I realize that normally the weekend unwind goes up on a Sunday night, but here in the United States, we had a 3-day weekend, which means that the weekend ends tonight. It’s always a good weekend – always – but with an extra day in the mix – it’s even better.
My Sweet Husband surprised me Thursday night by coming up to Hattiesburg Thursday night. Because the rain was coming in, he was having a gout flare-up. He was off Friday while I had to to work, but i got to sleep next to my puppies and my SH for an extra night, which made it all so very good.
This weekend marked the beginning of the college football season, which meant that SH, his daddy, and I along with friends of ours made the pilgrimage to God’s Country (Starkville, MS for those who are uninitiated) for the Mississippi State/University of Southern Mississippi football game. Now, both SH and I are USM graduates, while his daddy, momma, and brother are MSU graduates. SH could have gone to State, but he decided to go to USM because it was cheaper. He’s a bulldawg at heart, though, and me…well…I come from a place where college football isn’t as intense of a thing as it is out here, so I can be happy going for State.
The weather for tailgating was horrible. Horrible. We got there and got everything set up in our spot – 2 tents over from the Dawg Walk (where all the players come through on their way into the stadium) just as the rain was starting to fall. Once the rain started, it kept falling. And falling. And falling. Did I mention that the first game was a white-out? Meaning that all State fans were supposed to be wearing a white t-shirt? I had planned to wear my rain boots but because SH left early, I didn’t have a chance to remind him to bring them for me. Instead, I was in flip flops, and I’m not sure my feet are ever going to be dry ever again. We had the forethought to bring a tarp with us to put down on the ground so we weren’t standing in mud – just water. We made it to the mud when we had to leave the tent for things like the bathroom or to go to the stadium.
College football really is an incredible thing. Even though I had to sit by myself and had a small slip up with profanity with a tiny State cheerleader sitting next to me. Once we got into the stadium, the rain went away.
State went on to win the game 49-0, and a good time was had by all…until we had to carry all of our stuff from the tailgate spot to the truck. I gotta say – carting a chair, a stadium seat, a bag, and two coolers – that half mile walk was hell. HELL. SH’s daddy has said he’s picking up a cart from Harbor Freight for his band equipment so next time, we can use that for the tailgate gear. I’m for it because if that’s what we have to go through next time – there won’t be a tailgate at the Junction next time.
I had intended to take my Big Girl Camera with me and take a ton of pictures, but due to the rain, I elected to leave the BGC at home rather than risk catastrophic damage to it. Instead I took a ton of pictures with my iPhone 5S, which will make an appearance on the blog either Wednesday or Friday, so be looking for those. We really did have a great time – in spite of the rain…and the walk back to the truck…and the drive home that seemed to last forever and that SH essentially had to do by himself because all of the rest of us were snoozing. When I realized that everyone was asleep, I made the effort to try to stay awake for the last hour of the trip, although it was a mighty struggle. SH struggles with being awake while driving anyway, so I can’t imagine how hard it was for him.
Yesterday was a rest day for us. Literally. We got home to the Coast around 1:30, and we promptly took ourselves off to bed. I think we slept until about 5:00…and then were up until 3:30 in the morning. Not sure at all what that was about, but whatever. Something bit me again on the front porch…I don’t know what it was, but it happened while I was watering the plants. Again. My left wrist is incredibly swollen. I’m hoping that the antibiotics that have been coursing through my body for less than a week will take care of whatever the problem is this time. I really don’t have another $300 to spend at the doctor’s office on this kind of crap (yes, it’s time for our pest service, and yes, we will be asking them to spray outside because this is ridiculous).
Today SH made his way to friends’ to celebrate the holiday with many of our other friends and family while I elected to stay home. I would have loved to have gone with him and enjoyed time with our friends, but I just had too much to get done here at the house. I spent the morning cleaning the bathroom, living room, bedroom, and office. I feel much better about the state of things, although I did have the kitchen and laundry room on my list but they didn’t get touched. SH will just have to take care of those sometime this week. As well as mopping. I didn’t get to the mopping. But everything has been dusted and cleaned and things have been put away. Almost all the laundry has been done, although there’s still probably three loads of linens to be done.
One of the very difficult issues that comes from working out of town during the week is that all of those things you would normally do in a few minutes in the afternoon or evening get pushed to the weekend…taking up precious time that could be used elsewhere. I made use of my Pomodo timer and found it very effective at helping to keep me focused and on task. I could see it helping a great deal during he evenings…if I were at home. For instance, it took me about 25 minutes to clean the bathroom, top to bottom. Longer for the bigger rooms because they were much more cluttered and messy, requiring deeper cleaning. But. SH could easily maintain what I’ve done. If I remind him.
I also have done some work on school things I needed to get done, but honestly, not nearly enough. I’m good to go in the morning, though, and I suppose that’s what really, really matters when it’s all said and done.
I created a huge list of things that I needed/wanted to get done today and I probably got through about half of it. That is frustrating to me. I should have done work on Sunday, but to be honest, I was tired and was really just wanting a day to relax. I get the feeling that things are about to get really interesting at work, and I think I needed that time to rest and really do nothing. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Today is a rare day in that it’s the beginning of the week and the beginning of a month, so in addition to my regular weekly intentions, it’s also time to set monthly intentions as well. I think I’m going to go global first with the monthly intentions and then break them down into the weekly intentions because the weekly intentions fit into the monthly ones.
- Remain focused on my five goals: C25K training, weight loss, reading, photography, and teaching myself Lightroom 5 (my students and I have been working on goal-setting. Because I asked them to set goals, I set goals. I can’t have them working on their goals and not be working on mine)
- Participate fully in Clever Cookie School of Blog.
- Work during the week so my weekends are more enjoyable (lesson plans done by Friday, all grading done during the week, etc)
- Complete two home projects (pillows for the front porch and the Saints lighthouse)
- Plan SH’s birthday party
- Participate in a Mississippi Gulf Coast Photography Club group photo shoot/outing
- Keep the house clean
- Gain new followers on IG, Facebook, Twitter, and the blog
- Order my business cards
- Deepen my meditation practice
With those over-arching intentions in mind for the month, the weekly intentions almost write themselves.
- Complete Week 2 of C25K. This is going to be harder than it sounds. I didn’t run last week because of the spider bite on my ass, and the week is already contracting. We’re talking about me coming home one night this week, which means that I’m going to have to use my time very, very wisely
- Eat a healthful lunch & breakfast each day (which means taking my lunch and breakfast…not buying it)
- Write every day
- Blog every day
- Read for 20 minutes each day (the Nook is charged and ready to roll)
- Take a photo for Fat Mum Slim every day (I haven’t ever completed this, but I hope this month is different. Several Clever Cookie classmates are also working on it and hoping to make it through this month)
- Mail out the pressies that have been hanging around the house for way too long
- Comment on 2 blogs/day
- Do our Love Languages Devotional with SH each day. Being apart is always a hard adjustment. We’re working on making it smoother. I think getting back to our devotional will help.
It’s a lot, isn’t it? I knew it would be, but I’m feeling good about where I’m heading. I’m optimistic about the future, and I get the feeling this month is going to be a good one.
How was your weekend? Tell me all about it in the comments!