I know it sounds counterproductive to schedule lazy time, but it really does work for me. I give myself the permission to relax and do the things I was to do around the house. Surprisingly, I usually get more cleaning and other household chores done during this time than throughout the other days of the week. The difference is that I do it on my time and in my own way.
A lot of Sundays we wind up at my parents house, which is a fun time to share together. We usually bring over something to add to what my mom is cooking for dinner, and we share an evening meal before getting ready for the week ahead. If, due to my dad's work schedule, we wind up doing this on Saturday night, we often light a fire in the fire pit and sit around gabbing. This is our favorite way of letting go of the week before and again preparing for what is to come. The weeks that we don't get to see my parents feel different. It is strange how a little "tradition" such as this one can become such an important part of life without even realizing it.
Today we are heading to Mom and Dad's house for chili dinner. I am trying a new recipe that I found on the Fitness Magazine website. It is for Crunchy Baked French Fries. You can find the recipe here:
Potatoes are one of my favorite foods, so I really can't wait to see how this turns out. I was excited to find out that, " A small spud packs about 130 calories, no fat, 18 percent of your daily vitamin C intake, and more potassium than a banana." There is a debate as to the healthiness of white foods including potatoes, but I choose to go with the idea that all foods fit into your diet in moderation. I'm not too sure about how moderate I am with potatoes.
Daniel is not feeling well today. He hurt his foot on Thursday and is still feeling the pain today. So, we are definitely hanging around the house until we head to my parents' house. I'm hoping we'll watch a couple more episodes of Brothers and Sisters, I'll get some chores done, and the girls will clean their bedroom. Then again, if none of that gets done, I'm not going to cry. Saturday was errand day. That was the day to be the responsible adult and mother I am. Today is for me.
What do you do to ensure relaxation in your life?