I had a very enjoyable weekend. Mixed in some fun, some playing, some work, and some hiking. The sleepover and Dungeons and Dragons game went very well. We got a lot of work done in the yard. And I got some quiet time to myself to work on some pictures and watch some more Arrow. And I am (slowly) realizing that I may have to re-evaluate some things for fitness and health sake.
Jimmy’s sleepover was a success. The kids spent plenty of time before we played running around, and that helped them calm down a little. I gave them a little speech about cooperation and consequences. And then had to enforce that cooperation lesson with some consequences. But overall it was a good time. I am definitely enjoying it, and am actually thinking of developing this as a regular event after the Winter holidays. As requested I did take a couple of pictures.
On Saturday I got the house picked up before family showed and before the guests arrived. Did some laundry as well. Sunday morning, after serving the teenagers breakfast we did some heavy cleaning in the back yard. Cleared a bunch of stuff out of the shed to take to Goodwill. We were then able to move the camping stuff from the porch into the shed in a far more organized fashion. Last, we cleaned up a bunch of the trash and toys in the backyard with (reluctant) help from the little ones. So the back yard is looking much better before the next big birthday event this weekend.
Saturday afternoon we went on the Scout hike in Red Rock open space. We took a different route than the normal. And we took the smaller dog along with us. It was a nice hike, and helped offset my not being able to run in the morning. I took a couple of nice pictures
I did get some time to myself over the weekend. Friday night I was able to relax and just watch some episodes of the Arrow (I am almost done with Season 2, which means I am close to being fully caught up.) Sunday Kim took the little ones out to a movie and some shopping so I was able to get some time to work on pictures, back up the computer, and watch a little football. And then of course Sunday night we skipped the Walking Dead in order to watch the Broncos dominate the 49ers in convincing fashion.
In thinking about this past weekend, and in light of how I didn’t run this morning I am forced to re-think some things. I want to keep running, but I also need to get some sleep. As I get older (sigh) I find myself needing that sleep more and more, and really notice when I don’t get as much sleep as I might like. When things are more normal it is easier to just get to bed early before my running days. But with this string of crazy weekends (birthday parties, sleepovers etc.) that isn’t as easy as I might like. I don’t have a ready made answer yet, just commenting on this, and noting that I have been placing sleep over running during this string, which is different from previous practice. But it makes sense in light of how the current craziness involves a lot more more time around people, which means I need rest more than running.
Like I said, it was a good, active weekend. Did plenty of good things. Had some fun. Got some much needed projects done. It was a good, refreshing time.