How many times have you fantasized about just taking “the day off”? I swear- every few weeks I tell myself, “That's IT! Tomorrow I am giving myself the complete day off. I am not going to do ANYTHING. I will sit in a sunny spot, read a book, sip something yummy, eat chocolate… and do NOTHING. I will not cook, clean, or even LOOK at my to-do list. I will not chauffeur anyone to anything…. I will not do a single load of laundry. I will simply RELAX!”
And I sincerely mean it. I really, truly plan to do exactly that. Except…. to make this happen- I kind of have to plan ahead. I can't actually take tomorrow off because there is a school band concert (I could never miss one of those), and my oldest needs to be driven home from a track meet (it's too late to try to find someone now to carpool with), and the youngest one needs help with his homework…. and I had already planned to make tacos and bought everything at the store…. so…..
I will DEFINITELY take a day off- NEXT WEEK!
Except next week is always a week away. It never seems to arrive.
Am I the only one here?
It's not just the grand idea of an entire day off…. I often cut myself out of the little things too. For example, a Mom-friend sent me an email that she found a new wine for us to try at our book club meeting this month…. a Chardonnay called BUTTER. (How could you not fall head over heels in love with a name like that?).
For three days I walked around thinking about how I couldn't wait to try that wine with my friends, sipping it while chatting about the book we had just read (okay- as usual, I had only gotten through 14 pages of the book…. but whatevs). And then you know what happened…. life once again got in the way- and I MISSED that book club meeting!
My friend Leigh later reported that Butter was amazing! She said the book club Moms all agreed it was a fitting name for a wine that had a full and creamy butter flavor. I believe she even called it “Butter-licious”.
So I added “Buy a bottle of Butter” to my to-do list, and kept on keeping on.
And never made it to the store.
So now- Mother's day is coming…
And quite frankly- this year's celebration needs to be EPIC! Because last year I spent Mother's Day in a hospital room recovering from neck surgery as I was just starting my battle with HPV+ throat cancer. It sucked- HUGELY. The soreness, the ugly scars and tubes hanging everywhere, the bad reaction to the meds, but most of all- not being able to see my kids (they weren't even allowed to visit because of the type of post-surgical recovery room I was in).
But here we are a year later- I am healthy, happy, have my life back– and I want to give myself the Mother's Day I DESERVE!
So while I can't wait to enjoy breakfast in bed, and the sweet and thoughtful handmade cards from my kids…. I am also looking forward to taking the entire day off.
I will enjoy a glass of Butter Chardonnay. I will sip it while eating my favorite dark chocolate salted caramel candies. I will hug my kids, smooch deeply with my husband, and be grateful for this Mother's Day- Day Off!
Wanna Try Some?
Do I now have you drooling to try your own bottle of Butter? I thought so! Produced by JaM Cellars (short for John and Michele, 2nd generation vintners), they cold ferment the grapes to create the rich creamy texture and ages it in a proprietary blend of oak to get the long, lovely vanilla finish that is so amazing! You can find Butter Chardonnay in your local grocery store with the JaM Cellars Wine Finder!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.