Monday, October 11, 2010

From a Lizard to Done to The Bridge

When evening arrived today, I was done. 

What?  What's that you say?  I still needed to get the kidlets dinner, finish encouraging, teaching, and cheering on a kidlet who was finishing up homework, showers, chase down a lizard that decided to appear in my living room today (well over a decade here & there has never been a lizard inside my house, I rarely even see them outside...definitely stripped me of my zen) and did I mention that before any of this, I was already 'done'?  Done. 

But, I kicked in the Mama gear and ticked off the required activities of the evening.  And even though I was looking forward to watching Monday Night Football with my family, I needed a Mama break.  And thankfully, Hubby recognized that need.  (As I headed out, I realized that it has been over a year and a half since I've made this little solo escape!)

And off I went.  Where to?  Everywhere.  Nowhere.  Out.

Country drives are uber peaceful for me.  And I love this one lane bridge....when no one is behind you or in front, waiting to cross, if you pause in the middle, with only the water & setting sun's movement, everything stops, I breathe and my mind begins to quiet. 

On the occasions that I can't escape on my own (which is most of the time), when I've got that 'done' feeling, we listen to music, find quiet activities (coloring, painting, collaging, reading, etc.), or even head out together for a drive (I'm not the only one in this house who responds to a country drive! :>).

Always on the lookout for more deal with the 'done' mode methods, I'd love to know what you do to relax. 

What do you consciously do to dial down your day, when your day is not yet over?

Edited to add:  Mama did it!  Wee girl casually mentioned she sees the lizard. I caught it with a kidlet's Seahawks snack bowl that was sitting out.  Turned the bowl over & trapped it.  When I tried to move it, the little lizard escaped. I moved fast like him (her?? how to tell??!) and caught him/her again.  With wee girl's help, we got it outside & let it go. Phew.  Happy lizard.....OUTside.  Happy Mama.


  1. Humm...I think I don't relax until they are all in bed! Then, instead of relaxing, I tend to work like the Energizer Bunny! Hopefully that includes a craft, but mostly I am folding socks! LOL

  2. Country drives are at the top of my list of escapes. But honestly, if I need a "destresser" mid day, I meditate or do yoga.

    It really clears my head and helps me get back into a good state of mind.

  3. READ your blog! Hee Hee! That always de-stresses me, in a big way! Glad you got some ALONE time, the true gas in our "big person tank"... YOU are amazing! I adore you, Kare!

  4. This is a great post! I am really good at taking "ME" time. I've always been that way. I'm usually exhausted from my work commute in the evenings so after I cook dinner I love getting caught up on blogs and scouring Etsy. That helps me come down from the day. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Country drives, walks out in the country and on a rare occassion, a mani & pedi. Ahhhh that sounds good.

  6. I'm glad you could take some time to refresh and recharge! We all need that from time to time. I think it's driving time in general that helps me to relax. Uni and my work place are both more than 30 minutes away, so driving home always helps to make a kind of "transition". Other than that, taking the time for a cup of coffea or tea and having a quick chit chat with a friend is always a good idea! :)


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