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Tell 5 Alive all about your 'me' time (survey open to all, regardless how much 'me' time you have!) and you could win a £250 John Lewis voucher

(273 Posts)
HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 21-Apr-10 14:50:01

5 alive want to find out what you do during your 'me' time - if you're lucky enough to get any!

By 'me' time, we mean time to yourself away from children, partner or work, when you can let loose and have some fun. It doesn't matter if you don't get much 'me' time; we still want to know what you think. The survey is open to all Mumsnetters.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and enter your details for a chance to win a £250 John Lewis voucher.

AND, for another chance to enter the prize draw, please tell us all on this thread what you get up to in your 'me' time, whether it's playing air guitar to the radio, or going out for a muddy bike ride - you can 'fess up here grin.

Thanks and good luck

A nice hot bath on a friday night while dh cooks dinner.

I sleep

ISayISayISay Wed 21-Apr-10 15:03:17

Go to the pub.

And gardening.

LeninGrad Wed 21-Apr-10 15:04:51

Erm, go on MN.

Hulababy Wed 21-Apr-10 15:04:57


Hulababy Wed 21-Apr-10 15:05:29

I was suprised that MN was not one of the "me" time activities listed

babster Wed 21-Apr-10 15:05:37

Talk to the chickens, or go to the cinema for lunchtime showing of something chosen by me, not the kids.

herbietea Wed 21-Apr-10 15:07:47

Read, watch crap TV or do cross stitch.

PrivetDancer Wed 21-Apr-10 15:08:43

what a lame survey. why would we practise speeches or start singing ffs?!

If I have some time when i don't have to do anything (I guess this is 'me-time'. ugh.) I generally flop on the sofa and watch tv / do nothing.

IBlameThePMT Wed 21-Apr-10 15:15:12

Alcohol tbh!


I go to Sewing Group on a Monday night and the other nights I go to the gym or fitness classes.

I do flop on the sofa sometimes but forgot about that, possibly cos I think of it more as "wait for dh to finish the dishes" time grin

TheProvincialLady Wed 21-Apr-10 15:19:53

PrivetDancer, I thought the same thing. I don't live my life as though I was starring in a rubbish advert.

ohmeohmy Wed 21-Apr-10 15:22:16

they seem to think we all live in a DFS advert.

BornToFolk Wed 21-Apr-10 15:23:51

I agree PrivetDancer! What a weird selection of activities.
During my "me-time" i.e. when DS is in bed, I watch TV or read, knit and MN. Sometimes I go out with friends or DP for dinner or to see a film.
Same way I spent my leisure time before I had DS really...

OhFuck Wed 21-Apr-10 15:26:53

Hmmm, yes, a survey written by someone who has never seen a mum at 7pm on a weeknight.

I only ever sing in the car when I am driving for work. It's bad.

Time alone at home consists of a nice cup of tea and watching the news in peace. I live a desperately sad life.

prettybird Wed 21-Apr-10 15:29:01

A few years ago I treated myself to a Luxury Pamper Day at Stobo Castle. A friend of mine said "Oh what a good idea, I could come too" and I thought "Noooooooo!!!!!" as I just wanted the day to myself!

I'd love to go again.....

doughnutty Wed 21-Apr-10 15:36:37

sleep. eat. walk. bath. read. eat. sleep.

sunchild77 Wed 21-Apr-10 15:40:00

Reading trashy magazines, watching trashy TV...
Oh lots of trashyness going on here... LOL

Oh yeah and a bit of walking, and studying Open uni when I can get the chance....

Its SO hard to have "me" time!

Sidge Wed 21-Apr-10 15:40:29

Done the survey but as my life is not a TV advert for panty liners my favourite 'me time' activities aren't listed hmm

I wouldn't even call it 'me time', it's more 'the kids are in bed, I'm stuck in the house alone so how can I make the best of it time'.

Not quite such a catchy tagline though!

mellymooks Wed 21-Apr-10 15:42:05

I think, simply think and just be quiet it is a luxury these days smile

AvadaKedavra Wed 21-Apr-10 15:42:55

Stupid ideas for me time there hmm real people don't do any of those things

appledumpling Wed 21-Apr-10 15:44:03

Knit without a small child pulling at the needles. Cross-stitch without a small child pawing at the fabric or running off with the threads.

I am sad. Or maybe the survey was just rubbish.

DownyEmerald Wed 21-Apr-10 16:02:51

Want to know if anyone ticked anything on their list.

Mine was have a bath. And to be honest I think that is essential for my mental wellbeing, it isn't really what I do in my "me" time, I don't have that sort of spare time. There is always something that needs doing.

Grumpily wonders off thinking perhaps survey wasn't aimed at me....

Booboobedoo Wed 21-Apr-10 16:06:05

In the week I only get 'me-time' if I go to bed early to read.

Reading without some bugger trying to talk to me - my idea of bliss.

Also, playing show-tunes on the piano and singing REALLY loudly.

Eating fatty food in front of Miss Marple or similar.

I'm quite social really. Sound quite misanthropic reading the above.

AvadaKedavra Wed 21-Apr-10 16:11:47

DownyEmerald, mine was having a bath too, not quite Me Time as it's an essential daily thing, but its'a s close as I get to it anyway.

Bramshott Wed 21-Apr-10 16:12:59

Odd survey! But I work on the basis that if I enter EVERYTHING, surely one day I must win wink!

Naturally I MN! Often while eating chocolate. Now if I could do both of those while at the same time having a good snog with dh - my cup would overflow grin

I use my 'me' time to fill in the surveys in the desperate hope I will one day win a voucher grin.

ClickNegg Wed 21-Apr-10 16:16:19

i haev a bath

LaDiDaDi Wed 21-Apr-10 16:19:37

Browse the John Lewis website to see what I could spend 250 quid on smile.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 21-Apr-10 16:22:10

I'm partial to a bit of singing if the house is empty blush.

I love going through my CDs and listening to listening to random tracks from 10-20 years ago - turn up the volume, have a sing, remember fun times etc.

I'd recommend it to anyone (although you do of course have to be old enough to remember tracks from that long ago -not much good if you're only in your 20s wink)

Kneazle Wed 21-Apr-10 16:24:41

Survey was too silly i could not go any further tan tell us about your dance moves !

MmeLindt Wed 21-Apr-10 16:25:13

Weird things to ask. Survey must have been written by a 20something with no DC.

I do sing loudly along to music but it is not a part of "me time", I do it all the time. Well, not all the time, when there is no one except the dog and the DC to hear me.

Why was MN not on the list?

I think I am the MNetter with the most ME time actually.

5inthebed Wed 21-Apr-10 16:27:21

I have something to eat without the guilty feeling that someone will want some or I'll have to cook for everyone else.

etchasketch Wed 21-Apr-10 16:33:27

I have a bath and read chick lit- but seeing all the air guitar suggestions WTF I realise bathing is a necessity and I should be roller blading around my home.


puddock Wed 21-Apr-10 16:34:51

Um, design stuff to knit or actually knit it, preferably while watching something by Joss Whedon on DVD.

theyoungvisiter Wed 21-Apr-10 16:36:12

what a bizarre survey! Doesn't everyone just collapse in a state of exhaustion the minute the baby is in bed?

