I only have a minute.
I must get outside and mow the yard before the thermometer gets to 100. There is only a very small window on Saturday morning in which to do anything outside. The window is defined on the lower end by how rude it is to fire up noisy yard equipment before 9 AM, and on the upper end by just how freaking hot it can get in Texas relatively early in the morning.
That leaves about a two hour “sweet spot” to get things done outside.
After that, all activities will be confined to things that can be done indoors. Like, for example, recovering from mowing the yard in high heat and humidity.
It usually takes a cool shower and several hours of doing nothing to recover from sweating away about 15 to 20 percent of one’s body weight in a two hour span. It is the only time that I actually crave a sports drink. Mere water will not replenish one after such massive loss of moisture.
After recovering, I will confine my activities to indoor ones. These include, but are not limited to:
- Staring at a computer screen for a cumulative eight to ten hours over the course of the weekend, hoping to write something worth reading
- Vacuuming, dusting, doing laundry, etc.
- Leaving the house (reluctantly) to go buy essentials (food, coffee, chocolate, more books to stack onto my already towering stack of unread books, etc)
- Staring at the 1001 projects I have started over the years, but abandoned about 20% into them as my interest and enthusiasm waned. I live under the constant delusion that I will finish them someday. But that part of my brain that I never listen to knows the truth: I will never, ever finish them.
- Futile attempts to declutter my office, my house, and my life (see previous bullet point).
And by the time I have done all of those things, the weekend is over and I am returning to my job on Monday morning.
How will YOU spend YOUR weekend?