I'm gearing up for the launch of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend on December 31. In the meantime, I'm trying to upgrade my weekends, or at least become more mindful of what I do with them. Here are some highlights from the past few days:
I cooked a turkey. I massively overbought for the number of people we had (10 plus a baby) but despite the turkey's size, it came out quite moist and (just as important) on time. I aimed to eat at 5, and we ate at 5. I'm ridiculously proud of this. The prep work and scheduling was possible because my husband drove all 3 kids into NYC to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. While this choice to cook instead of take in the parade slightly contradicts one of my classic posts, Thanksgiving and the new home economics, I did also use the morning to score some me-time: a run, a looong shower, some reading, some Facebook, some brainstorming book ideas.
I went for a brisk run with my little brother. As I noted in the post on the dilemma of plausible goals, I can (and perhaps should) run faster than I do. Running with a faster running partner is one way to make that happen. Running with a buddy is also a great way to practice alignment -- building social time into something you'd do anyway.
I read Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens. Last summer I wrote a post about the Transit of Venus, and how I was a bit miffed not to see it due to cloud cover. But imagine how miffed one would be if the year was 1761, and you'd traveled all the way to Mauritius from Europe via boat to take measurements of the transit, and then were thwarted by cloud cover. I'll be reviewing this book in my monthly newsletter (please see the subscription button at the top of the website).
I also read Vacation at the Volcano, one of the Magic Tree House books, to my sons.
We went to Longwood Gardens to see the Christmas lights and -- key for us -- the Christmas train display. I love the beautiful poinsettia displays and even an agave-themed tree in the desert section of the greenhouse. Of course, going with three small kids means that the walk in the cold around the grounds wasn't particularly relaxing. In fact, there was a ton of whining, but I'm still glad we went. If you rely solely on the experiencing self to make decisions, you'll miss out on things that your remembering self will have wished you'd done.
What were your highlights this weekend? Did you cook a turkey? Have you ever chucked a side dish for being too complicated?
Turkey photo courtesy flickr user ReneS