all the single ladies

Posted: November 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

This weekend Makenzie & I were single ladies. Don’t you love my self-photography with a toddler in the lap skills?

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I didn’t openly disclose it on the blog until now, but Peter has been out of town since Thursday night. I guess I am a little paranoid to be at home by myself and didn’t want to blast that fact on the internet. I cannot wait to see his face when he arrives home in just a few more hours. 😀 So, what does a newly single lady do with herself for the weekend?

1. Loses motivation to cook. I’m already hard pressed to find motivation to cook right now. By nightfall, I feel worn out. Whipping up a full meal just for myself did not sound appealing. Which is why I had things like Atlanta Bread Co and Amy’s frozen veggie lasagna for dinners.

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2. Have girl time. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture, but on Saturday afternoon and evening Makenzie & I hung out with our close friends. My friend, Danielle, and I kept each other company with both our husbands out of town. Plus, Makenzie and her daughter kept each other entertained to give us each a bit of a break. 😉

3. Lose sleep. I had such a hard time falling asleep without Peter in bed next to me! I resorted to playing Friends DVDs every night and falling asleep to Joey saying How you doin’??? He’s Italian, so I guess a good sub in for my Italian husband.

4. Pick up her phone numerous times, only to set it back down once she remembers she can have NO contact with the person she most wants to talk to. Yep. I couldn’t even talk to Peter all weekend. Typically, we Google chat while he is at work. Or I immediately call him with every little random anecdote of my days. It killed me not even being able to hear his voice this weekend.

5. Not be near as productive as she hoped. I had lofty goals of things to accomplish this weekend. I figured that since we had no plans besides our girls’ night I could manage getting a lot done. Ha! Not as a single mom. I was lucky to get through all the baby stuff I needed to organize (about 1/4 of it pictured) and finish writing and sending in two writing queries.

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I realized something this weekend. Single moms out there are my heroes! I seriously don’t know how they manage it all. If you are a single mom, consider yourself hugged. You amaze me!

  • Do you ever worry about privacy when posting certain things on your blog?
  • What was the best part of your weekend? Mine will come at around 8 pm when Peter gets home! This was the first time we have ever been away from each other overnight since we got married.  Kind of crazy, huh?

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58 Comments to “all the single ladies”
  1. Erica says:

    I am the same way! I never post about Josh being away until hes on his way home 🙂 Smart thinking. Glad you had fun with your little lady. I actually cook a good deal when Josh is gone though- because I can try a bundle of veg friendly recipes that I know he would not be too fond of. And privacy on the blog is important. I post a good deal about my life but not everything!!

    The cookbook is great. It has a lot of good, simple recipes. She does not harp on always subbing out fats or anything like that.

  2. Awww! I hope Peter comes home soon! 🙂

  3. Glad you had a good weekend even if you missed your other half. We ended up being busier than I thought we would with a two year old birthday party and another party right afterwards yesterday. The best part of the weekend is right now. I have baked all day the boys, all three of them, are playing a guys game together…music to my ears! Enjoy your family night!

    • Tina says:

      That does sound fabulous! Not the 2 parties – today. I remember a few weeks ago we had to do two kid parties back to back. Wow, that was exhausting.

  4. Camille says:

    I feel like I am pretty open with the things I post, but I still exercise some caution. Even though I gladly post about the town I live in, I wont post exactly where in town we live. I also don’t post things like exact locations of my family either.
    It’s better to be safe than sorry!

  5. Brandon sometimes travels to Europe for business and places where our time zones clash and we can never catch each other. Its difficult to be home alone, but it brings us so much closer. As much as being apart stinks, it makes being together that much better 🙂

  6. Becca says:

    Yes, ma’am! I started out posting just first initials of certain people, but I’ve gotten into sharing some first names or nicknames now. I don’t share exactly where I live or anything super-personal like that. If I do talk about towns nearby, I talk about them vaguely and describe how far they are from where I live. I’m kind of paranoid like that. =\ I had trouble posting personal photos for a while, too, but now it’s not *that* bad.

