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Leap Day, Oscar Night, and the Quest for Free Time

I have two things on my mind today: Leap Day, which we only get to celebrate once every 4 years, and Oscar Night, which to me feels like something I celebrated in a past life.  Both of them happening just a day apart makes me think about having extra time and how to use it best.

I used to be a movie buff.  I made sure I saw every Oscar nominated movie before Oscar Night.  I studied the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards and read movie magazines and made signs to cheer for my favorite movies and made elaborate charts about who I wanted to win and who I thought would actually win.  And, not to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good at it.  I had a high rate of accuracy on my “think will win” list – even in the more obscure categories like “Sound Editing” and “Art Direction” (which I see is not even called “Art Direction” anymore).  That all seems like a lifetime ago.  I have not seen (not do I have any desire to see) any of the Oscar nominated movies this year.  In fact, the last 2 movies I saw were Les Mis and The Lego Move.  And they were both fantastic, by the way – I will be rooting for both of them to win an Oscar tonight, as futile as that may be…  A moot point anyway though because odds are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Sid the Science Kid or Handy Manny will most likely be playing in our house as the awards are announced.

Remembering when I used to have free time to see movies leads me to think of Leap Day.  A whole extra day!!  What to do with all that extra time??  Sadly, extra time is not necessarily free time.  And if it were free, I seriously doubt I would spend it in a movie theater.  I would want to spend it doing things with my little family because I constantly feel I don’t have enough time with them as it is.

Which lead me to my blog.  I started this blog when I left my teaching job at “real school” because I was worried I would get bored with all of my new found free time and that I wouldn’t have enough opportunities to be creative without teaching in a public school.  Luckily, I have found that my job teaching preschoolers gives me plenty of creative opportunities – even more than “real school” actually!  However, the “new found free time” has still not been found.  So I am going to start doing my blog posts a little less often.  Rather than once a week, I may just post whenever I have a fun seasonal idea to share.  I must admit I feel guilty – even though it was a self imposed “assignment” to do a blog post each week, I feel like I am letting myself down by scaling back.  But then again, what good are all the seasonal activities I share if I’m too busy to actually enjoy them with my family?  So with that, happy Leap Day and happy Oscar Night… or as it is shaping up to be in our house, happy cuddling on the couch while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse night.