Saturday, November 03, 2007

Empty Nest, at Least Temporarily

Offspring is spending the weekend at camp with her new Girl Scout troop, and JF and I are wandering the house like lost little puppies. We had a nice dinner out together last night, and it felt very odd to be asking the hostess for a table for two instead of for three. My fingers had even formed themselves into "three" before I fully realized that they had a life of their own.

JF let me sleep very late, which was a nice luxury. I normally sleep as long as they'll let me on the weekends, but this was crossing the border from "lazy weekend" into "slothful and hedonistic." It felt wonderful.

We've puttered around the house, him playing "Call of Duty" on the Xbox, and taunting the youngsters with his sharp-shooting prowess, and myself making Christmas cards in the craft room, and digging on some songs I downloaded from iTunes with a gift card leftover from my birthday. Eventually, JF got so bored that he decided to mow the grass. In order to pull ourselves from the mire of childless lassitude, we have the high-time party plans to go get some Mexican food for dinner and then to go grocery shopping. It's a hot time in the city tonight, people! Stop us before we do something truly dangerous!

9 comments:

Miche said...

What a strange feeling that must be!

Enjoy your "free" time both together and apart!

Mexican food sounds lovely!

kathy a. said...

LOL sounds like a nice weekend!

Anonymous said...

Dang!! So THAT'S what parents do when kids are at camp. (I'm always the stupid one who goes to camp w/ the kiddos). Humm. Need to rethink that. Heehee

amy said...

mmmmm, hedonism....

Marni said...

Enjoy it! Relish it!

coffeypot said...

Enjoy it, but be careful. After a weekend of two, you may have to train your fingers to show four.

ccw said...

I hate it when we get time alone and then can't figure out what to do. Then, when we have them all we wonder if we will ever been alone again.

Sloth sounds like a fine way to spend a day or two.

amy said...

Actually, there's a book of rules governing these sorts of things.

http://xkcd.com/330/

(Don't forget to roll your mouse over the cartoon for the additional punchline.)

Yankee T said...

I feel certain you found some wonderful activities to fill your time. Myself? I totally love the empty nest when I have it.