Why I’m Saying “No” to Eating Lunch at 10:47am

Some of these items were gifted to me as a thank you for inclusion in this post. All opinions are mine. 

Allow me to paint you a picture.

Me. Age 32. In a locker room at our local community center. I’m wrapped in a towel – my slightly purplish-bluish hair horribly disheveled from a shampoo-less, post-workout shower. On my feet are two sopping wet, white, ankle socks, drenched from that previously mentioned shower. A shower, for which I forgot to pack shower shoes. I’ve been burned by public showers in the past, so I’m a little gun-shy when it comes to putting flesh to tile in a locker room.

In my hand, is a mostly-dull, pink disposable razor that I am using to dry-shave my legs, because I forgot to bring my showering necessities with me into the shower stall. And while I’m all for body positivity, I’m nowhere near emotionally strong enough to do any kind of scurrying in the nude. So now, due to the dry-shaving, my gams are actively flaking skin particles onto the sweaty gym clothes I’m standing on, to help absorb the moisture from those soggy gym socks I was talking about.

A little girl scampers into the locker room to use the potty before cannonballing into the pool and stops dead in her tracks.

I might as well be covered in pigeons.

But my friends, while on the outside I may look like post-American Pie Tara Reid, on the inside, I am radiant. Because you see, today is Babysitter Day. Once a week during the summer, our sitter comes over for a few hours, so that I can have an uninterrupted day of doing things that my children would find excruciating, like shopping for a sensible mom-bra that lifts and separates without creating a roll of back fat.

On Babysitter Day, I am a woman on fire. I eat lunch at noon instead of 10:47am. I run multiple errands that require me to exit my vehicle and spend more than six minutes inside a single store. And I exercise without manipulating my breathing so that I can answer a question on each exhalation. On Babysitter Day, I soar like an eagle – free to move as the wind takes me.

Our family is totally digging our new letter board from Lowell & Co. Personally, I don’t think I’ve had this much fun with letters since my LightBright broke 25 years ago.

So, who cares if I look like an off-off-off-Broadway Grizabella? Me and my tri-tone hair have places to go and kids music not to listen to. Before too long the clock will strike 3:30 and I will return to my life as a mom, to the two wonderful little scamps who give my life purpose.

But until then – I’ll throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in [my] sails. 

Because today is Babysitter Day.

32 Comments

  1. Love this!!! I am a big fan of baby sitters! My schedule is changed this summer and I plan to include one afternoon w a sitter! I love your writing!

    • Thanks Harmony!! You are just awesome girl. I hope your afternoons “off” are everything you dreamed they would be!!

  2. Love this! Babysitter day is such a good idea. When I’m running errands by myself, I’m transported back in time to when I wasn’t a mother- I was just Davi. It feels nice and nostalgic 🙂 but I always look forward to coming home and seeing the one who calls me “mom”!

    • Yes! That’s exactly it! I also feel the need to tell everyone I bump into throughout the day that “I usually have two more with me!” As if they care! Haha 🙂

  3. Girl, I love this post and you!! I love the journey you take us on. And I need one of those boards!

    • Diedre, that is SO sweet. You are such a supportive friend 🙂 And yes, the boards are so much fun!!!

  4. Hilarious read! When I read the title, I thought this would be about how to not be hungry mid-morning at work…ironically, it is currently mid-morning at work 🙂 Way to eat lunch at a normal time, mama!

  5. I have a 5 month old so I literally have to set a timer to eat something which I haven’t had breakfast yet 🤦🏽‍♀️ I live for baby sitter day and I haven’t been burned by the shower at the gym but I won’t dare touch those floors. Happy Babysitter day!

    • With a new baby, I’m impressed you even have time to set a timer 😉 Thanks for reading Vashti!!!

  6. Oh my word, you’re awesome! Hope you kicked butt and did all you needed to do on Babysitter Day! 🙂

    • Thanks Virjinia! You are so sweet! I didn’t get to do anything cool like a cryo-chamber, but it was still pretty fun 😉

  7. Literal LOLs! Super jealous of babysitter day. Love it up, girl!

  8. This is hilarious!! Oh kid music….the absolute worst!!

  9. Enjoy your “me time”; eating lunch at noon is a Big Deal- Enjoy and Celebrate 🎉

  10. I think I need a Babysitter Day! Haha!

  11. Heck yeah to baby sitter day! This is awesome! I am a teacher and this summer my daughter went to daycare a little longer so I could have some time to re-fuel from the year. It was the best time ever! Now I feel like I am ready for the rest of summer!

  12. Haaaa, SO MUCH YES TO THIS!! Especially the mom bra part! I’m a girl on fire without kids for a few hours, too! I LOVE THIS.

    • Thank you Kristen!! I’m so glad I’m not alone on the mom bra thing. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one 😉

  13. Heck yes girlfriend, heck yes! I get days off during the week for work and still take my kids to daycare (I mean, I pay for it whether they go or not anyways). I can get SO much done without having to take them in and out of the car, pack a gazillion snacks, make a gazillion snacks, etc. Sometimes, I just want to clean my house and enjoy it for 45 minutes while I watch a tv show uninterrupted.

    • OH my gosh, the uninterrupted TV show is my motherhood unicorn. I will do anything for it!! I like your style mama 🙂

  14. Have I told you lately how much I love you?! Haha! Love this so much and I have no doubt you enjoyed your day 😉

  15. Good for you, girl!! 🙂 One day I’ll get there. ONE day I won’t eat lunch at 3PM 😛 😛

  16. Ohmahgah! I literally laughed out loud reading this especially this: “And while I’m all for body positivity, I’m nowhere near emotionally strong enough to do any kind of scurrying in the nude.”
    You have a new follower!
    It gets better! Son they are teens are you have all the free time…after carting them to eleventy billion activities!

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