Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Nap time stresses me out

Sometimes nap time stresses me out.  Claire sleeps for between 1.5 and 2 hours every day.  Nap time is "me" time.  No one else is home, the house is quiet and I get to do whatever I want to do. Sometimes I do contracting work, sometimes I read, sometimes I watch TV and blog, there were a couple of months there were I napped myself every day.  But I always "do" something that's just for me.

And that is actually where the stress comes in.  When things come up that don't fit into my categorization of "me" time it throws me for a little loop.  Prepping for dinner, for example, does not count as "me" time.  Showering, tampoco. Cleaning up the lunch dishes, straightening up the house, folding laundry, none of these count as "me" time.  The trick is that I actually have to do them very frequently during nap time and every time I do it stresses me out because I know that I'm wasting this most precious time of the day.

Have you ever gone a long time without going on a real date with your significant other?  And when you finally go on a date, months or weeks later, you feel like you need to be enjoying every second of it?  And if you're just having a good time but not a great time you're wasting this one opportunity you have for a date?

Nap time brings up that same kind of crazy in me.


  1. I totally hear you. Here's how I roll: set aside the first 20-30 min of nap time to do housekeeping. Then I feel like I've been productive but still get at least 1 hr+ for me. After the allotted timeframe I say it's time for my legal break and let all of the other housework wait. Anyway. What I'm saying is yes, I am the same kind of crazy about nap time.

  2. Amen. It's nap time right now...you can see that catching up on your blog is "me time" for this little homemaker. I find it stressful too. Mostly because it is so important to me but can be kind of unpredictable and because I think I should be doing house work. Instead I sleep or veg, which if we are honest is probably more productive then it seems.