Dancing/singing etc is what the children make me do. When I have 5 minutes to myself I tend to lie down in a darkened room with earplugs in grin

Lizzylou Wed 21-Apr-10 16:45:02

I either exercise or stuff my face/drink wine, it is a vicious circle I am aware.

I did spend the other evening waiting for my hair dye to take with a facemask, on giving myself a pedicure. That wasn't strictly fun, just necessary.

LadyGaggia Wed 21-Apr-10 16:48:01

Oh if I had an abundance of freetime I would be out with my camera.
A little bit of free time and I would go looking around RL shops, not just those on the internet!
A tiny bit of free time and I like to listen to rude podcasts and come lurk on mumsnet grin

They really are stupid ideas for me time though aren't they?hmm

Childless men wrote that survey didn't they?

I go climbing in my me-time, or read a book, or have a bath, or socialise with friends and have a drink or two, how come these 'normal' activites wheren't mentioned?

bigcar Wed 21-Apr-10 16:59:19

dancing and singing is something to be done to embarass the children, no? Is in my case anyway, especially in the car when someone may see muuuuuum!

for myself sitting in a chair doing absolutely nothing apart from appreciating the total silence.

EricPicklesFatNeck Wed 21-Apr-10 17:00:59

i go running, or read, or knit, or stare into space, or mn or sleep still finding my way with the whole 'me' time thing as i just quit work.

Sid Wed 21-Apr-10 17:06:55

Surf clothes sites and pretend I can afford/ need to buy more clothes....

liath Wed 21-Apr-10 17:07:51

I go for a run or take the dog for a walk. Anything that gets me outside somewhere peaceful doing something energetic works although sadly I don't think Johnny Depp is ever going to show up on my doorstep and suggest we should go to a secluded beauty spot for a shag. Running will have to do for now.

geordieminx Wed 21-Apr-10 17:09:42

I'll send him over next time he's here Liath... I'll make sure he has a wash after we finish grin

BarbaMamma Wed 21-Apr-10 17:13:49

Cheesy survey questions.... I like to get a little (=very) drunk and play scrabble with DH sometimes on lazy evenings - we were outraged when they said they'd change the Scrabble rules!

EccentricaGallumbits Wed 21-Apr-10 17:17:04

I am now utterly depressed by how unexciting my life is.

me time = half an hour late evening

highlight of me time = reading a book and having a bath

i need to take up an exciting hobby like base-jumping or dragon wrestling.

HellBent Wed 21-Apr-10 17:27:35

Don't normally sing but I was driving with my sister a few weeks back and she put the Glee album on full blast, we both started singing and she told me she was a lot better on her own! I was singing/laughing/crying all at the same time and it was great, it is quite liberating singing as loud as you can no matter how your voice is!

Most of the time I nibble chocolate and catch up on programs I have sky-plussed

nearlytoolate Wed 21-Apr-10 17:30:49

I have to say that is the worst designed survey I have ever seen!

BelleDeChocolateFluffyBunny Wed 21-Apr-10 17:31:55


Me time? I've no idea what that is.

cat64 Wed 21-Apr-10 17:31:55

Can't believe 'Going on MN' wasn't up there as an option - thought that would be pretty obvious as the survey is here!
When mine were little, it was definitely 'have an uniterrupted bath'

CarGirl Wed 21-Apr-10 17:32:55

When the dds were all pre-schoolers I would get them to bed and just sit down and enjoy complete silence, no TV, no radio, no talking to dh just zilch - it was bliss.

No I like meeting up with friends and coming on here grin

neenz Wed 21-Apr-10 17:36:21

Cheesy survey!

When my kids go to bed I just sit down.

I also go to watch Manchester City without DH or the kids so I suppose that is me time too.

Amapoleon Wed 21-Apr-10 17:37:09

Me time is when the kids have gone to sleep and I either come on to the internet or read a book.

I wouldn't actually class this as me time, it's just time when the kids are asleep.

Me time would be actually going out on my own and doing something for myself.

Have a bath with lots of bubbles and a book.

SparkyMalarky Wed 21-Apr-10 17:38:26

No option to MN?!! Erm if I'm not desperately trying to catch up on the latest celeb gossip ironing when the DCs are asleep, I'd be knitting, crocheting, watching telly, and enjoying a whole cup of tea whilst it's hot!

read, MN, drink coffee/wine depending on time of day

elliemental Wed 21-Apr-10 17:56:42

I hide on my allotment. I have a shed with books and tea-brewing kit and everything wink

Reading and drinking tea in a variety of pretty/warm/comfy settings is my idea of heaven, to be honest.

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Wed 21-Apr-10 17:58:31

my me time is - having a long bath eternally topping up the hot water, whilst in the bath reading, listening to music, snoozing or wathching tv.

Vital because the thing I have not been able to get used to is being needed/wanted all the time and I NEED to feel not needed/wanted for a while.

squeaver Wed 21-Apr-10 18:07:51

That is the cheesiest, most patronising, most vacuous survey I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot of surveys).

"Practice your acceptance speech for the Mum of the Year Award - you know you deserve it". FFS.

Dear PR agency for Five Alive

I know that working for Coca Cola is very prestigious and all that but you don't have to lower yourselves to this level, you know. I bet you had some really creative ideas in your original pitch. I bet they've been watered down and compromised. I bet you're now wondering why you bother....

[been there, done that emoticon]

<awaits deletion>

Ledodgy Wed 21-Apr-10 18:24:31

That is the worst questionnaire I have ever seen. I stopped after a couple of questions because it was so embarrassing.

BooKangerooWonders Wed 21-Apr-10 18:26:09

Sleep, bath, read.

But most of all: THINKING TIME!


SherbetDibDab Wed 21-Apr-10 18:30:11

I'm glad all the comments are saying what I'm thinking. I couldn't bring myself to complete that and I'd love the John Lewis voucher.

'Trying on old clothes to check that they fit.'

'Raiding the kids snack jar.'

Written by someone who's never really met a real 'lady' but knows they like to worry about their weight and they all love to eat chocolate.

'Me' time is wine drinking in a zombie state of exhaustion. I'll save the song singing for the kids.

inzidoodle Wed 21-Apr-10 18:31:36

bath, drive the car with really loud music, manicure, pedicure, read a book with chocolate and a cup of tea!!

That is the crappest survey ever.

I found it so embarrassing that I couldn't do it, and I would love JL vouchers

Who does those things and are there ANY women at 5alive?

neverthechildalwaystheparent Wed 21-Apr-10 18:33:16

Stupid survey. hmm Whoever wrote that definately has no dcs or any contact with anyone who has dcs. Very very cheesy and patronising. I actually feel a teensy bit sorry for whoever wrote it as if I were their boss and read all this negative feedback they would be in trouble!

