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Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend Manifesto: Do Nothing! Go Nowhere!

Though we are advocates of simple living, somehow the Hayleys find ourselves leading very busy lives. Since May 24th, we've been on vacation, on retreat, at weddings, on the road. Different beds, unhappy cats, chores fit in here and there during the week. We were depleted. 

This weekend, we vowed, it would be different. This weekend would focus on rest. Our manifesto? Do Nothing! Go Nowhere!

The manifesto was repeated much like this throughout last week:

Me: Hey, Kelly. What are we doing this weekend?
Kelly: Nothing!

Kelly: Hey, Shannah! Where are we going this weekend?
Me: Nowhere!

Ah, rest. It's important. We all need it, just to focus on the tasks of the home, being in a normal routine, relaxing the body, petting the kitties (Bridget and Ben think that should be listed first). God knew what He was doing when He rested on the seventh day. I don't think He could have faced what Adam and Eve had up their sleeves (not technically of course, since this was pre-fig leaves) for the following weeks.

I think we managed to live out our manifesto very well. From Friday evening through Sunday evening, we:
  • Slept in past 6 am for two straight days!
  • Massaged Kelly's very sore arm muscle several times so it would start to heal
  • Took bubble baths - twice!
  • Got caught up on a week's worth of podcasts
  • Finished pulling shows off our DVR onto DVDs.
  • Fixed a curtain that had been pulled a-kilter by cats
  • Updated our finances
  • Went to the gym for a long-ish workout
  • Practiced our short game at the driving range
  • Went to church
  • Ate sushi (and managed to not overeat this time)
  • Did laundry
  • Ironed
  • Watched a Netflix
  • Grocery shopped
  • Saw The Incredible Hulk
  • Read more of Clear and Present Danger together
  • Renamed all of our digital photos that were languishing in "CIMxxx.jpg" land to something that halfway reminds of what the photo shows
  • Did a little scrapbooking (ok, that's my project)
  • Typed some lyrics in the never-ending "Put lyrics into iTunes so Shannah will learn the real words" project (ok, that's Kelly's project)
Everyone has a different definition of what is "rest," so you might think our list a little exhaustive. In any case, the important thing was we felt rested, relaxed and today we are most definitely recharged.

It was so great, if fact, that I think next weekend we'll Do Nothing and Go Nowhere again.

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