"Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites." - Anonymous

Friday, November 2, 2007

A Latte and a Good Book...

...oh yeah and that scrumptious chocolate-chunk cookie.

My absolutely fabulous husband kicked me out of the house tonight for some forced relaxation.

So, I wandered down to the local coffee shop and got my usual, a vanilla bean latte, larger than usual this time though, and a cookie and sat down with my current book.

It's been a while since I've had a chance to do this. With a 2 & 1/2-year old and a 4-month old at home, when I manage to get out of the house by myself I usually feel the need to run errands. However, tonight I had no warning...no chance to prepare for this unanticipated solitary enjoyment.

I feel I haven't had the opportunity to enjoy the coffee shop by myself in what seems like ages. And our community is so much like a small town. I parked myself at a window looking out onto the main street and watched people coming and going, to and fro, from the pub, to the pizza restaurant, from the sandwich place to the liquor store, picking up kids from dance lessons, ambling arm in arm, dogs on leashes.

In this economy and the ridiculous housing market in Calgary, we're fortunate to be able to live in a community we love. So many of my younger colleagues are having trouble entering the market...a very sad state of affairs when two professionals cannot afford a decent house in a reasonable neighbourhood!

Anyway, I digress. The whole point of this was supposed to be what a wonderful hubby I have and how much I enjoyed going for my coffee tonight (as opposed to grabbing it at the drive-thru with the kids in the car) and contemplating STUFF.


odd facts said...

"forced relaxation"- sounds nice.

Tracey said...

Your husband was a good man. Everybody needs time alone, and Moms of young children get the least amount of it. I'm GLAD you didn't have any errands, so that you could sit and just be...

Be Inspired Always said...

Great thing that forced relaxation. I do it everyday even if it's for just 15 minutes.

I'm new to your blog and didn't wish just to be a lurker.


Kristi said...

Your night sounds wonderful. I so long for time on my own, to do exactly as you did-hit a coffee shop with a good book. Here's hoping you get to do it more often. I've found that these "mini breaks" help me return home to my daughter with renewed energy and focus.