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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What do you do when you're home alone?

Pop quiz: What weird behaviors do you have when you have the house all to yourself? Tell us below...

This is part of a new series with Emily McDowell, one of my favorite illustrators; she'll be asking us one pressing question every month. Last month: What's really in your bag?

(Illustration by Emily McDowell for Cup of Jo)

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Claire said...

Yoga. Underwear. Living room. 100%!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

i call my mom, order indian food, and read in bed. and also invariably convince myself that there's an intruder. :)

pancakesandpoodles said...

I TOTALLY try on all the clothing I never wear. Glad to know I'm not alone in that :)

Diana McNeill said...

Haha, I literally did yoga in my underwear in my living room last night.

Stephanie said...

The trying on clothes thing! Every time! Also, yes eating everything because there is nobody there to watch me. No guilt, no shame.

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Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

I watch horrendous rom coms on Netflix.

Anna Leieritz said...

The food thing is dead-on! I only eat random things at random times and forget to eat a "real" meal! I do love 11pm popcorn!

Sara said...

I literally do all of those things.

Carrie said...

Read or write and eat ice cream.

Kat Green said...

Eating candy, drinking tea while watching bad chick flicks on netflix

Emily Dara said...

i turn off all the lights, lay on the floor and listen to music from highschool. and make coffee in my underwear.

Nicole González said...

I'm ashamed to admit that I procrastinate in ways I can't even begin to tell, eat all I can find in the fridge (this is so bad!) and take long naps -which is good because I barely sleep thanks to college :)

Carmen said...

Treat wine and cheese as a totally acceptable dinner, watch rom coms or chick shows, and let the dog sleep in the bed :)

Joanna Goddard said...

hahaha, amanda, i do the same. i watch the WORST tv. basically anything and everything that alex would refuse to watch with me:)

dreamday said...

i love emily mcdowell's illustrations! i eat whatever sounds good. last night while everyone was gone i made cookies then ate three with a side of cookie dough and called it dinner :)

Nicole Dorsa said...

I totally, totally eat random foods when alone, not meals! What a funny realization. And many too-in-depth conversations with my dog. And I'm with you Joanna, always convinced I hear footsteps or a doorknob turn...

Judy Lewis said...

Eat peanut butter on Saltines with Coke. Yummy. Watch The Good Wife or Call the Midwife online. Nap without guilt. Get ideas for decorating online. All in my pajamas :-)

Abby said...

I cook a lot and leave the dishes everywhere until just before Dustin comes home!
I also eat random foods at random times-popcorn at 11 pm for the win.
And I always leave the tv on for background noise; that way the random little house noises don't scare me as much!
Abby

Tammy said...

Oh my. I usually blast the radio really loud and sing along just as loudly. Bake up some cookies or a fruit tart and catch up on shows I might have missed. Very exciting stuff!

shannon9585 said...

Yes to trying on all of the clothes I never wear (this is totally a female thing, I guess)!

Eat peanut butter out of the jar (without feeling guilty), stay in pajamas all day, start to clean the computer room but get distracted and look at old photos, letters, etc. instead, binge-watch Netflix.

renee said...

GO BRALESS

Gabriella said...

Talk to myself a lot, listen to the radio in bed, organize my closet for the millionth time, sometimes dance around to really lame music...

auste said...

Oh, Joanna, the intruders ALWAYS come to my place when I'm home alone... such an irrational and ridiculous fear - but it happens every time! I try to stave off the bad guys by watching bad TV and eating ice cream (so far it's worked:)

Hillary said...

I eat cereal in bed, watch Netflix, and put on makeup.

Caitlin said...

Clean the bathroom and watch Bravo.

Brooke said...

I stay in my pajamas, and watch "that show so and so is talking about" then 5 hours later... get dressed and try for the 100th time to see if today will be the day I master the cat eye with my eyeliner!

Zywie said...

browse on my iphone, lying on the bed, in peace. (With a toddler around, I dont get to do this always). Take out lunch, with dessert. Make elaborate plans to knock off some items from the to-do list, but eventually do nothing, since the browsing and planning ate up all my day. Argh!

Sarah said...

When my husband travels I eat dinner in bed and let the dog sleep with me every night (the only time he's allowed on the bed!) It makes me feel safe. Also, bask in a clean house that stays clean for a whole week because it's just me :) However, being that I'm 6 mos. pregnant these routines will probably change dramatically here soon!

Elizabeth Anne said...

I recently moved to a new place and live alone. I currently have eight different projects spread throughout my living and dining room in various stages of completion because I don't have roommates to be mindful of. I also eat random foods at random times, esp. when I'm working on a project and don't want to take the time to make a "real" meal.

