I get this question often.
“What do you do? I mean, other than being a mom.”
Most of the time it’s asked very sincerely, not in a so what do you do ALL day? Every once in a while it’s asked in the totally snotty way.
Oddly enough, I find myself saying “Nothing,” or “Not much,” or “A little of this, a little of that.”
I have one more year of being a full-time mom. Well, not that a mom ever gets to not be a full-time mom, but I have one more year before my youngest starts kindergarten.
As it stands now, I have a break for 3 hours a day, 4 days a week. Though I feel I must mention that with Winter Break, snow days, sick days, medical tests, and holidays, my youngest attended school for 6 days from mid December through mid February. That totals 18 hours in 60 days when I wasn’t actively a full-time mom. (I also must add that my husband is a fabulous Dad who shares parenting with me, but I am the “primary caregiver” for the bulk of the daylight hours.)
I say this not in a complaining tone. I know tone can be a bitch on paper. I am answering the question on paper so that the next time someone asks, I can give a reasonable response.
What I do fits me perfectly right now, like a comfy pair of pajamas.
So here is what I do: (other than laundry, grocery shopping and all the PITA stuff that everyone does)
I edit and take photos for a monthly newsletter for my children’s former school.
I run a home-based business that is currently primarily a monogramming business, but is about to expand to one-of-a-kind handmade items.
*with this goes taxes, paperwork, advertising, the actual sewing work, research, record-keeping, etc.
I write as often as I can for myself, primarily here, and for others at various sites.
I also squeeze in some home dec projects and my photography hobby when I have free time.
I am a room-mom for my daughter’s class which sometimes requires nothing, and other times requires quite a bit of time.
Oh, and I like to read a book every once in a while.
The rest of the time, I sit around eating chocolate.