WTF is Happy Hour?

 
There is an ongoing debate in this house.
I'd say fight, but we don't always yell and scream about it.
Many times we get some smart ass and sarcastic barbs in.
But mostly we fight about it.
 
Because what is Happy Hour?
 
In this house it means that on some Friday's Daddy goes and has a quick drink with the guys.  He's had a long week at work.  He needs to unwind.  Decompress if you will.  Because he works.
 
Well guess what?
 
About a month ago, when I thought he was on his way home, and he was really at Happy Hour, I put up a protest.  I decided and then declared that not a single chore, save making dinner for the kids (see microwavable) would be done while Daddy is at happy hour.  No laundry in.  No dishes rinsed.  No toys picked up.  Mommy would be observing a happy hour of her own.  I sat in our recliner, turned on Nick Jr, and read my latest copy of Entertainment Weekly cover to cover.
 
Then when he walked in the door, I shared my disgust, declared my own happy hour, and promptly left.  I went to Target.  I walked around alone, with no cart.  NO CART.  I looked at clothes, shoes, bedding, shampoo.  I bought Mumford and Sons.  I didn't have to go down a single toy aisle.  I didn't have to buy an Icee.  Just me in my happy place, having a happy hour.
 
Last Friday, after another tantrum about happy hour, I locked myself away, listening to that Mumford and Sons CD, while typing and writing to my hearts content.  Sure there was the occasional interruption, but that was ok.  I got through entire thoughts in just minutes.  When is the last time that happened?
 
I stand by my declaration.  If Dad gets a happy hour then so should mom.  Fair is fair right?  And while I'm sure an actual happy hour with cocktails and appetizers would be fabulous, I'm happy with a little peace, a little reading, or a little writing. 
 
Because what the blank is Happy Hour?
 
Whatever I say it is...
 
 

14 comments:

  1. I definitely take a happy hour but probably not as often as I should. One Saturday a couple of weeks ago, I just laid on the couch - the WHOLE day! I did nothing. Hubs kept asking if I was sick and I said "no". I'm just taking the day off. He couldn't believe it. I changed no diapers, made no plates, picked up no toys, for an entire day and it felt great! Being a stay-at-home mom, there is no "time off". Dad, although he works, gets to stop thinking about work when he gets home, and gets his commute to decompress and have real adult thoughts! Good for you!

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  2. you're so right! it's a time for you to do whatever you want. if daddy gets one, mommy should too. good for you! :)

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  3. What is happy hour? Hello. An hour alone in target :) YOu nailed it.

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  4. Agree!! Mummy should get time to herself too

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  5. An hour alone in Target is the best happy hour there is. Especially when you don't "have" to be there. Good for you! I'd do the same and I do, do the same as often as I can. It's important for us moms!

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  6. Yes..you BOTH should have the opportunity to have Happy Hour...whatever that means for you~

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  7. Yup, if he gets it you should too! You both work hard doing different but equally important jobs! Us mommys need breaks too!

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  8. "Happy Hour" is what keeps us sane, so I say go for it! My happy hour is usually a coffee with a good book or writing in my blog. And I do not feel guilty at all for having my "me time" as often as I can!!

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  9. Yes! My husband comes home from work every day saying "I've had a busy day! I'm tired!" How does he think I feel? Not like I sat around watching TV all day (I didn't even turn it on once!)

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  10. Dammit, now I want happy hour!!! Such a great & true post love! xoxo

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  11. Yes, we all need a happy hour. I know I love to go to Target alone.

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  12. Yes, you deserve a happy hour too, however you define it.

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  13. Here-here to the new and improved "Happy Hour"! #sitssharefest

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  14. good for you for getting your own happy hour in! what's good for the goose is good for the gander. errrrr or something like that!

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