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    Having a moment…
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  • Published: Mar 20th, 2007

Busy_week_2 It’s been a hectic, crazy week.  Seems like as soon as I finished one thing, I was off to finish something else.  While in the middle of the millions of things that had to be done a stray thought passed through my universe, and it said “I need a moment”.  And it was true, I did need a moment.  I didn’t want another day to pass without doing something for myself.  I know, sounds selfish right?  But every once in a while, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to maintain some semblance of sanity.  So, instead of being at the computer, or on the phone, or at my desk for one more minute, I took myself out and drove myself to the movies.  I went to see the new Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon movie “Premonition”. I admit, initially I was attracted to the film because of Julian – you remember him from “Charmed” fame and more recently from “Nip/Tuck” – I mean who could resit?  Well, my husband for one; no interest in his idea of a ‘chick flick’.  And Marisa was no where to be found, off having fun I suppose, but more likely working.  My best girlfriends Harriet and Sandy were both otherwise engaged.  Well, I thought, heck with them, I need a moment.

I flew out of the house, into my car and raced to the movie theatre.  I didn’t want to miss a minute of the opening credits, particularly since the price of a movie ticket is no small fare.  Of course, the entire time I Popcorn_clock was driving, I was plotting how I could race to the head of the line for my snack.  I’m driving and watching the dashboard clock, as the minutes tick by.   The movie start time was 11:50 a.m., but I’m no fool, I know the first 10 minutes are going to be commercials and previews.  So I’m not particularly freaked out yet – I get to the theatre at 12:03 p.m., rush to the ticket counter and breathlessly ask if the film has started.  Well, surprise, surprise, I had 3 minutes until the opening credits.  Could I get my snack and make it to my seat in time?  Miraculusly a new register opened up and I slipped to the front and ordered my large bag of popcorn with extra butter and salt and made it to my seat just as the last preview finished.

I was in bliss – total heaven, alone in the dark in front of a big screen with someone else’s pictures Popcorn_on_seat_3 instead  of the ones in my own mind.  There I sat, eating one kernel at a time to make the experience last – until the very last frame of the film.  As the lights came up, I looked around and observed that everyone was paired off, with their friend, significant other, mother, aunt, uncle, etc.  I was alone, and happy for it.  So it begs the question – do you ever do something all by yourslef?

What kinds of things do you like to do, just to get away for a few hours?

6 Responses to “Having a moment…”

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  1. terrio
    on Mar 20th, 2007
    @ 9:34 am

    I did this for the first time just recently. I went to see Amazing Grace by myself and I loved it. No one to bother me. No one to say “What did he say?” It was wonderful. I’m going to do that much more often.

    I’m one of those odd people that doesn’t mind being alone. Sometimes, I prefer it. I’m writing a book I have set in a small town on the Eastern Shore about an hour or so from where I live. In order to do research, I’ve decided to take three or four days and go stay in a b&b by myself. I can do whatever I want when I want and that sounds like heaven. I’m so looking forward to it.

    My friend – who HATES to be alone – thinks I’m nuts. She just doesn’t get it at all. I try to explain to her that if she would just spend a little time alone, she might find out that she likes herself and that she’s all the company she needs.

  2. Maria Lokken
    on Mar 20th, 2007
    @ 10:11 am

    I’m with you Terrio!

    Taking a few days at B&B hmmm – that’s more than just a moment – I’m jealous.

  3. Kim
    on Mar 20th, 2007
    @ 1:36 pm

    Maria–it sounds like your movie day was just meant to be. It all worked out perfectly.

    Terri–I’m jealous too! That sounds like heaven to me.

    I adore time alone. When I worked in a factory and had vacation days I would save them for mental health days. Those times when I would get so stressed out that I felt I was losing my mind. I’d take a vacation day and wait for everyone else to vacate the house. Then I’d bake some cookies or a pie and sit down with a good book. Then I was ready to face the world again.
    Maria–I think you read my mind with this blog. Guilt has me ready to cancel my trip next week end but in my heart I know I deserve it. Thanks!

  4. KeiraSoleore
    on Mar 20th, 2007
    @ 3:30 pm

    What a nice blog topic. I like doing things alone; in fact, constantly having someone around me is tiresome. I need the time and space to simply be.

    I prefer going shopping alone or even having the house all to myself for 3-4 days every few months. (More would be good, but impractical).

    This week, I’m thinking of going to see “300” by myself.

  5. Maria Lokken
    on Mar 20th, 2007
    @ 10:27 pm

    Keira – Shopping! Oh Yeah, that’s a great get away.

    Don’t think – just go see 300 and let me know how it is.

  6. Sandra
    on Mar 25th, 2007
    @ 7:19 pm

    Go shopping and try on make-up

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