Angela B said...

talk to myself in the mirror 0_o

And lip sync to some rocking tunes. With moves to match.

synapse said...

try the clothes: check. food that makes no sense: check. talk with cat: check. i also sing laudly while doing chores around the house. and dance. and watch silly girly movies. but sometimes the house gets really tidy so yay ;)

Hannah S said...

1. fluff up all 11 pillows on the bed, jump on them and pretend i'm a king.
2. refluff
3. repeat

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Brooklynbee said...

What's this "being home alone" thing? ;) Usually I have to contend with my needy cat, who NEEDS TO SIT ON ME IMMEDIATELY AND FOR A LONG TIME.

Brooklynbee said...

What's this "being home alone" thing? ;) Usually I have to contend with my needy cat, who NEEDS TO SIT ON ME IMMEDIATELY AND FOR A LONG TIME.

Brooklynbee said...

What's this "being home alone" thing? ;) Usually I have to contend with my needy cat, who NEEDS TO SIT ON ME IMMEDIATELY AND FOR A LONG TIME.

Gigi said...

The "eat odd foods at odd times" is my go-to! I have bacon around 4pm yesterday...and then crepes with lemon at 10pm. My husband is on a business trip :)

Lady Hazen said...

yoga in my underwear, cuddle my dog, read in complete silence. What about NAPPING?! How could we forget NAPPING? ah, the best.

Trena said...

I do all of this, minus the talking to the cat. I don't have one, I just talk to myself. And turn the music up really loud and sing.

And I am always afraid of intruders too! Last time my roomies were all gone I called the police at 12:30 a.m. to come check my house. I woke up to a noise and was convinced someone was upstairs. They kindly told me that it is better to be safe than sorry, and they checked the whole house and then left me to sleep in peace. :-)

Corinne said...

I grab the nutella and a spoon and watch my guilty pleasure shows - anything and everything on Bravo.
I wish it was yoga in my underwear - that would be a lot healthier!

emilie sarah said...

lengthy conversations with pets happens throughout all the other secret home alone/single behaviors :)

SarahJo said...

I usually end up cooking fish since my husband hates the smell, and watch lots of girly tv or movies...

fiona_apple said...

I try on all my highest heels and walk in them there and from in front of the mirror convincing myself that one day they will turn into my walking shoes (now being only trod-from-taxi-to-restaurant shoes, hehe). And of course, I annoy my neighbours from the apartment below with the sound of the heels on the wooden floors. :)

Gina said...

Definitely read!

Mandy said...

I sing as loud as I can in German, much to the cats' chagrin, I watch Sex and the City with a glass or three of wine, and I become a weirdo Pinterest addict (bonus points if I start "pinning" random things while singing to myself in German also while watching Sex and the City).

Lauren Fraley said...

Old Oscar Acceptance Speeches on YouTube! Check out oldies but goodies like Diane Keaton in her 70s/Annie Hall garb. Also I put on sunless tanner and air dry naked :)

Rachel said...

Definitely the yoga in the underwear out in the open of the apartment.

Joanna Goddard said...

nutella in the jar! yes!

Annie Green said...

Tidy everything and then enjoy sitting in complete peace in my lovely house. Eat whatever I can find that requires no cooking at all.Spend hours looking at old images of London and then try and find then on google street view today.
Or nothing at all. Can go either way.

niabowling said...

I always end up calling my mom or sister, watching horrible tv on netflix in bed, and inevitably consider either cheese and crackers or chips and salsa as a legitimate dinner. Oh, AND, naps.

Joy said...

I live alone! I don't even know where to start…..except that I always have this abrupt and awkward moment whenever I go to someone else's house and remember, last minute, to shut the bathroom door.

Hannah Cotan said...

Oddly enough, one of my favourite things is to put on a movie with a good soundtrack and deep clean my house when I'm home alone. So satisfying.

Emily Bird said...

Try on my wedding dress and watch Grey's Anatomy. Oh it's the best!

Megan F said...

Hilarious. I eat all meals standing up at the kitchen counter. (and +1 about the intruder, Joanna.)

Kathleen Oprea Schroeder said...

I usually start a sewing and/or DIY project that I've seen on a blog. Work for a while, get frustrated, eat something (nutella, cheese, etc. are all acceptable), work on it some more, then convince myself to get out of the house and out of my pajamas, come home and drink wine and watch Netflix!

lessthanaverageheight said...

Real Housewives + red wine.

Courtney G said...

I LOVE this post simply because, well, it's quite rare I am home alone. When I am - it's all about the kitchen. Cooking something slowly.....sippy slowly on some wine.....and slow music going. It's all about the slow, apparently!

brooklynash said...

dance parties, read, pretend/practice conversations in the mirror (did i just say that?), daydream, play on the internet

Rachel Seis said...

