Stu's preparing for yet another business trip to China...his nineth trip this year. I must say I've gone from dreading being home alone to actually looking forward to having some quality me time. I've figured out that when Stu is away, it is the perfect time to do a few things that I otherwise may not indulge in. Here are a few of my not-so-guilty pleasures when I'm home alone (and bub is fast asleep)...
Order home delivery. I can't be bothered to cook for myself so it's either three minute noodles or a little treat of takeout. There's something really nice about hopping onto Eat Now, picking out my favourite dishes I want (Thai, usually, but sometimes, it's Chinese, Indian or pizza) and pre-order it online. I usually am clever enough to time the order so it coincides with Alexander's bedtime, so once I've tucked him into bed, I simply open my front door and Tada! There's a warm meal ready for me.
Pamper night. As soon as Alex hits the sack, I run myself nice warm bath, fill it with aroma oils and gleefully get in! While I'm in there, I apply my facial mask and just close my eyes and relax. I follow that with hair treatment mask, and sometimes also a manicure and pedicure and always, lots of obsessive hair brushing.
Makeover time. I play with makeup and experiment with different looks when Alex goes to sleep (as you do!). And while I'm at it, I play an old childhood favourite game of dress up, and try different outfit combinations to see what works and pull funny faces in the mirror.
Online window shopping. I get quite a lot of enjoyment from browsing online stores and adding things to wishlists for myself and for others. I feel a bit guilty doing it when Stu is around (even if I'm not actually buying anything!), so I save it for when he is away. Besides it's great for when I'm actually researching a gift for him.
What do you do when you're home alone?
PS: You can catch me over that Vanisha's today!