Some call it laziness, others call it relaxing, I call it an exercise in non-productivity. Actually, my weekend wasn’t completely un-productive…I did a deep cleaning of our great room, cooked lots and crafted many cards…but I also watched the stars, watched TV, watched the back of my eyelids and even spent most of Saturday in bed.
The dictionary lists one of the definitions for non-productivity as the following:
not worthwhile or beneficial; not leading to practical or beneficial results (www.dictionary.com)
I have to strongly disagree. I’m not personally in favor of loafing around all the time and living a lifestyle of sheer laziness (may work for some, but I’m not hard-wired to operate like this), but I think spending some time each week, even each day doing something non-productive is quite healthy and beneficial.
We get so caught up with moving at lightening speed, priding ourselves on how much we’ve accomplished and how well our multi-tasking skills are, but the mind and body needs a break and many would argue that doing so allows you to keep up with the “rat race” that our busy lives have become accustomed to. Even “well-oiled” machines need maintenance and down-time to ensure optimal operation. Rest is good for the body, rest is good for the soul. And not following by anyone else’s rules but your own is empowering.
Here’s a rundown on what my schedule has been so far on this lovely 3-day weekend:
- Wake up around 8am to let dogs out; David arrives shortly after from work with a pumpkin latte in hand (oh-yeah, it’s that time of year!)
- Realize that I had the door to the deck open all night for Sierra to go in/out, so now it is *really* cold in the house, (59 degrees!) and the heat kicks on (oops); quickly lower thermostat, shut doors and don flannel PJs and warm slippers
- Make toast with the homemade bread I made earlier this week (yum!) and get back into bed to watch some of the shows I DVR’d while on travel
- David, having just come home from work, falls asleep relatively quickly and I end up turning off the TV shortly after in lieu of Pandora radio (see previous post); my bread and latte is replaced with cheese and wine around noon…life is good
- Spend the entire afternoon reading others blogs, checking facebook and email, connecting with family/friends, and just reading…this is bliss, I think to myself!
- A bit after 4pm, David awakes and we both feel hunger setting in; we start the grill
- I turn Pandora to the Ray Charles station and dance in the kitchen while preparing food; David spends an hour grilling food over our little hardwood smoking grill; this is the slow food way and we think it tastes better; this also gives David the time to play fetch with the dogs and watch the deer chomping on the overgrowth in our yard
- We engorge on our dinner of chipotle/lime chicken, grilled corn on the cob, potatoes/onion cooked in aluminum pouches on the grill and tomato/cucumber salad, followed by grilled pineapple (these alone were worth the wait!)
- We catch up on more taped shows while I make my handmade/recycled greeting cards
- At 10pm, we inflate the air mattress, throw it on the deck with a ton of blankets; watch the stars and try to fall asleep to the sound of nearby coyotes howling; unfortunately the cold was just too cold and Zoe felt compelled to “stand guard” – (she’s usually an under the covers kind of dog) and barked at every little sound, so we retreat to our warm bed at midnight
- Make a big Sunday breakfast of turkey sausage, homemade breakfast potatoes and eggs complete with more homemade toast and homemade strawberry jam (can you tell I love to cook/bake?)
- Follow our Sunday morning ritual of watching “CBS Sunday Morning” while chowing on breakfast
- Do a Zen-like cleaning the likes of a Spring cleaning session in our great room (living room/dining room/kitchen); most people, David included, hate doing this but when I’m not pressured to do it and can do it at my own pace with music I like, I find this absolutely cathartic…I know, I’m weird
- Lunch on tuna pasta salad I made the day before while David was grilling
- Spend the afternoon watching taped episodes of one of our favorite TV series while I do more crafting
- Indulge in fajitas and more TV for dinner
- Reading, blogging and curling up on couch with a nice hot cup of my favorite coffee
Here are the dog’s versions of non-productivity this weekend:
Tomorrow is looking like:
- harvesting what little Lavender I was able to grow this year (due to lack of attention from all my travel this summer) and will divide it 3 ways: for sachets, for cooking, for use in my body care products
- more reading/relaxing
- maybe some staining on the house if the weather cooperates
- closing the evening with a fire in the grill, toasting marshmallows and enjoying the warmth and mesmerizing flames
That just about sums up the perfect long weekend in my book! What does your perfect weekend look like? Tell me about it!