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I Took 3 Hours for Myself Today, and it was Awesome

Today I did something I haven’t done in absolute ages. Want to know how I spent a few glorious hours this afternoon?

I left the house and did something fun, by myself.

Not with friends, not with any of my children, and not with my husband. Seriously, by myself, on my own.

A few weeks ago, I heard about an introductory food preservation and canning class happening at our local community college. On a whim, decided to sign up. It was only $15 for the class, and at the end of the session, the class split the preserved bounty.

So was it time and money well spent?

Yes, I learned a ton of valuable information about food safety. Yes, I have a deeper respect for the slow food movement.  And yes, I’m currently resisting the urge to buy the cookbook Food in Jars, not to mention a copious amount of pretty Mason jars.

But more important than any new skills I acquired, I got out of the house for 3 short hours, and had a blast. I was able to focus on something other than my children, critically think about a topic completely unrelated to parenting.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids to the moon and back. But as I learn more about postpartum depression and anxiety, I’m realizing that down time (also sometimes referred to as “me time”) really raises my moral and mood. Thus, potentially making me a better wife and mother.

And I know signing up for a canning class isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure hit the spot for me.

Who knew learning how to preserve crushed tomatoes could be so powerful?

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