Sunday, March 22, 2009

The weekend wrap-up

It's not often that one can look at the calendar and say, "wow. These two days are completely blank." It's like the Halley's Comet of family life, and as infrequent as a solid night's sleep.
But that's the absolute pleasure we had this weekend. Well, not the sleep...that was still choppy. But the days were blissfully empty, and for once we didn't take it for granted and all waste away looking at each other wondering what to do. Instead we really filled our time being together as a family, knocking some things off of our "someday-we'll-get-around-to-it" list that were long overdue.

1. I stayed in my PJs until noon on Saturday.
2. I took my daughter out to lunch on a special date, just the two of us. I let her order whatever she wanted, just not the popcorn chicken because that's overpriced. The boys were busy building me new garden boxes. (Apologies to the neighbors for having to put them right in the middle of the yard.)
3. We watched Nim's Island in the afternoon. I spent a good thirty minutes of it daydreaming about running away to smoking volcanic island.
4. I did a trial run of my April Fool's Day dinner class that I am going to teach at the local community center. Cupcakes and parfaits for dinner? Delicious.
5. Ellen and I worked into the night on a book she's been writing, putting the illustrations with the text and binding the whole thing together with purple yarn.
6. For Sunday breakfast I cooked oatmeal on the stove. I was the only one who ate it, but I promise it was very good.
7. We raked the back woods, clearing all remanants of our dog. Man that dog could poop!
8. Special dinner date with my husband. I overate.
9. A 3 mile walk with my friend around the block, where we typically burn more calories in our flapping lips than our flapping hips.
10. Bubble baths, coloring, snacks, and the kids are off to bed. I popped pocorn I didn't have to share and am taking a work break to write this lovely list.

Maybe I'll cap off the evening with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and toast to simplicity, and the Halley's Comet of weekends.

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