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What do I do for fun? Not so much, lately

Someone asked me the other day what I do for fun and, after a long, awkward pause, I realized suddenly that I really don't do much "for fun." Fortunately, however, there is some fun built in to my daily routine.

See, for a single mom who works and happens to live in a smallish town, you have to take your fun where you get it. Fun might be going to the SuperStore and catching up with an old friend for 30 minutes in the meat department.

Fun is sitting down to watch your favorite show on TV, only to remember there's a basketball game starting in 20 minutes and your kid is dancing at halftime. Then you go and sit with your friends, eat some popcorn, watch the second quart er of the game, record the dance and go back home to that TV show.

Yep, I'm a party animal.

Fun might be a walk in the park or, for a super-fun day, a hike at the mountains.

Fun is often a trip north to meet the college kid, which, for lack of something better to do, inevitably includes lunch and shopping, which is OK because we both love to eat and to shop.

On those times we really want to live on the edge, we might go see a play or a show, but again, it's mostly with those kids. The truth is, right now as they are both heading out to live away from home, fun can be as simple as going to church together, because it's always in the back of my mind that those days are numbered.

Listen, those kids are tons of fun. Most of the time, anyway.

And I'd be negligent if I didn't mention that nine months ago, fun also included a few beers out with my friends, but sobriety prevails and is a bit of a game-changer. Those long nights were fun, but now I turn into a pumpkin after a couple of hours and take myself home when the others are just getting warmed up.

Webster's definition of sober, aside from "not being drunk," is also "having or showing a serious attitude," and "plain in color." Frankly, the latter two sound like about as much fun as a bag of rocks. So you could say my fun has been amped down a few notches and I am learning a new normal.

Right now there's not a lot of time for going out and doing a lot of exciting new things, as I am on the home stretch of raising my kids. Plus, I'm in the middle of my winter hibernation, where fun is more about curling up under a blanket on the couch than it is whitewater rafting.

But hey ... whitewater rafting DOES sound like fun, doesn't it?

So if I haven't bored you to death by now, I'll close by owning up to not having a whole lot of "fun" lately, but every day I can look around and see my blessings. That's on a whole different level than fun. But it's still a good thing.

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