1. Your child(ren) is/are going on a field trip to the Field Museum in Chicago (or some other place that's about five hours each way from where you live).
2. You realize, the day before said field trip, that your DH has plenty of vacation time left for the year.
3. You call said DH and ask if he can arrange to take the next day off.
4. You cancel your own obligations for that day, including, sadly, updating your blog or reading the blogs of your blogging buddies.
5. You get your child(ren) up on the day of the field trip, feed them a good, hot breakfast, and deliver them to the luxe bus filled with half-awake teens. Said child(ren) is/are happy to have entire day with peers. You are, too.
6. You drive home and gleefully slip back into bed with warm DH, who's never had to leave warm bed.
7. You wake up whenever you both please. You realize the last time you did that may have been before said child(ren) was born.
8. You eat a small breakfast, anticipating going to your favorite Indian place for lunch. Over breakfast, you discuss vacation plans and other pleasant things. You pointedly do not discuss the garage that needs to be cleaned out, or the paperwork that you really should work on together.
9. You get dressed, go downtown, walk around at your leisure.
10. You spend almost 30 minutes in the Ten Thousand Villages store, just because you can. You also visit the store with the novelties from your youth, that your son finds BO-ring. You go to the library and get mysteries that you have no time to read.
11. You have lunch at the Indian place. It's relaxed and the food is good. You share everything and eat off each other's place.
12. You stop at the Japanese French Bakery (no, I'm really not kidding) and buy one of the two baguettes that are left. You are never able to reach this place normally and they have the best baguettes in town.
13. You stop at Zingerman's, hand them some money and ask them to please put together some small bits of cheese for you - as many different varieties as possible. They do.
14. You go home, set up a blog for DH so he can join in the writing fun, and take a nap, because, you know, shopping, eating and walking downtown are just so exhausting.
15. You have a romantic dinner of wine, bread, cheese and thou, because, again, you can.