Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble
Welcome to this week’s Up Close and (un)Conventional Bookish Babble. This is where we discuss whatever we feel like. It can be something about books or the bookish community, or it can be about something else entirely!
I know that some of you may be past the empty nest stage and some of you may be nowhere close to it, but I wanted to share some things I’ve learned now that I’m ~4 months into empty nesting. Some of these things are serious and some are tongue-in-cheek…I hope you enjoy!
- Always, but always, go with the biggest meal plan for your teenage boy! Otherwise you’ll be sending more money to supplement his food budget. 😉
- Set a weekly date (or bi-weekly) to talk to you child(ren) as you probably WON’T hear from them any other time.
- Find something you can text to your kids to let them know you’re thinking of them but not nagging for an update. I send silly jokes every few days and Jax says they’re the highlight of his day when he gets them. 🙂
- Your house stays so neat and clean without teenagers in it. I’ve especially noticed how it doesn’t stay that way since they’ve been home for the holiday break. 😉
- The weekly grocery bill decreased significantly after my son went to college – even if I had to send extra money for food!
- Despite having vast quantities of spare time now I still can’t figure out a way to schedule it where I’m more productive.
- I’ve enjoyed spending more time doing things with my husband and/or on hobbies that I didn’t make time for when my falls were filled with band commitments.
- Nine weeks is too long to go without seeing my kids. It was like going cold turkey!
- The biggest surprise is that even though I couldn’t wait to have them home for the holidays it was a little disruptive. I’m not used to them being around and they’re not used to being accountable to their parents anymore. It’s taking some adjusting.
- My husband says this is the new normal. We get used to them being gone and then they come home!