Weekend Balance

Hi! How was your weekend?

Mine was great, but now as I write this in the late afternoon on Sunday, I’m starting to feel the weight of all of the things that I did NOT accomplish over the past two days. It always feels like I spend my weekends scurrying about, doing this and that, but not really getting the most out of our break from the work and school week.

At least this weekend was pretty good for doing some things that I really enjoy. Friday night we all went to Marshall’s where Tony and I and got our workouts on and the girls waited for us patiently, after being bribed with takeout subs. Bribery is our parenting tool of choice these days. It really works and I don’t feel even the slightest bit guilty. Because it works.

Saturday was pretty quiet overall. I didn’t get as much laundry done as I would have liked, but I actually spent some time reading which is good for the soul. Tony took the girls out grocery shopping early in the day while I met up with the lovely Joanne to take a walk down Wellington Street where we checked out the craft show Glisten, and then we had hot yummy beverages at Bridgehead and a really good long girl chat.

The girls played with friends for the rest of the day, and I have no idea how I frittered away the rest of my day. For dinner we went to my Mom’s (Hi Mom!) where Tony got his birthday Irish stew and lots of spoiling as always (Thanks Mom!).

Sunday morning I slept in. Ahhh. Tony woke me up at 10:00 am to drive him to pick up his work truck for his latest trip, and then we all made a stop at Tim’s for an unhealthy breakfast where I tried out their new latte. It went down nicely and easily, much like their coffees do, but I don’t think the more serious coffee houses in town (you know who I’m talking about) will be put out of business.

Home again, where I ran 15K on the treadmill to some awesome music and the comings of goings of four kiddos playing. I burned enough calories to work off that fruit explosion muffin, plus a bit more. Awesome.

Now as I write this, it is late afternoon and it is just the girls and me here, doing homework, drinking coffee, running those laundry machines, and getting ready for the week ahead.

It was a good weekend, but I got little accomplished around the house. No closets were organized, no ironing got done, no outside work was completed, no Christmas shopping was done, etc etc etc.

I don’t know how to get ahead of the game. It’s seems too hard to get more done during the week with work and children and exhaustion and all. How do people with kids in hockey do it? How do people paint a room in the house or have nice gardens or tidy garages? Is it just a matter of being more organized or do I also need to be a lot less lazy too?

How do your weekends go? Do you have any tips or tricks for me to be more efficient?


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11 Responses to Weekend Balance

  1. Sasha says:

    Man, I wish I had tips. I was thinking the exact same thing today. I took Friday off, because my Dad & his S.O. were coming to visit, and somehow in spite of being go-go-go all weekend (Dad only occupied Saturday, and what’s more kept the kids occupied), we’re just barely keeping on top of the regular stuff. How do my neighbours find time to make their houses all pretty? I have a day off on Tuesday, ear-marked to finally do some writing, but I can pretty much guarantee it will be spent cleaning out the garage so that there’s somewhere to put the snow blower that comes on Thursday. *sigh*

    *But* I also have been doing some reading lately, and you are so right, it soothes the soul. It has also made me think about a book club, I would so much like to talk about this book to someone else who has read it! So I’ve decided to ratchet up my stalking a notch and bug you about your book club. You know, because I have all this free time on my hands ;P

    • Finola says:

      Keep in mind Sasha that your kids are a LOT younger than mine. I was OK with just keeping going when mine were little, but now mine are so independent I was hoping things would be a bit better by now. I guess it’s just a different kind of busy now.

      What book did you read? Let’s chat…

  2. allison says:

    You think that wasn’t doing enough? Um….excuse me, I hear my doorbell ringing. Or my phone. Or something that prevents me from thinking about how much I suck. Remember how only boring women have immaculate homes? Let’s cling to that desperately, whaddya say?

    • Finola says:

      I must be the most scintillating woman alive then! Seriously I’m not a perfectionist, and it’s not that I think that I need an immaculate home, but it would be nice to be able to get my bike out of the garage, or find my winter mittens on this cold morning.
      But I will cling along with you because that is the best I can do.

  3. Nat says:

    Maybe you should focus on what you got done vs. what you didn’t … at the end of the day, are you going to be laying on your deathbed thinking “wow, wish I’d cleaned that closet”? No, you’re going to be wishing you’d spent time enjoying your life… allow yourself time to rest.

  4. Chantal says:

    I have no tips because I feel the same way you do. I keep telling myself it will get better when D2 is older, I guess I will have to wait and see. For now, good enough has to be good enough.

  5. Pauline says:

    ..”and then we all made a stop at Tim’s for an unhealthy breakfast where I tried out their new latte. It went down nicely and easily, much like their coffees do, but I don’t think the more serious coffee houses in town (you know who I’m talking about) will be put out of business..”

    Well that’s good because I like Starbucks, Second Cup and Bridgehead MUCH more than Tims. 🙂

    I can’t wait to try their festive coffees!

  6. Finola says:

    For me coffee is more about quantity than quality, but since my local Tim’s line is usually out the door and down the street in the morning, I usually go for the higher end shops, and they seem to be doing just fine.

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