Oh my gosh...whenever my husband travels for work and I'm left alone to fend for myself, I go all out. He doesn't care for pasta (what kind of monster is he???), so I'll usually make a (way too big) bowl of delicious, creamy pasta with some warm, crusty bread on the side (give me ALL the carbs). I'll drink a couple of glasses of wine...which inevitably turns into "How did that whole bottle disappear?" and watch TV shows he wouldn't care to miss (this is how I got into Veronica Mars, Downton Abbey, Felicity...)

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

Definitely eat weird shit at weird times... Probably would disgust other people. And wear my grubbiest sweatpants. Usually don't shower. Watch tv but then end up stalking on my iphone instead and have to rewind what I was watching like 5-6 times. Dance in my bathroom like a total weirdo while I get ready to absurd music!

Jen Collins said...

I will have major discussions with myself, or make songs to narrate what I'm doing... last weekend I sang 'noodle time' while draining pasta to the tune of 'Edelweiss.'

Also, yes to the crappy Netflix watching.

And I eat out of the jar/container a lot!

yellow cocktail music said...

I do work out videos in clothing I would never go to the gym in. I normally eat some odd assortment of things for dinner.... 5 PM saltines and organic Peanut Butter, 7 PM some healthy cereal (with fiber) that really tastes a lot like cardboard, 9 PM dive into the dark chocolate stash we have under our bar....

and all the while, normally watching re-runs of big bang theory, lost, homeland, or movies i have seen because i don't want to really have to pay attention.

poisonwood said...

Time alone = self-care time as it happens pretty infrequently. I like to treat myself and watch really sappy rom coms and eat junk food I would never eat normally, its the best! haha

Julie Taylor said...

Ha! YES, all of them! How funny. I never thought other people also tried on clothes...

Caitlin said...

I eat endless supplies of kettle chips with french onion dip, drink lots of red wine, and watch Food Network until I fall asleep on the couch. (then drag myself to bed whenever I wake up in the middle of the night!)

Maelle said...

I totally try on all the clothing i never wear. :) Sometimes i go really fancy and put on some heels and red lipstick too. Also, i eat too much. I cook dinner for two and will eat all by myself, sometimes in bed.
I love this new series, such a great idea!

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Stefanie Bundalo said...

Beyonce dance party for one while eating chips out of the bag in my kitchen. Catch up with friends on the phone, read blogs, nap, read a book, go to bed early (with the light on of course).

Karen said...

Ha ha ha. Yes to all these! It turns out that when my husband is away I only eat foods that require spoons. I always run out of spoons!

jill cavanaugh said...

clean while catching up on a t.v. show (guilty pleasure is Revenge...i know terrible, right)nd put on a face mask while doing all the above!

linds said...

Cereal for every meal!
Dog on the bed!
Call my girlfriends who are out of state!
Luxuriate in my aloneness!

DIMH said...

I definitely eat random things. Last weekend I was alone and had ramen noodles and a chocolate chip cookie for dinner, the next day I had oatmeal at 11am and then 2 corn dogs and pickles for dinner. Total randomness since I just eat foods that appeal to me in the moment, not that need to be presentable to an audience!

melanie said...

oh! the intruders are the worst part about being home alone! I usually watch way too many friday night lights, bake and take a REALLY long bath.

Letra said...

Eat weird greasy foods in bed, under the covers, with no pants on (preferably). netflix is always there.

Rebecca said...

Snack and watch bad movies I otherwise couldn't watch with my other half!

Emily Goebel said...

Drink wine and watch bad tv :)

DaniFineporcupine said...

Two words: Bob's Burgers!

Zoe Hastert said...

Let's see, I:
Jump at and investigate every unexplained noise
Sing songs about my dog to popular tunes
Eat a shameful amount of bread and Nutella
Watch BBC period series/made-for-TV movies

And now I want to try yoga in my underwear...

Rebecca said...

Snack and watch bad movies I otherwise couldn't watch with my other half!

Mary E said...

Watch all the shows on Netflix my husband will not: lately it's been the TLC stuff: Jon and Kate+8, 19 Kids and counting, etc.

I'm 34 weeks preg so trying on clothes somewhat--I have to see what still fits. I tried bathing suits on last time (my bikinis from our honeymoon! Not attractive at all! lol)

Martini said...

Lol, I play my favorite music and dance! Been doing it since I was a kid and I'm in my mid 60's now. It's more fun now than ever!

V Mozzer said...

No noise? No interruption?

I'll tell you what I do...

I take a NAP!

And if it's beautiful outside, I take a nap on the back deck. And I enjoy every, single, minute of it. :o)

V @ Life+1
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Emi Ito Ortiz said...

This series is so great and hilarious!!! I love Emily McDowell's drawings!

