Have you ever made plans, only to see them fall through?

Yeah. Me too.

I’m supposed to be in Italy right now. Because after a stressful Spring, what’s better than guzzling—I mean SIPPING wine under the Tuscan sun? Only I’m NOT in Italy, because LIFE. Instead, I’m stuck in my house.

I know. Nobody feels sorry for me.

Shitty circumstances stripped me of my dreamy Italian getaway and handed me……….a blank holiday weekend. No appointments. No events. No plans. Nowhere I had to be.

When was the last time
YOU had absolutely nothing
on your weekend calendar?

Here’s how I made the best of absolutely nothing:

  1. I read. I turned off the computer, silenced my phone and curled up in bed. One book helped me recall who I used to be: A woman who loves to explore the world through a good book, without feeling guilty that I *should* be doing something else.
  2. I sat outside in the sun. We found a quiet corner table overlooking the marsh. Over food that was too fiery and drinks that weren’t quite cold, we held hands, eschewed sunblock and just talked. About everything. About nothing.
  3. I spent unexpected time with friends. Life is too busy to see anyone these days. When we dropped by a friend’s house for a few minutes, we found ourselves on their back porch for hours. Watching the sunset. Sipping scotch. Catching up with people we wish we saw more often.
  4. I played cards. I shuffled. MTM cut. I dealt hand after hand while we played footsie under the table. No screens. Phones I-don’t-know-where. We indulged in an old fashioned game of chance. I won’t reveal what I won. *wink*
  5. I napped. A mid-afternoon snooze is the most decadent thing on earth. Before screens conquered the world, I used to worship at the Altar of Napping almost every afternoon, and I came back to work refreshed and uber-productive. I’m glad a cancelled trip reminded me that naps help my brain to fire.



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