A few years ago, I asked a neighbor who had just returned from a cruise if she had a good time. She responded that she had, but it “was really just some expensive sleep”. I thought about that comment as I recently compared Spring Break with fellow teachers. A few lucky ones did get away for the week or a few days; the majority of us, however, mentioned getting tires rotated, gardens started, a root canal, or caught up with grading. My personal Spring Break included taking rugs to be cleaned, dealing with hot-water heater repair, and visiting the Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility (I know you’re jealous) among other chores.
I thought about the concept of “expensive sleep” again on this morning as I was pulling weeds while my husband cleaned the aquarium. It’s 11 am, Saturday as I write and we’ve already applied some paint stripper to the baseboards and window trim in our back room, planned next week’s menu, and gone to the farmer’s market—all after enjoying a (fantastic) homemade breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen. The plan for the rest of the day doesn’t look too different from the morning: vacuuming upstairs and downstairs, pruning some plants, and a little bit of school work. I will say that we slept in a little bit– (6:30 am instead of 6). Tomorrow’s list includes grocery shopping, laundry, and meal prep. Just another restful weekend.
I don’t know when life became like this. Weekends feel like home maintenance and prep for the work week (fortunately, they usually include nice happy hours and great dinners), but I must admit that having my clothes and our meals ready to go before Monday morning makes the week easier. We’ll just have to get away soon for some actual rest.