I basically munch on everything in my pantry and get distracted by the internet :)

http://www.emitortiz.com

Stephanie said...

i love reading everyone's answers. next time i'm definitely doing the try on all the clothing i never wear thing -- that's great! i usually order pad thai, watch reruns of Friends, HGTV or cooking shows, and paint my nails.

Sabrina said...

I lived alone for years and years, and then I got married 4 years ago and promptly had 3 children. I am forgetting what alone time is like... But for me it was, popcorn, candy, magazines, take out chinese, and a movie.

RAWRPaleo said...

Oh My gosh that is the funniest thing! I love it!
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Lacey Steiger said...

I watch all the girly shows and movies on Netflix that I'm too embarrassed to watch when my husband's home haha.

Chris Cook said...

Attempt a long bath, but usually cut short due to the amount of times I jump in and out of tub to investigate noises. Eat bread & cheese & chocolate (& sometimes Doritos), drink copious amounts of red wine, and watch Bravo and International House Hunters. Shop on Sephora online after several glasses of said wine and go to bed with no less than 3 lights on in the house.

kristen m hansen said...

so boring but i CLEAN. if i am home alone that means my 5 kids and husband are gone. so i clean so i can enjoy my efforts. i enjoy it too, it's very therapeutic for me. i love a clean QUIET home. after that is over and if i am still home alone, i READ or watch NETFLIX. some down time is so uncommon here, i would probably VEG too. (blue belle ice cream straight out of the bucket.) ☺

Meagan @ Meagan Tells All said...

watch make-up and hair tutorials on youtube...

Nicki said...

With 2 kids under 4, a dog and an introverted husband I rarely get the house to myself but when I do I smoke a spliff, listen to bob dylan, play with my makeup (usually do a Lisa Eldridge tutorial), eat cheese and pate for supper, and look at french chateaus for sale.

Maureen said...

(After I put my daughter to bed and if I have an ounce of energy left and don't collapse unconscious into bed at 8pm): Spoonful of nutella! and cup of chamomile tea while watching the latest dvd find from the library.

Rona So said...

I have a whole series on my blog labeled "Home." But this is my closest response: http://ronawso.blogspot.com/2012/09/home-series-no-4.html

Love being home by myself!

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laurasaurus said...

OK this is SO embarrassing but I will sometimes put on a roomy top/ dress and shove a pillow or rolled up towels down the front to see how i would look pregnant! (Like a complete and total insane person)…I also try the weird hairstyles and beauty remedies I find on Pinterest, like sugar waxing which was a painful, messy, unsuccessful endeavor…And then the usual stuff like watching things my boyfriend wouldn't be interested in (which often ends up being documentaries, oddly enough) and eating everything in sight

RB said...

My husband is in the middle of a grueling medical residency (same type of program as your brother-in-law, Joanna), so after I put my toddler to bed every night I am essentially home alone. I am usually so tired after my own day at work that I just shove food in my mouth and binge watch HBO (what's up, VEEP!), but your post and these great comments make me think I should have more fun! Maybe learn a silly skill or an easy instrument? And yes, I often eat nutella out of the jar, but would do that with hubby home as well ;-) Maybe I'll try it while doing squats in my underwear.

Lana said...

Joanna, you must be my anxiety twin. I'm home with Grace while my husband is on a 5 day business trip, and I barely slept a wink last night bc I kept hearing weird noises. I ended up bringing a knife and my keys (to hit the panic button!) into my room in case a "bag guy" came in. Oh, and I order Chinese take-out and eat it straight from the box with chopsticks and watch Parenthood.

Jamie Farshchi said...

Have chats with our 12 year old Doberman. Eat almond butter out of the jar with a spoon. Dance to that Happy song by Pharrell. Secretly watch old episodes of Melrose Place. It's such a good time!

Lauren E. said...

I am dying laughing at this! I can see this as a web series or something.

I am 100% into eating random foods (I had a bowl of steamed cauliflower with butter around 11pm last night followed by Reese's Pieces), doing zumba in the living room in my undies, and having one-woman dance parties with the only acceptable dance moves beings those that would embarrass others if they were seen in public.

Tracy Carson said...

I'm home a lot these days due to pre-term labor and bed rest. I watch a lot of romantic comedies, wander into the new baby's room probably 10 times a day and tell myself this will all be worth it, and read. I also fantasize about my first postpartum glass of wine…a lot.

Samantha said...

Sing loudly, talk to myself and the cats, jump around, rarely wear pants, interview myself like I'm on the Daily Show, cry for no other reason than I feel like crying, clap for the same non-reason, and honestly, even though this is embarrassing it must be said, fart so loudly I've scared the cats. :)

Katie said...

