i'm remembering the time i spent with tina fey. have you read fey's book, bossypants? i read it a couple of months ago, but a great friend recently reminded me how absolutely funny the book is, and a must-read for women. i really did laugh out loud when i read this book, and received puzzled looks from both my husband and kids when this occurred. (there is also some very poignant lessons on cattiness and how women should spend more time building each other up rather than tearing each other down.) i do highly recommend it. below is one of my favorite parts of the book regarding moms needing to take "me time":
Any expert will tell you, the best thing a mom can do to be a better mom is to carve out a little time for herself. Here are some great “me time” activities you can do.
- Go to the bathroom a lot.
- Offer to empty the dishwasher.
- Take ninety-minute showers. (If you only shower every three or four days, it will be easier to get away with this.)
- Say you’re going to look for the diaper crème, then go into your child’s room and just stand there until your spouse comes in and curtly says, “What are you doing?”
- Stand over the sink and eat the rest of your child’s dinner while he or she pulls at your pant leg asking for it back.
- Try to establish that you’re the only one in your family allowed to go to the post office.
- “Sleep when your baby sleeps.” Everyone knows this classic tip, but I say why stop there? Scream when your baby screams. Take Benadryl when your baby takes Benadryl. And walk around pantless when your baby walks around pantless.
- Read! When your baby is finally down for the night, pick up a juicy book like Eat, Pray, Love or Pride and Prejudice or my personal favorite, Understanding Sleep Disorders: Narcolepsy and Apnea; A Clinical Study. Taking some time to read each night really taught me how to feign narcolepsy when my husband asked me what my “plan” was for taking down the Christmas tree.
Just implementing four or five of these little techniques will prove restorative and give you the energy you need to not drink until nighttime.
cheers to the freakin' weekend and all you super moms out there!
image source: january 2009 issue of vanity fair photographed by [the amazing] annie leibovitz