Thursday, October 11, 2007

Watch It

The other day as I was waiting for something to heat in the microwave, I decided to see if I could put my make-up on in the 2 minutes and 36 seconds I had before the ding. Now, my beauty routine, such as it is, is pretty simple: I curl my eyelashes, draw a smudgy brown line under my eyes, apply mascara, blush (when the tan fades) and lipstick. I was done with time to spare. It makes me laugh when I remember walking the mile to high school with my hair in rollers so my hair wouldn’t “fall,” and slapping more make-up on once I got there. We’re talking foundation, under-eye concealer, blush, powder, two-toned eye shadow, liquid eye-liner, frosted lipstick, etc. Holy Hooker, Batman.

Now I wake up early every day and putter around on the computer, but when it’s time to get my derriere in gear, I shower/dress and am out the door in about half an hour. I need the “wake-up” time, though, the luxury of those hours before I have to actually speak coherent sentences and perform proficiently at work. Sometimes I get quite a lot of writing done, sometimes I’m just blog-hopping. Maybe I should be sleeping later, but I treasure the alone time I have between when my husband leaves for work (around 6:30 AM) and when I do (10:00 AM). As an only child, I don’t get lonely. After raising four kids and trying to tame a husband, the house is blessedly, blissfully quiet every morning. And I’m not going to break the spell by vacuuming.

When is “your” time? Do you fritter it away like I do, or fill each hour with purpose?

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. ~Ambrose Bierce

Janga is the winner of October’s contest, and can misspend time reading her prize! E-mail your address to maggierobinson8@yahoo.com Thanks so much to all of you for your thoughtful comments on fairy tales and their appeal. I always learn something new!

17 comments:

Gillian Layne said...

Good morning, Maggie :)

My early morning routine is simple--make coffee, feed cats, walk dog, check email. I want at least thirty minute of quiet before I start waking everyone up. After that, I won't have "me" time again until at least 9pm.

BernardL said...

I fritter away the time between waking and work... like now. :)

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Bernard, thanks for frittering with me!

Gillian, when the kids were home, I always got up way before them to sit peacefully with coffee (before I developed an aversion to it) and the newspaper. It was so critical to start the day off quietly. And it wasn't because I'd even fix them breakfast---I trained them at an early age to serve themselves, bad mom that I was!

Anonymous said...

i like to hit the ground running. after many years on family travel I managed to pass this on to two (low maintenance) out of four children and a reluctant spouse who when given the opportunity slugs it out under the covers.

irisheyes said...

I'm a fritterer, Maggie, but not until I've sent everyone else on their way! Unfortunately, I need lots of sleep and can't get up before everyone else or stay up after everyone is asleep. But I love the time between 9 am and 3 pm when I'm all alone and can pretty much do/read/watch what I want. I seem to spend the rest of the day catering to everyone else.

Elyssa Papa said...

Another fritterer here. I just like going through the day, not really doing much of anything until I have to. I hate the feeling of being on the run and needing to do things at a certain time.

Ladytink_534 said...

I sit outside and talk to my mom and feed the dogs treats almost every day for about 30 minutes.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Doodles, I, too, can spring out of bed if I must. Funny, when I got this job three years ago, I wondered how I'd ever adjust my life (I was used to being at school by 7:30). I've managed, LOL.

Ely, I'm really looking forward to the time when I don't have to do a thing I don't want to...maybe NEVER even get dressed.

Ladytink---lucky dogs and lucky mom!

Irish, I remeber the days I sort of had to myself...except I kept having toddlers around (4 kids in 9 years). I'll plan better in my next life!

irisheyes said...

Maggie, my DH knew of a woman (he worked with her at a former job) who spaced her 4 children 5 years apart - deliberately. As soon as one went off to kindergarten she had an infant! Just shoot me now! 20 years of toddlers!

Janga said...

Hey, I won! I love winning. Thanks, Maggie.

I am a champion time fritterer, but in the mornings I am barely functional. I was meant to sleep til noon; I wake up one eyelash at a time. That's just to get out of bed. Even after decades of being forced to be at work before 8:00 a.m., it still seems like cruel and unusual punishment. It's best if no one speaks to me for the first hour I'm up. After that, I may manage a grudging "Morning" in response to cheery greeters. I once threw an alarm clock at a roommate who awakened me with a beaming smile and the news that it was a "beautiful day."

Gillian Layne said...

Maggie, you crack me up. Yahoo for the self-sufficient child! I have the two oldest (12 and 14) completely able to fix dinner if I ask. Which I do, quite frequently. Hones their skills, of course. :)

Hellie Sinclair said...

I fritter away my morning time by snoozing with the radio on, which clues me with a "Hey, dippy, it's 7:03 am" and I scramble out of bed, still yawning, dress, and stumble off to the bathroom to brush my teeth and such.

I use my driving time (37 minutes) to wake up and think and whathaveyou. I hussle across the street to my office and plop in my chair, usually around 8:03.

Weekends are frittered away with reading, writing, sewing costumes I'm procrastinating on, and movies.

Carey Baldwin said...

I'm afraid I do too much blog hopping! Speaking of which, there's something very interesting going on at Tessa's place. :-)

Keira Soleore said...

Maggie and Janga: You two crack me up! I'm a fritterer, have always been one and will always be one, I'm afraid, no matter how many new year's resolutions I make to mend my ways (and break within the first week).

Now, I object to calling blog-hopping, board-noodling, journaling, fixing up website again (and again) as frittering time away.

Frittering is cooking, cleaning, dusting, laundering, chauffering, pretending to attentively listen to family yammer on about their day...

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Keira, I'm making an effort not to be such a blog-hopper, but I'm cheating. I lurk now rather thank comment, LOL.

India, thanks for the heads up. Wheeee!

Hellion, who knew you were such a clock-watcher? 8:03? I actually have to punch in and out every day with my handy-dandy ID card, where I look like an ancient hag in the pic.

Janga, love the one eyelash at a time comment. This is why you are a poet. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Maggie! Have I already told you how much I love your blog.

Anyway, I swear I was a farmer in another life (or a fisherperson) because I wake up sans alarm clock by 4am everyday. This is my me time. I like the idea that few others in my cramped city are awake except for the jolly revelers I hear coming in from a late night out. Usually I'll check email, have some tea, do a little work, watch youtube during this hours that I own when no one is making demands on my time. It feels so luxurious.

Then it's 7 and I can hear morning activity outside and my tranquil hours are gone until the next day.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe said...

Thank you, Nearhere! I find YouTube totally addictive and am afraid I'd never get to work on time if I watched in the AM. I even got sucked into watching all the Phillipine prisoners dancing to Thriller, etc. I am in awe of peoples' creativity (not necessarily talking about zombies in jail, tho. *g*)