Snack on whatever is still in my pantry.
Scrub the dirty corners of my house or mop (probably in my underwear)
Experiment with dramatic makeup.
Try on all my clothes.

Fisher Sisters said...

Haha. I love all of these comments! I definitely eat popcorn at 11 pm. Or 7 pm. Or 10 pm. and watch endless episodes of New Girl. I always mean to hang up my clothes... but that doesn't usually happen.

L8Blmr said...

I love to read or watch silly romance flicks. Usually it involves meditating and maybe even a decadent mid-day nap!

L8Blmr said...

I love to read or watch silly romance flicks. Usually it involves meditating and maybe even a decadent mid-day nap!

ErinJMT said...

Watch beauty tutorials on YouTube, put on some bold lipstick, and eat ice cream.

Brooke said...

Put on my pj's the minute I get home from work. Eat popcorn and call it dinner. Talk to the cats like they have a clue what I'm saying :) Definitely watch whatever I feel like on tv.

Laura said...

I listen to podcasts while playing games on the computer, accomplishing absolutely nothing. I make smoothies and drink them straight out of the measuring cup so as not to dirty up another glass. I wander around with a fancy top on and yoga pants, or no pants at all.

anobion said...

I love some alone time! I do lots of talking to the dog, watch all kinds of terrible TV shows, usually order Chinese, but sometimes make myself some kind of junk food that my husband doesn't like - especially Kraft Mac and Cheese. Definitely sleep with lights and TV on because that keeps burglars away.
Made me think of this Onion piece. Could only find video. Text is even funnier:
http://www.theonion.com/video/study-average-person-becomes-unhinged-psychotic-wh,33761/

emmy d said...

Hmmm, last time I was home alone I changed out of my pants and lounged in my underwear in bed with the cat reading the current installment of the "Outlander" novels and fell asleep with all the lights on around 9. Falling asleep in the middle of things with the cat is bound to occur on home alone nights.

Kelly Rae said...

I watch Felicity or Gilmore Girls while doing Yoga in my underwear.

Elizabeth Hays said...

I get into cleaning and organizing kicks. I'll iron, rearrange the cabinets, clean out the fridge etc. I also love to take long baths and paint my toe nails. I still cook decent meals and listen to podcasts, too.

Kate said...

Sing along with Broadway showtunes. Loudly. Put on too much makeup.

normee said...

I like to put all of my hair into tight tiny twists in the vein of "crazy eyes" from orange is the new black which looks less than flattering on me but feels amazing. Then I continue on doing whatever I would do if my husband were home.

Amanda said...

Yep, yoga in my underwear in the living room. And writing and reading and watching whatever I want. I think my weirdest habit might be that I talk through my story that I'm writing out loud, so I'm basically talking to myself lol.

Patty Doscher said...

I love to watch Hallmark movies and eat whatever weird stuff at weird times I like in my pajamas.

Sian Lloyd Williams said...

I love this - I have an evening alone in the house this Friday, and now I can't wait!
I normally order chinese, drink too much wine, dance around the living room as if I'm the next Beyonce...then run to bed and close my eyes before any scary monsters catch me...

Ivy F. said...

I read books when I'm alone and make something really good to eat that takes a lot of time. But, I can't really remember the last time I was at home and alone. It was at least 10.5 months ago, because that's how old my son is. Same age as Anton :)

Kara K said...

I eat out of the fridge and refuse to cook. I also spend a lot of time not doing all the productive things I thought that I was going to do.

Sil said...

I sing!!

sumslay said...

I'm already visualizing and salivating over the food I'm going to eat before he ever gets out the door. I get shamefully excited (and I do love my bf, but....you know, i love food too. :P )

Alexandra Petroff said...

luxurious and excessive self care. bath, put lotion on every inch of my body, put on my robe, fix my eye brows, nails, do a mask. Put on my cutest underwear and feel like a raging diva.

Fiona said...

Alone, in my house? Haven't been in 2 years since my girls were born! If I had the chance, I would probably clean, then sit down with a good book and a glass of wine for as long as possible!

Bethanne said...

I watch pathetic and silly youtube videos, that I don't tell my husband about, but share with my best friend.

JULIA said...

Watch terrible rom-coms on Netflix while giving myself a Brazilian wax

Meadow said...
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Meadow said...

I too worry about intruders lol. Always have, always will. I organize and get rid of stuff (these days anyway, we're hoping to move soon)... eat at odd times, and watch documentaries on YouTube that I probably shouldn't.

Amanda Washburn said...

I adore this infographic. Hilarious and oh, so true.

I crank up the music and break out the terrible dance moves that have never seen the light of day in front of someone else. ;)

Absolutely eat random things at random times. Lately it has been veggie chips at 10am. Strange.

