The Importance of a Day Off

I love my kid with all my heart AND I also truly believe the adage, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Because I’m really struggling.

Like, a lot.

It helps to make fun of it, find the humor in the situation, but the truth of it all is that this Summer of the No Naps is completely maddening. It’s hard to restructure my routine, especially my writing routine, around this no-napping thing.

So yesterday Husband took Z to his parents’ house for the day. I went out to lunch with a fellow English-nerd friend (she wore these AWESOME earrings decorated with colons and semi-colons). Then I bought six diary books at Borders (a little excessive, even for me, but this IS my favorite brand of blank book, and I don’t know where else to get them, and I don’t know how much longer Borders will be there). Then I had iced tea at a nifty little cafe downtown, and stopped for a nice chat with another friend and critique partner before heading home to write.

I wasted time when I got home. Too much time. It’s what happens when I’m not in the habit of putting my booty in the chair and working on the manuscript. But my friend Seven and I made a pact to write for at least one hour every evening, and that pact should give me the forward momentum I need to get through the remaining 33 days until preschool starts.

So let’s do this. I have some blank books to fill with new manuscripts as soon as I finish revising this one!


  1. readingisdelicious · July 20, 2011

    These earrings sound intriguing. Do you have a picture?

    Yeah, stock up on those blank books!

    Enjoy your free days. Free time is so very important. You can ask Greg about it, who has none. 😛

  2. Katy Longshore · July 20, 2011

    Oh, what a fantastic day! A day devoted to writing, even if your booty isn’t in the chair, is a day to cherish. Just getting to think your own thoughts, on your own time, is worthwhile.

  3. Vicki · July 20, 2011

    Z is welcome here in the mornings or after “naps” which aren’t happening today from either boy…grrr…Feel free to call or email & you can drop her by & do whatever the heck you need / want to do! Seriously! And the journals rock 🙂 yeah, Borders is closing – big bummer!!

    • Beth Hull · July 20, 2011

      Wow, NICE offer, Vicki! I might take you up on that next week, just for a quick break. Thank you!

      • Vicki · July 22, 2011

        I can only do afternoons next week – VBS with the boys until 12:30 each day. Anytime after 2:30 works fine! Just email or call with a day that works for you. If it’s hot out then I’ll have the pool blown up – water fun!

  4. Maggie · July 20, 2011

    I love your notebooks! (Might as well buy anything you can from Borders while they’re still around…)

  5. thegracefuldoe · July 20, 2011

    There comes a time when as a mum you know your child is ready for preschool – well actually, it’s not so much when your child is ready, but when you are ready for them to go. I remember last year when it got to that time for me. Master H was driving me crazy and I thought, ‘I am so ready for you to start kinder (preschool)!’ It’s funny because before that time comes you can’t imagine sending them off to preschool and not having them home with you all day, but when the time comes, you look forward to it, because you know you are both ready. Things will settle back down once she starts.

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