TGI Friday Open Thread: What Are You Doing With Your ‘Free Time’ Now That School Has Started?

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Now that (most) of your kids are back in school how are you spending your days with a quiet house? Or for you working moms are you finding it less stressful or more stressful managing your career and having the kids back in school? Have you started working on any hobbies or craft-y type things?

What are you reading? I know so many of you want a Mommyish book Club ™ (Trademarking in advance) so we should start discussing how it would work. What are your favorite types of books to read? Koa Beck is currently reading Lookaway, Lookaway and this weekend I will be starting The Returned. I am also super excited for the new Donna Tartt in October. And the sequel to The Shining by Stephen King which may be amazing OR very disappointing!

Are you guys baking? Pinning amazing things on Pinterest you may or may not make? Taking long naps? Having sex in the shed at Home Depot?  Or do you still have little ones at home and are you counting and dreading the days until they start school? I love the Friday Open Thread, it has fast become something I look forward to every week! So grab a beverage or a bottle and sit your cute little ass down and tell us what you got going on.

Also, take your pants off, we have a new rule.

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  1. NicknamesAreDull

    September 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I totally didn’t realize I had a typo until I saw it here.

    I’m blaming it on the fact that I was wearing pants on Friday.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Relating to the thread:

      Somehow, I was appointed room mother (?!?!?!), so I spend a lot of my time doing that.. I basically went from entertaining one child to 25 in 2 days.

    • Coby

      September 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      No, I agree with the tweet as written: no pants* should be an EVERY DAY thing.

      Save and except yoga pants, ’cause damn, stretchy pants be comfy as hell.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      September 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Not wearing pants also accentuates the Lap

  2. Shelly Lloyd

    September 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Free time? Between work, girl scouts, chorus practice for my son, ASL clubs for my daughter I have no free time.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm


    • Shelly Lloyd

      September 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Sorry. I did come off sounding all pissy didn’t I?

    • Eve Vawter

      September 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Nah I feel ya hahha I am just teasing ya

  3. Coby

    September 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    DD is in year-round daycare, so I haven’t had to shift gears in that regard. However, homegirl moved up to the 2-Toddler class, so we’ve had that fun transition. By way of example, she was up from 2-3 am the other night, crying and calling out for one of her old teachers.

    THAT BEING SAID. I stupidly thought a bento box was the way to go for her lunches, and I’ve committed myself to having fun, nutritious and delicious lunches in there. Thank God Pinterest makes me feel wholly inadequate!

  4. Shelly Lloyd

    September 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    As for books, I will read just about anything. My favorite books are Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series. I love anything Jane Austen. Currently I am reading The Widow’s Son by Bruce Robb Steinbert.

  5. EB

    September 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    My little one is not school-age yet so no real difference for me. But yay books!! I love just about any good fiction (except sappy romantic stuff). Recent books I liked include “12/22/63”, Gone Girl and Reconstructing Amelia. I just started Case Histories (been on a mystery kick lately). When I was younger I liked to read classic literature and stuff but now I really need something that grabs my attention right away. Not too light but not too heavy you know?

    • EB

      September 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Also I just read the description of The Returned on Amazon and now I totally want to read that. Also I am not pant-less but am wearing yoga pants at work so I think that should count!

  6. LadyClodia

    September 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I’m packing for our trip! (Not right this moment because I have to rest my foot, but I have been most of the day.) We leave for Europe tomorrow! Craziness!
    I have a bunch of ebooks that I’d like to read, and I’d like to say that I’ll get to read on vacation, but I doubt it. As soon as I get my tablet out to read one of the rugrats takes it from me to play games, lol.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 8, 2013 at 7:47 am

      OH yay it’s that time! Have an amazing trip we will all miss you and take LOTS of pics to show us and I hope the kids behave and no one is jerky on the flight!

  7. KB

    September 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Can I just say I am a HUGE fan of no pants Friday….even though it’s pretty much an every day thing for me (don’t judge me — I’m 9 months pregnant and miserable).

    • Andy

      September 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Right there with you-I recently threw in the towel on trying to look stylish and with six or so weeks left in this pregnancy have switched over to maternity yoga pants full time.

  8. Eric Strauss

    September 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Just this Wednesday I dropped my daughter off for the first day of school for her sophomore year. It struck me as she walked away from the car, laughing with her friend, that I’d only ever get to do that two more times in my life.

