So my MIL is here, which means we have childcare help. We have nothing lined up for this weekend. We actually did the laundry Wed-Thurs night and went grocery shopping last night, so the major chores are done. B is in the midst of an awful summer cold so we haven't planned any outings. The kids will probably just do their coloring/puzzles/books/movies thing which she can supervise (she's had that at home the past few days while we're at work, anyways). I was wondering how to spend this unusual luxury of free time.
My first thought was that G and I could have a day date. We looked into options. There is an exhibit at the art museum that looks interesting but the tickets are pricey! Its too hot to just wander around outside. A movie? We saw the only two movies we wanted to see on our vacation. Go out for lunch or drinks? Money. Calories. Often when grandparents visit we just like to go out and run errands together, but we went to the grocery store last night & ran a bunch of errands with L last weekend. There really isn't anywhere we need to go except maybe to drop off some stuff at the Goodwill and that is hardly a date.
Then G decided that maybe he'll just spend the time working on a wood-working project at home (his new hobby, its pretty useful actually---current projects include a shelving thing for the garden and a bed for L). So I'll be on my own. I am really struggling to figure out how to spend the time. In the past, I'd use a free chunk of weekend time to go shopping, but..shopping ban. Or to go get a pedicure---I stopped doing that because $ (and its so easy to just paint my own toes, its kind of silly). I do need to color my hair (I do it myself with drugstore hair color) but that isn't really fun, and it takes about 45 minutes. I don't really have any local friends I can meet up with (all of my few friends have their own families and kids and vacations going on). I almost signed up for a barre class Sunday morning but then realized that paying $23/class on top of $100+/month we already pay for the gym seems stupid, so I'll just go to the usual classes at the Y.
I'll work out each morning at the gym as per my usual routine. I'm not reading any books right now. I'm kind of burnt out on reading, I go through cycles of reading a ton and then taking a break, and its a break time. I'm sure I could find work to do, but ugh.
I think a lot of the "woe" is coming from the restrictions I've placed on our spending. Prior to that, we probably would've just done the art museum, or went out in the afternoon to a wine bar or something. I think we are going to end up going out for dinner Saturday night because its just getting too blah to sit and shovel down leftover Indian food with the MIL every single night.
Any brilliant ideas for fun, free things to do on a day date? What would you do with 3 hours of free time on a weekend?