This past weekend was what I think weekends were invented for. There were pj's until noon, coffee with (sugar free) peppermint mocha creamer and a roasted broccoli frittata with pancakes on the side, Hallmark movies, laundry, house cleaning, a little shopping and a whole lot of cooking.
It was EXACTLY what God meant when he created the sabbath and bonus; we got two whole days of it.
I feel rested...and rested is a really good way to feel.
Friday night found that guy that I like so much and I without any sort of parental responsibilities...well, we handed a boy $20 and told him to have fun, which is how we ended up with no parental responsibilities on a Friday night.
And no, he didn't deserve it. He didn't work for it. He is just a 16 year old kid who wanted to hang out on a Friday night and I am a 40 somethin' year old mother who wanted to hang out on a Friday night and while we both love spending time together, we both had something else in mind. Well worth the loss of a crisp, fresh from the ATM $20 bill.
So that guy that I like so much and I ventured to Maggiano's and ate a divine meal (veal porterhouse for him, beef medallions for me and BONUS...we brought our own bottle of wine) and then hit up the massive Levi's sale at Sears.
Hooray for date nights.
Saturday involved some garden clean up...both in the small garden and the big garden, which has yet to be planted for Fall. I'm still toying with what to grow but am leaning towards broccoli, cauliflower, and then some sort of lettuces and yeah, I know I'm behind the 8 ball on this one.
That's what Monday's are for.
Saturday night we rolled out some fresh pasta and hung it from wire hangers all around the kitchen to dry a bit before turning it into a rather fabulous béchamel lasagne.
There was music playing, wine was poured, a cat pee'd on Alex's bed and the dog ate a granola bar (in the wrapper) to round out the evening in the most lovely way.
That pasta though?
In the end we all gathered around our table and devoured this pan of deliciousness. I've never met a lasagne I haven't liked and it's got to be one of my very favorite foods...one I could eat day in and day out.
I'm ready for the week to begin. There is all the regular stuff to be done but somehow, after a true sabbath, the stuff doesn't feel overwhelming or are like it's a burden. My goal this week is to find joy. To spread joy. To radiate joy. It's been so easy to radiate frustration...at things and at people and I just don't like the way it makes me feel.
So joy it is.
And yes, there will be Christmas music happening, too. I normally do a self imposed 'wait until after Thanksgiving' ban on Christmas music but I'm jumping off the wagon and diving in. I just love it so much and it feels right to turn it on early this year. And nope..haven't started my shopping yet either. Big kids are easier to shop for (cash brings more joy than anything else...) so this year is actually a bit easier than ever. So far.
I'll worry about that later.