I have been lazy beyond words this weekend. There were a ton of things that I had planned to do – a to-do list a mile long. And other than getting things done for Sweet Husband’s birthday, I really got nothing done. I forget that the body often knows best, and when mine says that it is time for a rest, that a weekend unwind truly needs to happen, then that’s what I need to do. So, for the most part I did.
There was a lot of alcohol consumed this weekend. Perhaps because it was Sweet Husband’s 32nd birthday Saturday. He’s such a young puppy still! I got to leave work on time Friday, but I didn’t actually get to meet him at El Agave for $0.99 margaritas until after 5:00 because I had to make a stop by the stores to get the things he requested for his birthday dinner. He’s actually a pretty simple man and wanted steak and twice-baked potatoes for his birthday dinner. Fortunately, The Lil Butcher Shoppe in Hattiesburg has just what he likes. Unfortunately, by the time I’d made it to him Friday night, there were too many margaritas and too many baskets of chips and salsa in his belly to want the dinner I bought. I didn’t argue because I didn’t much feel like cooking Friday night anyway.
On SH’s actual birthday, I spent the morning in Honey Island Swamp while he headed off to Baton Rouge with his daddy for the Mississippi State – LSU football game. Now, Mississippi State hadn’t won against LSU in 14 years. That’s a long time to go without a victory, and SH said that if they lost in Death Valley on Saturday, he wasn’t ever going to return to Death Valley for a game again. it was a good thing they won! It was a huge upset victory for the Dawgs, and that meant that my Bulldawg had the best birthday ever.
As I said, while the boys were in Baton Rouge, I was in Honey Island Swamp on a swamp tour with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Photography Club. I’ve wanted to do a swamp tour for a really, really long time, but we’ve just never gotten around to it. When I originally talked to SH about this particular tour, happening on his birthday, he and his daddy were going to be leaving for the ball game before I would be leaving for the tour. Then they changed the time of the game, and I wound up not seeing SH on his birthday at all. He truly is the sweetest!
I’m not sure exactly what I expected from the swamp tour, but I had hoped to see a bunch more wild life than I did. We saw two alligators, a snake, and two raccoons. That was a little on the disappointing side. However, the beauty of the swamp never disappoints. I was reminded of the first time that I spent in the swamp – a trip by myself through South Carolina, which included canoeing through the swamp. Solo. I was struck then by the beauty, and I continue to be struck by the beauty of such wild and untamed places.
In the space of 2 hours, I took over 300 photos. I’ve only just now begun to start editing them, so look for them later in the week for a Wordless Wednesday and a Photo Friday post!
I had a ton of plans for my Saturday by myself. Many, many things that I needed to get done. Like my grades. Because I think that pretty soon here I will be transitioning to teaching math. Like cleaning the house. Like finishing up a few projects. Like getting caught up on Clever Cookie School of Blog homework and lessons. But I did none of that, really. I took a nice long nap and then I watched an Outlander marathon on Starz. (Have you seen Outlander? I’ve waited 20 years for this series. It. Is. So. Good.) In there somewhere I made the things that SH said he wanted – veggie squares, a cheese ball, a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. But nothing more than that.
The weekend wound up with an excellent sports day in the Allen household. Sweet Husband’s football team won, my football team won, and our baseball team won. I cooked tritip for SH because he said that’s what he wanted for his birthday and then last night we got around to eating the steaks and twice cooked potatoes from Friday. it was all so very good.
I know that my inner introvert had been needing a little TLC, and I think that’s what my weekend was all about: giving myself the freedom to rest and do nothing. Even though there was a lot of something that needed to be done. I even crawled into bed early last night (which is why this is getting published today rather than yesterday). I was just tired. I’m still exhausted, truth be told. I’m looking forward to a little nap this afternoon so I can get myself up and get to work on this week’s intentions.
Speaking of which –
This Week’s Intentions
- Get caught up on my grading (6 students a night should be manageable)
- Consistently use MyFitnessPall (I’m fuzzis – add me if you’d like)
- Revisit the goals I set a month ago – figure out which ones are working for me and which ones need revision (practically all of them)
- Get caught up on Clever Cookie work
- Walk for at least half an hour every afternoon
Some Posts You May Have Missed This Week:
- Wordless Wednesday – The Beach
- Photo Friday – Return to Muddy Boots Ranch
- Weekly Retreats Link Round-Up
How was your weekend? What was the best part of it? Let me know in the comments!