“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” Ovid
Today is what Saturdays are made for- cleaning a messy home, organizing one’s life and resting from a long week. It honestly has felt like a month packed into a weeks time. As I have no doubt many of you are tired of hearing, my work-life has been exhausting lately. Every day, including weekends, has been jammed packed with vacation rentals, long-term tenants, new homes to manage, sales tax to work on, events to coordinate and more. I may be exaggerating a bit but it feels months ago in Hawaii that I last enjoyed a relaxing Saturday. I am not even going out with friends tonight- and to be honest I am kind of glad. I love my friends but today all I needed was time to myself.
I used to take Saturday’s for granted but lately I have realized it is an essential day for a stress-free happy life. As much as I am uplifted by a Sunday, in some ways Saturday is more restful (less meetings and things to do!). The perfect Saturday consists of three essential things:
1. Organizing/Cleaning Home- My parents will probably sit mouth agape once they read this because I hated “Saturday work” growing up. Every week we had assignments for Saturday that were above our normal daily jobs such as scrubbing all the wood floors, cleaning the car, organizing the pantry, cleaning all the bathrooms etc. These jobs usually took the majority of the morning to complete and sometimes went into the entire day. My least favorite task was tending for my mother’s garden. Even now, I would rather do just about anything over gardening (I detest weeding, planting, pruning, mowing). I’ve always been a bit of a princess and gardening is just too dirty, smelly, sweaty and miserable! It’s funny because my parents love it. Even when my mom was pregnant in bed my dad kept up our massive garden at the Maryland house. He decided that we were going to set up a farm stand for selling tomatoes (clearly he didn’t understand his own children. No way we were selling tomatoes on some stand!). We ended up with 36 tomato plants and hundreds of pieces of fruit. A friend helped us to can a good chunk of it but the rest Megan put on a red wagon and wheeled around the neighborhood giving them away!
Nevertheless, I still appreciate a Saturday that is free enough for me to clean the kitchen, vacuum, organize my room, and make my life feel organized. With the flexibility of my schedule I can often get such projects done during the week but it is less stressful to have a large block of time to devote. Maybe it is being raised on “Saturday work” but nothing seems as productive as a Saturday morning that I can dedicate to cleaning and organizing. For instance, this morning I scrubbed the kitchen down including the floor and stove, did the dishes and vacuumed throughout the apartment. It only took me an hour or two but it made such a difference in the feel and vibes of the apartment. It feels less cluttered and stressful. I love that feeling!
Other tasks are often done on Saturday’s such as laundry, buying groceries, and other shopping. These are fine, but I am glad to be inside today with nothing to do. Especially laundry- I hate doing laundry. I avoid ironing like a disease. I find it the most tedious of tasks. I would much rather be scrubbing floors or cleaning bathrooms. I guess laundry and gardening are my least favorite jobs.
2. Relaxing- There is something about relax time on Saturday’s that makes such a difference. I swear if I do not get a restful Saturday the entire week suffers. Even if I take time off on Monday it doesn’t seem to have the same effect. Sometimes relaxation includes my friends and family but other times it is just me. I love days like today where I get to exercise, nap, write my blog, watch some tv, and read. I love all of it! I need it to be happy. If I do not get a restful Saturday than my Sunday’s particularly suffer- it is so hard to stay alert and attentive at church and in my other meetings. My dad has always had a hard time staying awake at church and I understand why- he was always working hard on Saturday.
I have felt so tired lately. I even worried I might have mono but the doctor said it was just a combination of stress, allergies and asthma. It is so great to be rejuvenated and alive!
3. Entertainment- As is clear from this blog I appreciate many different kinds of entertainment- movies, books, television, theater etc. A Saturday just doesn’t feel complete without a tiny taste of something entertaining- something to smile and laugh at. I love going to the movies with friends, seeing a play, going to a good restaurant, or lounging at home with blanket and popcorn while watching TV. It’s all great and essential to feeling ready for the upcoming week.
It’s not really entertainment but I also love doing service on Saturdays including attending the temple whenever I can. Next week I am scheduled to help clean our church and in the Winter I plan on volunteering for Festival of Trees again. Today I thought long and hard about going to the tea party in Salt Lake, but I decided I just couldn’t do it. I needed the relaxation time more urgently than the political activism. Next time I will attend! I am so glad to see the crowds in Washington DC! Woohoo!
So, that is my defense of my lazy Saturday. It has been a joyous, lovely day. I hope you all enjoy similar days and weekends. Life is good…