    Anyhow, right now, besides feeling nostalgic, I’m doing what I usually do: Sitting in my office, making various schedules and memos, prepping debate topics, and getting periodically distracted by Mommyish.

    • chickadee

      September 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Don’t think about stuff like that…this is my baby’s junior year and countdowns are very, very depressing.

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      You get to drop her off when she goes to college, and she probably will move back home when school’s out in summer, so you have at least 3-4 more years of it.

  9. Ptownsteveschick

    September 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    My kid is only 2, so no school. Instead I get to sit next to the toilet and get frustrated to the point of crying while she refuses to poop. And then chase her around the house while she yells owie owie owie because she has to go and won’t. And then change her underwear when she goes in her pants. Sorry that got really poop centric, but that is my whole damn life right now. 3 more years till kindergarten! And if I have to get a part time job to pay for preschool, I will fucking do it. I can’t wait for school.

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      When I was a child my mom gave me smarties every time I went in the potty.

      To this day me and my mom call it potty candy, but it’s good stuff, and you can be like “Half a roll for pee, full roll for poop, and if you go in your pants then you get NOTHING FOREVER.” Okay, that last part may be a bit extreme.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      September 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Ha! I have tried M&M’s even up to “you can have a whole package for dinner if you just poop on the potty” fun size reeses cups, brownies, and icepops. She doesn’t care. I tell her she can’t have anything ever, because babies can’t have candy and she’s like “meh whatevs” I am just hoping if I back off a little she will relax and figure it out herself.

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Can you just keep her in diapers for a bit longer or is there some reason you’re potty training now? I’ve been told that when they’re ready then they won’t fight you so much. But then again I don’t have children so I know absolutely nothing about potty training, my dogs aren’t even completely potty-trained. D:

    • Ptownsteveschick

      September 6, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      The thing is she won’t pee in a diaper anymore. She only wants to use the potty to pee, but she wants to poop in a diaper, because she is a fickle little jerk.

    • Erin Murphy

      September 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

      My friend’s little girl would go to her room and put on a pull up just to poop in it! She was terrified of going in the potty for #2. Kids are such little weirdos.

    • chickadee

      September 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      My eldest hid the potty on a regular basis until a few months past her third birthday. At first I think she was just wary of the whole thing, but then it just became a test of wills. Then I had another baby, I told my eldest she couldn’t go to school if she was still using a diaper (‘*babies* can’t go to school!’ she explained to the baby) and she was using the potty within three days.

      Your baby sounds like mine, so it may be a long haul.

    • Abby

      September 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Here is how I look at it: toddlers are so used to only pooping in one place: their diaper. If someone were to tell me to poop in my pants, I just could NOT do it. If they offered me candy and deprived me of my comfortable toilet seat to chill on while reading a little, I just could NOT do it. That’s how some kids feel with their diapers. My oldest was the easiest kid in the world to potty train– he hated being dirty and was completely diaper-free (even at night) by the time he was 2.5 years old. My daughter is turning 3 this weekend and pooping on the toilet is just not something she is comfortable with at all even though she is in a pre-school program that has a diaper-free policy (the director and i have spoken, and we know my girl is just not ready and her teacher’s are okay with changing her if she has a poop accident)

  10. DeanaCal

    September 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    As a non-SAHM, I feel like I have less free time now that school is back in. There are extra-curricular things to shuttle my girl to and from, checking homework, etc. At least she’s old enough now that she doesn’t have to have after-school daycare until I get home from work – that’s a big relief by itself!
    Book club – I would love, love, LOVE this, but they never work out for me. 🙁 I am a really fast reader, and that’s not always a good thing. Every book club I’ve tried to join does one novel per month, and I always finish in two days, and then can’t discuss anything without being spoilery.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      I’m a fast reader too! Like way way fast!

    • Erin Murphy

      September 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Maybe book club could be monthly? That would give the slow/busy readers time and the speedies could just wait and read closer to “meeting time”

    • Ptownsteveschick

      September 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Yeah a weekly reader club would be awesome, but I feel like I would be the only one who actually read it all. Well me and you and Eve.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      September 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      If I could knock out a book on the bus journey to and from college, I’d be so in. I always finish the book way faster than the rest of my book club and it’s an absolute pain.

  11. chickadee

    September 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I teach classes every day of the week this semester, which is a switch. I only have one child at home, but she’s a junior so we’re doing the test-prep stuff for her and I am teaching an SAT prep course soon.

