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Friday, February 09, 2007

Claiming My Time

Given that it has taken me over two weeks to get to this blog topic, my success with finding time for myself could certainly be called into question. I really do find this blog and keeping in touch with other working mom’s to give me just a little bit of the personal space we all need in our daily lives.

Beyond my internet habits, I am a home-improvement kind of gal. Granted, my recent projects have resulted in a couple of trips to the ER for stitches, but the bringing them to completion and putting a “personal stamp” on my home environment are extremely gratifying.

Demolition projects are especially useful for venting anger and frustration– as is almost anything requiring a hammer. Note to self: need to find another woodworking type project for the next time the ex pisses me off. Painting – useful when I want instant gratification. Nothing like a little fresh paint to make things suddenly seem brighter and cleaner.

For the more tranquil times, I do enjoy reading and can plow through books when left to my own devices. Currently, I leave that for the before-bed wind down.

Exercise – well, that’s on my wish list, but I am hoping to get back into a gym routine. I think exercising is one of the best things I can do for myself – now I just need to claim the time to do it.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Hobbies for this Mom!

With two kids (and two more stepkids), and a husband who works a lot of hours and travels, I don't have too much time for hobbies.
One hobby that I have had since I was 10 years old is SOCCER.

Other than the two years I was pregnant, I have played on a soccer team - usually year round.
In the Spring and Summer I play on a Co-Ed outdoor team.
In the winter, I play Womens Indoor soccer. Currently I play on two teams. One team plays on Tuesday nights and the other team plays on Sunday afternoons.

Often I have to pay for a babysitter to be able to play on Tuesday nights, if my husband is out of town. But it is SO worth it! I am usually only gone from the house for about and hour and a half (the games are 45 minutes long) but my mood usually has done a complete 180 from the time I left the house, to the time I return.
Exercise and competitive sports does something in my brain - it always has. I thrive on it. It makes me happy, and when I am happier, I am a better parent.

My 3 1/2 year old LOVES coming to my games now and cheering me on. He also already has developed a love for the game and loves to play soccer himself.

Hopefully this is a hobby that I can pass down to my next generation!