Thursday, March 6, 2008

Fight the Frump! Girl Time!

It's Friday and that means today we're Fighting the Frump with Fussy!

Last week my post was all about taking some quiet time for yourself and so this week I'd like to touch on another type of time all women should take. Girl time.

As much as I love The Man, there's just something about time with my girlfriends that is irreplaceable. I'll never be able to sit with The Man and giggle about my latest domestic screw up, argue over who needs to get a pedicure the most, or lament over how much weight we've gained over the past few years. They'll never never tell me I shouldn't have bought new shoes.

Now, I take girl time even less often than I take quiet time. Part of this is because several of my girlfriends have decided to up and move to other parts of the country... but mostly this is because I constantly decide I can't take an afternoon or an evening out for myself. There's always something I could or should be doing at home (laundry, cleaning, scout meetings, cooking) and I always feel bad leaving the kids with The Man, even though he's absolutely wonderful with them.... they always get to bed on time when he's in charge.

I've noticed something when I do take the time to go hang out with a girlfriend, though. I almost ALWAYS come back happier, more relaxed, and completely ready to take on my mom/wife duties with vigor. So even though The Man and the monsters have to live without me for a few hours, we're all so much happier to see each other when I return.

If that's not fighting the frump, well then I just don't know what is.

PS - How are y'all doing with the Quiet Time Challenge? I've managed to spend a half hour doing some yoga with no interruptions this week. Fabulous.

For more frump fighting, check out Fussypants!


Robin said...[Reply to comment]

I definitely think girl time deserves a very high place on the priority list. My girlfriends and I make it a point to get together for dinner about once every 6-8 weeks, usually for a communal dinner at someone's house (after the kids are asleep and when the husband's out). We eat, drink and laugh ourselves silly. More importantly, we stay sane. Highly, highly recommended.

Tamra said...[Reply to comment]

Girl time is music to my ears. I have moms over often, usually for brunch, yet it's usually with all our munchkins in tow. Which can make for some really loud mornings!
I'm liking the late night dinner idea, Robin!

HRH said...[Reply to comment]

I love having a little girl time scheduled on my calendar. It is a good thing to have something to look forward to in the middle of a crazy mommy moment.

Sister Honey Bunch said...[Reply to comment]

I get "girl time" a couple times each month. Makes a WORLD of difference in my life!

Connie said...[Reply to comment]

Sadly, I don't have any 'friends' here in Utah. But I have a Mommy message board that I am active in that helps me have a little girl time!

Melody said...[Reply to comment]

I'm horrible about this. I don't really have any girlfriends - other than family. I'll have to make time to do things with my mom, sister or cousins...

Trish said...[Reply to comment]

Daily quiet time extremely difficult...frequent girl time much easier. I probably partake in this luxury 2-3 times a month. I extend an invitation to a friend for an outing at least once a month -- even if it's just for an early Saturday morning coffee. Then if I receive 1 or 2 more offers, even better. It feels great to visit with friends, foster new relationships and reconnect with my grown-up self.

Mrs. Fussy Fussypants said...[Reply to comment]

Great post! Love it. So important!