Saturday, February 08, 2014

Not a waste

Today I was the recipient of a rare and wonderful present: the gift of cancelled plans.

Instead of spending too much time in the car and too many hours running around, I wore yoga pants and never did my hair and wasted the day.

It was the greatest day I have had in a while.

I got up early. 6:45 am. The same time the coffee grinder goes off every weekday morning. I considered going back to sleep but it never happened. I scrolled through Twitter. Deleted emails. Researched the start time of today's event in Olympic figure skating. Finally got up, turned my beloved Olympic games on the television and made coffee.

I watched the Olympics from 7:30 this morning until 3:00 this afternoon. I have no regrets. I took a few breaks. Once, I stopped for a shower because that's hygienic. Another time, I rolled out a batch of cookies that Lucy and I have plans to decorate early next week.

But mostly I just watched the Olympics because there were no shortage of Olympic events to watch. There was a wealth of figure skating. I couldn't turn it off. While NBC trims the figure skating events to only show the Americans and the front runners, I could get the full event online and on the Canadian broadcast (Canada gets it right and airs events live; Detroit gets it right and gets one Canadian station). I love watching all of the skaters. Even the bad ones. I love watching an Olympic dream come true. And it's comforting to know that I could have represented Israel as a pairs skater, too.

Meg called me in the afternoon and, when I confessed to how I was spending the day, she (who had been watching a lot of Olympic coverage, too) consoled me. "It's going to be nighttime in Sochi and there won't be any more events to watch."

When that happened, I went to the gym. Where I watched a replay of the skiathon competition from the treadmill. While getting in a leisurely five miles. I love -- and rarely have -- a trip to the gym where I am in absolutely no hurry. I got in my run. I hung out in the steam room. I was really slow getting dressed and I wasn't mad at myself for wasting time.

I cooked a big dinner and started on lunched for next week. I did a load or two of laundry. I wished The Coach good luck. I drank too much coffee. I meant to polish my nails and never did it. I finished the book that I was reading. I made another batch of cookies but I haven't baked them yet. I will, soon. That's part of my big plan for tonight. That and watching The Coach's game and the NBC primetime replay of figure skating might be on the television right now.

I like to hear what the different announcers have to say about each skater's program. And what else am I going to do? Something productive? It's a little too late for that.

I'm writing today off. As the most awesomely lazy day of 2014 so far.


my life is brilliant said...

Um, this is not a lazy day. You got up early. You baked—a couple things! You went to the gym. Not lazy. Not at all.

gloriason said...

What are you talking about? You took a shower, that sounds productive to me plus you did laundry and made lunches and cookies. Furthermore, the Olympics are a once every four year excuse to veg out in front of the TV. Sounds like you did pretty good today!

Lynn said...

Everybody needs relaxing days!

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