My me time probably goes as follows:

bath (without DS throwing toys in or asking me about my private parts) I see this as essential rather than pampering 'me time'


drink blush

eat stuff I don't want to share with DS

straighten my hair


What an exciting life I lead. The time inbetween DS going to bed and me going up too is usually spent sat in silence enjoying the peace and quiet! I have no energy for bloody singing or practising awards speeches (WTF?) I am not a cast member of HSM. hmm

ilovesprouts Wed 21-Apr-10 18:35:22


scrappydappydoo Wed 21-Apr-10 18:35:33

Done but agree its load of rubbish - surely its not 'me' time if you spend it with someone else. And as for the list hmm - has this been put together by the same people who want me to 'have a happy period'

ilovesprouts Wed 21-Apr-10 18:37:34

if i do get any me time i listen to music or go on my comp etc and on here of course

LeninGrad Wed 21-Apr-10 18:39:21

We really should stop this 'me' time nonsense. It's free or leisure time, same as it would be for anyone. It makes it sound different or special and much less time than someone else's leisure time.

LeninGrad Wed 21-Apr-10 18:40:01

By that I mean we wouldn't talk about 'me' time for blokes.

SherbetDibDab Wed 21-Apr-10 18:41:26

Good point

LeninGrad Wed 21-Apr-10 18:52:34

It also makes it sound like it's special or 'one-off' time. SGB puts it well when she talks about partners having the same amount of leisure-time each.

mustrunmore Wed 21-Apr-10 18:54:09

Well, I've done it. But they dont really want proper answers, do they? Not with the choices they gave! My 'me time' is the gym but followed by grocery shopping hmm

Katz Wed 21-Apr-10 18:56:35

I get to do digital scrapbooking and now thanks to Hulababy i've discovered photography, we went on a course this weekend and i now have the bug, i want to do more!!

DiamondsRaGirlsBestfriend Wed 21-Apr-10 19:02:53

eat chocolate .... drink wine.... have long(uninterrupted) bath.... trashy TV

RustyBear Wed 21-Apr-10 19:04:55

If it was during the day, I'd definitely be spending most of it in a bookshop.
Then I'd go and have a long bath and drop read my new book in it.

Reggiee Wed 21-Apr-10 19:06:59

I do surveys in a vague attempt to win a good prize....

(and sometimes read trashy magazines)

GeeWhizz Wed 21-Apr-10 19:11:18

Eat Haribo and watch anything not on Cbeebies

Having a bath on my own is also great.

MisSalLaneous Wed 21-Apr-10 19:20:26

I've completed it, but I might be banned from the draw as my idea of me time differs ever so slightly from theirs! wink

My idea of "me time" is to sit here doing absolutely nothing at all for half an hour as soon as ds asleep. No thinking involved, no actions involved (unless I'm required to sing or dance, in which case I might throw them with something...)

Usually with old episodes of an old series of something or other - currently Alo Alo. I am inherently lazy. grin

ButterPie Wed 21-Apr-10 19:20:26

I get about 4 hours a day with the kids both in bed, 1 hour of which is before dp gets home. 1 hour or so housework, then the rest is generally mn, ebay (I am starting a business on there) and then maybe a soak in the bath, half a glass of wine.

I dream of wandering around an art gallery with no children to keep under control. There is an old library I am dying to see, but can't really go as the kids would be bored.

brennannbooth Wed 21-Apr-10 19:28:12

What a lame survey.

I go clothes shopping on my own, much easier without kids. Or maybe something else practical like going to the tip.

BumptiousandBustly Wed 21-Apr-10 19:35:33

I lie down on the bed and read, on my own, with no one else there, its lovely.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 21-Apr-10 19:37:09

Done - though it is a terrible survey.

I only plodded on to the end in the hope that I might win the vouchers!

That survey was incredibly depressing.

coppertop Wed 21-Apr-10 19:39:39

What a terrible survey. I think anyone who manages to get through it deserves a medal as well as the vouchers.

My 'me-time' <shudder> is late at night so involves things like collapsing in front of the television or a laptop.

Can't see the neighbours being too impressed if I started practising dance moves or running up and down the stairs. hmm

TheNextMrsDepp Wed 21-Apr-10 19:44:11

Survey done, vouchers by the end of the month please!

My favourite me-time activity: Vegging out with a cup of coffee, Radio 6 Music and a glossy mag.

MrsKitty Wed 21-Apr-10 19:46:43

Me time = sleeping or watching TV.

I don't count MN as me-time as I do it whilst feeding DD.

PuzzleRocks Wed 21-Apr-10 19:47:28

grin I was going to say "what a naff survey" but I see this has already been firmly established.

I would love some John Lewis vouchers but couldn't bring myself to complete it.

MrsWobbleTheWaitress Wed 21-Apr-10 19:51:01

Meditate and watch programmes on iplayer smile

MrsKitty Wed 21-Apr-10 19:54:57

Good grief - what an awful survey. Now i'm depressed that all I have time/energy to do for myself is sleep or watch TV!

Way to make me feel like a miserable loser 5Alive - cheers.

Me time starts at 7:15 for me. The kids are asleep and I flop onto the sofa with a cup of tea, made my DH and I just wonder how many more days it will be till they become just a leetle big human and less like little monsters on speed. hmm

Me time involves watching Casualty while doing the ironing hmm

Actually come to think of it, there isn't enough energy left over for me to have me time, I'm pretty shagged out by 8pm. I get up at 5, 4 some mornings, work my bum off looking after everyone else and then I sit on the sofa, read mumsnet, watch TV or do the ironing and make packed lunches, while DH sits in another room probably complaining about his lot, on another forum hmm sad

Gee thanks 5alive, you've made us all feel super! hmm

Middle class mummies who shop at John Lewis do not have time for me time. We actually have a double shift full time job, even if we stay at home.

Here comes a blue rug to match the red one (oldies will know what I mean)

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TheBreastmilksOnMe Wed 21-Apr-10 20:22:43

I seem to spend all of my 'me' time holed up in the study on MN! Either that or watching TV, reading the papers, reading a book or scoffing junk.

plantsitter Wed 21-Apr-10 20:22:53

-read- -trashy- -magazines- -and- -MN- drink cocktails and dance in high heels, laughing tinklingly.

Be honest, MN towers, did you secretly look at this survey before it went up and think, 'oh dear, they're going to have them for breakfast'? I couldn't bring myself to read past 'practice acceptance speech for mum of the year' or whatever it was.

plantsitter Wed 21-Apr-10 20:23:30

stupid crossing out <sulks>

Leetle bit human of course makes more sense. See now I'm blush as well - damn you 5alive.

PussinJimmyChoos Wed 21-Apr-10 20:28:55

Have completed it...didn't think that I did much in the way of dancing and singing until I remembered I like putting my Madonna DVD on and singing away to La Isla Bonita - cheesy but I do love that song - makes me grin every time I hear it!

theyoungvisiter Wed 21-Apr-10 20:33:26

Also, while we're putting the boot in, I would like to point out that it should be "practise my acceptance speech".

And they spelled "favourite" wrong in the next question, although that is clearly a typo so they don't get the full penalty.



