I live for the weekends and everything that comes along with it. Mainly the joy that I get to say bye to work for a couple of days is enough to get me going. It's more than that, the feeling of my warm bed that begs me to lay in for just a bit and the sound of nothingness if just for a little while. The perfect opportunity for me to clear my head and plan my day. What might start as a lazy day in my dreams never ends up that way. I'm a busy body by nature and there is nothing I can do to change that. I'm either cleaning as if my life depended on it or taping off yet another wall to start painting. Well, I didn't get around to painting just yet but I did do a pretty awesome job of cleaning if I say so myself. Just to give you an idea, here is a mini breakdown of why my weekend was probably better than yours.
My sister had an outpatient procedure, and I was lucky enough to be her chauffeur for the day. I decided to take the day off as I was unsure how long the appointment would take. Even while waiting for the procedure to be over I felt amazingly calm and free. Later in the evening, I enjoyed time celebrating a friends' birthday. A full day that left me a bit tired, but much-needed time with my sister and much-needed time out on the town. Operation successful Friday, complete!
I woke around 8 a.m. which is kinda late for me. Also means the fullness of the previous day had me feeling a tad bit tired as I am usually up around 6 every morning. As I hopped out of bed, I wanted a delicious breakfast but had absolutely no delicious ingredients to make that happen. I decided to get out and run a few errands. Stop by the post office, dropped off mom's donations to Goodwill, ship equipment back via FedEx and do a bit of grocery shopping. It sounds like a lot when tired, however, the best medicine for a tired soul is a beautiful sunny day, and that is exactly what Saturday was. Once I arrived back home, relaxation was of most importance and I did just that. Feet up, house warm and cozy and remote in hand, I was in my happy place. Now if only I could stay woke to watch this second movie life would be grand. Sleep eventually won, but tomorrow would be another day to try it again!
I knew that I would spend the majority of my day cleaning. I recently watched a video of someone cleaning and it put my idea of a clean house to shame, so game on! What I originally planned to start around 5 a.m. didn't happen until 10. Quite early to get the mop bucket out but if you knew what I had planned you would want a jump start too. But first, I wanted to see my mother. Stopped by the local market and bought fresh flowers. So beautiful and bright and I knew it would put a smile on her beautiful face. The little 'just because' things always mean the most. Cleaning could wait just a little longer. As I drove home I felt so good. I almost wondered if I would just say forget the cleaning and have a totally lazy Sunday. Nah, full steam ahead. Music was on and I was in my zone. Took me about 5 hours to do everything I wanted. And with enough time to get in a couple of movies, I did just that! Operation stick a fork in me because I am done, complete!
So, perhaps you find my idea of the perfect ending to a great weekend a tad bit boring. It's all up to you, and the great thing about Monday is you have all week to figure it out. Funny how those silver linings work out huh?!
AJ is a creative writer and storyteller writing from her home in Indiana.
"This is how you do it; you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." -Neil Gaiman