We had a really wonderful weekend — the best in a long time. Lately I’ve been struggling with a strong “stuck in a rut” feeling as our weekends had all started to blur together. We go out to dinner on Friday night. Emma has a parent-child gym class on Saturday morning, followed by lunch at Jason’s Deli. On Sunday morning we go grocery shopping. In the afternoons we run other errands. I do laundry. I try to declutter. If the weather is good, we walk to the playground.
It’s all very well and good and normal and just…so routine. It’s the same thing every weekend. And while that works for some people (heck, it used to work for me and probably will again at some point), it hasn’t been working lately. I could attribute it to having a small child, or to being busy at work and thus tired on weekends, or to just not making the effort to do much.
But this weekend? This weekend was so great! Friday was a flex day for me, so Jose took the day off too, we kept Emma out of daycare, and all went to the rodeo! We had a great time checking out all the animals and enjoying a few rides at the carnival.
On Saturday, I treated myself to an early birthday present — a free motion quilting class taught by the fabulous Angela Walters (and put on by the Houston Modern Quilt Guild). It was a hands-on class going over her dot-to-dot method. It’s free motion quilting, but keeps it fairly simple with straight lines, which is a really good fit for my skill level at the moment. I’m looking forward to practicing this more soon.
On Sunday, we went out for breakfast as a family which is always fun. Then we had a babysitter come over for the afternoon while Jose and I had another early birthday treat for me — a trip to Cirque du Soleil! They set up camp at the horse track when they come to Houston now, which is completely on the other side of the city from where we live. We left 1:20 before show time and literally made it to our seats with 2 minutes to spare. Whew! It was a great show and it was fun to have a daytime date with my husband.
So: hooray for a very non-routine weekend! I hope we can have more like it soon.
(And FYI, I’ll post more about the rodeo and the quilting class later this week for those who are interested.)