Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Solo Time

The kids are I are flying solo this week so here is my list of top ten things that happen when I'm the only grown-up in the house.

1. Kid food: Pizza. Chicken and Dumplings. Burritos. All eaten at a much more kid-friendly hour than dinners normally take place Chez Garth.

2. TV: On a weeknight!! *gasp* And even more gaspworthy, I sat down and watched Total Drama AllStars too so I wouldn't feel so left out of my children's conversations.

3.  Thermostat at Seventy-Eight: What? It's chilly in Virginia. Plus we have all these big windows. Seventy-eight lets us pretend we live in Hawaii.

4. Bright Lights: The entire house lit up like a Christmas tree. Not that the kids and I are afraid of the dark or anything. It's just, you know, extra dark out here in suburbia. Besides, lights in winter feel cozy and do a great job of scaring away monsters and murderers.

5. Loud Music: Another important factor for scaring away monsters and murderers. Plus it's fun. And somebody on the block should be the weird family who dances around in their PJs.

6. Trash TV: Pretty Little Liars after my kids are in bed. Don't judge me!

7. Texting and Tweeting: While I watch the aforementioned trash TV. No, I'm not a teenager. Why do you ask?

8. Queen of the Bed: It's king size. I'm the size of a seventh grader, but that doesn't hinder my ability  to commandeer the whole thing. My husband frowns on this. When he's gone, I indulge.

9.  No Bedtime: I'm a night owl. My husband is an early bird. When I'm flying solo I don't feel bad about staying up late to dig into something literary, which has the added benefit of counteracting my trifecta binge of Trash TV, texting and tweeting.

10. Of course, the best part about being solo is that it has an expiration date. See how I cheated there? Couldn't quite come up with a full list of ten. But I think, to quote Martha Stewart, that's a good thing.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't do well solo. I can't sleep if my wife isn't there.
You would freeze at our house. I protest if the temperature is set any higher than sixty-eight.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yah, I love solo but am always glad for the expiration date too. Solo for me means the blasted TV isn't on at all (because when the guys are here it's always on)! My sister was up visiting yesterday and pronounced my house 'freezing', lol! I like it cool.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Connie J Jasperson said...

Loud music does indeed scare away murderers. And paparazzi.

Beylit said...

I just sort of freak out when I am alone and don't sleep. Normally I will watch marathons of shows I've been meaning to watch until I pass out on the couch with the cats. If I just try and sleep I scare myself and lay awake in bed with my phone in my hand and a short sword at my side.

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, would totally freeze.

Sia, we tend to keep the TV off during the week so having it on feels semi-shocking

Connie, duly noted!

Beylit, maybe I need one of those swords.

Joanne Noragon said...

The kids must love it, too, and they could never OD on pizza.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I've had a lot of Solo Weeks this fall. My husband's travel schedule has been crazy.

Solo Weeks for us mean a lot of the same things as they do for you: reheated frozen meals, lots more TV, later bedtime for me, and the German Shepherd sleeps in the house instead of in the garage!

Nicki Elson said...

Yahoo! Live. It. Up. Ain't nothin' better than a king-sized bed all to oneself...even though I tend to stay put in my little cocoon, I just looove it. I suppose it's because of the absence of snoring.

78! This Midwesterner doesn't even know what to say about that. But enjoy every moment of it.

jaybird said...

Your list is great! I both love and hate my Solo Weeks. The Husband is such a large personality (quite literally) that his absence is blaringly apparent. That being said, the girls and I rejoice in being able to eat only a salad for dinner instead of having to prepare three different types of meat products. Also, it's refreshing to have total control over all the media in my house. We go on "chick flick" movie binges while The Husband is gone...LOL And although he drive me mad with all of his snoring and bed hogging, I can't sleep a wink without my Husband right by my side. :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

I love any time I'm left alone. That means some serious writing will be done. Also, 78? I cringed. That sounds like a sauna. Like Alex, I keep it at 68 and usually walk around in t-shirts and shorts.

Mark Koopmans said...

I don't know about anyone else in Hawaii, but in our house, 78 is too hot, 74 is too cold and 76 is just right.... now where did I put my bowl of porridge...

I don't know any of the shows you mentioned, but that's probably 'cos I'm watching all these other TV shows on CrackFlix

Anonymous said...

I don't mind doing the solo thing once in a great while, depending on the reason. If it is because my husband and son are doing guy things, I'm all for that. That is when I watch my chick flicks (with lots of tissues near by), give myself a special facial, try a new recipe or two, and do whatever other things I want to do.

Lisa Gail Green said...

I hear you! When my DH is gone my favorite part is cooking only kid stuff. It's easy. :P LOL