Free Writing Day

My husband wants to know what I want for my birthday. Actually that’s not my husband, my kids want to know so they can get their dad to buy it, even when the birthday has already passed. I have trained my kids well. 

The answer is a bit of a problem.

I am not a stuff person – stuff stresses me out. I believe most things are made to be admired, and NOT to be purchased and taken home. My philosophy is to live with the bare minimum in my house – with the exception of few things. 

I am not a collector. I hate wasting things so I try and buy things that I would actually use. For a girl, I have the bare minimum of clothes, shoes, handbags and cosmetics. This is not a joke. I seriously need to add to my wardrobe. Since I am not working out of the house at the moment, most of my clothes are on the brink of being ripped to shreds. 

I am not a jewellery person, or a toy-purchasing person either – much to chagrin of my kids. 

I am a book person though. My kids’ bookshelf is overflowing with picture books and my next house project is to line the wall behind the dining table with tall bookshelves. These will be eventually filled with photo frames, perfumes, and books of course. This can happen after I replace my dining table first, of which only 3 chairs remain. 

I collected perfumes. I figure these would look really cool on the display. 

So I have thought long and hard about for my next birthday gift. And I have got the perfect answer. I would like my husband to give me a Coupon for a Free Day of Writing – to be used on any day of my choice. 

I have a few ideas how this might happen. 

My most favourite activity - after rearing my kids of course!!

I would like breakfast served in bed, and while I am relaxing, my kids need to get dressed, their lunches packed and they are taken to their respective school/ daycare. Or hubby can take a day off and take the kids somewhere for the day. I write best in my home environment, that’s where I have home court advantage. 

I want a cleaner to come in and do their thing, while I do mine. 

I want to have lunch and snacks available for whenever I feel like eating. 

I want the kids to come home, get changed, have food and be entertained till 5 o clock. After that I am ready to resume mommy duties – whichever ones are left anyway.

On this day, I am not working (writing) 9-7, or even 9 to 6. Although my usual working day comprises of a 16 hours – at minimum – I would like to work from only 9 to 5. I am thoughtful like that. 

And I want this to be a Groundhog Day.


  1. shazia amir shah
    Posted on December 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    WOW,, I Want that toooooooooo, just to add in a bit i wont b working a day earlier or after to prep or clean the house or kids after the groundhog Day 🙂

    • maryawrites Says :
      Posted on December 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Thats even better. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  2. real-life-fantasy Says :
    Posted on December 7, 2010 at 4:50 am

    This sounds reasonable to me and something you will definitely remember.

    We could swap if you like? Seeing as I am condemned to remain childless unfortunately, I could do a day taking care of the kids and you could have my endless free time!

  3. Christy Smith Says :
    Posted on December 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    It sounds like your husband will have his work cut out for him, but I don’t think this is unreasonable at all. Mom’s need some quality “Mom-time” too, and writing is a great way to spend it! 🙂

    • maryawrites Says :
      Posted on December 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      I know this is not unreasonable at all, highly improbable yes, unreasonable, definitely not. 🙂 Many thanks for your comment. Cheers.

  4. mike
    Posted on December 22, 2010 at 5:03 am

    if i were a female, i wud have been like you. The only differnece wud be that i’d want my groundhog day far far away from civilization.

  5. Nicole Says :
    Posted on December 22, 2010 at 10:40 am


    hope that you will receive this “Coupon for a Free Day of Writing”. I am not a mom yet but I share your passion for writing. For me, it is the best way to express myself and at the same time to relax. Once started it is hard for me to stop. One subject inspires me to another one and so on …
    I can spend whole days just doing one thing – writing writing writing!

    Love your box “Maryas Truths” …

    alright, will check out your blog a little bit more now 😉

    Take care and keep in touch


  6. jasonbox Says :
    Posted on December 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Want it to be a groundhog day?! Does that mean you want it to repeat over and over again?

    • maryawrites Says :
      Posted on December 23, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      Yes… writing day that keeps coming back. Fun! 🙂

  7. kids wonderland Says :
    Posted on December 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hello Marya, I’m very happy to find your blog. Yeah..I also dream of having my own time doing everything I love to do..though I enjoy playing with my 2 kids and take care of them every minute…Moms need their own quite time…aren’t they ? Have you got the coupon yet ?
    Could I put your link in my blog ?

    Thanks before…

    • maryawrites Says :
      Posted on December 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Vivi. Thanks very much. I would love it if you link to my blog. Much appreciated.

      And no still no sign of coupon … still keeping fingers crossed though. 🙂 See you later

  8. Jason Says :
    Posted on December 27, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I’m going to suggest this to my wife…Since I wasn’t able to get her much for Christmas…Our three boys tapped us out, literally…Anyway, thanks for the idea and I love your blog, God bless you!

    • maryawrites Says :
      Posted on December 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you. I am sure she is going to love it. Hope to see you again. Cheers 🙂