Iam a writer, mother, and a good friend. I love to excercise. I love to cook. I love walks on the beach, picnics, outings, long talks, cookouts, and family time. I believe as a single parent that I need to separate my time between parenting and having time alone with close friends. I am able to put them to bed and have time to myself from 7 to 11. . . only now they are old enough that I could spend time away from the house at a prayer meeting or out to dinner with a friend. I just never was able to count this as a part of the equation before now.