11.07.2005

Manic Monday

Monday has never been a favorite day. It used to mean that the weekend was over & that it was time to kick back into high gear for school. Nowadays I've been taking Mondays off. And I'm wondering that maybe pushing through the Monday slump and rewarding myself with a precious Friday might be a better idea after all. I spent the first few weeks of free Mondays sleeping until past noon, and then dozing off on the couch after expending the energy to get up and eat breakfast. But then the novelty of excessive sleep wore off, and it started to feel like spending the day unconscious wasn't the best stewardship of my time.

For the past two weeks I've spent the morning in a completely lazy and unproductive fashion, and I invariably am a grump by noon. So today I decided to pick up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe while I ate my Campbell's Healthy Choice Chicken Noodle soup (mmm... there isn't anything I'd rather eat than that perfect, low-sodium version of the classic). I ended up reading and reading and reading, delighted at what I remembered and bemused by what I didn't. I have about 30 pages left, and I plan to finish it before I call it a day. I'm considering making this a practice for the next few Mondays until I'm done with the series. Even in my free time, I crave structure or I just melt into a slovenly mess.

At 3:00 I took the yoga class at our gym, and then Ben met me to play racquetball. I beat him squarely both games. After my hour-and-a-half block of physical activity, I felt a million times better than this morning.

So this is the plan for next Monday, and I'm sticking to it: I'll take the morning Pilates class, getting me out of my PJs by a reasonable 9:30am. Then I'll clean up and pack The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and some knitting to the Coffee Cartel, and treat myself to an Americano. And you better believe I'll sweep the court floor with my hubby in the afternoon. At some point in between my bouts of self-care, I'll put in some housework time. Let's hope this shall be the recipe for a blues-free Monday.

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