Monday, November 10, 2008
relaxing weekend -- even finished my scarf!
This weekend was exactly what I needed. What with the past few weekends being so busy and having such a heavy teaching load, PLUS having decided to amp up my running, I've been feeling as if the torque wrench was one twist away from snapping off something that would result in instant madness or sheer collapse. I skipped my Pilates class on Thursday afternoon to come home early, but had to run 'round town on Friday for errands and then had the pleasure of attending a colloquium where a colleague gave a brilliant (and award-winning) paper on an episode of Joss Whedon's Angel -- a brilliant reading of pop culture via Sartre's existentialism with an impressively-entertaining delivery. I wouldn't have miss it for anything, but it was yet another of the Fridays I used to be able to keep for myself.
Luckily, Pater had no plans for the weekend other than hunkering down here and cooking for me (!), so Friday night we cuddled up and watched the end of Heroes, Season 2 and enjoyed comfort food: homemade veal meatloaf (my contribution) with yummy garlic mashed potatoes and squash (his) accompanied by a perfect '04 Chianti our daughter-out-of-law gave us last year (unfortunately, Pater recycled the bottle before I grabbed the label, so I'm going to have to get Joey to give me the deets -- it's definitely one I'll want to get again).
Saturday, as on Friday, I made a point of not running, instead curling up in the armchair with the fire going and working my way through, alternately, the weekend papers and a pile of marking. Pater provided his fab weekend breakfast -- bacon, eggs, baking-powder biscuits -- and I hit at least a 9 on the comfort scale. I even napped in the afternoon, but was awake in lots of time to enjoy rack of lamb served with pasta and homemade pesto, and a side of green beans roasted with cherry tomatoes and anchovy fillets -- brilliant! Appetizers first, of course -- Smoked tuna with a wasabi mayonnaise dip followed by the 70s classic, shrimp-and-avocado. And after dinner, an assortment of fruit and cheeses, all eaten while we again vegged with DVDs, this time Season 6 of The Sopranos.
Today, I did go for a run, about 12 K, enough to justify another big breakfast, although not the extravaganza of Saturday. I could really notice the drop in my tension level, and I'm so glad I got a chance to take this time before the baby comes and we're dashing to Vancouver every weekend. With time to nap and read and even knit -- you'll notice that I've finally finished the Seasilk scarf I've been working on forever -- I've even begun to get excited about a research proposal I'm working on. Now that my marking's almost caught up, I'll have Tuesday to work on that project and nothing else.
'course, as you'll notice from these pictures, rest and relaxation sometimes comes at the cost of any grooming or sartorial elegance -- clearly, I'm not wearing makeup and my hair lacks its usual volume, but at least you can see the scarf. Pater seems to have a knack for waiting until I have the least flattering expression on my face before he snaps the shutter, but my arms weren't long enough to take a self-portrait which included the whole scarf!