How was your Easter weekend? If I were having coffee with you, I would tell you about my very eventful week and the activities I participated in before the big weekend!
If we were having coffee on this wet, rainy, Easter Sunday afternoon, I would be slurping a hot, steaming mug of Colombian medium roast coffee with lots of flavored creamer, trying to warm up. Would you like a cup? If not, what can I get you?
Now that I am retired from the day job, I have lots of free time…wait, what?? I am a blogger, what the heck is free time? By the time I write a clever, yet informative post (wish), then find an appropriate image that will grab readers’ attention, all the while showing off my skills (not) as a photographer, then edit and add my watermark, at least two to three hours have gone by!
In addition to blogging, with all this free time, (again, ha!), I am working on curriculum for a new class I will be teaching. Due to my retirement status, I am on a break for this semester, and I go back to teaching as a part-time lecturer at my university in the fall. The course is called “Recreation and Leisure Lifestyle Development” and is an online/hybrid course, which means I get to see the students for one-and a-half hours each week (instead of 3 hours). The rest is done online. As that terror sets in, I have attended a few workshops for faculty on campus to get my online skills ready. I am also previewing a new textbook for this course. And I don’t currently get paid for this right now, so it’s all “professional development.” Yay.
During the week, I had some other random items to take care of, like some retirement and tax paperwork. Oh and did I tell you that I started a consulting business? Apparently I am still a victim of the Baby Boomer workaholic generation. Please check out Windigen Consulting website when you have a few minutes! My hubbie still works, so what can I be doing all day but blogging, teaching and consulting?
This past week was what Christians refer to as Holy Week, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. As a choir member and active in my church, I spent a few hours listening to the performance CD of our Easter Sunday mini-cantata. The music and words are very powerful and uplifting, and both my husband (who also sings in the choir) and I are incredibly blessed by the words. We practiced on Wednesday night, then enjoyed dessert after practice. Friday evening was our Good Friday service, where we had communion. Isn’t it strange attending church at night? I think so.
Okay, the weekend. After we came home from the Good Friday service, I started feeling sick—must have eaten something that disagreed with me, which is odd because I am proud to be an omnivore with an iron stomach. The next morning, Saturday, we planned to travel an hour’s drive to the delta to re-tarp our trailer (tiny roof leak). Sunny California was due for three(!) days of rain, and I was worried I was not going to feel well enough to help take care of this.
On Saturday morning, I woke up feeling fine so we packed the car for the trip. As I bent over my car’s trunk, I felt a weird twinge in my lower back. I blame Friday morning’s yoga session. After Friday night’s gut pain and this, well of course, Mrs. Grumpy snapped at hubbie about something, so that started everything out just peachy! With the silent treatment in full swing, my hubbie packed some windsurf gear and off we went. In just a few minutes we both apologized and let the stupid argument go.
It was a beautiful day and hard to believe that rain was on the way for that night. It was warm and sunny but I packed warm clothes for the trip. We took care of business, ate a picnic lunch, then headed to the windsurf spot. The wind was BLOWING!! And brave windsurfers were getting their early April session! Here is the photo I wisely took from inside my car.
While hubby sailed for two and a half hours, I read more of my textbook, made some notes and read some blogs. We finally headed home and stopped for Mexican takeout. We were pretty tired (me from all that sitting) but my back and stomach were no longer hurting, thanks to modern over-the- counter medicine. Once at home we unloaded the car but not without another argument.
We RARELY fight or argue. We have been married for almost two years and together for six years. After both of our first failed marriages, we know that life is too short to fight. We chalked it up to being tired and my being a teeny bit under the weather. And I could have communicated better about why I wanted the windsurf board off the top of the car. Once that blew over we went to bed exhausted.
After a good night’s sleep, we woke up to a beautiful Easter Sunday morning. Our choir’s presentation was magical and I believe God blessed many folks today with the message. One of the songs, “In Christ Alone,” is so powerful that I cannot sing it through without tears streaming down my face. Kind of hard to sing that way, but I did. My hubbie told me the same thing happened to him. We were indeed truly blessed.
After all that we hurried to the grocery store to pick up salad for an Easter event with friends that afternoon. It had gotten much colder and by the time we got to our friend’s house it was beginning to rain. I was freezing and just wanted a strong, hot cuppa Joe!
Now that we are having coffee and are getting warmed up, I hope I didn’t bore you too much with my busy week. If we were having coffee, I would love to hear what you have to say and to thank you for indulging my thoughts today! How was YOUR week? If you are interested in having coffee with us, please join the Weekend Coffee Share!
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I am a leisure educator, self-published author, blogger, and retired recreation and parks practitioner living in Northern California. Second Wind Leisure Perspectives is my blog about living a leisure lifestyle. I have a lot to share and I will appreciate your indulging me by reading occasionally!
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