I ticked the blank box and wrote in the other section 'have ticked blank box as I do bugger all in my me time' wink

Shall I do another survey for y'all to enjoy again?

Tootiredforgodtyping Wed 21-Apr-10 20:41:59

get a pedicure !

BikeRunSki Wed 21-Apr-10 20:44:05

Me time on a week day - wash nappies? cook? make packed lunches? cleaning? tidy up toys?

Very exited about a day off work I have booked in a few weeks time, when DS is at nursery, and I will actually have time to myself for the first time in 20 months!

squilly Wed 21-Apr-10 20:50:25

I watch trash telly, read rubbish literature or eat junk food. I'm a bit rubbish at all this tbh

whittywan Wed 21-Apr-10 20:51:51

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

And 'waste' time on MN

God I hate the term 'me-time' <<shudder>> Am envisioning mners everywhere rehearsing their mum of the year acceptance speeches right now hmmgrin I spend my tiny amount of hands-free time (have newborn) crocheting, knitting, reading and mning.

lol wmmc grin your survey is much better!

choccyp1g Wed 21-Apr-10 20:58:25

What an utterly silly survey. Everyone knows that me time is for eating chocolate and mumsnetting.

bruxeur Wed 21-Apr-10 21:09:45

Due to the power of advertising - and more specifically that survey - I now associate Five A-Live with the inability to find one's arse with both hands.

Traditionally this association has always been with Tennant's Extra, so I have to ask if the claggy over-sweet rubbish I hated as a child now has an abv?

bruxeur Wed 21-Apr-10 21:11:00

Oh. Wait.

Horseriding and twirling with friends, all in white capri pants.

Rindercella Wed 21-Apr-10 21:13:59

Even with the offer of a potential 250 quid, I lost the will to live complete this survey - it was dire.

But lok @ WhoMoved's survey! grin

hatwoman Wed 21-Apr-10 21:19:03

blimey. i love doing surveys but just couldn;t do that one. what a load of codswallop

hatwoman Wed 21-Apr-10 21:22:52

I have things I do by myself. and I have things I do for myself. I work. I run. I read. I eat junk food and I mumsnet. if someone else wants to call any of this "me time" they can. as far as I'm concerned it's working/running/reading/gorging/mumsnetting time. me time makes me want to vom.

Apparently you all like to do a solo poo in your free time. grin

Cadelaide Wed 21-Apr-10 21:25:30

This survey made me feel like crying tbh.

What "me time"?

paisleyleaf Wed 21-Apr-10 21:26:16

wmmc grin

Same as Rindercella, I just couldn't fill it in.
But seeing all the replies here felt the same about the survey, I may go back to it later.

squeaver Wed 21-Apr-10 21:59:16

Amazed I haven't been deleted, but have come back to agree whole-heartedly with LG re the outmoded, patronising and reductive term "me time". It actually makes me feel physically sick.

Meglet Wed 21-Apr-10 22:11:11

I assume 'me' time is having a shower as thats all I get most days. Apart from that watching tv while the dc's sleep is as decadent as it gets in my house.

Gym & haircuts are for very rare days off while they are at nursery.

Cyclops Wed 21-Apr-10 22:13:31

What an odd set of examples of how 5Alive imagine frazzled mums spend their precious dc-free time shock

Clearly compiled by childfree, callow carefree Coca-Cola Company clowns

Simple stuff for self: sauna, steam, swim, shop, spend, surrender, sleep


I also found it easy to describe my fantasy day!

Goober Wed 21-Apr-10 22:16:44


I gave up on the second question. I got out two nights a week, one to gym and one to choir, as 'me time'. I go running on the weekends as 'me time'. But I certainly don't do any of the weird things on the list. Most of them involve staying in the house. The kids are in the house; there's no 'me time' to be had there! So I flee!

Also, I couldn't add anything to the box.

Silly survey.

MisSalLaneous Wed 21-Apr-10 22:32:36

Since completing this, I've been wondering. Do you think they perhaps made the survey ridiculous to get more attention? Almost relying on the shock value - a case of some attention better than none?

I don't agree that it's worked to their advantage, but am hoping that that is the explanation. I'd much prefer to find out that someone set out to annoy me than to know they think I'm that stupid... confused

Tobermory Wed 21-Apr-10 22:36:50

Me time for me is reading, shopping- so much easier than with an almost 3 year old, sewing and looking forward to getting back to gardening when SPD magically disappears after DC2 arrives!

TeamEdward Wed 21-Apr-10 22:42:47

I sleep, read, Mumsnet and try to avoid the amourous advances of DH.
Enough for you Five Alive?

stealthsquiggle Wed 21-Apr-10 22:43:01

Whilst I am admiring of those who won't complete rubbish surveys on principal, I will complete even the most inane things for a chance to win £250 blush

stealthsquiggle Wed 21-Apr-10 22:43:45

that would be on principle blush

MarionCole Wed 21-Apr-10 22:44:25

If I can persuade DS to play with DH or DSD at the weekends, then I will shut myself in the kitchen for a couple of hours and bake.

If I have a day to myself I might do a bit of shopping in peace, lunch by myself with a good book, perhaps the cinema. Nothing too glamorous!

Very patronising survey, thank you Helen for clarifying that free time is time without children, partner and work.

squeaver Wed 21-Apr-10 22:45:31

MisSal - no. This survey will have been through multiple drafts with loads of people contributing. They will be thinking that they've been oh so clever and they've got the tone "just right".

It's embarrassing how wrong they've got it.

CoupleofKooks Wed 21-Apr-10 22:46:38

yes go on MN of course
plus go running

PuzzleRocks Wed 21-Apr-10 22:50:00

The utter disdain here is precisely why I love Mumsnet.

grin @ TeamEdward

MisSalLaneous Wed 21-Apr-10 23:02:21

Oh no, Squeaver - so effort got them this result?? I feel a little bad about my last post if that is the case, but then again, if childish is what they require of us, well... they started it mum. grin

RedLentil Wed 21-Apr-10 23:14:57

My theory is that this was written by an alien who has only ever encountered women through the medium of UK advertising 1980-.

MoChan Wed 21-Apr-10 23:17:11

I'm glad it's not just me that doesn't sing and dance to the radio during their five or six minutes of daily time free from their relentless toddler.

My favourite thing is reading. I love reading. But these days, I mostly fall asleep half a page after getting comfy.

I would really like some John Lewis vouchers, though.

Katisha Wed 21-Apr-10 23:19:06

Had to open survey to see what fuss is about.

Nope I can't bring myself to fill it in either. Just too irritatingly twee and lifted from the pages of a glossy magazine.

Anyway can't hang around on here - must practiSe my Mum of the Year acceptance speech. I know I deserve it.

wukter Wed 21-Apr-10 23:52:34

None of you have completed it.
That means I'll surely win the vouchers.
Do JL stock rollerskates and white capri pants?

