Jason, world traveler, went to his cousin Jenn’s wedding last Friday. He was only gone for a night, but his return on Saturday night gave me an opportunity to hone my How To Make The Day Go By Quickly As You Anticipate Your Husband’s Return tactics.
1. Stay up late the night before. Jason called at 11 pm on Friday, waking me up. I was pretty incoherent for the first five minutes of our conversation, but after that I was wide awake. I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I read (a book that had previously caused me to fall asleep in the first place), located my retainer, looked for my blue and red-striped shirt and put in some laundry. I think I finally fell asleep around 2 am.
2. Sleep in. Thanks to my late night, I slept right through my internal clock and my actual alarm clock, not waking until 8.
3. Exercise, preferably for a long time. I was going to run ten miles (this is marathon season after all), but it was pouring outside. I checked whether the rain would abate later, but it actually looked like it would only get worse. I finally decided I would just do three miles and call it good.
Once I got going I felt okay, though (per usual) and my good hat kept the rain out of my face. At mile 2.75 two roads diverged and I could go left and end at three miles or right and do at least six. I went right. I stopped for water at a ward member/friend’s house at mile 7, and ended up doing 11. The rain never let up, but I felt pretty victorious at the end!
4. Nap. I took my first nap of the day at 11.
5. Talk to your mom on the phone for at least an hour.
6. Run errands, or invent errands to run. I went to the running store and tried on some shoes. Then I decided to go to Michael’s for fun and, of course, found things I desperately needed.
7. Read, which may lead to another nap.
8. Cook things. I made pizza and no-knead bread dough.
9. Watch mindless television. I usually don’t advocate this, but in my exhausted state I enjoyed vegging in front of some House Hunters. (Does anyone really entertain that often? Also, as someone who spends the majority of her thinking-about-having-a-baby-someday moments strategizing about whether a crib would work better in our kitchen or dining room, I have little sympathy for the house hunters who “need” two guest bedrooms, an office, and a craft room.)
10. Drive around the airport in circles. To be fair, I usually wait in the cell phone lot, but yesterday it was full–so full, in fact, that cars were partially blocking the lane turning into the cell phone lot. I didn’t want to be part of that mess, so I circled the airport for 25 minutes waiting for Jason. If my calculations are correct, that comes out to more than twelve revolutions. No wonder I was dizzy when I finally stopped to let Jason hop in.
That’s how you do it folks!