How to Enjoy a Day Off

The other morning I had the great fortune to stumble across an entire, glorious two hours between tours for kids to squander away at will.

And so, I ventured forth on my own little date with myself. This is one of my FAVOURITE things to do in the world, namely because:

a) I am free to do whatever the heck I like without considering anybody; and

b) I am fabulous company.

It’s funny, because while I am technically an extrovert, I’m absolutely not one of those people who finds being alone uncomfortable, threatening or in any way negative. (Note to self: this is quite possibly a side-effect of having children. Was I like this pre-kids? Hmmm. Must investigate).

No, no! Being alone these days is such a complete luxury and just so damn hard to come by, that when it does I savour every last drop.

Is that a magazine? Oh my heavens, I might actually READ THAT. Give me four!

Coffee? Don’t mind if I do! Make mine a super-size double decaf with a shot of tranquiliser. No, no, nothing fancy, just whatever you’ve got on stand-by.

A new movie out? Hells to the yes! Don’t tell me what it is, for I don’t really care, so long as it involves frozen Coke and Maltesers.

So, there I was on my little self-indulgent conquest, when what should I stumble on but this complete and utter delight of a West End store: Nook.

Nook, 19 Browning Street, West End

Isn’t it just….cute? I ventured on it, proceeded to slobber all over the lovely polished floors and then asked whether I could take some photos for me ole blog! And so I set forth, feeling like quite the mother who’s finally been let out of the house artist extraordinaire…


Heck yeah.

Ah, I am so in love with sewing machines. In the same way that I’m in love with Edward Scissorhands. I think they’re so beautiful, yet have no idea what to do with them.

It even had its own resident cat. And while I’m not generally a fan (of cats that is, not residents), even I could acknowledge that this dude just added to the whole charm quotient.

In other words, my perfect date!

How ’bout you? Any other solo date lovers out there? Any fave/dream/ideas for outings?


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  1. Sally
    June 14, 2010

    Hey Jen- Would you believe that is my Great auntie’s sewing machine!

    • June 14, 2010

      NO WAY! I wondered if it was her place next door, actually!

  2. June 14, 2010

    I am so glad to know that I’m not the only one to enjoy solo dates! Can totally relate to loving the alone time and I find I’m more of an explorer when it’s just myself. No kids whining “Can we go yet??” Jeez, you’d think they’d understand the value of finding such awesomely colored tape (as you have done and by God I hope you bought some – and if not, what the heck were you thinking to pass it up???) I wonder if they sell that tape online………hmmmm…….
    I am so glad you got a couple hours to yourself & thanks for sharing!

    • June 15, 2010

      Hey Jen, finally, a woman whose name I am bound to treasure as my own! 🙂

      I’m sorry to say I didn’t buy some, I was busy racking up a bill on the quite amazing range of hand-made/artsy mags and zines they had.

      Oooh, I think they do have an online shop actually. Maybe check out the link above and see?

      Thanks for commenting! x

  3. kindnessgirl
    June 14, 2010

    oh that store is fabulous!! and so are YOU!!! bring on the stalking my friend, I’m right there with you…so looking forward to pouring over this blog and learning more. 🙂

    • June 15, 2010

      Hooray! So happy to see you here! I’m sure there’s a law we can bypass if the stalking is mutual. 🙂

  4. June 15, 2010

    Oh my… a whole TWO HOURS! What absolute luxury. Funnily enough I just tweated about needing some spare hours and there you were with of the bleeders…
    What did you do with the ‘guilty thoughts of housework, paperwork…’. Lock em in the cupboard?

  5. June 15, 2010

    I know, heehee, I always think the tragedy of life before kids is that you never even realise the beautiful gift of how much time you have!

    As for the guilty thoughts, I just forwarded them to the spam folder. They’re always around, but I don’t have to pour over them. 🙂

  6. June 15, 2010

    Sounds like a perfect day to me!
    😉 K

  7. June 17, 2010

    I TOTALLY know what you mean about Nook! In fact, I just uploaded a bloggy-interview with Michelle from Nook today too! Such a treasure trove of hand-made bliss!

    • June 17, 2010

      Oh wow, that’s so cool! I will check it out now! 🙂

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