Granny23 Thu 22-Apr-10 00:37:43

So glad you ALL thought the survey was ridiculous - I thought it was just me, being old, who thought that. Now retired I do lots of things, gardening, political activity, knitting, gaming, baasically anything to avoid housework. However, on days when I am 'in loco parentis' if I am lucky and DGC takes a nap, I curl up on the couch and sleep till they wake.

DH has just quoted his old 'me time' mantra "sometimes I just sit and think and sometimes I just sit".

When the DSs are at school and DD goes down for her nap I like to have a cup of tea and browse the news on the MSN homepage.

Obviously I also MN! I like Facebook too and to read, sew and play computer games but there's not a lot of time for all that!

serenity Thu 22-Apr-10 08:05:22

I fill in surveys...

Is this the bit where I fill in all the bits that I do that maybe weren't appropriate for the survey? wink

I have realised though that my me-time (of which there is quite a lot really, now the DCs are in school) is created by not doing the stuff that I probably should be doing. I'm finding it hard to feel the guilt though.

DottyDot Thu 22-Apr-10 09:24:40

seriously dreadful survey - hope MN Towers will let them know....

deepdarkwood Thu 22-Apr-10 11:00:32

LOL at WMMC survey - a vast improvement

MrsMills Thu 22-Apr-10 11:17:28

Done, mine mostly involved food and wine

Ohforfoxsake Thu 22-Apr-10 11:20:20

hmm, feel utterly useless after completing that. No 'me-time' except falling down i n front of Americas Next Top Model, exhausted from shouting GO TO BED.

Should I be dancing round my living room inbetween putting the washing away and loading the next lot? Arse. Something else not to achieve.

FreakoidOrganisoid Thu 22-Apr-10 11:24:26

I couldn't fill it in!

Did wmmc's though grin

My "me time" is in the evening after the dc go to bed. I'm still tied to the house so I mostly just sit tbh blush

Sitting includes eating, drinking, reading, mning, watching's rocking chez freak hmm

Julezboo Thu 22-Apr-10 11:30:06

I get in the bath with my book, I have a table where i sit my netbook and watch something on the TV players

lillyinthesun Thu 22-Apr-10 11:38:53

Curl up with a book and eat a whole backet of Jammy Dodgers. biscuitbiscuitbiscuitbiscuitbiscuit

dudhope Thu 22-Apr-10 11:39:43

Depends how long I've got.
If it's 24 hours then I go away with a friend on a spa weekend (just went away to a fab place in chester called 'hoole hall' if anyone is interested). We stay over the night before, get drunk then sweat out our hangovers in the spa.
If it's only a few mins, then I put TRex on and dance round the lounge to 'children of the revolution'.
If it's quiet time, then any book published by Persephone does the job, esp 'miss pettigrew lives for day' which is a must read if you haven't done it.
I also record alot of telly and am absolutely addicted to 'True Blood' because there's lots of fantastic sex of all varieties in just about every episode. Def not one for kids!
I gotta say ladies, you lot need to come on a spa weekend with me, I can tell you all about how to have me time!
Mother of 2, charlie 1, gracie 5.

Art class and painting, reading, chocolate, mumsnet, facebook games, watching tv.

GladioliBuckets Thu 22-Apr-10 12:12:56

PMSL at survey.

fillybuster Thu 22-Apr-10 12:17:33

My response:

"How patronising! Who thought up these options? Sack them. When not working full time and running a household with nearly 3 children I might spend some time cooking (for the whole family), at the gym, out shopping (for food, children's clothes etc), meeting friends or going out with my husband. Time without children is, mostly, about getting some sanity time with my husband, and getting things done that can't be achieved during the working day or when the kids are awake, not about 'me' time, which is a very outdated concept. Although I can easily spend an hour in the bath with a cup of tea and a good book when I get the chance."

fillybuster Thu 22-Apr-10 12:20:18

Ooh, I like wmmc's so much more....

Bainmarie Thu 22-Apr-10 12:35:49

Read books, watch tv, MN - what an exciting life I lead!

GoldenSnitch Thu 22-Apr-10 12:36:01

For me it's either a lovely meal out with the girls I met an antenatal class when I was expecting DS over 3 years ago (!) or a run in a desperate attempt to lose some weight.

One seems to lead naturally to the other grin

badgermum Thu 22-Apr-10 12:38:22

I like to go shopping by myself and see other mums having hassle with their kids

monkeysavingexpertdotcom Thu 22-Apr-10 12:44:23

Done - picked them up on some of their more patronnising options. I dance and sing round the house all the time - how weird would it be if you were silent until the house was empty then burst into song?

I(sometimes, not as often as I'd like to)go to a city and just wander round at my own pace - not necessarily shopping, just mooching, people watching, eating in grown-up places when I feel like it.

JackieNo Thu 22-Apr-10 13:00:15

Done too. If I have free time, I tend to read, watch trashy tv or go online, either on here, or just browsing around stuff I'd love to buy, but that I could never afford!

RoscoPColtrane Thu 22-Apr-10 13:11:52

Read, watch crappy t.v, waste time on the computer.

freefan Thu 22-Apr-10 13:28:46

Would have to be having a quiet cuppa with my girlfriends catching up on all the gossip, without a constant 'MUM' from the background!!!

earthmomma Thu 22-Apr-10 13:38:35

Sit and stare out the window to be perfectly honest, and totally switch off.

pinkblossom28 Thu 22-Apr-10 13:40:25

My first choice when i have a bit of me time is to go for a nice long walk in the countryside and appreciate the peace and quiet!

Nyx Thu 22-Apr-10 13:46:36


Beasknees Thu 22-Apr-10 13:46:41

me time is no one disturbing me while i catch up with MN and if i'm lucky going to my pottery class once a week

lalamb Thu 22-Apr-10 13:53:29

Have a pepsi max and flake in front of the TV.

Lotkinsgonecurly Thu 22-Apr-10 13:54:34

Survey done. Me time varies, testing the sofa out for comfort, Watching crap tv, or doing some exercise ( quite rare), however as the weather is getting better I've noticed myself getting out and doing some gardening, unheard of.

sweetiepie82 Thu 22-Apr-10 14:10:00

I can't believe I am going to admit this, but GLEE!! I am obsessed, oops. I am far too old for it but I can't get enough of it!!

If I'm not watching that then I'm on the PC, a little boring really aren't I wink

perapera Thu 22-Apr-10 14:19:13

I read Mumsnet and watch TV. How boring I am... I don't dance around trying on clothes and make up EVER

dingdong3 Thu 22-Apr-10 14:24:41

So glad you're all mostly boring like me and don't dance round the house practicing a speech for mum of the year award hmm
I spend worrying amounts of time eating chocolate and on Farmville...blush..there, I've admitted it...<off to fertilise my tulips now>

CheeryCherry Thu 22-Apr-10 14:59:10

I read, catch up on telly I have missed, dog walk, craft a little, MN, and hot bubble bath. Don't ask for much!<sigh>

I try to catch up with some of my OU reading,
Chat with friends online, read and MN.
ohh and I love going shopping without the kids too

ellasmum1 Thu 22-Apr-10 16:16:31

definitely a really good film at the cinema on my own with lots of yummy snacks

ahedgehogis Thu 22-Apr-10 16:41:01

If I had enough me time I might actually get to finish one of my many knitting and cross stitch projects then I would pamper me - long bath, candles, glass of wine, pedicure, manicure, face mask and a good book

nodrog88 Thu 22-Apr-10 17:57:04

spending time at allotment

FairyFay Thu 22-Apr-10 18:01:55

Spending time pottering in the garden or a Friday night at the pub with my friends

purplediva Thu 22-Apr-10 18:26:33

enter competitions - that is what i do in my 'me' time

mjinhiding Thu 22-Apr-10 18:29:45

WTF is me time - I mumsnet while breast feeding and if I am lucky i get a quick bath every now and then without a toddler in it.