    Best part of my weekend was… having yesterday off! =) And finding out that the BFF who’s three hours away is coming home Friday! Her boyfriend is driving her here and back for the evening, because our high school’s musical is this weekend and she *really* wants to see it. So yay for him! =) I’m excited for Friday night. 😀

  7. Lisa says:

    haha thats so funny, that you are finding comfort in FRIENDS. I love that show. Its one of those shows you can watch over and over and it never gets OLD.

  8. You are absolutely right to be cautious on the internet! I’m not really even comfortable telling people I don’t know that I work from home!

  9. I think it is responsible to be “a little bit paranoid.” However, there’s probably a fine line between what’s okay and what’s not. I’m still working on establishing my own privacy boundaries with my new blog. It’s a process.

  10. Awww I love M’s little face. She is such a ham with the camera!!

  11. Mellissa says:

    Mike travels all the time and it is pretty obvious so I just don’t hide it. I don’t have the front of our house on the blog or the actual town we live in. So I really don’t feel scared. But I still hate sleeping along, the dog is just not enough. 😉

    • Tina says:

      I would hate if he had to travel regularly! As much as it still stinks to have him gone, I guess you kind of get used to it huh?

  12. I cannot sleep when Billy is gone either!! I seriously don’t know how single moms do it! I get worried to put too many details on line too! Get some sleep!

  13. Oh wow, I can relate to you on this one. I don’t like when my Darlin’ is out of town:(

    I don’t post much about my husband (won’t even give his name) and rarely post pics of his handsome face, so I certainly keep our private life private. Here and there I share what we’ve done for the weekend, but I wouldn’t disclose that he wasn’t going to be in town or anything. I just don’t think it is wise. Especially, because I don’t know who is reading my blog or where they are from.

    I think the best part of my weekend just happened! I just returned from a posin’ class and insane workout with a Cathy Savage coach here in Pittsburgh. It was an awesome energy and moral booster for my bikini show in 13 days! The girls are so supportive and nice and I got to learn a few Fitness moves for when I start training for my fitness competition in Spring! Can’t wait! I’m totally pumped (and totally e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d. Those workouts are NOT for the faint of heart HAHA!)

    • Tina says:

      Haha. No they certainly aren’t easy things to do. A posing class sounds like it would be really fun. I remember my favorite part of competing was hanging out with all the girls on show day. How cool you got to do that in a way earlier to keep that motivation up in the last days.

  14. I read an article in Cosmo a few months ago that talked about the dangers of blogging, Facebook and Twitter. I know I could still be a bit more careful, but it’s made me think twice about posting some things.

    Best part of my weekend….um, can it be the whole thing? I had the most amazing time at Foodbuzz!! I love blogger conferences, and I can’t wait to meet you at Fitbloggin in May!

    • Tina says:

      I know I could be more careful too, but then that wouldn’t be fun for blogging if I could say places in our area we went to or post certain pictures, etc.

      And maybe I should have put something to that question – no FoodBuzz attendees allowed to answer. LOL I’m only kidding. Although I was jealous reading all of you ladies’ posts.

  15. Rebecca says:

    I am new to the blogging world, so I don’t like posting much about where I live, but, I think it is good to be careful because you don’t know who is reading your website.
    I had a great weekend, hanging out with friends, gardening, it was nice and relaxing.

  16. This is exactly how I am when Shane is out of town!! (without the daughter part, heh) I definitely fear about privacy when it comes to my safety, so I keep things a little private, too.

  17. Allie says:

    Your baby girl is ADORABLE and she looks just like ya!

  18. I hear you about being worried about privacy and disclosing that you’re alone. You just never know. Better safe than sorry. I love that picture of you and M. Too sweet!

  19. chelsey says:

    Go you for being a single mommy this weekend! I don’ tknow how any single parents do it!

