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.
I like that! "Getting Settled" or "Settling In" sounds so much more civilized than "Goofing Off" or "Playing""Oh! You take some time to settle in."
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.