When I think about a weekend unwind, I think of needing to exhale – to step back and take a moment before plunging into the week to come. A moment to think and pause, to process and analyze, to make ready for what is to come. I like to stop on Sunday nights and reflect on the weekend, evaluating it, determining in the lows were as low, the highs as high. As I think about this past weekend, one that started poorly and ended abruptly, there is much goodness to think about.
A storm blew in Thursday night and stayed through Friday. I have said many times that my head is more accurate than the Weather Channel. I know a lot of people get terrible headaches when there is a change in atmospheric pressure. If I’m not careful, I wind up with a headache as well. But usually, when there is a great swing in weather- what with the storm that just blew through the Gulf Coast and is making its way up the East coast – I am guaranteed to have a bad spell. I could feel it coming in Thursday. A few shaky moments, a few interruptions of thought. The worse the weather, the worse the episode usually.
I hate to take the medication I have available; sometimes the medicine is worse than the symptoms. I hate the drug hang-over that I get. But I know when I need to break down and bite the bullet.
I didn’t go to work Friday. I had planned to get up and do some of the work that I needed to get done, but before he left for his day, Sweet Husband told me that it was raining, I should enjoy my sleep. So I did.
I slept until almost 11:30. I cannot even begin to tell you what that is like. I never – and I do mean NEVER sleep like that. I guess I must have needed it.
And when SH got home a little after three, I was just finishing my coffee. None of my work had been done, although I did get the laundry done.
Because I didn’t do work Friday during the day like I needed to, I was up until almost 5:00…doing work and crocheting. When I say crocheting – I do mean crocheting. I finished my Outlander inspired cowl. And then I crocheted four other scarves -quick, ruffly things that I will now endeavor to wear. Because I made them. Although I always feel more than a little silly when I wear scarves. Like what am I supposed to be doing with this thing? It’s not necessarily *cold* outside so why in god’s name do I have this thing around my neck? (Please be reminded that I had been sick. And when this picture was taken, it was probably 4:00 in the morning. Don’t judge me)
And then I slept for quite awhile Saturday morning as well, which had SH all in a tizzy. Saturday was Top of the Hops – an event that we’ve now been to 5 times, 4 here on the Coast. Tickets to TotH were SH’s Christmas present, and he really did treat the whole thing like it was Christmas all over again. He went to bed early Friday night so Saturday would arrive sooner, and all day Saturday he was almost unbearable. Although we had VIP tickets, allowing us to enter the venue and start tasting an hour early, we arrived 45 minutes before that time, making us first in line. If that gives you any indication of how excited SH was.
In years past, SH’s mission for TotH was to taste as many beers as possible. A couple of years ago, he managed to taste 156 beers, and last year…well, last year being the first year that high gravity beers were available in the state, was a rough night. This year, I had a Designated Driver ticket, although I did try a few beers (particularly the Shock Top shots – don’t knock them until you’ve tried them. So much yum in tiny blue plastic cups). We enjoyed ourselves. Met up with friends and spent a lot of the better part of five hours laughing.
It was an early night for both of us, although much earlier for SH. We were home by 10:00, and I think he was in bed by 10:45. He and the Cobbler doggie slept in the spare room because we didn’t want a repeat of last year’s incident. I was up until about 2:00, which while it doesn’t seem like it’s all that early, it is a very early weekend night for me.
I was up until 2:00 because I was figuring out to start a new crochet project. It’s supposed to be a shawl, but I don’t know if I’ll actually make it a shawl. I probably will. I was frustrated by the pattern I was looking at. I couldn’t figure it out the first time I worked on the shawl. However, Saturday night I decided to do some googling, and I found several explanations of the things I was struggling to understand. I am so excited about how this thing is going to turn out!
Sunday was a very, very lazy day…so lazy that I almost forgot that I had to leave home around 5:00 and head to Meridian for three days of PD. I’ve gotten used to being at home – to taking my time and enjoying my time at home with SH and the puppies. I totally wasn’t prepared to leave, and since I hadn’t prepared SH, he wasn’t ready either.
Now that I’m here, though, I intend to make the most of it. Because my 52 Weeks Project is “See Mississippi,” I’m going to be scouting out locations for photos. I shot some locations here back in October, but there was a computer crash, and I lost some originals. I’ve got some tips on other places to shoot, though, so I’m excited about that! Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t think I’m all that excited about the training I will be engaged in for the next 3 days.
We are now at the point in the game that we play where I take a look at my plan for the week. I always write my intentions in my morning pages on Sundays, and this morning I spent a whole lot of time thinking about what I want and how to get there. I spent a lot of time thinking about my blog and what to do with it, or rather what I need to do with it. Those aren’t things for me to write here because they are more than a weekly intention. They are about a longer-term project, and that is just fine.
After I got through that thinking, the intentions for the rest of this week started falling into place.
- Complete training
- Complete observations
- Talk to potential references
- Update resume
- Print off applications
- Write to Legislators (but not on my work computer)
- Finish reading book
- Complete Mondo Beyondo list
- Practice self-care
- Send some lumpy mail out into the world
- Crochet baby blanket for Alexis
- Prep editorial calendar for February
- Look for or create a Photo Friday link-up
- Finish Rich Hill post
- Draft Mississippi CCSS post
- Take photos for See Mississippi series
I think that’s about it for our weekend. How was your weekend? What do you have in mind for the last week of January? (Oh. Em. Gee. It’s the last week of January. 2015 is 1/12th over. Ugh)