One of the things CC and I like most about living here in the apartment is our ability to do absolutely nothing on the weekend and not feel guilty about it. Before, when we were sharing the house with my parents, the weekend came and there was always this sort of fog of guilt around everything. We just HAD to do things around the house no matter how many things we'd done during the week. There wasn't any real DIRECT pressure on us, but you could feel it, gnawing at you. We'd do the floors or dust or clean things, and always food shopping.
These days though that's not the case. The apartment stays a LOT cleaner than the house does so right there you can write off a whole lot of work. We're only cooking for two now which means half the dishes we used to have. And with CC coming home from work mid-afternoon, we can food shop any day of the week.
It's such a luxury, or it seems to be anyway. We've had a couple of days like this already. We turn on the TV and watch it. Just that, just watch the TV, not watch the TV and vacuum or watch the TV and move furniture. Just watch, and talk a bit. Or maybe she'll play the keyboard for a while and I'll read the papers online. Slow, relaxing, fabulous. Best of all, 100% affordable :-)
We weren't able to totally goof off this weekend. My mother had ordered some new furniture and she wanted me to go over there and help arrange two rooms. Lots of clashing styles you see so it's tricky to get the right balance. Even more difficult, the pieces of furniture aren't anywhere near the same size so you can't block things off in neat little sections. Maybe one pieces you can center on a wall but if you go with a different piece there, it has to be off-center otherwise the whole balance of the room is shot. Ok, most guys reading this have glassy eyes right now and have no idea what I'm talking about :-)
We did manage to do two important things to day, at least I hope we did. We got both rooms figured out. The furniture is placed well so it's not crowded. There are nice, big open spaces and it's not as drab. I've also convinced my mother to hold off on hanging certain things on the walls until she gets the rest of her furniture. Trust me on this one, where you place two end tables can REALLY make a difference. Plus, she has to get lamps too and that will also affect what goes on the walls.
All and all, a nice visit and we made some progress in the decorating :-)