Now I am a sucker for reality t.v. – all the Housewives franchises and anything else that is on Bravo, I love HGTV and of course now I am hooked on American Idol again. Gosh writing that sentence felt like part of a rehab program – I’m cringing reading it back! Last night American Idol had their last episode covering the first round of auditions – normally the most excruciating to watch, as I hate it when they show the crappy singers for the purposes of ‘good t.v.’ – but you know what – I think I ‘appreciate’ Steven Tyler a little more each time I see him – that’s so wrong isn’t it? It has to be said that on a Thursday evening (my ‘Friday’) there is nothing more relaxing than curling up on the sofa with Tennyson, one of our boxers, sipping a glass of vino, removing my brain and watching American Idol.
Tennyson, my love bug.
Friday is the first day of my weekend. I must say if I were President (not feasible – and not only because I wasn’t born here) I would make a 4 day week mandatory. Probably not great for the deficit or GDP – but it would be great for morale. Working that 1 day less a week has had a huge impact on my personal happiness. Oh, I should mention that school would absolutely remain a 5 day week – otherwise my 4 day week might not be so great! These days my Fridays are spent procrastinating a little longer with Matt Lauer and my coffee, indulging in a long shower and taking my time deciding what to wear, then I normally run some fun errands around town like Target and Trade Joe’s, followed by a long lunch. Even after the school bus has arrived I manage to fit in a nice short workout while my daughter does swim team. When spring and summer come around I like to skip the errands and head off on my bike for a good ride while everyone else is off the roads and I can’t wait to get in the saddle more often again. Mondays to Thursdays allow me to use my intellect and enjoy adult company in the office, then my ‘free’ Fridays provide some ‘me’ time, ultimately meaning that I enjoy the ‘family’ time more at the weekend. I feel very fortunate – and sane most of the time thanks to this schedule.
So today, before heading to Trader Joe’s to sort out some food for Superbowl Sunday, I picked out my Boden straightleg wool capris, a fairly old but hardly worn Marks & Spencer Per Una pink sweater, last year’s Boden cropped washed leather jacket, Tory Burch black patent Eddies and a necklace from H&M. Even though it is my ‘day off’ I still like to make a bit of an effort every time I head out of the house. The wool capris keep popping back into stock in the clearance and I think they are well worth the $38. They fit a little higher in the rise than I would ideally like but I find them very comfortable and flattering.
This week has been busy at work for both of us so tonight MM and I are having a lovely home cooked Thai curry. I love Friday evenings when we can just put some music on, enjoy a glass of wine and cook together. Let’s hope the children cooperate!
A four-day-week really makes a difference for a working parent. Mums have Friday off, dads Monday (they clean up all the weekend mess then). How about that?
That’s a brilliant idea – you can be on my advisory committee:)