Magazine article Working Mother

I Need a Day All to Myself

Magazine article Working Mother

I Need a Day All to Myself

Article excerpt

FOR MONTHS I've been attempting to take some time for myself. But something always got in the way: a crisis at work, a neighbor's barbecue, a sick kid. I wasn't going for anything epic, like a spa weekend with the girls. As a mom of two who works long hours as an event planner, I just needed a day to jump off the runaway train that is my life and restore a bit of energy and perspective. I was thinking a manicure, a little shopping, even a movie. This was part of a vow I'd made after a false-alarm health scare to take better care of myself. Realizing that I live in a constant state of trying to catch up, keep in touch and get where I'm supposed to be, I began plotting my "me day." Here's how it turned out.

12:06 A.M. I hit Send on a sick-day email to work. I would have taken a personal day but didn't want to risk my boss denying my request. After fabricating a food-poisoning story, I dream about which color nail polish I'll choose.

5:27 A.M. My 4-year-old has to go to the bathroom. "I can't go unless you tell me a story." He outright rejects my offer of one million dollars to go solo.

5:37 to 7:30 A.M. I can't fall back to sleep, so I decide to get an early start on my special day. A blur of pouring cereal, packing lunches and finding missing shoes is punctuated by a "Hey, you're not dressed" from my husband. "I'm taking the day," I say as I shove him out the door. Silence. My "me day" has begun. I enjoy a cup of coffee and flip through the newspaper.

8:01 A.M. My BlackBerry vibrates. "I know you don't feel well but..." writes my boss. Flower arrangements for a client breakfast are MIA. …

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