How do you relax on your day off??

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Registered: 06-06-2000
How do you relax on your day off??
Tue, 05-29-2012 - 12:09pm

I was recently at breakfast with my girlfriend discussing the fact that all of my children will be leaving for 2 weeks to visit my sister, so I'll be ALONE!!!  I can hardly wait, hehe.  I sadly said, however, that I'll probably end up reorganizing the house or cleaning or something, since I can never seem to be able to just take a day off, much less several.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  It's your day off, and you get up, have your coffee, start the laundry, go through the bills and pay what's due, have breakfast, do a load of dishes, notice the counters are dirty and clean the kitchen, then notice the fridge is grungy, so you clean that, too.  And that's in the first hour or two!  Meanwhile, if a MAN has a day off, he gets up, has his coffee, sits on the couch, and stays there pretty much all day, or goes out fishing, etc.  He has no concern whatsoever for the laundry or dirty underware.  

So, how DO you "relax" on your day off?  Or do you ever feel like you actually have a day off?  I propose we all take at least one day a month and declare it "Relax like a man day."  No chores, no errands, nothing but doing what you love, like reading a trashy romance novel in the tub with a glass of wine or taking a long, quiet hike, what ever makes you feel relaxed.  

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 11:58am
I would love it to if someone would clean our litter-box to...:smileywink:...
My ds and I are moving soon so I am taking a little break from packing.
Don't work anymore as I am on a Disability but sometimes I think I do even more now if that's possible...:smileyhappy:...No real structured days off!...I have to make myself rest and relax. Usually my body tells me...:smileywink:...
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Registered: 06-06-2000
Tue, 09-25-2012 - 6:34am
Good grief, I'd just stay home and do something there! That's a lot of driving and prep work just to sleep somewhere else, lol.
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Registered: 09-30-2012
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 7:15pm

I remember those days.  I used to wake up and feel guilty, I am doing nothing and there is so much to do.  I would then rush and do things and get them done. 

For me it was hard to go cold turkey.  So I would do a hour or two a day and that was it.  Pick a chore a day and do it.  I also picked a day and would either spend it out of the house, go to the movies, shopping, nails done, go out with a girl friend, if you are not at home not able to do the chores, or lock myself in my room with movies, books, computer, and phone, have snacks in there for me to eat, and not worry about it.

I can now proudly say I can do a day with absolutely nothing accomplished except being more relaxed, refreshed, happier, and energized.