They’re going to steal an hour away from us again this weekend.

We go into the weekend looking forward to a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend… and they steal time from us. We wake up on Sunday thinking “oh, good! It’s X O’clock” but, no. It’s X+1 O’clock. And we know that, next, we’ll have a Monday where we wake up thinking the exact same thing. But we will have sprung forward.

How are we still doing this? It’s 2018!

Anyway, this weekend is going to be chock full of enjoyable stuff that doesn’t involve the theft of time. The theft of time, however, hovers like a miasma over everything.

It’s time, once again, for the Quarterly Birthday Celebration. We’re going over to the sister’s new house and her menu involves carbs, carbs, carbs, and carbs. So I’m bringing the coleslaw and a Tupperware with a steak in it. We got rid of mom’s 27″ CRT television and replaced it with a hand-me-down LCD television that was left over after some cascading television upgrades for Christmas and so Mom is getting a Blu-ray player for her birthday as well as a couple of her favorite movies on Blu-Ray. Brother-in-Law is getting books about basketball theory given his coaching side-job. I have *NO* idea what to get the sister. *NONE*.

So I think that means “Amazon Gift Card”. Maybe I’ll see if I can find the first season of Laverne and Shirley in a box set. She used to love that show back in 1980ish. Or Welcome Back Kotter. Hrm. Yeah. Welcome Back Kotter.

Then, on Sunday, our friends up in Denver are having their annual Pi Day celebration a hair early. They have a celebration of many, many, many, many kinds of pie. I will be bringing a couple quarts of berries and I’m debating saying something about being vegan. (They’re also doing a book exchange thing. Wrap a book. Write “Kids’ Book” on it if it happens to be a kids’ book. Leave it on the table. Take a wrapped book from the table.)

And then, before you know it, it’ll be Monday.

So… what’s on your docket?

(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)

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11 thoughts on “Weekend!

  1. Ugh, yes. I think of this as The Weekend I Have To Start Driving To Work In The Dark Again. (I don’t mind driving home in the dark in winter nearly as much. That seems normal to me. But going from the sun coming up as I head in to work to it being the cold, black, middle-of-the-night just feels wrong.

    (It’s even worse given most days I get up at 4:30 or 5 am to do a workout. Those first few days after the time change are exceptionally unpleasant).

    Most of Saturday is going to be given over to the memorial service (and lunch-for-family, at which I will be serving) for the friend of mine who died suddenly two weeks ago. So all around this is not a happy weekend for me, though I hope coming out the other side I will at least have some closure.

    Sudden unexpected deaths are the worst: you have to recalibrate your life to be without that person in it, whereas with someone you are “expecting” to die some time (e.g., someone who has a terminal illness), you can kind of make room for that thought in your head slowly.

    This afternoon I have to bake cookies and brownies for the lunch. This is a church-lady thing. I don’t mind doing it, I just wish I were doing it for a “happy” reception (like: someone who has wanted to have a baby for a long time is having a baby shower because she’s finally pregnant) instead.

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    • Sudden unexpected deaths are the worst: you have to recalibrate your life to be without that person in it, whereas with someone you are “expecting” to die some time (e.g., someone who has a terminal illness), you can kind of make room for that thought in your head slowly.

      Yeah, there’s a formula for exacerbating circumstances for deaths that make them a lot worse and “unexpected” is right there.

      Most deaths suck but there are degrees and, dude. I’m sorry that this is happening.

      Good luck.

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      • Thanks. It’s been a long time since I dreaded doing something this much but I’m kind of dreading the whole round of serving lunch to the family/memorial service/reception for friends and family afterwards.

        I’m doing it because I said I would and because I feel like it’s important to me to get closure, but WOW do I wish I were not doing it.

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  2. We’ll be replacing the tub and surround at the rental house. I’ve never done this, so I’m feeling grossly unprepared and apprehensive that we won’t be able to finish the job in the time we’ve allotted ourselves, and our tenants will end up with a construction site in their bathroom for a week.

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  3. Probably playing xwing for the first time in months and doing some prep for my conference next week: laundry, partially packing, maybe some map scouting, and I still need to download uber on my phone.

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  4. This LCD television isn’t a smart tv? Who needs BluRay when there’s Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime?

    Wife ran away to Virginia. I’m cleaning up cat puke, scooping litter boxes, writing, then scanning/labelling/uploading receipts for my business partner.

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