"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
How do you balance the crazy, fun adventures with the practical needs of keeping house and home? Come the weekend and this becomes my conflict. It doesn’t always work out as planned. Sometimes the dishes have to wait for another day because the great outdoors beckons and other days the chore list makes me give up my grand plans to explore. But I enjoy blending these seemingly contrast spheres in my life.
Next weekend we host a duel 30th birthday party for two of J’s good buddies – we’re calling it a 60th birthday bash. J and I are scrambling to figure out how to park, feed, and sleep 20+ people in a very cozy space. Needless to say, this past weekend was full of planning for all of it. There was the weekly grocery store run to make, the cooking and meal planning for the week, and much deep cleaning of the house and yard was necessary.
But through it all we still found time to goof off in the best of ways:
Cobalt “helped” J with some yard work.
On Saturday evening J and I met with some friends for brews and eats at once of my favoritest spots in Bellingham, Boundary Bay Brewery. Their gluten-free barbecue pulled pork pizza sets my heart a-pounding!
On Sunday, after performing my duties of deep cleaning the “galley”, moving around the piles of laundry, and otherwise making myself appear less slatternly, Cobalt and I left J to clean his garage. We hopped in the Jeep, rolled down the windows, blasted the tunes, and cranked up the heat. Off we went to the mountain home of my lovely friend, M. Cobalt and M’s gorgeous blue heeler, Keli, played fetch in the sunshine. Meanwhile M and I got to catch up on life and she regaled me with the plans for her upcoming summer wedding. Oh, and Cobalt tried to climb through a cat-door, to no avail. Exhibit A:
Then it was back to hearth and home for a relaxing evening with my main men. Mister J was hankering for some comfort food so I whipped up some tasty sloppy joes of a beef/Italian sausage variety, topped with homemade crispy onions and pepper jack cheese piled high on wheat bread for J and a corn tortilla for me!
So that was the weekend with it’s homely joys and fun outings. I love having these two seemingly separate focuses in my life for the balance they bring – a melding of stability and comfort with adventure and excitement!