What Are You Doing This Weekend? 25/31 #sol23

Co-workers who don’t know better ask me this question every week, and my answer is always the same: “As little as possible.”

And I mean it. I take my weekend rest very seriously. I need serious introverting time on the weekends to make up for all the professional extroverting I do during the week.

I do sometimes enjoy an outing to the library or a bookstore. If the weather is nice, I might take a walk. I will certainly hold cats and do some reading and write a letter or two and watch TV (my current show is Call My Agent on Netflix; I love it so much and I only have 2 episodes left!).

This weekend is extra special because today is the first day of spring break. Today is all about decompression, but I have been thinking about how I’d like to spend this precious week.

I’ve decided to do a social media and phone detox because my attention span needs serious rehabilitation. Last night, I slept with my phone in another room for the first time… ever? I’m hoping the urge to scroll Twitter passes within a day or two. It’s mostly my parasocial relationships with Internet cats I will miss anyway.

I’ve got a large stack of books and plan to go the library and bookstore to add to the pile because there is no such thing as too many books.

I might clean off my desk and determine if I’m a puzzle person. I did buy two very cute ones during an after-Christmas sale but haven’t made space or time to put them together. What does one do when one puts together a puzzle? Listen to music? Play a podcast or audiobook? Enjoy the silence? Much as I crave silence, I do notice myself then trying to fill it somehow.

I do have a couple of big work projects to complete, and I will sweeten those upcoming deadlines with trips to the coffee shop with my laptop. Working at a coffee shop is just the kind of outing that qualifies as restful over spring break.

(There are 4 cats in this photo).


Today’s slice was inspired by this post written by Susan Kennedy at Reflections from a Coach.






16 responses to “What Are You Doing This Weekend? 25/31 #sol23”

  1. arjeha Avatar

    When I was working quiet weekends were things I craved. Spring Break – two most welcome words. Enjoy. Too many books? That’s a laugh. There are never too many. Holding a cat or two or three or more is always a great way to decompress.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I had a lovely Toast in my lap all day long–she never gets enough lap time! I am looking forward to stocking up on more books soon–NOT that I need more. But you know how it goes…

  2. Terje Avatar

    You clearly know what you need. This is a good sign of healthy self-care. Enjoy your Spring Break!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It is good to get older and know yourself better–and accept yourself better!

  3. Ramona Avatar

    I sorely miss the Saturdays at Starbuck’s when I used to write my weekly Celebrate post before heading out on my weekend errands. I like how the coffee shop lets you combine work and restful. And now I have a new show to check out. Enjoy every precious moment of your spring break.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I need to make more time for coffee shop writing. It’s one of my favorite things to do and I rarely do it since I moved. (Despite having coffee shops much closer to home!).

  4. Trina Avatar

    I desperately need time to decompress on weekends, too! Enjoy your spring break! We have one more week to go!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh Trina, still another week?! The good news, of course, is that the end of the year will be that much closer when you’re back from spring break. But it does seem hard to have to get through one more week first!

      1. Trina Avatar

        It is only Tuesday and it is already a long, long week!!

  5. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Your upcoming break sounds lovely. I hope you have lots of down time and the Twitter urge passes without a hitch.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      So far, so good! I did long to see what Mr. Fishtopher was up to yesterday, but I refrained!! Lots of down time is exactly what I’m hoping for.

  6. aggiekesler Avatar

    I totally get you on the need for weekend downtime. I can’t function the next week if I don’t take time to rest. I’m not sure how I did it in my younger years…always on the go all weekend. Not anymore! One or two things is all I can manage.

    “What does one do when one puts together a puzzle? Listen to music? Play a podcast or audiobook? Enjoy the silence?” As a puzzler myself, I suggest music, an audiobook, or even a TV show you don’t need to watch, such as re-runs of Friends that you’ve seen 10,000 times before. Enjoy!!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Same–how did we ever stay so busy? I am not sure if I’ve changed as I’ve gotten older or if I just didn’t understand my own needs when I was younger! I love the idea of putting a TV show on in the background–something I can enjoy listening to without needing to watch. Friends is a great example.

      1. aggiekesler Avatar

        I’m not sure about this answer either…

  7. Amanda Regan Avatar

    “I need serious introverting time on the weekends to make up for all the professional extroverting I do during the week.” Amen! When I switched to middle school from elementary last year, this became even more necessary for me.

    It sounds like you have a wonderful spring break planned. I especially like your idea of a social media detox! Enjoy your week! (By the way, it took a minute, but I did find the fourth cat!)

  8. natashadomina Avatar

    I love this line: “I take my weekend rest very seriously.” The activities you describe sound so lovely! It makes me think that I need to be more serious about my resting. 🙂 I love, too, how you said you’re thinking about using this week to determine if you’re a puzzle person. I’ve found that puzzles are a fun activity to do with others–to give my hands something to do while hanging out chatting. I also like listening to podcasts while working on puzzles by myself. Hope you have a good week of break!

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