Read books, and watch girlie shows that the hubs doesn't want to watch. ;)

Or call my friends and sisters that live way too far away!

Fun post!

Paige said...

I usually crack open a bottle of wine, get take-out, watch an embarrassing amount of tv, and then stay up way too late reading in bed.

Betsy said...

Watch CASTLE and oil pull. If you tell anyone, I will deny it! :)

Sophia Mellein said...

Clean and then drink wine while vegging on the couch. I watch the worst television that I can never watch when anyone else is home.

julyeah said...

Play the guitar and sing really loud and confidently because hey, who is going to judge you? No one! :)

Emily Frandsen said...

haha! i am seriously laughing out loud! i just had a baby 7 weeks ago, and i swear i've watched every single zumba video on youtube! as well as about a million other workouts on youtube, just trying to pump myself up to start working out again!

Practical Mama said...

Try on weird, funny make-up, or those really heavy eye make-ups that I see on tutorial videos on youtube.

Jaclyn Pacheco said...

I don't do anything too quirky but I have noticed that I tend to narrate my activities.
Such as, "ooh! yeah, I'm going to go make a sandwich." or "I'm gonna go pee now."

Also, I binge eat Amy's Frozen Mac-and-Cheese!

toytulip said...

I lay on the couch for hours with the laptop in my lap. Watch series, youtubers, blogs...

kendra said...

play records, sing along loudly, make pancakes, read, watch all of the netflix. all of it. In my comfy pants. And usually pretend i'm being interviewed by Conan or Jimmy Fallon at some point.(obviously for my new screen play that was made into an award winning movie and i had to take one for the team and plan the lead though i refuse to call myself an actress...or something like that) It always happens

Rachel Baddorf said...

cheese and wine for dinner, watch a whole series on netflix or stay up all night reading.

Gina said...

Hahahaha I do yoga in the livingroom in my underwear, too!! I eat whatever I want whenever I want and I also dance like mad my favorite music around the house, also in underwear, of course. I love watching one or two seasons of my favorite series (two years ago, I watched season 3, 4 and final from Six Feet Under in 6 days. Yeah. 6 days), taking long, relaxing baths while I sing, being in my pajamas all day long –if not in my underwear or even naked–, sleeping while sunbathing in the terrace, allowing my turtles to run free around the living room –they LOVE it and I love watching them exploring–, reading while lying in the couch in weird poses, trying on all my clothes and feeling like a it girl but really looking like an enormous, insane 4 year old, walking in high heels and feeling pretty damn sexy even if wearing it with my pajamas, sleeping like a koala in the couch, in the floor, in my bed and in my parent's bed, wondering about stupid things, doing nothing. And I never get bored.

aly said...

I sleep in, guilt free. And eat obscene amounts of Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus with pita chips (or just with my finger when I run out of chips)

Stasha said...

Sit around in my undies, take long showers, catch up on the shows only I like, and clean the house… that's my "by myself" jam.

Desert Rat said...

Oh my gosh, I'm not alone. I do yoga in my underwear, too.

Leah said...

Weird rituals of making sure doors and windows are locked - before dark.

A bath - with a book! Why are the more luxurious when you're home alone?!

Oven baked chips (fries) for dinner and trashy TV before ultimately falling asleep in bed with a book (at like 3am because I can't sleep when he's not home).

Rachael said...

drink whiskey in the bath tub. but to be fair, I do that when my fiancé is home, too.

dylcia barnhart said...

I stay in my PJs all day and watch lots of trashy TV. Like A LOT.

Justine said...

I LOVE reading all the comments and seeing how we all turn into giant weirdos when we're alone :) I love being home alone! I blast a playlist of insanely teeny bopper pop that my husband would never stand for and deep clean the kitchen and bathroom in pajamas and red lipstick and crazy winged eyeliner. Then I watch Bones (obsessed and there are SO MANY SEASONS) and paint my nails! It's the best.

Jody Lynn said...

Walk around naked...no joke. I also sing.

Jody Lynn said...

Walk around naked...no joke. I also sing.

Erica G said...

Change into comfortable clothes, eat food that requires little to no cooking, and binge watch trashy TV or read a book. Or, more likely, I grade as many papers as I can before my husband gets home from coaching whatever sport is in season. Since he is a teacher at the same school we can get caught up in discussing the students or the assignments with each other and then it takes me about twice as long as it should.

Liz M C said...

Watch all those shows that I normally have to pause and/or rewind because I'm constantly interrupted by a 2 year old...or my 36 year old husband. Also I like to eat hummus on pita chips

Kaitlyn S said...

I'm definitely the "mundane conversation with the dog." I also sing along to songs on Youtube while doing dishes. I know it's lame, but I get 99% of the cleaning done when I'm home alone because I enjoy doing it :)

Emily said...

