I’m writing this on Sunday night after a fairly full weekend. While Friday evening was relatively low-key, Saturday and Sunday were not. We drove to Jim Thorpe, PA and rented bikes, then took a shuttle up to the Lehigh Gorge State Park, and biked back to town. It’s about 15 miles, which isn’t far as an adult on a bike by yourself, but it was fairly lengthy with two small kids behind me in a buggy (my husband had our 5-year-old on a tag-along bike behind his). We then drove up to a campground where I’d made a reservation for a cabin. The kids played mini-golf, and in the morning, we found a diner in Honesdale, PA that had model trains circling around on the ceiling. We went for a hike along the D&H Canal, saw a beautiful gorge along the NY State/PA border, and then drove home.
There were highlights, like tucking into our diner pancakes as the kids shrieked with joy over the model trains, and walking around Jim Thorpe, which is such a cute town (I’m thinking I’ll set my novel in a fictional version of the place). There were also low moments, as there always are with little kids. It was hard to get everyone to sleep in the “cabin,” which was really more of a trailer, and our sleep was interrupted enough that we’re tired today. We got caught in traffic right at the end of the long drive home, and everyone was pretty crabby for big chunks of the evening, even though we did manage to enjoy grilling burgers and corn. That corn on the cob was probably the best ear I’ve had in years. And our first tomatoes are ripe!
It was not exactly a relaxing weekend. But here’s the paradox of weekends: because we work so hard all week, and spend a lot of time running around, we think we want to “do nothing” on weekends. So we don’t make plans. But what that winds up looking like is a lot of chores and errands and puttering around the house, dealing with whiny children who just want to watch TV, deciding to do something, but because it’s last minute you’re throwing it together, and doing whatever’s easiest, instead of what you really want to do. When are you going to do all those fun things you intend to do someday? Just on your vacations? We get 60 hours between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. There’s time in there to pluck plenty of items off your List of 100 (or 1000) Dreams. Doing things that you’ve long wanted to do is energizing in its own right. Just because a weekend isn’t relaxing doesn’t mean it isn’t rejuvenating. I feel like I’ve “recreated” more having spent my time in the hills than I would have sitting at home.
There are plenty of things we didn’t get done this weekend. There’s laundry to do. The kids’ stuff isn’t pulled together for day camp tomorrow. We’re short on baby food. But I know that have-to-dos have a way of filling the time that’s available for them. Allot less time and they take less time. Or they prove not to be as urgent as we think. We can make it a few more days.
Did you do anything rejuvenating this weekend?
In other news: Thanks so much to everyone who purchased the audio book of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. The book hit #1 in business audio books at iTunes, and hit #2 overall. Just behind 50 Shades of Grey!
Photo of downtown Jim Thorpe courtesy flickr user berriehol