Weekend Update

Pro tip: If you never sleep, you have way more time for activities!

I’m currently reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, and one of the tasks she asks you to do is to track what you do with your time.  Currently, my schedule is a little bit thrown off because I just switched over to night shift, and I’ve always had trouble sleeping during the day.  One of the benefits to sleeping 3-4 hours is that I have a lot more time on my hands, just less energy to fill those hours.  Thank god for good coffee!

In the book, she interviews all of these highly successful people who are able to cram in ten minutes of family time as they commute to work and things like that.  I like that no time is wasted, but it also sounds exhausting (totally possible that I might just be craving a good night’s sleep at night)  I’m going to move at my own pace and use my time as effectively as I can without burning out.  Speaking of burning out, I had the most relaxing weekend.

It’s always exciting when Carl and I are both free.  I walked in the door after work, blinked, and woke up six hours later on the couch to him laughing at me.  I was totally disoriented–I had been dreaming about swimming in a lake on a foreign planet.

He shook me back to Earth, yelling that we were burning daylight! He had a point, so I changed out of my work clothes from the night before and got dressed for a new day.  

Still half asleep, I was herded into the car.  My attempts to figure out where we were going were shot down; Carl had a plan.  I gave up quickly and fell back asleep, but firmly demanded sushi.  You guys, night shift makes me weird.

We got out at Shurijo Castle Park and spent the evening exploring its ponds, paths and shrines.  We watched some really cute kids playing badminton/soccer/softball and laughed at how much energy they had.  Finally, after what seemed like years, we had a sushi dinner and slept.

Thanks Carl, for this beautiful photo.


Sunday morning, Carl had a meeting, so I started my morning with some online yoga.  It’s hard to believe that it’s really November here, because it was 70s and sunny all day–absolutely gorgeous!  I’m trying to get in the fall spirit with the occasional squash recipe here or carrot cake oatmeal there.


We went to a local DIY store and bought a ton of stuff for our little garden in the backyard, then cut the lawn.  The garden is doing so, so good thanks to farmer Carl!


We have tiny spinach sprouts, tomatoes, tangerines, peppers, and an herb garden with basil, rosemary, cilantro, and mint.  Can’t wait to eat it all!  It was a really relaxing day.  I loved to be out there repotting some plants that had gotten too big and just to be working together out in the sun.

When we were finished, we just looked at the yard for a while from our back porch.  Our next-door neighbor peeked over the fence and gave us a big thumbs-up.  The whole scene felt like perfection.

Can I just stay here for the rest of my life, or…?

I guess it’s back to work for me.  Night shift, you win this time.

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