Making the Most of a 3-Day Weekend

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A Lazy Day

A Lazy Day

I’m one of the lucky gal’s who gets today off. As a substitute teacher, I  pretty much get every national holiday off, a week for spring break, three weeks of winter vacation, and a full 12-week summer vacation. Not bad, considering of those 180 working days I’m home by 3pm. Of course, I don’t get paid on my days off, but that’s a whole other story. So, today I’m spending my day relaxing in the warm California sun. Oh, yeah! Our temp’s have zoomed back up to 77 degrees, making me realize why I pay so much for living in sunny Southern California; the weather!

This weekend I not only helped my husband with a client project, finished 3 school projects, but also had the luxury of spending Sunday and most of today doing absolutely nothing. My favorite thing to do, out side of bike riding (I got to do this as well this weekend). I’ve decided that I can shrug off the guilt of doing nothing because I accomplished plenty on my three days off. But, that brings me to making the most of a 3-day weekend without the guilt. It all boils down to time management:

  • Saturday: Since my husband manages his own business, he often has to catch up on projects on the weekends.  I helped him for a few hours. Results: completed one project, got paid.
  • Sunday AM: Skype meeting with my brother who is starting his own business. Not only is he 12 hours ahead of me time wise, he also has different work days, Sunday being one of them. Results: finalized his logo, he should pay soon. (He’s my bro, so I can’t harass him too much!) Since I had to wake up early for the meeting, I had enough time to finish 2 school projects. Results: Two down, one more to go.
  • Sunday PM: Had time to throw in a couple of loads of laundry while my husband cleaned the car and bikes (my Valentine’s Day gift, I think). Went to a friend’s for an early B-B-Q via a bike ride. Wrapped up the evening with a movie at home and a beer. Results: My do nothing time! Minus the laundry, of course.
  • Monday AM: Sleep in! Finished the final school project. Will hop on my bike later today and head out for my 2-hour class. Results: I finished everything without being pressed for time and stressed out.

Since today is a holiday for many people, I intend to catch up on some pleasurable reading and not worry about the remainder of the week’s impending work.

How are you spending your 3-day weekend? Did you get to do something romantic or plan a weekend get-away? Are you one of the lucky people who get’s every national holiday off?


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  1. Susan Tiner

    I have to work today :-(, but plan to do some pleasure reading later. Yesterday I had to work too, but we got away for a little while to try a Turkish restaurant for lunch in San Francisco. The weather is also beautiful up here this weekend. We are lucky!

  2. RainyDaySaver

    Oh, go on about your 77 degree temps while I’m stuck in the snow-covered Northeast (which makes me wonder, what am *I* paying for?)! But I’m glad you’re enjoying your 3-day weekend. I had to work today; then again, I have to work most Monday holidays.
    .-= RainyDaySaver´s last blog ..Credit Card Interest Rate Increases: Excellent Credit Be Damned =-.

  3. Daniel

    I’m one of the unlucky ones who doesn’t get many holidays off (only the big ones – Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, and 4th of July). But…we also rarely get a day off of work for the snow. We had one this year because of the blizzard and it was downright dangerous, but it’s been 7 years for the last one. Sometimes I wish I went with the federal government calendar. They seem to be off constantly.
    .-= Daniel´s last blog ..Personal Finance 101 =-.

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