For the Teabag in All of Us

Not that kind of teabag. Don't be gross.

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If I go about this properly, the blog will (eventually) explain enough about me, so let me just explain the blog, or at least the title of it, here:

"A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Lazy Weekend

I can't remember the last time I had one of these lazy weekends. You know, the kind where you wake up late, laze around, do some chores, laze some more, catch up with people on the phone, and just generally relax? It's so nice.

Of course I've done about 947 loads of laundry this morning, but that's par for the course. I swear I am forever doing laundry.

I really need this weekend right now, too... it's been a crazy week, and it looks like another crazy one coming up. I really have not had a spare moment to post, comment or even read blogs. I had 42 new emails when I logged on to yahoo this morning. It's like I don't even want to look at a computer screen since I spend my whole day sitting front of one at work. But also, it's been such an exhausting week and I just haven't had much time to blog or check email, etc. By the time I get home and we have some dinner, I just want to spend a little time talking and cuddling with Chulo. We're both so stressed out.

But enough of the whining. We're all busy.

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So back to the lazy weekend. I actually left work at FIVE O'CLOCK on the button yesterday. Which wound up not being my brightest idea because my plan, at 5pm, was to run down to Hollywood and surprise Chulo at work, pester him to close the shop just a weeeeeee bit early and then hit the town. Of course I had Friday afternoon traffic and he was already closing up by the time I got there. But we still hit the town... had dinner and drinks at the Hard Rock Casino, where we also lost a bill each. Mine's par for the course but Chulo usually wins. Lucky bastard. Then we went to see the Prestige which was pretty good although the ending was upsetting. And now I'm just enjoying my Saturday at home. It's grey out and I'm still in my jammies, and I can't remember the last time that happened this late on a Saturday. Mmmm.

Then again, last weekend was so lovely too. And still quite relaxing, even though we travelled... Chulo hinted about 2 weeks earlier that we'd be going away, but I didn't know where to. All I knew was that it wasn't Orlando... or at least that if it was, it wasn't to visit family. On Thursday night I finally got him to tell me (since I needed to know what to pack!) ... we were driving down to this pretty spot that he fell in love with on our drive home from Key West a couple of months ago. He'd rented this sweet little oceanfront cottage in Grassy Key. I'm so glad we showed up at night, because in the light of day, the place looks like a little blue shack from the outside! But it was cute inside ... kind of like a studio, with the bed and bathroom up a few steps from the kitchen/living room. It took us until late Saturday morning to realise that the bathroom did indeed have a door (it's one of those hidden doors that slides into the wall when not in use), so Friday night and Sat morning we kept banishing each other to the living room or even outside if we had to use the bathroom. We felt pretty stupid (or at least I did) when Chulo noticed the hidden door. What do they call those doors? I'm sure it has a name, like a Murphy or a trundle bed and such.

Anyway, it was really nice. The weather was beautiful, ans we were literally steps from the ocean so there were balmy breezes galore. We had a little grill outside. We're not allowed to keep a grill at home -- local ordinance -- so we got all excited about that and bought way too much food, so we invited his coworker and his wife (the coworke's wife, not Chulo's!) over to eat with us. They have a little trailer in Key Largo, about 40 miles north. There was so much food that we had enough left over for the next day, so we stopped up to see them and have lunch on the way back.

Mostly we did lovely little Florida Keys things, like sit in the sun (there was a hammock but everyone fell off it, stupid hammock!) and visit goofy little tourist shops along the ride home. If you've never been to the Keys, or even if you have, but you don't live in Florida -- there is only one road, from southwest Miami allllll the way down to Key West, which is probably about 120 miles or so, and that's US 1. Or Federal Highway or Overseas Highway, or whatever you want to call it. But that's all there is, with the ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and it's ... I don't know, it's its own little universe. So visiting all the roadside curiosities is half the fun of getting there (or getting back).

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Ok so now its Sunday night and it feels like anything but a lazy weekend. We went to the Ft. Lauderdale boat show today and walked from here to there to everywhere, then went for a stroll along the river downtown, then out for dinner and just got home about an hour ago. I've been writing this post since yesterday afternoon and I'm wondering if I'll have the energy to finish it before getting into jammies and jumping into bed.

Then again, I've already discussed the past two weekends, so what else is there to say, really? Oh I know...

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

6 Comments:

Blogger Natalia said...

I don't trust hammocks.

Surprises are really nice. Good for Chulo and taking time off and it not being the whole visiting family thing that you guys do so much of.

Lazy weekends are necessary at some point. While in Ireland, we have a weekend minibreak planned to Ballyshannon in Dounty Donegal. While looking for things to do there, I came to the conclusion that we didn't need too long a trip. But Peter pointed out that what there was to do the rest of the time was laze around in at the B&B, go for long walks on the cliffs and beaches, etc. He has a point. I mostly am GO GO GO. So I am gonna try my best to relax.

-N

10/30/2006 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Or COUNTY for those who spell correctly. And either in or at since the two are not working together. Jaysus...whoever let me teach at Uni?

-N

10/30/2006 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger DZER said...

sounds like two very lovely weekends, both for different reasons ... good for you!

10/31/2006 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

it's called a pocket door.

and happy lovely weekend m'dear

10/31/2006 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger JMai said...

Butt -- Sounds awesome. You two are going to have a great time, relaxing or otherwise

Dz -- Yeah, after reading your comment I realised the post should have been titled "a tale of two weekends" ... ah well, hindsight. But yes, they were both lovely, thanks!

Sass -- A pocket door! That makes sense, thank you!

11/01/2006 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Well you know how it goes when it's your first time in a new place...so much to see. Sometimes it doesn't feel like a holiday because you don't quite rest. That's one of the reasons I wanted to take a long holiday. I don't feel as pressed for time. And I plan to sleep in on the mornings that Peter goes to work...that's for sure.

-N

11/02/2006 12:01:00 PM  

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