Saturday, October 18, 2008

Settling In

Last week while my husband's cousin was visiting from Ireland, he asked me what time I get to work each day. I answered that I usually arrive between 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., to which I received a raised eyebrow and query, " Do your customers call that early?"

In hushed tones I fumbled for the right words to describe what I do every weekday morning for the first hour. My husband was within earshot and has an uncanny way of hearing what is not meant for his ears.

I was trying to discretely convey that I use the first hour to catch up with blog friends, have a few cups of coffee, check emails, scan the news, and perhaps a quick game of Solitaire or Freecell until my help comes in at 9:00 a.m. I did not want to have my husband hear that I leave the house early to "play". Everyone has a guilty pleasure they hide from their loved ones, right???

After a few uncomfortable moments, our visitor brightened up as he finally made sense of my answer.
"Oh! You take some time to settle in."
I like that! "Getting Settled" or "Settling In" sounds so much more civilized than "Goofing Off" or "Playing"

Now if I can only find the right words for what I am doing at this moment. (Goofing off while the boys are outside raking leaves.) mmmm perhaps "Taking in a quiet moment"????

Better get back to laundry before the gig is up! I think my "Quiet Time" is over.


terri said...

Don't feel guilty! It's your "thing," isn't it? This is how I look at it. My kids play sports. That's their thing. My husband hunts. That's his thing. I write and socialize on the internet. That's my thing.

Weaselmomma said...

Love it!
You can say that you are teaching your boys independence.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

"Settling in" sounds perfect to me!

4funboys said...

the boys have answered the last 10 phone calls from my mother...

"What's you mom doing"

"Working on the computer"...

When I get to the mom says, "so... you blogging or really 'working'...


yeah, it's a fine line.

Mrs4444 said...

:) Loved this post.