They say that when you retire, every day is Saturday. I have not retired yet and today is not Saturday, but it sure felt like it. I still have almost two weeks of sick leave left to burn through and since it’s a use it or lose it benefit, I took the day off. The going in plan was to take the day off, if Anne also had it off too, but she got called into work and this morning at seven, when she woke me, it was with the expectation that I would go to work, albeit a little late at that point. I must confess that I did not meet expectations today. As soon as she closed the front door, I rolled over and went back to sleep.
That is not to say that I didn’t do anything today. I did: groceries, dishes (twice), laundry (trice), haircut (all of them). I mowed the lawn for the first time this year, which always makes me feel like Westley, from the movie “The Princess Bride”, hacking my way through the Fire Swamp. Buttercup was at school, so since she wasn’t home, of the three dangers of the Fire Swamp the flame spurt and the lightning sand were no problem, because she wasn’t there to fall prey to them first and as for the dreaded R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size) − Anne calls them third graders and dealt with them herself. Still there was a lot of hacking of vegetation involved. I’ve been binging on “Princess Bride” since it arrived on Netflix this month, in case you were wondering. There is just so much dialog left to memorize.
After the lawn, I almost bagged it for the day, but instead launched for a brief bike ride in the park. It really is a beautiful day. I was already showered and dressed when Anne came home. I offered up this activity list as my feeble excuse. She just shook her head, but since I’m bigger than a third grader, left it there. You know, looking at Anne’s schedule for the day, I don’t see why she was complaining. It comprised nothing but, three lunches and three recesses. When I was in school I would have killed for a schedule like that. As soon as I finish this post, I’ll start fixing dinner. I’m roasting Brussels sprouts tonight for the first time. This should be interesting.