Since my daughter was born I find I rarely go out in the evenings. It’s not the same as it used to be when I wasn’t a mum. In those days, going out was an essential part of my life as it gave me something to look forward to at the end of a busy week – or even half way through it. Now that I have a child and work from home instead, the appeal of heading off into town to be surrounded by noisy after-work revelers has lost its appeal somehow!
But though I have fun with other mums during the daytime when we get together at playgroups or in the park, I do have to say I’d found my social life dwindling in recent months. It’s like it creeps up on you after parenthood. To begin with, looking after a new baby is all-consuming and exhausting – you simply don’t have time for anything else. But as you get used to the daily routine and your child grows, you suddenly find that your energy levels go back up and you even generate some time for yourself.
However, although you have some free time, you generally have to stay in at home in order to look after your child. I don’t live on a budget that allows me to book babysitters regularly, and to be honest, I don’t think I would do that even if I could afford it. I like to be there for her when she’s sleeping, in case she wakes and needs a cuddle.
But I’m not a big TV fan and don’t always feel like getting into any of my crafting projects in the evening as it requires more concentration than I can give at the end of a busy day. So instead, I’ve found that I’ve started playing bingo online on a fairly regular basis. It’s a great game as you don’t need to think about how to play – you simply buy your cards and wait for the game to start. Yet, every time you play, there’s the possibility that you might win an incredible jackpot, so there’s plenty of motivation to play! If you’ve never played bingo before you can play at Costa Bingo now for free and see what you think of it.
I don’t really imagine I’ll ever win a huge amount and for me, it’s not about that. You see, as the game runs through without you needing to do anything (even the numbers on your cards are marked off automatically as the bingo calls are made), you have plenty of time available to chat to other players in the bingo chat rooms. That’s what I love about playing online bingo. You get to meet people from all walks of life who you might otherwise never have come across, and you’re all there for the same reason – to have fun and maybe get a bonus win in the process.
It’s a new way of socializing for me, and one I would never have expected to be so much fun!
Bio: Gemma is a busy mum of one who is always looking for new ways to grab a little ‘me time’. When she’s not running around after her daughter she loves having a few moments to herself and aside from her recent discovery of online games, she enjoys cardmaking and scapbooking as well.