Omg, this makes me SO happy. I was just sitting here eating rice cakes and Easter candy, just recognizing a twinge of guilt for...not going through my clothes.. When I found this post.
Now I feel like I am in the company of friends!

Kate Runyan said...

I watch old black and white films that my boyfriend thinks are a snooze fest and I drink tea/coffee/wine depending on my mood and snuggle with my dog, Sophie. I used to have a really hard time being alone being someone who got energy from being around others. Now as I get older, I gain the energy to be with others by being alone.

JW said...

I used to put on my highest heeled boots and clomp around the house to Beyonce in them. Sadly I don't have a wind machine.

Natalie Feldsine said...

Definitely eat random foods and watch guilty pleasure tv shows/movies

Mohanned said...

I hide out in bed with some good books, magazines, or TV. I occasionally cook/bake or do yoga in my underwear too. :) Sometimes, since I have three roommates, I use the alone time to have a private chat (for hours) on the phone with my husband or best friend since they both live in other cities. Or we'll video chat for hours while doing our own thing... kind of like we're in the room together. Haha.

Donna said...

Blast girly, EDM, Pop music and clean! I can reorganize and clean every surface in my house a dozen times and then snug my pup!

xoDonna
www.soyouagree.com

josashimi said...

I love lying in bed with a book and something to eat. Which could range from junk food to a full blown meal of soupy noodles. Yes. In bed.

josashimi said...

I love lying in bed with a book and something to eat. Which could range from junk food to a full blown meal of soupy noodles. Yes. In bed.

Hilary said...

I love the illustration, I do a fair amount of these. I lower my expectations of what defines a meal, and instead invariably snack all day. My neatness also decreases, the socks stay longer on the floor. If I had a dog, i would most likely treat him or her as a therapist.

Stephanie Fazio (aka lealou) said...

At night, I used to eat popcorn with doritos on top while watching movies but now it's just with a lot of butter. During the day if I'm alone I tend to CLEAN - boring!

Lana said...

I'll usually tackle a project. Whether that is new furniture from Ikea... or completely revamping my blog, organizing all my old photos. never eat proper meals.

Jessica said...

Try to avoid showering if I shower, spend as much time as possible in robe. Fridge dive for food or walk to the place next door and bring it back. Binge watch girly sitcoms or reality shows like Bar Rescue. Clean and/or organize the bathroom, closet or kitchen. Waste time on the internets.

dobrya said...

Love this series! Emily McDowell is awesome. I definitely eat the weirdest things when I'm on my own! And I'll watch something awful on Netflix, like something super girly or with subtitles. And sing all day! haha. Being home alone is ok sometimes. :)

Stephanie Samuel said...

Binge on Sex in the City, slide around on the wood floors, and eat way too many cookies!

Ashley Antkowiak said...

Oh man the weird meals thing is totally me! But it's been forever since I've been home alone. I have 3 kids 4 and under - I'm NEVER alone! :)

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The Popcorn Bowl said...

Considering I'm a single woman with no children, I do whatever I want whenever I want. Mostly walk around in underwear and a camisole.

Kadija Tyler said...

Cook random food while dancing in my underwear, skipping down the hallway because somehow I'm at home and child-free all at once, and read cookbooks. Good times, good stuff.

Hilliary said...

this is my favorite series you have done to date. so funny! and so so true!

Emily said...

I LOVE this! It's all true! Today, it was...
#1 Take off bra.
#2 Grab water and back-up water
#3 Eat Panera while watching Kiki's Delivery Service (which I haven't seen in over a decade).

Renae said...

I have a toddler, so am not really alone, but when he's sleeping and husband is out, I usually surf the net - including the you tube videos of the "surprise - you're going to be grandparents" variety, try on the 10 shades of lipstick that I ignore in favour of the same couple day in and day out, and putter.

Anastasia Sproull said...

100% yes to the exercising in my underwear.

And try out those weird makeup techniques I'm too scared to try on days where I need to go out in public.

Paige W said...

I nap, read blogs, play web Sudoku. Sometimes I will wax or paint my toenails. But I always nap.

beautiful-objects.com said...

Ha! Tonight, husband is sick and went to bed super early, and kids are in bed, so I'm watching missed episodes of "Modern Family" and enjoying some wine and catching up on blogs. So apparently, this is what I do. :)

JW said...

Make a decent breakfast in my ugly, ratty robe. Enjoy drinking my coffee without interruption, while also feeling weird about the lack of noise (I have a 1.5 year old and it's rarely quiet).

Emily J. Stivers - Oh Happy Roar said...

