I took Friday off from life.
Well, not entirely. I fed the pets. But for about 10 hours, I sat and did nothing. It was perfect. Since I’ve been wound a little more tightly than usual of late, I realized that I needed to chill out for a bit. The revelation came to me when I wanted to throw my Husband out of the window. He’s been on my nerves a little, but that’s a whole other blog….come back tomorrow if you want to see that post.
Friday was the perfect day to step back from life. Daughter had plans to go black Friday shopping with her friends, and was leaving the house at 9am. Husband was leaving the house at 1 to go to a bar and watch college football (?- I think it was college- honestly I didn’t care- I knew it would occupy his time and get him out of the house-)
And what did I do in that time?
I made a lot of tea- English Breakfast.
I read at least one issue of Real Simple.
I read at least one issue of Good Housekeeping.
I played Sudoku.
I watched a Garage Sale mystery I had on DVR.
I watched a mystery on Hallmark with Kellie Martin (also taped even though I do not remember the name of the series. The name doesn’t matter- someone dies, a plucky heroine solves the crime. I don’t need anything more)
I received my stitch fix box and tried on everything (OK- this was a winner again- I think the stylist reads my mind- long comfy cardigan, gorgeous booties, the best leggings ever, a shimmery pale pink shirt (which is not my style on the shimmery, but fits well and is just festive enough for the holiday season) and a black faux suede dress. on a side note- I already wore three of the new items over the weekend. Seriously love the concept.
I put moisturizer on my feet, wrapped them in thick socks and used my foot massager.
I added full calorie preserves to my greek yogurt.
I took a nap.
I didn’t cross anything off the to do list. Not a thing. I felt like a rebel. I had no cause. I just needed to not be productive for a little while.
And it worked. It only took a few hours, but I felt so much better. When my daughter got home, I actually helped her clean her closet. I cleaned my closet. I got rid of clothing that I did bot love- I was able to have a Marie Kondo moment. (Seriously- did you really think I could go a whole entire day without thinking about organizing something?) But it didn’t feel like a chore- it felt like something I needed to do to make my life run more smoothly.
So what am I saying?
I’m saying that sometimes we need a vacation from our life. Sometimes we need to shut off the power switch and reboot. A few months ago, my amazing friend Jay wrote about the word automaton, about how he sometimes wonders if he is one. Well, there’s a reason why Jay and I bonded- I feel like that sometimes too. And there is no better way to fix an operating system than by shutting it down, letting the motors cool off, and then turning it back on again.
People mock the concept by now. There is a standard IT joke about it. But, you can’t knock what works.
So now I’m back, and ready to dive right into the holiday season, which officially started when Santa closed out the Thanksgiving Day parade. Our decorations will go up this coming weekend. Gifts have begun to be purchased. More words will be added to the novel (said without quotes this time- yay me). And hopefully I’ll be a little bit calmer….well, calmer for me anyway…..