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Weekends, Before and After

Posted Mar 07 2010 1:21pm
It's been a pretty nice weekend so far, but the weekend seems to go by so quickly lately! I usually sleep in a bit (I'm not able to sleep much in the morning - I'm awake at first light - but I manage an extra hour or so on weekends with the help of a sleep mask), then we have a big breakfast - pancakes every Sunday, then Ken and I read the paper, something we don't have time for during the week. By then, it's usually 10 or 11 and only a couple of hours until I have to take my afternoon nap!

So, I try to do a few things around the house, then lunch and nap, then it's time to make dinner, then it's evening already! I really hate not being able to help Ken with yard work and stuff like that.

We've had gorgeous weather this weekend, compared to our past month. Temperatures hit 50 F today, and the sun has been shining brightly. I've gone out each day on two very short walks. My stamina is so horrible right now from this nasty virus-filled winter that I can't manage all the way around the block anymore, so I'm trying very short walks so I can (hopefully) build my stamina back up.

But I'm missing the old days today - you know, pre-CFS days. Back then, I was full of energy. I usually spent one day of the weekend getting things done - yard work if it was nice out or clearing out clutter in the house if it wasn't. The four of us might run errands, going from store to store or run to the home improvement store, then back home for some kind of project.

One day of the weekend, I'd plan something fun for all of us - almost always a hike. We all love the outdoors so much that I made sure to make time once or twice a week to get out hiking. Sometimes we'd explore someplace new or go back to an old favorite spot, hike for a couple of hours, and come back feeling refreshed and full of energy!

Finally, there was usually some sort of social aspect to our weekends. Sometimes Ken and I would go out to dinner together. Often, we'd have friends over for dinner - the kids would run around together, I'd make a big meal, enjoy a couple of beers or a glass of wine, and we'd enjoy our friends' company. I really miss those days.

On the positive side, both boys are having a great weekend! Jamie not only made it to his dance on Friday night (and stayed up past 11!) but managed to play outside all day long on Saturday with Craig and a few of their friends. They were so full of joy with the changed weather! It was only about 45 degrees on Saturday, but they were out running around in shorts and t-shirts, as if it were summer. By some miracle, they both feel good again today! Jamie worked on his homework this morning (he's still trying to catch up from those 6 days he missed last month), and now they're outside again. Craig just ran in to grab more Gatorade, and said to me (out of breath), "I'm having a great time, but it's almost Monday!" I love when they can act like normal kids.

So, I guess, it's actually been a very nice weekend, but I do still yearn for the good old days...
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