I was one of the lucky ones who got MLK day off (unlike the Hus-friend, womp, womp), so I felt the heavy responsibility of making the most of my day. Before I went to bed the night before, I scribbled down a to-do list and left it on a sticky note next to my computer.
When I woke up the next morning, I considered how ridiculous it is to make a to-do list for a DAY OFF from work. Then again, I am a ridiculous person who loves checking off tasks.
On the boring side of things, my list had:
- itemize Goodwill donations and drop them off (When we amass a sufficiently large box of donation items, I go through and write down the date, the item, and its value and print off a hard copy to staple to the back of the official donation form. Each itemized list goes into a master Google doc, so at the end of the year, we can easily total what we donated for tax purposes.)
- return goodeggs (local food delivery service) cold packaging to get them out of the kitchen AND avoid being charged a fee
- pick up prescription from the pharmacy
- Also: change the bed linens and wash the sheets:
I hate-hate-HATE the look of a messy linens cabinet, but up until yesterday, I was pretty bad at folding fitted sheets. The videos online (and I’ve watched them ALL) did not explain how to orient the sheet–do you hold the corners on a short side or a long side? Fortunately, I remember that Kim had done a short video a few years ago where she explained how to fold a fitted sheet into a neat little square. Her video was perfect because she used a sheet with a print, so I could tell how it was oriented. So if you would also like to save yourself the rage of trying to fold a fitted sheet, definitely check out her video!
Now, onto other fun stuff i did:
I baked some keylime cookies, except I used the zest of two Meyer lemons instead. My baking powder is apparently expired because these babies turned out pancake flat. They were still soft and yummy though (and the engineering department ate them all).
To use up the rest of a softball-sized Eureka lemon, I made another gâteau au yaourt. This time, I omitted the crushed almonds and used all flour. I think I prefer this smoother and lighter texture.
While I was in the kitchen, I stocked up on…stock. My system (because everything is a system) is to save vegetable scraps and any bones from cooking and add them to a resealable bag in the freezer. This makes a tastier, less salty stock, and I feel so much better reducing the amount of waste I produce. I’ve been buying animal products and meat from local producers, and I really like the idea that none is going to waste. For example, not only did the chicken I bought get used in three meals, I simmered the bones for stock!
Not pictured: the long walk I took with bodger, the progress I made on the gusset of my knitted sock, and the time I spent reading for pleasure.
Around 4:30pm, I still had “sew” on my to-do list. I was feeling guilty for not spending any time at my machine recently, and I had a small stash of fabric to use. I was feeling pretty tired by that point, but I really wanted to get through my “to do” list. Isn’t that ridiculous? I could have sat on the couch and stared at the wall, and no one would have faulted me! Then again, my productivity is for me, not for anyone else.
I rallied, picked a very easy project, and got to work.
Check it out! I made a soft, light jersey infinity scarf, perfect for San Francisco. For the past year, I had been going to Marinelayer store in Hayes Valley and stroking their soft jersey infinity scarves. I REFUSED to pay $38 for something I could make myself, so every time, I’d put it down and congratulate myself on my ability to walk away from an impulse buy. I’m so glad I did! This scarf was so easy to make, even though I totally hate hate hate sewing jersey! (I didn’t blog the totally wonky jersey tee-shirt with an awful stretched-out neckline that I made last month.)
When the Hus-friend came home, I told him all about my very productive day over leftover pizza. Please, like I had the energy to make another pizza from scratch! That would just be too much.
So, my day off was not necessarily relaxing, but it was very productive and satisfying! And trust me, I slept like a log that night.