Sunday, November 29, 2009

Losing Track of Time

I left work last Tuesday, giddy with the excitement of being on Thanksgiving break. Five glorious days loomed before me with unlimited possibilities--I had friends I wanted to catch up with, cleaning that I wanted to get done, books that I planned on finishing, and sleeping in was going to be mandatory. Now as I'm sliding into the last few hours of the break, those five days went all too quickly and quite honestly, I'm not sure where they went.

I lost a few hours on Wednesday taking my dog to the park where we met an older gentleman and his golden retriever. We walked along a gravel road with leaves dancing around us, the dogs playfully jumping after another then alternately begging for treats. The gentleman and I laughed at the similarities in our dogs, how they both put a paw in our lap when they want a treat and nudge our hands when we stop petting them for a second. He shared his stories about his career, how he loves his dog more than anything, and how he loves to spend his days at the park. I didn't learn the gentleman's name until we parted ways, but it was a lovely afternoon.

Thursday after a big dinner with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins I believe I lost track of time playing Uno and Apples to Apples. Its sort of become a family tradition (one that many of us enjoy) to play games after dinner. We have the opportunity to spend time together laughing, talking, and just plain having fun. Then of course, there was an hour here or there when I perused the Black Friday ads with my mom and aunts over cherry pie and other wonderfully decadent desserts while sipping coffee.

A few hours went by quickly on Friday after I decidedly broke my no-shopping-on-Black-Friday rule to venture out to pick up just a few things. Then I might have lost another hour or so at the book store because I simply couldn't pass up the parking spot right in front of the store, I mean, really, it was meant to be. Then I suppose time passed rather swiftly later that afternoon and evening while I watched a few chick flicks snuggling with my dog. And there may have been a nap.

This weekend? Well I really had no concept of time since my mother practically pulled me from my bed and forced me to go shopping with her (and by forced I mean all she did was ask). Honestly, we only ran to the shopping center to get one thing. One thing promptly turned into multiple shopping bags from multiple stores stashed in the back of her car, a movie complete with sharing a huge bag of popcorn while slurping on icees, and an impromptu spin though the Festival of Lights.

There was also decorating. Lots and lots of decorating both inside and out. I spent some time here and there putting up outside lights, taking them down after it was discovered they were most likely a bit too old, running to the store for new lights, then putting those ones up. There were also a few hours spent carefully decorating the Christmas tree with meaningful family ornaments and popcorn garland, then watching as it fell over in slow motion the next day only to have to repeat the entire process.

I lost minutes and hours along the way chatting to long distance friends on the phone, grabbing a cup of coffee with friends in from out of town, and sticking a few cards in the mail. I spent moments holding my stomach from laughing too hard at something someone said, quietly taking in the chaos and loudness of family around me, and probably a few moments where I wanted to bang my head off the nearest hard surface (sometimes my family and long lines at stores have that affect on me).

I didn't sleep in at all, the books are all still unopened on my bookshelf, and there were friends that I haven't caught up with yet. Looking back on those five glorious days though I can't think of a better way to lose track of time. Can you?

21 comments:

Commchick said...

Sounds like you had a glorious holiday. I had planned to watch the Thanksgiving parade on tv, something I used to do every year as a child, but I overslept and missed it. I should have set my dvr like I thought about doing...next year I will. I just recently found your blog, and look forward to catching up. Have a great week and hope you enjoy Christmas as much as you did Thanksgiving.

jnyfritz said...

all wonderful ways of loosing track of time!! so glad to hear it was such a great Thanksgiving!!!

nory said...

Sounds a lot like how mine went! I even bought a new book and only made it to page three!!!

While I do kind of wish I had slept a little bit more, I had a lovely weekend and thanks to our chats, it was even better! =)

fuchsiag said...

This sounds like a wonderful break :) What did you score on Black Friday?

Swishy said...

I love Apples to Apples (AND bookstore browsing!) I think that sounds like a quite lovely weekend, if you ask me ;)

Pam said...

It sounds like the perfect way to spend the 5 days off. I am glad you had a great time with family.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Your weekend sounds absolutely lovely. Especially walking your dog and chatting with the man in the park!

Kyla Roma said...

This just kind of oozes happy & contentment, I love your weekend! Can you send one of those to me? =)

Little Fish said...

That sounds heavenly!! I'm glad that you had a wonderful holiday.

LiLu said...

You beat me. I spent mine- ALL of them- on the couch. ;-)

thatShortChick said...

your weekends sounds like it was steeped in blissfulness. I love a weekend like that :)

Cate said...

Exactly! When extra days off loom, I always have a long list of things I'm going to accomplish. Then, before I know it, it's all gone and my list? Still there.

MeLaNiE said...

Ahh! I can't believe the break is over already! Sounds like a great time!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

this vacation recap sounds DIVINE. i plan on doing very similar things when i'm on vacation the week between christmas and new years!

Bayjb said...

I love those kind of weekends where time goes by fast and the best laid plans get tossed aside for something else. I also can't believe how fast the weekend went, seriously!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Sounds downright magical to me! I am so glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

I totally didn't accomplish as much as I wanted to either. I really wanted to super clean my house, but instead I spent those hours knitting!

amanda said...

sounds perfect-o! most definitely.

long breaks are just the best!

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I love the idea of losing track of time! Most of my vacation was spent NOT worrying about the clock. And we LOVE Apples to Apples. Played it as well as Mad Gab over our vacation, too!

Auburn Kat said...

I love losing track of time...especially when I'm laying on the beach, drinking, reading a book and watching the male lifeguards! =)

walkingonsunshine18 said...

Even though you didn't accomplish all you set out to do, it sounds like you had a great weekend and that's all that really matters! :)

justatitch said...

I love those weekends when I don't quite get everything done because I am so caught up in the moment and enjoying life...