Friday, January 8, 2010

Just Being and Not Doing

BigB looked over at me tonight and said, "ya know, we've become that old couple."

We were sitting on the couch, just chillin' to some music and enjoying a little down time while LadyBug slept.

"What d'ya mean? That old couple?" I replied.

"You know. That old couple they always talk about. Where she's reading a magazine and showing him everything in it. That's what we're doing. You're reading that catalog, reading it to me, and showing me the pictures."

Its true. I was. It's a Friday night, I'm devouring the latest CrateNBarrell, and showing him practically every page. There's just so much cool stuff in there! We need it all, right? That super cool skillet that makes teeny little pancakes? That sweet mini bar? Those cute red dishes? Doesn't he want to see all this awesome stuff? I'm interested in it...shouldn't he? He is my "other half."

This is what our Friday nights have become. Hanging out with a home retailers magazine. At first glance it may seem a little sad. A little "old." But ya know, I LOVE it. Just doing nothing. Having no where to go. Nothing that has to get done.

Having a baby changes your free time. You crave it. You need it. Those few moments when you can just "be" and not "do." I never really understood it...I mean, how hard can parenting be? Ha. Endless entertaining, diapering, feeding, wailing, bathing. If the baby is awake, you're tending to her. If she's asleep, you're trying to get the kajillion other things done that you've put off: that pile of dishes, the laundry, brushing your teeth, showering.

And then comes the night. When she's finally asleep. The monitor makes no noise but a soothing buzz. Then it's my time. I'll sacrifice sweet sleep for a few hours of nothingness. By the time I have more than a few hours of alone time before bed, I'll have to wear readers and it'll be the latest edition of AARP.


Amy C said...

I WISH there was a pop tart diet...I am addicted to the strawberry and the fudge ones!
I don't think I can go without bread/pot/etc. I did the South Beach diet during all of the infertility and almost died..I lost weight but wanted to kill everyone around me and myself :-(
Well, at least you lost a pound! I gained one after going to the gym for 4 days!!!

'Murgdan' said...

Hmmmm...we've been THAT couple for a long time now. We never go out. Our nights are all spent pretty much how you described...

Oh well. :-)

Martha said...

Ha, ha, ha! I love being old and boring and Doing Nothing. I do notice that within 15 minutes of sitting still doing nothing, I am napping!
Our sons stay up later than we do, now I know we are getting really old farty!

Jen said...

Oh how I hear you on the lack of free time. I used to take it for granted pre-Jillian!

areyoukiddingme said...

It's much more relaxing to be that couple, anyway. Eventually, you'll get to the point where you go out and do things, but taking some time to do nothing is necessary.