"What do you DO?" meaning, How on earth do you fill your time at home, if not with LOST and CSI and American Idol?
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh. In case you were also wondering, here is what we do:
- Work. As expected, this takes up a lot of time- 40 or more hours a week!
- Cook. I get home between 4:30 and 5:30, and we eat dinner no later than 6, then I clean up after dinner (most of the time, anyway). Sometimes after dinner, if I'm craving something sweet, I'll whip up some brownies or another dessert. If I saw a recipe online I just HAVE to try, I'll spend my free time in the evening experimenting.
- Regular weekly activities. Monday and Wednesday evenings are full with bible studies and choir practices & helping out at church. We go to church for worship on the weekends, and once every 4 weeks or so, Josh is there all weekend for a choir performance.
- Friends and family. We enjoy getting together with loved ones, so at least one evening a week is spent over dinner with family or friends- sometimes at our house, sometimes in a restaurant, sometimes at another house.
- Chores. Because we're not home most the day, the house doesn't get terribly dirty, but dishes and clothes still need to be washed, as well as other regular-cleaning tasks. Mostly, the clothes & house cleaning get done on the weekends. In this category I'm also including business-y chores like paying bills and budgeting, etc.
- Home improvement. This has been a big one lately. Curtains. A light fixture. Decorating. Hanging things on walls. Finding a place for everything. Still working on it.
- Reading. I've been reading more lately, and it's good for me. I've been meaning to post some quotes from my current book, The Complete Fairy Tales of George McDonald.
- Talking. We sit and talk and dream and plan. There is nothing better, really, then to just spend time conversing with the love of my life.
- Games. We've really gotten into board games. If we pull one out, we'll usually play it at least a couple times in a row that evening. I like having non-virtual fun.
- Computer Time. One of the blessings of dial-up is the fact that it's more painful to waste time online. We pay bills, research things we need to know, blog, upload pictures, and not a lot else.
- DVDs. Every now and then, we'll watch a movie, or an episode of Star Trek: Next Generation or Firefly. This has been happening a lot less lately- in fact, the TV hasn't been on since last week, I'm pretty sure.
- Sleep. I'll admit, I go to bed really early, like 9:30. And I'm a morning person- my favorite time of the week is Saturday mornings between 6:30 and 10- the world is quiet, and I can get so much done.
- Anticipated time-takers. In the foreseeable months, we will have new things to take our time- a garden & yard to take care of, and perhaps even a pet. I look forward when we can get outside more and have fun with picnics and hikes and swing sets at the park.