Sometimes I think life has a way of just deciding for you that you need a break, despite your best efforts.
I had my day planned, and it was packed with busyness. The plan was to drop Scott off at work, do my reports for my at-home job, take Fifi swimming, and then, while Fifi inevitably slept off her exhaustion afterwards, I'd work very hard on my business until she woke up or it was time to pick Scott up.
So I dropped Scott off and took Fifi to her grandparents' so I could do my reports. I finished them in just enough time to make it to swimming class. After swimming, I had a bite to eat with my new friend Maria and her little Caspar, then Fifi and I headed home for her usual extremely long post-swimming nap. It was lovely; Fi fell asleep in the car and remained asleep even after carrying her inside and putting her in her swing. I sat down at my usual working spot (the couch) to get working. I reached for my laptop...
And discovered I'd left it at Scott's parents' house.
Looking at my sleeping angel, I couldn't imagine waking her to go pick up my laptop, so I called my mum-in-law to see if she could run it over. She wasn't home. I sat in my quiet house and looked about me. Thanks to my chore schedule, most of my chores were done.
I had nothing to do.
Suddenly, millions of exciting ideas hit me. Oh, the possibilities! First things first, I went to the kitchen and made myself a hot cup of tea, a very special treat these days. Then I realised I could finally make that banana bread I keep buying bananas and letting them rot for! So I made banana bread. While it baked and the delicious aroma drifted all through the house, I sat down with the book I've been trying to get through (Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner). Fi woke briefly for a feed and then went right back to sleep! For the rest of the afternoon! I'm telling you, I hardly knew what to do with all the free time. I did a few loads of laundry and unloaded the dishwasher, but mostly I just chilled. I had several cups of (hot!) tea and several slices of (hot! undisturbed!) banana bread. I phoned my mom. I read about half my book.
No matter how much I wanted to finish up my business stuff (which is about 90% ready to open!), having a day like I had today was the best thing going.