BuzzingNoise Thu 22-Apr-10 18:54:08

I love being in the car on my own when I can listen to music of my own choice (or radio 2) which isn't nursery rhymes, and without DS's chatter and constant questions (do I look like I know the name of EVERY SINGLE road???!!!)

Does anyone over the age of 17 really have a favourite dance move?

Loved wmmc's survey though!

mummyofexcitedprincesses Thu 22-Apr-10 19:08:36

I like to read a book in a hot bath with bubbles and no toys or children floating around in it. Candles, wine, music, no interuptions. Bliss.

Katisha Thu 22-Apr-10 19:15:11

I suspect 5 alive will be looking for "kooky" mothers who fit their image of women in tampon ads all spinning about and dancing. They might also approve of "pampering" type things (boak).
But they most definitely won't be interested in those of us who just muddle through the day boringly and unwackily.

NowWhatIsit Thu 22-Apr-10 19:37:48

Bath read bed

TheKiss1970 Thu 22-Apr-10 19:49:20

My me-time is spent catching up folding the socks while drinking wine. If I'm really lucky I get half an hour reading in bed before what seems like no sleepat allbefore the alarm goes off. I have enroled in Pilates a squillion times but yet have to make it to 1 class

Wigeon Thu 22-Apr-10 20:00:05

Another one who agrees it's a stupid survey, pitched completely wrong for the audience. And I would like to recommend whomovedmychocolate for a senior position at 5Alive.

I am however greedy so I have filled in the survey in the hope of winning the vouchers!

notnowbernard Thu 22-Apr-10 20:04:38

I love having a lie in

Love it if the DC are out overnight. I look forward to the lie-in more than the night out itself. I sometimes moderate the amount of alcohol I intake so as not to mar the lie-in experience grin

GladioliBuckets Thu 22-Apr-10 20:04:40

So if you won the prize and they asked you to star in their new 'zany' mum me-time themed ad campaign, would you? Could you ever face going back on MN again?grin

mummyofexcitedprincesses Thu 22-Apr-10 20:08:48

I just want some vouchers.

llynnnn Thu 22-Apr-10 20:25:25

i love lying on the bed just listening to the peace and quiet! (def no singing/dancing here!) also read trashy books/magazines.

only do quiet activities in 'me time'!! far too much noise the rest of the day!!

shazrazzle Thu 22-Apr-10 20:31:28

ME TIME-just relaxing with a hot cup of tea after the kids have gone to bed actually being able to hear and watch the tv bliss

NB person with part time crush on me on the surveys. I have your IP, I know where you live and I'm coming to give you some me time wink

Doodleydoo Thu 22-Apr-10 21:14:10

MN - obviously
Catch up on Sky plus - current favourites = Flash Forward, Heroes, NCIS and CSI of all forms!

And obviously I practice my loo cleaning skills and how to wind up my dh grin

Katisha Thu 22-Apr-10 21:18:15

OOh hang on I have just realised what the voucher-winning answer is.


On a Me Day I do the following :

Arise fragrantly and make myself an omelette Arnold Bennett. Which I do not wash up.

Then I swan off around some cheese shops for the morning.

Upon my return I make myself a very complicated lunch involving bruschetta and rocket leaves, shaved fennel, etc. Which I don't wash up either.

Then I take myself off round the vintage shops to buy myself a memento of my day - eg an antique cocktail shaker.

Back at home I make myself some peanut butter fudge and then get on with making my dinner which is halibut and wild mushrooms followed by chocolate pots with cherry brandy. I swig martinis which I have cocktail shook in my cocktail shaker.

No washing up involved! At all.

knitnut52 Thu 22-Apr-10 21:22:05

knitnut52 knits

ilikeyoursleeves Thu 22-Apr-10 21:28:37

I love to just veg out on the sofa once the kids are in bed- tis bliss! That's enough for my me time to make me happy

Wigeon why thank you - I am happy to consult on a variety of matters related to mumsnet for a remarkably small fee. wink

victoria48 Thu 22-Apr-10 21:34:27

Me me time involves a bubbly bath and a book.

I really want to see the survey results though - just to check you aren't all really closet karaoke fiends and think you are living in a Tampax advert.

Actually, let's get Kerry Katona to fill it in!!!!

GreaterFence Thu 22-Apr-10 21:47:15

My "me" time consists totally mostly of MN and chocolate grin

squeaver Thu 22-Apr-10 21:55:50

I think you might just find that the winning response is something along the lines of "my me time is best spent enjoying a fruit based drink fortified with vitamins and minerals"


BeatrixRotter Thu 22-Apr-10 21:56:53

Sleep in, read magazines. Just being able to drink coffee and eat food uninterupted and in peace.

SammyFace Thu 22-Apr-10 21:57:43

Do some gardening then, if the sun is shining have a little snooze on the grass.

Or 'I sparkle with 5 alive goodness during my me time' hmm

<turned left at cynical, entered disdainful and decided to linger awhile>

squeaver Thu 22-Apr-10 22:00:44

loving your work on this thread wmmc grin

Bet Aitch is glad she's not starting her talk roundup this week eh? grin

foureleven Thu 22-Apr-10 22:03:59

What a weird survey... it leads you to think that 'me' time is just you. Then asks who you share it with...? If your asking me how much me time I have a day that I share with my partner - umm 7.30 until about 10.30 every day, but thats not 'me' time.

And the shameless questions abotu what radio station you listen to i.e. 'tell us what radio station to advertise on' is just embarrassing. We're mums, we're not brain dead.

theyoungvisiter Thu 22-Apr-10 22:05:05

what do you think they were hoping for with this survey?

Do you think they thought everyone would blindly choose a random response, so that they could do a series of ads along the lines of:

"14% of mad mums admit that they chill out by yodelling in the shower!" [cheesy photo of mum warbling tunelessly into an empty 5 alive bottle] shout line: feel 5 alive every day!

"11% of mums say that when they're alone they like nothing better than a secret boogie!" [photo of identikit mum doing the twist in her living room while chugging fruit juice]

Whereas instead we have all ticked "other" and written "slob out on the computer and hope the fecking kids don't wake up" - thus ruining the krazy kool image.

squeaver Thu 22-Apr-10 22:08:10

Oh I'd love to be at the pass-the-blame meeting for this one...

squeaver Thu 22-Apr-10 22:09:56

...although I'm a bit worried that Helen'll get the blame (sorry, Helen)

If me time is when there is no-one else around, my last me time was 2004 and I was stuck in a lift for two hours. And even then I had a man repeating regularly 'the service personnel have been dispatched, we will get to you within the hour, remain calm. Thank you for your patience' like an automaton.