    Non-working time to myself begins at 8:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ends at 12:30 when my office hours begin. But I much prefer this schedule to the teaching schedule last year, which was many fewer classes and fewer monies, so yay!

    Right now I am sitting in the backyard, watching the birds and getting bitten by mosquitoes. Better than grading. Always better than grading….

  12. Emmali Lucia

    September 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I don’t have school for another 15 or so days.

    I haven’t had a face-to-face conversation with another human being in 10 hours. I went six hours without so much as a text from any of my friends.

    Thank God I have The Golden Girls, I used to only watch it if my anxiety was killing me, I’m either going to have to find something new to watch now or find something new to watch if I get anxiety in the future.

    Although today I made a rack of lamb, a loaf of gluten free bread, and once the loaf is done baking I’m going to make some croutons.

    I’ve officially decided that I’m going to open a bar. I’ve already created a really solid appetizer menu and a rough draft of a desert menu, I’m going to get the local gluten-free bakeries to see if they want to partner with me and I can serve their delicious cake and cheesecake.

    • Ptownsteveschick

      September 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      I find Wings to be mindless, funny and beautifully 90s. If you are looking for a Golden Girls substitute.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      September 7, 2013 at 7:56 am

      I read your first sentences about “Wings” as if you were suggesting an appetizer item for her bar. It took me a second to figure out why anyone would call (chicken)wings “mindless, funny and beautifully 90s.” 🙂

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

      To be fair, buffalo wings were kind of the appetizer of the 90s, and they are fairly mindless, and oh God some of the wings you can get out in the hundreds of brew pubs we have in Oregon are so beautiful they want to make you cry.

      I don’t know where the funny would fit in.

    • Cee

      September 7, 2013 at 2:07 am

      You have an anxiety show too? I now alternate between Parks and Rec, Community, Adventure Time, Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls and Good Luck Charlie . My Little Pony (Do NOT judge me!) was another but I over watched it, so no more!

      They range from funny to mindless yet amusing, which my anxiety seems to love and get calmed by at 4am.

      Id recommend Parks and Rec, Community or 30 Rock though I don’t know what you’d like based on Golden Girls. Liking Golden Girls can go many ways when it comes to comedy shows.

      I’ve never tried anything gluten free. Weird since I live in California and there are so many restaurants that cater to every thing. I will have to see if I can try something soon. Either way, you are making me want dessert!

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Haha, I’d never judge anyone on their anxiety show. I’ve seen snippets of a couple episodes of 30-rock, they are fairly amusing.

      You should try the gluten free options! I don’t know about California but in Portland gluten free bakeries can be hit or miss, but if they’re not good they go under pretty quick. So if they’ve been around for more than a year they’re pretty great.

      I’ve been told that people have moved to Portland from all over the states because we have so many amazing gluten free options, but we only have a couple 100% gluten free restaurants (Although we have like ten gluten free bakeries). One is a fish house, one is a Mexican place, and the last is this weird meals on wheels deal that makes salad bowls and hot bowls. So no Gluten free bar and grills so far.

      I’m super excited about it, because we have so many great local breweries and wineries that I would love to feature, they even have a local distillery that makes gluten free vodka. Whoop Whoop!

  13. EmmaFromÉire

    September 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Enjoy your hard earned freedom! I on the other hand am counting down the seconds until college resumes, I’ve been off for nearly five months and am bored out of my brains!

  14. Andy

    September 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Nesting-my three year old is in mother’s day out twice a week and I’m due with a son in October. So far I’ve stocked the pantry, am in the process of stocking the freezer, labeled all my daughter’s old clothes for resale, and getting an eye twitch when my husband or daughter leaves socks on the floor 😛

  15. Sara610

    September 7, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I don’t have any free time. I actually love my children, so when they’re at school I spend the hours imagining what they must be doing at every moment of the day, except when I take a break to go on Facebook and talk about how all other mothers are terrible. I then spend the rest of the day counting the minutes until I can go pick them up and wait outside their classrooms with my nose pressed up against the glass

    “Free time”, hobbies and interests are for whorey skanks who never should have had kids in the first place. Once u have ur own youll get it

    • Eve Vawter

      September 8, 2013 at 7:46 am

      It’s going to be SO EXPENSIVE to get this entire comment tattooed on me 🙁 #mommy4Lyfe

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