    I try not to post anything about me going out of town or if I’ll be leaving the house. I also never snap pictures of the front of my house or my husband’s truck/business logo.

  20. I fall asleep to Friends, too! I need the background noise. It’s such a bad habit, but it’s really hard for me to sleep when I am alone.

    The best part of my weekend was…probably watching the marathon. So emotional.

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  22. I just recently started a blog (its cute you should check it out! haha) and privacy is something I am definitely paranoid about as I start. When I document places that I have been I think, is there a creep out there who’s going to notice I go certain places on certain days and do something scary? I am single and in college so I don’t always have someone, like a husband, here to protect me in case something were to happen. knock on wood.

  23. I realized that I have posted about going away for the weekend and on vacation, I live in an apartment building with a door man, so for now I think it’s okay. When I have a house or a kid I need to rethink and pay close attention. Enjoy your hubby when he gets home!

  24. Elaine says:

    I love single nights!! Some wine and chick flick movies. But I always find it hard to fall asleep when my husband is gone! I don’t know how single moms do it either. 24 hours alone, and I am ready to take in strangers to help me!

    • Tina says:

      I did enjoy Thur and Fri night having some chill time to myself with a movie, but man I was ready for him to come home!

  25. I couldn’t agree with you more!

    Single mom’s are major hero’s!!!

  26. Awww, well at least you got to spend quality bonding time with Makenzie! Love the photo 🙂

    I’m kind of a worrier, so yeah, I worry about privacy issues. You may have noticed I don’t post pics of Little H’s face and very few pictures of me on my blog. My husband’s more concerned about it than I am, and he feels so adamant about not posting pics of our son on there that I just don’t. I do wish I could share photos of him with everyone though! I just think he’s the darned cutest thing 🙂

    The best part of our weekend was spending the afternoon at the children’s museum yesterday with my husband and son… so much fun watching Little H play and explore!

    Enjoy your reunion with your hubby!

  27. My husband travels all the time, but I NEVER talk about it on the blog. It scares me.

  28. Natalie says:

    I’m absolutely paranoid about providing that kind of info! Colin was out of town last week and I kept it to myself because I’m such a fraidy cat!

    By the way, I’m totally humming “all the single ladies” right now and probably will be for the rest of the night 🙂

  29. Nicole says:

    I hate being home alone too! And I never announce on my blog when Dennis is traveling. He travels quite a bit, and since I’m already a nervous nelly, I don’t need to add to it by telling the world (Ok the five people who read my blog) that he’s gone.

    The best part of my weekend? I’m a football girl so watching football, baking cookies, mac and cheese, and hanging with the boy and the cats definitely made my weekend complete. 🙂

  30. I had a pretty bad experience with something on a message board when the monkey was a youngling that put me off posting to much in the way of personal information. Even with Facebook I keep it as generic as possible.

    The best part of my weekend was finally nailing a few recipes, and going to the $2 bag sale at the Catholic church yard sale. I got some great deals.

  31. Molly says:

    I’m definitely paranoid about posting too much on my blog! Oh well, what’s privacy these days when everything’s on the internet anyways right?

    My favorite part of the weekend is definitely sleeping in, then going to brunch!

  32. Maura says:

    On my date, Mr. Green Bay said, “Tell me something great about your week.” I wanted to share about the guest post on HTP…but stopped. I can’t bring myself to tell him about the blog…not only because, well, I’ve written about him. But because I feel like if he read the blog I’d be giving him so much of me at once. And I don’t know that I want to do that just yet.

    Not necessarily the privacy issue that you were asking, but I guess privacy of the heart is relevant, too. 🙂

    • Tina says:

      If I were in your shoes I probably wouldn’t disclose about the blog right away either. I feel ya on that one, even if its not a safety issue.

  33. Its funny that you say single moms are your heroes, because mothers in general amaze me. Living on my own, without my mom to do everything for me, I’ve realized how much work it is just to take care of yourself. I feel like I have no time to myself as it is. The fact that you (and all moms) manage to do all that, AND raise a child at the same time amazes me. I am seriously in awe.

