By: Revanche

In pursuit of R&R

April 25, 2010

It’s meant to be my supremely lazy Sunday by which the following are banned from my list of Things To Do: no cooking, cleaning, laundry or other chores. 

Instead, SO kindly scribed the following stress-free suggestions for consideration:
– Buy a cardigan for the office; these bones would greatly appreciate extra warmth, p’rhaps a parka? 
– Go out for brunch; there are a few folks about the area I coulda shoulda called up
– Massage; medical necessity, actually
– Reconnoiter the local garage sales on Craigslist
– Check out the Martin and Osa sales online
– Use the BOGO coupon at Jamba Juice

It’s a cute idea, but right now my idea of destressing actually includes: not spending money, not leaving the apartment, and catching up on work.  Taking out all the housework is splendid though I will pay for it later. 

It seems nonsensical, but hear me out. At least one-third of my stress is powered up by the knowledge that I have a million things to do and bills to pay. The balancing act of living frugally and earning “enough” is precarious and altogether draining.  As it is, just not pre-cooking for the week would have me in knots if I weren’t at least well ahead of the game on one freelance project after logging hours yesterday evening.

Thanks in no small part to rising early (another abnormality when I’ve got any choice about it), today has been both semi-productive yet restful.  There’s a banana nut cake with extra walnuts cooling on the stove, some leftover Indian food warming in the oven, and not an unmanageable amount of work slated for today.

I haven’t watched any TV yet (Serenity! Battlestar Galactica! Dr. Who! White Collar! Bones!) this weekend, but if I wrap up at least another project by mid-afternoon, I could still squeeze in a geekfest.  After I defrost the chicken, that is.  A girl has got to eat something, sometime this week.

Bonus Question: should I trek out for this week’s coupons and a few bags of Trader Joe’s pretzels for work? I need carbs to get through the day. 

7 Responses to “In pursuit of R&R”

  1. Karen says:

    Trek out only if you feel like it. Otherwise, get the carbs tomorrow.

  2. I’m really glad you got some rest — it’s been a busy and stressful time for you!

    I sort of love getting up early on the weekends — it makes them seem long.

    Hope monday treats you well!

  3. Serendipity says:

    Yes on the trader joe pretzels nay on the coupons. I haven’t been seeing anything good lately it seems. 😛

  4. Sense says:

    I love those kind of productive but lazy days…it always feels extra productive because you don’t HAVE to do anything, but you choose to.

  5. Shelley says:

    Puttering (or if British, ‘pottering’) can be very restful at the same time as being productive. In Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he includes ‘sharpening the saw’. Resting is part of taking care of yourself. I have sometimes set a time and done housework for 30 minutes; read a book for 30 minutes; housework, read, etc. It’s a possible compromise if things are worrying you.

  6. I’m glad you scaled back a little. I hope this coming week is much better than the last for you! Good thoughts your way…

  7. Revanche says:

    Thanks everyone! Last weekend was divine.

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