Today is rainy. It’s going to rain all weekend around here. This always complicates the weekend schedule because any outdoor sporting activities might get canceled.
In theory, open weekend time is relaxing, but this is only true if you don’t have toddlers. In this week’s Medium column, I talk about “How Parents Can Still Relax On Weekends.” The key in two-parent families, with a hat tip to past podcast guest Molly Beck who suggested this, is to explicitly divvy up the hours. Even if you are hanging out as a family, say which parent is in charge when. This allows both of you to relax for at least some amount of time.
(And of course not all families can do this, but if you’re on your own, figuring out a swap with a neighbor/relative/friend might achieve some of the same goal.)
My husband and I did this last weekend and I thought it went reasonably well. I liked knowing I would get a few hours on Saturday afternoon to do my own thing without feeling like I had to ask, or feign an errand to get away (my husband feigns yard work), or anything like that.
It is Mother’s Day on Sunday. This is my annual PSA that if you expect to be brought breakfast in bed, tell the folks doing this that you would appreciate the coffee be brought to you as a first course. Then they can take as long as they want doing whatever it is they are doing in the kitchen.
This will not happen for me as I have to be out the door on time on Sunday morning for choir rehearsal. I have asked for a hammock as a present. We shall see if this is remembered. My husband did send me roses on behalf of the kids, which was nice.
The next Best of Both Worlds Patreon meet-up is going to be May 26th at noon. We’ll be talking all things summer reading. So if you’ve been thinking about joining, please be sure to do so before then!
I’ve recently found out I will be in Las Vegas for several days in late June. If anyone has recommendations for night-time activities post conference stuff (the S&P 500 is the extent of my gambling…) I welcome them! It is a Monday and Tuesday night so unfortunately a lot of the major concert/residency events don’t play then. What have you done while attending a conference?
Photo: Wisteria from a recent trip to Chanticleer garden — my “little adventure” for the week