    I totally worry about the things I post sometimes. I deal with it by not thinking about it. I find that denial and I work really well together. 🙂

  34. I try to use discretion when talking about my personal life. I sometimes regret saying some things, but for the most part I don’t worry because I don’t divulge too much.

    The best part of my weekend: THE FOOD! 🙂

  35. It’s funny: I’ll talk about some things with no problem (the town I live in, what I’m eating, my weight …)

    But other things (like the Boyfriend’s name) are never mentioned. Hmm. How weird is that?

  36. “Do you ever worry about privacy when posting certain things on your blog?”–

    after many very creepy things, stalkers, etc…YES, i do!!! better safe than sorry is how i look at things now 🙂

    I feel like a single mom as I am working FT at night and have Skylar FT during the day. It’s hard to hold the fort down, parent, and work…oh, and sleep 🙂

  37. Thanks so much for your comment! I love the blog title “single ladies.” you know everyone who read this is probably looking up Beyonce’s video right now haha

  38. I think the best part of my weekend was the random 24 hours I got to spend with two of my besties in St. Louis. We didn’t really even do anything, but just lounging around and being in each other’s company was good enough!

    I’m glad you girls were able to hold it down while the boy was away!

  39. Such a cut picture! I agree single moms are incredible – having a baby is so much work and I’m so thankful for all that my husband does.

  40. Yes, I get paranoid about some of the things I post! Especially when we travel, I don’t like to mention it to people until AFTER the fact unless I have someone regularly stopping by!

    Anyway, have a giveaway on my site this morning! It’s a cookbook!

  41. That’s sweet of you to shout out the single moms on your post! I definitely agree – I don’t know how those special women get anything done!

  42. Nichole says:

    Isn’t being single sometimes awesome, lol:) I am the same as you, I hold back, you never know what crazies are out there.

    I like doing my own thing every once and awhile, makes you appreciate when they are back a bit more:)

  43. I love my alone time, but I’m definitely glad I’m not single. My boyfriend is a good guy 🙂

    Glad you had a little fun 🙂

  44. Haha I love that you spent your evenings with Joey and the rest of Friends! I would do the exact same thing. 🙂

    Amy’s is my go-to no-cook meal when I lose motivation to cook as well. It ALMOST tastes homemade!

    I hope you had a joyful reunion with Peter last night! 😀

  45. I love Friends. I love Joey’s “How you doin’?” I’m saying that over and over in my head now. Oh Buffy, why’d you have to eat up 1/2 the series of discs? I keep forgetting to replace them. I don’t like being away from home either. I will be gone a few nights and days at the end of the month and then again in January. I don’t like it one bit. A lot of people at work can’t understand why I don’t like to be away at all. Oh well. Like I said in a previous comment, I’m a home body! Sunday, being at home, doing chores and then watching Little Miss Sunshine in my fuzzy pants with my husband and a bowl of chili was the best part of the weekend.

  46. Haha, being a single girl, that’s my typical wknd! I say I am going to get a lot done but will get sucked into a tv show (ironically enough, Friends is on right now!) and instead of cooking as planning will just reheat some leftovers or go out somewhere. My wknd was lame, I really didnt do that much so I am ancy and want to have a fun filled wknd. One of my bff’s from college will be in the wknd after next so I am saving my energy up for that!

    As for what I share. I don’t share friends names, where I work, every little thing I do. You never know who is reading.

  47. Danielle says:

    I had such a great time Saturday night. I’ll send you pictures. I think I only took them on my phone so they won’t be the best quality but I got some cute pics of M.

  48. Katie H says:

    I hope you ladies enjoyed your girls weekend 🙂 I think it is smart to not disclose certain items on the blog- it is better to be safe!!

  49. I try not to reveal too much about my job, friends, family or where I live.. just in case. You never know who is reading and too much information can be harmful.

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