Tuesday, 29 July 2014

What bloody 'me' time!?

I just went for a lovely walk, alone, it's a warm night and the husband was with the kids whilst I popped out for a stroll. I arrived at my destination and had a little sit down and flicked through some trashy mags in peace. It was brilliant. I then met a nice lady that I see ever so often and we had a little chat about our holidays. I then had a lovely walk back. It was a nice little rest. A bit of 'me' time.

But hang on. This rest? This 'me' time. Was me going to get a bloody smear test!!!

Yes, the joyous 45 minute rest and relaxation time. WAS TO GET A SMEAR TEST! Not go to a spa, not have some Pimms in a beautiful country pub, not even going to the flicks and tucking into some pick 'n' mix on Orange Wednesday. Nope. It was to get my privates, my foo (yes I use foo, yes this makes me immature, but I like the word foo) looked at.

Since having my children I have found it increasingly hard to get any 'me' time and 'me' time generally is me getting my hair cut, or food shopping, or nipping out to hastily buy some clothes. So 'me' time is basically me doing normal everyday tasks under the guise of me having a 'treat'. Good job I have this amazing 'me' time or else I would be a long scraggly haired, starving, dirty ragged hobo.

This is not a smear test. This is is what should be classed as fun. Cocktails.


I am aware I have no-one to blame for this lack of 'me' time but myself. Nope no-one. My children can't be blamed as they are tiny creatures that need me to look after them. OK, so maybe my husband should not offer to 'babysit' whilst I get my foo (yes I said foo again) checked out like it's some huge treat. But really? Me, it's me that is to blame.

I need to put some time aside for me. I need to make sure I kick myself up the butt and when my parents offer to babysit go and do something for me. Not go and do the weekly food shop. But it's hard isn't it? Hard not to continuously do something for your family. When you start to think of a smear test as being a treat? You know you need to reassess your standards of 'fun' activities. When having a chat with your nurse about holidays is an exciting break from watching Peppa? There's something wrong. When reading a three month old 'New Woman' magazine is the most recent celeb gossip you've come across. You've got issues.

Tonight? I ordain that I shall give myself a mani/pedi! OK, I'm only using Rimmel cheapy varnish. But I shall do it whilst eating Fruit Pastilles, and watching Big Brother. Oh and I may even have a Pimms! Tonight I will have 'me' time. Oh after of course I've had a little tidy up ohhhh and the playroom could do with being sorted out.......

PS whilst a smear test is in no way shape or form 'fun'. You should get them done. They are dead important. And you may get to read some really old gossip about Lily Allen like I did. 

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28 comments:

  1. Ha ha - no spa then?! Oh, I am so the same! On the very, very rare occasion that someone wants to look after my children, I run around like this crazy possessed woman trying to get a million and one things done! I'm awful at 'me-time' as I feel guilty 'wasting' time on me!

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  2. Lol, this sounds like me too! I'm on mat leave just now but when I was working I used to feel as though I should spend every second when I wasn't working with B, because I already missed out on 3 days with her. Swore I'd be better at 'me time' second time around but if anything I'm worse (not helped by a cheeky young man who isn't keen on a bottle!!).

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  3. my me time seems to consist of doing the weeding on the allotment (because no other bugger will do it!).I don't even get the pretend me time of a haircut - I have none to cut!

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  4. Pretty much the only me time I've had in 3 years is smear test, doctor appts, dentist and 7am sunday morning hair cuts at MIL's house! x

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  5. Ha ha!! Tonight's 'me' time was scrubbing the bathroom and kitchen... floors included ;-) #luckygirl

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  6. Ha! At least you got to go on your own - I had to take Toby with me when I has a smear test the other week!

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  7. I can totally relate to this! I'm off for a colonic irrigation at 2pm and cannot wait :-)

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  8. Yep, I think we can all relate to this one - there's no such thing as time to yourself. But it comes to something when going for a smear test is considered a treat!

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  9. I so feel your pain! Its bad that I too find going to the doctors or dentists alone 'relaxing', and I love the time just to read the magazines. OH and I will often subtly compete as to who is going to pop to the shops early evening to pick up a few bits "It's ok, I'll go" "Oh I don't mind going" "Ah but I INSIST" - that sort of thing. Just to get a breather from whingey, over-tired kids before bedtime.

