Last week after work I went on a date with myself. Sounds kinda weird, but it was just what I needed. I have been working a lot and have had no time for myself to just not think about things and do what I wanted to do. The thing about being a working Mom is that you are always "on". The only time I really have when I am not tending to someones needs or cleaning up or getting ready for the next day is during my commute and that is not exactly relaxing.
So I asked The Husband to take H on a date (another post for another day, but I really believe in daddy daughter dates) and after work I went and did some shopping and just generally was accountable to no one. It was great.
It did come with a little guilt, but I also think its good for me to be self aware enough to know that I need a little alone time. My book club has recently disbanded, so I really wasn't getting any time out of the house at night. The Husband asked what I did, any really I just wandered around and shopped and ran errands. I went to a couple of my favorite consignment stores (found some ankle booties and a plaid button down), Marshall's, DSW, etc.
I think I am going to make it a monthly or every-other-month activity. I was home in time to tug H into bed, and she didn't even miss me. Plus, B did some of the dishes that were piling up. Win, win!