The Weekend Plans Post: The Last Weekend of 2018

The year has been crazy, hasn’t it?

Ready Player One? That was this year! Black Panther? That was this year! (I looked up a handful of songs that I thought were memorable but they all came out in 2015 or something.)

Well, this weekend is going to be the first *REAL* weekend where we have our house back and we know what that means.

We cleaned out our fridge from all of the stuff that suffered from a tragedy of the commons. “Is this our chicken or his chicken?” is no longer a question. Anything in the fridge is *OURS*. The stuff in the sink? That’s stuff that *WE* put there. The thing where you take out the trash and take out the recycling and look at your clean little corner and smile to yourself and then go downstairs for an hour and come upstairs and the recycling is full and so is the trash? That’s not going to happen anymore.

So last night I bought myself a pizza. And I know that the leftovers will be there when I get home tonight. And I will eat the leftovers for dinner.

Today, on the way to work, I bought donuts from the fancy schmancy donut place. And I know that I will eat my donuts and Maribou will eat her donuts and if a donut is missing the missing donut is no longer a mystery that will make me sound crazy if I ask about it.

So, this weekend will be spent luxuriating in our home, together, where we have nothing going on. Well, and going to the grocery store, and PetsMart and Costco and restock all of our various little luxuries that we can now reasonably suspect will go down at the old baseline levels again.

And, of course, enjoy each others company (without worrying about hearing doors open). Maybe watch a movie. Maybe just sit quietly. Get ready for the new year.

So… what’s on your docket?

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12 thoughts on “The Weekend Plans Post: The Last Weekend of 2018

  1. Lest anyone actually believe Jaybird’s curmudgeonly version of this story, let me point out that week to week he was far more concerned about whether our guest ate the donuts he bought for our guest, and whether our guest liked them, than about any purportedly mysteriously missing donuts.

    I seem to be combining chores and resting quite effectively this week and will continue doing so this weekend, I expect. I am looking forward to not doing much, and feeling no restlessness, even though I haven’t left the house since Christmas Day.

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    • I love the spousal fact-checking. This week, Jaybird will play the role of Joe Isuzu and Maribou will be the subtitles.

      My wife doesn’t read blogs, but there’s the occasional IRL conversation among friends where I’m narrating something that happened in our lives and she’s behind me making skeptical faces and shaking her head.

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  2. Working through my Christmas books… maybe late season black powder hunt… if it ever stops raining in Virginia.

    I got the new(-ish) MacIntyre book… and I think you should take a look:
    Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative

    And by you I mean all y’all… but especially JB who’s been particularly concerned about Aesthetics vs. Morality and how can rational animals even begin to adjudicate between the two. The thing about MacIntyre is that he’s fully versed in Hume, Nietzsche and let’s just call it the Narrative project… so he talks that philosophical language and grapples with them from his NeoAristotelian angle which at this point in time is fairly well developed. Its not your grandpa’s Aristotle. He may not convince you of anything, but he’ll give you counter-points from a different tradition that are worth grappling with. And that’s just my assessment of the first two chapters:

    1. “Desires, goods, and “good” : some philosophical issues
    2. Theory, practice, and their social contexts [in which he deconstructs Hume] *

    These are the “modern” issues he’s approaching. And, as I stated above, this is not your grandpa’s Aristotle.

    *also has the distinction of asking whether, if his theory is even remotely plausible, the impasse at which modern Moral Philosophy is stuck (regarding good and “good”) might be owing to the deficiencies of academic Philosophy as a culture of enquiry… to which he states, why yes. Yes it does. Oh dear, now we’re in for it. Like WWE for Moral Philosophy… we’re in the cage now.

    {or maybe this is as exciting as a rules change to ballroom dancing… I may have lost perspective somewhere}

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  3. Nothing real social, just trying to finish up some chores. Get the bicycles ready for spring (its a prayer type action) garage cleaning. Maybe go antiquing a little bit.

    Then again, it might be nice to head over to the coast.

    (During the run up to Xmas, our dog got pretty sick, so much time and money were spent in that direction. He seems to be doing much better now, so now we can relax.)

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