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  10. I'm exactly the same yesterday I had a couple hours peace so I cleaned the bathroom an out washing away

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  11. Yep, a walk to the post office to pick up a parcel counts as 'me time' too doesn't it?! I like to think of it as enjoying those precious moments that to other folk are merely mundane :)

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  12. Totally know the feeling, so hard to stop and do something fun for yourself when you know there is so many other things that need doing :/ a hair cut is the height of excitement for me, or a physio appt lol. Fun times eh? We are.going to a wedding without Monkey in a few weeks and I am SO excited!! Xx #sharewithme

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  13. You have reminded me that I need to go for one! Hahahaa! So thank you! I hope you get your mani/pedi done tonight...no tidying allowed! x

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  14. Oh Em. This has made me laugh A LOT. I love the disclaimer. xx

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  15. You're so right but I think part of this is the whole 'mum guilt' thing. I just cannot seem to get my head around the fact that it really is ok to do something for myself like grab a coffee and chill the hell out. And it's even more ok to tell everyone about it and not be ashamed!

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  16. Ha I think my first ever couple of hours away from my daughter was to get a smear test! I remember walking through town without a buggy or a sling, thinking "is this what normal people do?"
    Yes, normal people sneak off to the hospital to have a smear test.

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  17. With 3 kids and one on the way, 'me' time is seriously lacking for me unless I force it upon the family.I joined the local spa/ gym and use the pool whenever I find a spare hour. Sometimes it put the OH out a little but you know what? It is the ONLY time I get to myself and I have learned at last that it is important! I hope you get something sorted soonx x x x x

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  18. Such a funny post as always!
    I hope you managed to paint your nails and eat your fruit pastilles!


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  19. This is me! I could have written it except I took my youngest boy with me for my last smear test! My favourite 'me' time is taking my oldest son to parties... Because I usually get to have a coffee on my own! How sad is that?!! You've inspired me to make more of an effort :-)

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  20. You are hilarious. I love this post so funny but so true and I have to say I could so relate and while I am state side I am taking full advantage of gramma and papa wanting to spend quality time with my kids and giving me, some AMAZING me time not just doctor's appointments, grocery store shopping and errands for the family as you mentioned. I couldn't stop laughing but it really does boil down to us not taking more ME time. I hope you enjoyed your pimms, big brother and that rimmel nail polish. lol My toes are in need of some help too! I just may follow suit tonight. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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  21. This is so funny! And sad. Why is it so hard for moms to take time for themselves? Good for you for recognizing and making some "me time" happen. Hope it was fun!

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  22. I found this funny but I am guilty as classing a food shopping trip, gardening and going on the school run as "me time" I think we should all arrange a big night out and let our hair down :) refigure out what "fun" is. Hope your night of "me time" was fun x #sharewithme

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  23. I have started to make sure I make time for me,I bet you get people telling you that you are lucky to get to go for your smear alone too lol.

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  24. Haha!! I know this feeling all to well! 'Me time' is me alone cleaning the kitchen - just because it's CALM!
    'Me time' is definitely never in the bathroom, because you're NEVER alone there!!
    'Me time' is throwing out a bin bag, or putting something into the attic - I might even 'hang out' there for 10 mins... Then come down sweating because it's BOILING up there!

    Love you post! Thanks for linking with #brilliantblogposts :-)

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  25. This had me snorting into my coffee - it's so true!! My regular 'me time' is listening to the radio while the little one naps for 10 mins on the way home from nursery (after I''ve failed at doing everything I can to keep him awake so he'll sleep for longer in his cot) and running the bath upstairs while they both destroy the play room downstairs. Never a truer post written - just brilliant x #brilliantblogposts

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  26. Crikey, you've just reminded me I need to book a foo appointment (considered hashtagging this fab word, but decorum and all)....however, I make sure I diarise daughter spending time with grandparents once a week and she enjoys a Daddy Daughter Day Out every six weeks or so, hope you've found time to redo your pedi!

    #metimeisvital!

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