Monday, November 14th, 2011
Having guests is the perfect opportunity to hit up some restaurants that we love but rarely visit. After dining at the Cheesecake Factory and a great hibachi place with my parents over the weekend, I’m already disappointed in whatever I’m going to eat this week!
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
I just came back from a vacation. But today I took some time to be a tourist in my own town. I live in a vacation destination, yet rarely visit any of the attractions because I’m just driving to and from work and doing all those regular-life things.
Having company is a great excuse to put aside chores and do something touristy on the weekend. We visited Arlington National Cemetery today for the first time with my brother-in-law and his wife. He is in the Navy and has served several tours of duty, including in Iraq. It was a profound blessing to be able to visit Arlington with him and thank God that he is home safely. We watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee.
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Saturdays are the time when I appreciate our window shades more than ever. We have solid window shades in our bedroom that effectively darken it enough to sleep a little longer.
Monday, July 18th, 2011
Of course 3- and 4-day weekends are better. But if you’ve ever worked routinely on one or more days of the weekend, you know that having a regular Saturday + Sunday off is not something to take for granted. This past weekend, we took a day trip to visit friends on Saturday, and still had Sunday to rest and take care of some household chores. Having time to be social AND rest is wonderful.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
I’ve really been enjoying fixing meals at home this weekend. I’ve made some delicious (if I do say so) quesadillas, a yummy salad with chicken, roasted potatoes, and a Caprese salad (over the course of multiple meals). It’s nice to have time to cook – and of course, we save money by not eating out!
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
Ok, I admit it. I paid someone else to clean my house. After growing up as a very industrious individual, I never thought I would do that. I thought it was for sissies. Or lazy people.
Fast forward a couple of decades, past being a single person living in a small apartment, to living in a house with multiple rooms where the two occupants work full-time and commute nearly two hours out of the day. Enter cost-benefit analysis of spending precious weekend time cleaning vs. resting (not to mention interacting with one another).
There’s a reason this exists. Because in the day to day, we can chip away at a dirty toilet here and a dusty end table there, but having a whole house clean at once – that’s a dream.
It’s a dream that came true for us today… and I couldn’t be more thankful!
Saturday, June 18th, 2011
Staying in hotels is always a crapshoot – is the bed going to be too soft? Too hard? We’re away for the weekend, and I’m so glad that our hotel bed is conducive to sleeping!
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Yesterday I watched an inordinate amount of television. But it was intentional – it was rest. After some busy weekends and weeks, I took the time to do nothing. And as Peter says in “Office Space,” “It was all I thought it could be.”
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
My sister-in-law and her husband are visiting us this weekend. We’re having a grand time playing tourist and of course eating delicious food (one of my favorite pastimes in case you haven’t figured it out). I am very blessed to have a great family-in-law. They welcomed me when my husband and I first started dating, and I love having siblings now!
Sunday, April 10th, 2011
My parents don’t play a lot of games. They work hard and collapse on the weekends, like most people! I brought our Wii to their house, and we enjoyed playing Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and golf. I like the Wii because it has family-friendly games that you can play with each other, so you’re interacting while having fun (as opposed to solitary video games that take the player away from the family).