I won’t lie – I love the weekends. Even when they are difficult, they are wonderful. And this weekend was one of the wonderful ones. I am dreading the return to school because if I am back in the ‘burg, that means that weekends will be spent catching up on the things that I didn’t get to do during the week. My weekends will be much different than they are, and I’m not ready for that.
I realized just the other morning that there will not be many more weekends before work intrudes again. In fact, next weekend, I’ll be prepping for two days in Meridian at training. I’ll have the weekend after that free, and then the following weekend I’ll be making ready to go back to school.
In the meantime, I’m planning on enjoying weekends like this past one. It started poorly – we had some icky weather move through Wednesday into Friday, and I really do not do well with the change in weather, particularly when it’s an issue of swings in barometric pressure. I started feeling pretty terrible Thursday night as we were leaving the restaurant, and instead of getting my mother-in-law’s new laptop set up, I came home and essentially went straight to bed. I woke up Friday morning, set the computer up, and went back to bed as soon my mother-in-law left to go home.I did not get out of bed until after 2:00. I’m not sure that I could have gotten up and moved if the world was coming to end – that’s how terrible I felt.
Once out of bed, Sweet Husband and I ran some errands and spent a quiet night at home. I still wasn’t 100%, and SH was happy to be home with the puppies.
Saturday, though, Saturday was one of those days. We made our way from one end of the Coast to the other and had a blast. We found a great bargain at thrift store on a cushion for the front porch and had some lunch before heading off to the Bay for Second Saturday. I think one of my very favorite things here on the Coast is Second Saturday. Although we made a purchase (my pink flamingo! Finally!), buying things aren’t the biggest part of Second Saturday for us. We enjoy wandering around the shops, having drinks with friends, and just taking it all in. It was hot (good grief was it hot), but the wine was free and flowing, and we loved every second of it.
If you’re going to come visit us, come visit on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We’ll take you to Bay St. Louis and you’ll fall in love too.
After we shopped til we almost dropped, SH took me for crab legs. He knows the way to my heart for sure: a little bit of thrift store shopping, a little socializing, a little drinking, and some crab legs. How does life get any better than this?
(and as an aside, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw pictures of our weekend. Hit me up!)
Today I’ve been working. The laundry is almost done. Tomorrow I’ve got to do the linens, but everything else is taken care of. The end tables have finally been painted, although I need to do a little sanding on one of them, hit it with some more yellow paint, and then it’s on to the poly. I can’t wait to move those things into the bedroom. The next steps to finish the room will be to find some charcoal gray thermal drapes (for a decent price) and some frames for the massive prints that I ordered (2, 16 x 20 and 2, 11 x 14 beach prints) as well as some shutters for a headboard. Now, of course, some knick-knacks and some throw pillows would not go amiss, but the biggest pieces to finish the room and pull it together will be done with the end tables, drapes, and prints. The headboard would be great, but it’s not something we have to have right this minute. I have some hammered bronze paint – I can paint what we have used as a headboard for the last 2 years and wait.
As the weekend gives it’s last gasp, it is time for me to create my intentions for the coming week. As SH and I just had a conversation about our finances, a few of the priorities have changed since I wrote out my list this morning during my morning pages meanderings, and that’s OK. That frees me up to focus on other things. Like the following:
- Jobs on the Coast (please, Universe. I’ve been asking for months and I’m running out of time. I’m beyond ready to be home on a full-time basis)
- Photography. I have a shot goal this week, and I want to do some work on my editing flow.
- Writing. There are a few ideas floating around in my head about some more long-range writing.
- Connections. I need to work on responding to folks and making those connections to other writers and photographers.
- Wellness. Eating at home, walking – all those things. We need to continue.
It doesn’t seem like a lot, but I know that by the time I add in everything that else that will consume my time during this week, those five things will be more than enough.
How was your weekend? What were you up to? And what are your intentions for the coming week? Let me know in the comments!