If I were living in a high school movie, I’d be throwing some kind of rager this week. You know, the kind in movies… loud music, drunk people stumbling over each other, teenagers making out in corners, beer cans everywhere, etc.
Why, you might wonder, would I be throwing the party of the century?
Because my parents are on vacation for the whole week. And that’s what they do in teen movies.
Thankfully, I do not live in a movie. I don’t like beer and don’t think I know enough people to fill up my house. And although I’m 22 and can legally purchase alcohol, I’ve got student loans to pay. Actually, I don’t know if parties like the ones in teen films actually exist. (If you’re reading this and have ever been to one, LET ME KNOW. I’ve been wondering about this for a while.)
Anyways… yesterday afternoon left for a week exploring the scenery and breweries of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, leaving my brother and I to a week of peace and quiet. Freedom from parents is a beautiful thing, especially when you’re used to being on your own. I love not being told to do the dishes, sweep the floor, or water the flowers.
Of course, I still have to do dishes, sweep, and take care of the flowers. I also have to feed the animals, mow the lawn, and actually put meals together. But it’s wonderful to not to have a mother hovering around telling me to do these things for a change.
Also, my dad is my boss… which means we (the orchard work crew) are on our own this week. We’ve got a LONG list of tasks that are impossible to finish. But it will be nice to make our own schedule.
I’ve been soaking in my first couple parentless days on the couch watching Netflix, playing the Sims 2, and reading Harry Potter fan fiction (the good kind–not the unfiltered crap published on Fanfiction.net). My free time is usually spent more productively–reading actual novels, spending time with friends, etc. But every once in a while, you need to kick back, relax, and take advantage of the fact that no one else is around.
I haven’t been a total slob, though. I went to a musical with a friend on Friday, biked 20 miles yesterday, and saw Paper Towns this evening. (Don’t bother seeing it. The book was better.)
So, here’s to a parent-free week, unsupervised work days, and many afternoons of Netflix to come! Any suggestions for how to spend my time productively?