My husband left this morning for Fresno, California to rescue his mother, Mary, from the 102° heat and bring her home tomorrow to spend the week with us. Our weather is an absolutely perfect 73°. So, despite the fact that my mother in law’s knee is acting its age (88 years old), she is sure to enjoy simply sitting in our garden.
Just in case you didn’t get it: I’m saying I’VE HAD THE WHOLE DAY TO MYSELF! I’ve had the entire house to myself. (Kinda, you’re never really alone when you have three dachshunds!) There was nothing on the calendar…nothing at all! Today was a rest day for me as I torched 800 calories in an hour yesterday at the gym. Then I ran errands and made my list for today. I was looking forward to getting a lot done before Mary’s arrival. This is what I planned to do:
- Catch up on the laundry
- Clean out the hall closet
- Begin writing, if not the great American novel, a really lengthy, profound blog post
- Clean out my email inbox and my overflowing magazine basket
- And, finally, well, lots more cleaning and tidying…my mother in law is a very neat person; I am not.
But, you know, sometimes life just does not go as planned. After, strongly encouraging my husband to get an early start this morning, I fell into a leisurely, impromptu rhythm. Here’s what I did:
- Made another pot of coffee
- Poured a cup and sipped it in the sun
- Caught up with a dear friend via email… we’re both writers who don’t love telephone conversation
- Made a quick lunch and settled in to watch the Giants game
- Heated up leftovers for my dinner and fed the dogs
- Read the N.Y. Times
- Called my husband to say “good-night” and tell him that I missed him
Sometimes the best days are the ones you don’t plan. However, tomorrow I do have plans! I’ll be up very early to begin working on that list!
When was the last time you had a day to yourself? What did you do?
P.S. I’d recommend viewing the shirt ripping for yourself.