Frankly I think this sort of solitude is overrated! grin

Helen@mumsnet this is nothing to do with you, it's a lame survey. Not your fault, if someone gave me money and a prize to post it up, I'd post it up. And I'm sure you warned them of our rambunctiousness before they signed the contract right?

I'm waiting for the washing powder survey which asks you what dirty laundry you'd air if you knew you could bleach it out with their dazzling whitening agents hmm

lilgreendog Thu 22-Apr-10 22:24:27

If I could get any 'me' time, I would paint my toenails turquoise :-)

Cherrybaby Thu 22-Apr-10 22:37:05

Talk to my mum on the phone and drink tea.

How sad for a 25 year old!

BonzoDoodah Thu 22-Apr-10 22:42:11

PMSL at theyoungvisiter

I dilute my 5 alive with gin and drink it under the table with a box of Daity Milk on hand.

BonzoDoodah Thu 22-Apr-10 22:50:45

* Dairy Milk .... [sighs at typing]

notcitrus Thu 22-Apr-10 22:54:18

Bizarre survey, but hey, anything for a potential JL voucher!

Browse in bookshops followed by civilised afternoon tea. THen a hot bath and read new book.

Wongaling Fri 23-Apr-10 08:37:33

When I get "me" time which for the past two years, has been barely one hour a day, I either ring a friend or read a book. The best thing about having children is that I've rediscovered "reading" again. When I was working full time, I read a book a year. Now, I average more than one a month. So you see, there are some advantages to that "luxury" "me" time.

I sing. Loudly. At the top of my voice. And pretend I have an audience. It makes me feel better

Hummymummy Fri 23-Apr-10 09:37:52

Shopping, shopping and more shopping - clothes or house type stuff, not the food kind!

Alternatively, jewellery making or jogging.

Nurmle Fri 23-Apr-10 09:45:21

Am I the only person that turns up Heart radio (not so loud as to wake 6mth DS) and dances about in the kitchen while stuffing reusable nappies...oh yeah I guess doing a baby task at the same time isn't 'me' time. I used to go partner dancing (jive/salsa) pre-DS so dancing with the door frame to old school music is my guilty secret.
Seriously though that's hardly everyday barley once a month, I agree with posts so far. There is very little me time with a LO, any alone time is spent washing, tidying, cooking, trying desperately to eat before he wakes up again!

sthgil Fri 23-Apr-10 09:53:47

Go on the internet and plan trips out

Botbot Fri 23-Apr-10 12:28:20

I dutifully ticked '9–10pm' and typed 'watch telly or surf internet', then realised that's not the sort of thing they wanted me to put at all. Then I gave up. Am clearly not wacky enough for Five Alive.

melandtony Fri 23-Apr-10 12:36:30

put my music on (loud) , get my secret sweet supply out and look round the cumputer without anyone on my shoulder whating to get on it or screaming.......... "mum"

AggiePanther Fri 23-Apr-10 12:49:59

Phew I'm not alone in collapsing on the sofa and drinking Gin then - Was beginning to feel a failure when I read their list of activities ...much preferred WMMC's survey. Could we have the results in a day or two?

cyteen Fri 23-Apr-10 13:05:12

I did tick some of the proffered responses, because I'm feeling very lazy. But then I thought I should be more honest and wrote 'mentally rehearse the complete verbal devastation of my enemies' in the 'Other' box.

So, for my chance to win the extra JL voucher: that. When I'm not doing that, I like to read a book, watch a film or visit the allotment (childcare permitting).

AggiePanther Fri 23-Apr-10 13:13:40

Has anybody seen the terms & conditions for this competition? They describe it as a 'prize draw' so that means it doesn't matter what your response is....just as well really

Botbot Fri 23-Apr-10 13:39:56

doh. have just realised there is a whole thread saying the same thing.

Lorelai Fri 23-Apr-10 13:41:00

Haven't read the whole thread, so am probably repeating, but a lovely HOT bubble bath with trashy chick lit

rileyjdw Fri 23-Apr-10 14:39:30

swim - or have a big cuppa and a large and calorie laden baked item!

Takora Fri 23-Apr-10 15:01:05

I wash my hair or light some candles, put on some relaxing music and try not to fall asleep in the bath. At the weekend, if dh is around I sometimes meet up with pre-baby friends for lunch and try to have a conversAtion without mentioning nappies or routines!

baiyu Fri 23-Apr-10 15:02:33

I plan to work on my play script. Sometimes I plan to have a bath. Realise I'm too knackered to do either and slob on the couch with a good book or t'internet.

Study sad

which usually involves sitting at the pc failing to get anything done while the kids whine at me.

Of course when dp was studying he got to retreat upstairs while i kept the kids occupied and made him dinner when he finished hmm Funny how that works isn't it?

The only time i get is at 9.25 when i drop ds1 at playschool i have a quick smoke with his teacher (my friend) outside... ds2 is at home with dp and as soon as i go home i'll have him hanging of me again so it's the only guaranteed child free time i ever get.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Fri 23-Apr-10 16:51:20

that was a ridiculous patronising and totally unrealistic survey. May the high heidjuns at 5alive get hold of the idiot(s) that came up with that and kick their childless sexist braindead butts.

but i'd still like the voucher if you don't mind... wink

i watch tv, sometimes read, sometimes sort out piles of (junk) mail, go on MN or text friends. Whoo hoo.

TheArsenicCupCake Fri 23-Apr-10 17:26:28

For me time I play the guitar very badly and sing loudly

LittleSilver Fri 23-Apr-10 19:00:06

Possibly the most ridiculous survey I have ever completed(but hey, for a £250 JL voucher I'd do it again)

Maybe I should have written "I caress bottles of detergent whilst stroking my pregnant belly and smiling winningly out of a suburban window", because it seems to have been written by the same clichedmarketing bods

gemmasetters Fri 23-Apr-10 19:08:59

Housework, Gardening, cooking!
I've joined the WI!

MamanPorcine Fri 23-Apr-10 19:30:14

lol LittleSilver.

As with most of the other respondents I have me time after the kids have gone to bed, and when I have either done the laundry or washing up, or ignored it. I go on Mumsnet or Facebook until ds3 wakes up, by which time it's usually time for me to go to bed myself. No dancing around listening to crazy music for me, sorry. (I listen to music while doing the washing up though, maybe that counts for something.)

trice Fri 23-Apr-10 19:51:58

I play pointless facebook games in competition with my friends. I can't bear to loose.

I obviously also do rollerblading in white trousers whenever I am having a period. This survey was written by an alien whose sole experience of family life is watching the adverts on tv.

daysoftheweek Fri 23-Apr-10 20:06:46

Mines usually after midnight.

