I'm not sure when it happened, but I have just recently become a home body. I am to the point in my life where I enjoy spending a quiet evening at home with no plans, no need to go anywhere and no need to get dressed up.
There was a time in my life when my main goal was to have something planned for my every free minute. Now, I cherish those times when I have a whole day to look forward to with no concrete plans.
I can't say that this means you will find me at home at that often. My parents are constantly complaining that my husband and I are never home. I think this is because we both have jobs that require us to keep ever changing schedules, as well as other time commitments to different organizations and our friends and family. If I'm not covering a night meeting for our local newspaper, usually my husband is working late, so really the times when we are both home together with no plans at all are still few and far between.
However, when our schedules work out just right, we often find ourselves facing nothing more than a night at home together, with just the warm glow of the television to keep us entertained.
The idea of enjoying time spent at home is something my husband and I have typically had different feelings about. I would rather spend a "free" night going to the movies or visiting friends, while he wanted to just relax at home. I never used to understand why he would want to waste precious moments doing nothing. But now I have a better understanding of the situation. We're not doing "nothing" when we're at home, we are spending time together, just enjoying each other's company and a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Needless to say, if anyone is excited about the new me, it's definitely him. Although, I will admit that I still try to get under his skin every now and then, when out of nowhere I will ask him what the big plans are for the night. His response is usually a big roll of the eyes and a shrug of the shoulders. But, you know, someone has to keep him on his toes.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org