So, this is the big Birkebeiner cross country ski race weekend, and Steve is doing his 20th consecutive race…kudos to him! My boys will also be gone overnight as well for a church function which means I WILL BE MANLESS FOR 36 hours!!!!! The joys of a clean house, quiet music, books…and control over the remote are simply cherries on top of the fact that I don’t have to cook or respond to “MOOOOMMMM” for a great stretch of time. The thought of being in my house and not having to say a solitary word is pure luxury. No one will be there to storm in while I’m doing my business and demand they get their computer time, and I can take a bath without a certain someone leaning on the door in a “How you doin” kind of way. I am relishing being by myself in a way that my younger self would have been horrified at. Stupid girl. She didn’t know how good she had it!