I eat rubbish and catch up with work whilst washing laundry and baking cakes/doing whatever else needs doing!

laughalot Fri 23-Apr-10 20:19:04

Have sex grin ! Joke usually go out with friends for a meal, read a book, go shopping.

elvislives Fri 23-Apr-10 20:47:49

Odd survey. Can't see what they'll get out of that.

I used to get "me time" <nostalgic emoticon> when I just had teenagers. Then we had another baby. Now I just get "I want to sit on you" 24/7

Have just wasted my me time by reading this entire thread and doing wmmc's survey whilst eating chocolate and sitting on the sofa. Expecting DH home any time now so I am going to lock myself in the bathroom with a book and use the loo whilst watching a very deep bath run. I shall then get in the bath and attempt to read weighty hardback borrowed from the library without dropping it into the water.

But first I shall pour myself a large G&T...

Nanniejo Fri 23-Apr-10 22:09:01

I get into bed and read a good book.

Eat, read, shop, walk the dog, don't cook, meet a friend for lunch....

In my 'me' time, I enjoy the sweet aspartamey taste of juice drinks so I drink frootshoots 5Alive.

egbok Sat 24-Apr-10 09:53:43

yoga, reading the paper, watching tv

Waswondering Sat 24-Apr-10 11:52:55

I rarely get time to myself but had the BEST evening last Saturday all on my own - I booked a solitary, individual ticket to see Connie in the touring production of the Sound of Music at our local theatre. It was the last night of the run. I put dd to bed, slipped into a White Stuff skirt wink, then zoomed off leaving dh and ds watching Dr Who. Had a blissful three hours in the theatre all on my own, totally absorbed. I'm now Connie's biggest fan! grin

Looking forward to the next theatre listings coming out as I definitely plan to do it again.

Now, £250 of JL vouchers . .. . may need some time on my own to spend them, don't you think??

Spottyshoes Sat 24-Apr-10 17:36:10

I got as far as qu2, scrolled down a bit and thought it was all bollocks. My 'me' time is when the kids are napping or in bed for the night so I certainly wouldn't spend it singing, dancing or making any noise whatsoever for fear of waking them!!! hmm Sky+, ironing and the occassional painting of toenails is as funky as it gets confused

TheJollyPirate Sat 24-Apr-10 18:33:47

I am very boring - my "me" time is either between 5-6am in the morning when I drink coffee and wake up or between 10-11pm when DS (ADHD) has finally fallen asleep and I can have a leisurely soak in the bath.

littleducks Sat 24-Apr-10 19:40:26

It all becomes clear 5alive obv wanted survey results to fit in with their new dancing ad!

Oh and i would buy and drink 5 alive as i always thought of it as a healthy refreshing fruit drink but apparently the ingrediants are:

Water, Fruit Juices from Concentrates 42% (Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Lime), Sugar, Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate, Flavourings, Vitamin C, Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame, *Sodium Saccharin*)

So there isnt much chance of me drinking that and absolutely zero chance of my kids having it

littleducks Sat 24-Apr-10 19:41:12

And prob not much chance of me winning the vouchers now either wink

redpyjamas Sat 24-Apr-10 20:50:10

Watch Gilmore Girls with a glass of wine, Write lists/stories/diary.

LibertyLashes Sat 24-Apr-10 22:59:08

I am laughing so much! Glad it wasn't just me who felt dull! I told them I watch Dallas DVDs wonder what they will make of that....just want the vouchers!!

Bookshops. Any free time I just gravitate to bookshops. Never get the time to read any books, of course, I just love reading the dustjackets.

PotPourri Sun 25-Apr-10 08:19:29

Running. It started as a challenge, turned into a chore, and now I love it. My body is doing its thing, and my head is clear... Love it

harimo Sun 25-Apr-10 08:32:07

I get a little time in the evening when the kids are in bed and I shower / bath and do my hair. It's not listed as 'me' time as, presumably, whoever wrote the thread considers showering / bathing as essential personal hygiene! grin

In answer to the question: What would you do if you didn't have to look after the kids all day, I simply answered: FAINT

I lead a dull life! grin

mummylicious Sun 25-Apr-10 14:18:28

Sorry couldn't get past question 2, it was wasting my precious me time that I'm having right now on MN with a HOT cup of tea and if DS keeps sleeping I will have a little nap too and maybe, just maybe, might have 5 mins to read a few pages of RED magazine. Anyone who filled in that stupid survey deserves those vouchers.

angell74 Sun 25-Apr-10 20:28:42

I watch the Food Channel with a large glass of pinot and a pile of trashy magazines.

merr Sun 25-Apr-10 20:42:13

I play online games and enter comps,oh and drink wine, lots of wine ;)

Pollyanna Sun 25-Apr-10 22:25:34

I slump in front of the tv of an evening, or creep off to the shops at the weekend. In more fit times I go for a run with my ipod.

saintlydamemrsturnip Sun 25-Apr-10 22:53:05

horse riding for an hour once every other week

debka Mon 26-Apr-10 07:23:55

What a weird survey, was it done by a man?
I read classic books and pretend to be clever!

juju3 Mon 26-Apr-10 07:44:36

Resting - I get soooooo tired

BooD Mon 26-Apr-10 08:35:35


Think the person who wrote it has been watching too many chick flicks wink
Or I'm completely unimaginative...!

MummyElk Mon 26-Apr-10 09:51:35

Must have been written by a 21 year old overly enthusiastic graduate i think...
and how rude of them to even LET me think about having a WHOLE DAY to myself....<swoons with the temptation of it all>

Fennel Mon 26-Apr-10 10:13:08

v odd survey

I might go for a bike ride but I don't get muddy doing so, I go on a sunny dry day.

Generally I lounge around watching tv or reading the paper or a novel, or go out and meet friends.

DorotheaPlenticlew Mon 26-Apr-10 12:09:37

Hilarious survey.

Have not read whole thread, but was anyone else tempted to add "have a wank"?

MoChan Mon 26-Apr-10 13:26:45

Just you, I expect. grin

cyteen Mon 26-Apr-10 14:57:39

I was blush

DorotheaPlenticlew Mon 26-Apr-10 18:53:23


cspiders Mon 26-Apr-10 19:52:47

fast walking

pipersky Mon 26-Apr-10 21:25:04

I found the survey odd too, I mean, how can you have a particular time to have 'me time' when you have a baby/toddler/both? You can't just wswitch the babies off for an hour between 1 and 2 pm to have me time! hmm

msesassi Tue 27-Apr-10 16:04:03

playing ipod games / ds
having a relaxing bath
or just enjoying the silence!!!

Gilla01 Tue 27-Apr-10 19:36:09

My favourite is a quiet time to myself - a book or a magazine and a glass of wine - or tea is fine.

They def had a very strange range of activities.

piggies Wed 28-Apr-10 18:56:40

I cross stitch.

ChocolateButterfly Wed 28-Apr-10 22:47:20

Reading a good book...preferably in the bath (me that is - not the book, hopefully!)

den246 Wed 28-Apr-10 22:57:09

Me time, whats that?! Usually I sleep, go online or do some gardening. But its very rare...

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