your robe?? Good for you! ROFL!!

  4. Shauna on February 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Your weekend sounds divine! I’m a teensy bit jealous. Okay, I’m a truck load of jealous. Seems like my February has been packed full and a weekend alone would be heaven. Enjoy yours enough for the both of us!

  5. His Girl on February 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I love this whole post, but am distracted by PALM SPRINGS FOR CHRISTMAS??? I AM TOTALLY GOING TO STALK YOU!!!!

  6. Tanya on February 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    A weekend with the house to yourself sounds wonderful. Full control of the remote, no guilt for lots of internet time, no worries about leaving the kitchen a mess, when no one sees it. You can stay up all night and sleep all day. You can invite all your Home Team Homies over for a sleepover and don’t have to worry about those kids keeping you up. What fun!

  7. Sing4joy on February 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    *taps fingers…..tilts head from side to side….checks the couch for loose change*how am I going to get to Palm Springs in December? I could ‘visit my parents’. Maybe if I dangle the grandkids in front of them, they’ll forget I’m there – but they’ll have to pay for me too if they want the kids…..

  8. The Daily "B" on February 29, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I’ll pray for no ice or snow so you don’t have to clean that driveway! I think Katie needs blog… she sounds like a riot!Enjoy no kids, chick movies, Vermonty Python ice cream and a quiet house!

  9. Jenster on February 29, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Cheryl – I’ll be inside and nice and toasty. lol I am looking forward to spring, though.Gretchen – It’s 6:00 on Friday night and so far so good! :o)Jen – At least I didn’t walk him to the bus stop in my robe.Shauna – I will enjoy it enough for both of us! I know I’ll be ready for everyone to get home by Sunday.His Girl – Stalk away, baby!!Tanya – I love having the remote to myself. :o)S4J – I like where you’re going with this…Deb – I’m afraid of what Katie might post if she had her own blog. She can be very dramatic and exaggerate her stories. She is a great writer, though!

  10. Gretchen on February 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Okay…now I’m jealous of HG and S4J. I’ve never been to Palm Springs. I would even give up a holiday with my inlaws to be with you all. 😉 Because I’m a giver.

  11. Anonymous on February 29, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Jen!I am having a weekend to myself as well. Wish we could be together. Your trip to California – will you spend the entire time in Palm Springs??? I would love to see you.I drop by your blog often. I don’t leave comments because I don’t have my own blog/blogger account – just intimated by all of the professional bloggers. I am merely a mortal. 🙁 When you get a chance, please send me your email address. Mine is smagnus@fwhb.com.Love you,Sheila

  12. Becky on February 29, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    LOL, Gretchen, you giver you. I’m giving that way, too. ;o)PALM SPRINGS?! Count me in if y’all are plannin’ a get together!Have a wonderful ZERO-responsibility weekend, Jenster. Like Shauna, I’m crazy jealous! My husband is at a conference this weekend (since yesterday)…and so I’ve got the boys to myself 24/7 until Sunday evening. I also have a cold (complete with man-voice) and Judah barely over an ear infection… I’m going to be ready for a weekend like yours the minute Jeff gets home!HAVE FUN!

  13. His Girl on February 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    oh my word, a whole bloggy palm springs extravaganza? *BACKSPRINGS*

  14. Lynilu on February 29, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Aww, Jen, I’m sorry you’re sick, even a little bit sick. :'(That song is funny! It’s much nicer that what my daughter was singing (long time ago ). Told to clean her room, she was sorta slamming clothes into the hamper singing, “Take this job and shove it”!!! My son explained to her the potential consequences of her choice of song!Hope your weekend is good, and the cold just disappears!! 🙂

  15. Rosie on March 1, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I don’t have to prepare any meals, do any laundry, be nice to anyone… I’m excited.My bad? Not having to be nice to anyone (meaning the swell dudes I live with) would be a very welcome break. I MIGHT even consider some snow and ice for that.And, how in the world did you ever think you could mention being in So Cal for Christmas and not have everyone in a 100 mile radius want to meet you? 🙂 It’s good to be loved. Yes?

  16. KT on March 1, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Jen, have a wonderful “just-me” weekend, don’t even think about the rest of us who are so very jealous (in a good way, really)! If you find the house is too quiet (as if!) then maybe you can get yourself plowed out of the snow and venture out to a quiet little cafe to have a snack and catch up on your reading. Whatever you do, enjoy your time! Take care, Katie

  17. Lori on March 3, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Must be something in the air. My hubby was away this weekend, too. Off skiing with our college roommates. No wives allowed. Harumph.I’m not too far from Palm Springs, either, Jen. I know Christmas is a terribly busy time, but let me know if you find time to get together with your cyberspace friends 🙂

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