I a-l-w-a-y-s sing or whistle when I'm home alone. I look forward to those times :-) Additionally, I will confess that I eat strange meals if no one is around...a giant bowl of plain broccoli or ice cream totally counts as a meal!

Suzan Johnson said...

Try to make healthy foods because my sister is planning Tubal Ligation Reversal surgery to become pregnant again.

Beth E. said...

For the first time in 3 years I was home alone for 36 hours last weekend. I said goodbye to everyone at 7pm, ate thai food in the bath (something my husband thinks is really weird) while watching The Americans, was in bed by 10, slept (until 6:45, damn internal clock), made myself eggs benedict AND bacon, read all the decorating magazines I subscribe to but never have time to read and did magazine tears and put them in the decorating binder with plastic sleeves that I never remember to use, decided that if my family was out of town I could have a martini lunch and made a huge pitcher of white sangria and ordered a large pizza, watched all of my DVRs of Flip or Flop, snooped in my daughters room and tried on half of the clothes in her closet and secretly thought I could pull some of them off despite the fact that I am not 13, ate the rest of the pizza and made more sangria and baked some cupcakes and ate half of the batch and watched DVRs of girl code that my daughter must have recorded and then I deleted them, went to sleep at 10:30. Slept in the next morning and rushed around cleaning up the evidence of mommy's debauchery. The troops were home before lunch.

Zo Mposula Jütte said...

Walk around in my underwear, so liberating.

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megan said...

My boyfriend is out of town for a week and a half, so tonight I invited my girlfriends over to drink wine on my deck. Usually I would watch horrible TV and eat too much. . which I did after they left. Now to get some sleep while ignoring the weird sounds. :) I also called my mom last night, which made me so thankful for her!

catherine sprunt said...

I make an elaborate dinner of all the things I've been craving lately and then catch up on all the trashy tv.

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Diana Navarro said...

Last time a was home alone I tried on my wedding dress and did some litlle dancing ....:) hehehehe

Still fits, Yay!!

Meaghan said...

I'll cook weird elaborate meals that my husband doesn't really like (fish tacos, vegan burgers), watch trashy TLC shows, talk to the dog, and do underwear yoga.

Britt Kee said...

Burst into dancing all the while my cats are staring at me. Paint my nails. Clean like a mad woman

D said...

I know people are always talking about how 'home is where the pants aren't', but there's something better: NO BRA!

I also talk to myself, play loud music (I have a roommate), and sing in the shower

julia romero said...

Wow, this was a great post. Also fun to read everybody else's weird **alone-in-the-house** routines, and identify so much with them ! I too watch awful rom coms, eat peanut butter/nutella right off the jar and actually use time alone to pretty much do whatever !

Stella said...

Certainly never what I say I am going to do (chores, portfolio, run).. I have been known for watching disney movies and knitting, or practicing french out loud.

...and the nights most typically end with a bottle of red wine and David Attenborough. :)

Alexis Kletjian said...

I love this, and all of the comments!! I do lots of internet shopping when left to m own devices, and I eat cereal for dinner.y
www.alexiskletjian.com

Lena Meier said...

Totally doing the yoga thing :D I always wonder what the neighbors might thing - but I don't care :)

A cup of tea said...

Cereal for dinner and a good book... my favorites when I am alone!

Amy said...

Teeth whitening. A nice cocktail while cleaning in my underwear. Sometimes I even put on ankle weights!

Unknown said...

When I'm home alone, I sit on the living room floor and drink coffee while reading fashion magazines. I don't know why. Maybe I like taking up so much space, because when my two young kids are with me I just can't.

http://dontblamethekids.com

Ethel said...

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Gennarina said...
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Gennarina said...

Immediately take off my bra.

Daniela Holmes said...

I definitely watch Pretty Little Liars on Netflix - currently I'm on season 3! It gives me nightmares.

Sometimes I blog, and listen to my hypem.com account (deeholmes) really loudly!! All the latest music/mixes are there!

Eat chips.
Walk to the shower naked - haha

Definitely nothing too glamorous happens here.

HannahT said...

put on the cat shirt and the laundry day sweats. watch TV in bed instead of on the couch. eat indian food bc BF doesn't like it or just an assortment of mismatched snacks (cheese&cracker+asian noodles). talk to myself endlessly while the cat eavesdrops. sing Lisa Loeb STAY in the shower. loudly.

nina | itsazooatthezoo.blogspot.com said...

I love this topic! Gosh I love to be alone! It's my favorite time, if I can ever get it!
I do many of the same things these other ladies do.... watch bad tv, paint nails, take a long bath, read till all hours of the night, and eat weird food (for me it's popcorn while drinking milk..yum!).

dmwg said...

when i was pregnant, i would watch birth videos online. now that i've got a toddler, i'm usually clean the apartment when i'm home alone.

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