Saturday, March 5, 2011

Quick 5 for the Weekend

by Anna Sugden

Welcome to the weekend!

It's a funny thing. I write full-time at home and my lovely hubby is retired, so there's no valid reason why we should treat a weekend like a weekend - we could have Monday and Tuesday as our weekend or Wednesday and Thursday. Yet, for some reason, we still treat the weekend like a weekend.

Obviously some things can only be done at that time eg going to a football game, seeing people who work outside the home, seeing kids who are at school, watching the family in their sporting events.

Some things too, we've taken to doing during the week eg going to the cinema or a matinée performance at the theatre, going out for dinner, shopping!

But other things, we still keep for the weekend eg brunch, sleeping late, Sunday roast.

With that in mind, here's a special weekend Quick 5!

1. Do you sleep late on the weekend or are you 'up and at 'em'?

2. Do you have special weekend meals eg Sunday roast, brunch?

3. What's your favourite weekend activity?

4. Is there anything you do on a weekend that you wish you were able to do during the week?

5. If you could have any two days as your weekend, which ones would they be?


hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I sleep late whenever possible but my body is semi trained to get up early.

I do make big breakfasts on weekends that I don't do during the week. I start work at 7 in the morning so there is definitely no time to cook during the week

Reading when I want as long as I want.

Not really, I work 4 10 hour days so anything that must be done during the week (during business hours) I do on that extra day

Sunday and Monday if I could only have two.

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Did I get the GR or is the blog messed up??

Margay said...

1. Do you sleep late on the weekend or are you 'up and at 'em'?

I try hard to sleep in, but one of my cats has other ideas. This morning, she woke me up at 7!

2. Do you have special weekend meals eg Sunday roast, brunch?

When I was growing up, we used to. These days, not so much.

3. What's your favourite weekend activity?

Reading, of course! And knitting, always knitting.

4. Is there anything you do on a weekend that you wish you were able to do during the week?

I don't listen for the phone as much. More people seem to call during the week.

5. If you could have any two days as your weekend, which ones would they be?

I think the ones we have are great.

Anna Sugden said...

Well done, Dianna - you did get that pesky bird for the day!

I'm glad to hear you do the big breakfast on the weekend too!

Anna Sugden said...

Those little furry angels do have their own ideas, don't they, Margay?! Mine definitely wake me when they think it's time to get up. Especially when it means food *g*.

Margay said...

Exactly, Anna! But then, she does take care of me and check if I'm still breathing (not kidding - we call her Nurse Lily because of this) when I'm sick, so it works out.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Margay - mine are very protective when I'm ill and tend to curl up on either side of me. Lovely and comforting, but means I can't move!

Margay said...

That works for me, Anna! When I'm sick, I don't want to move!

gamistress66 said...

cute kittie, & I'm with it --- ready for the wknd most anytime ;)

usually sleep in on the wknd till mid morning so as not to kill the full day but catch up on some sleep (tend to stay up later too though)

no special wknd meals, though in summer may do a bigger cookout as more time to prep for dinner & so left overs avail to enjoy during week


other than not having to go to work ;), no not really, off every other fri so some time avail then, though shopping when stores less crowded is always nice

no preference as long as they're 2 days in a row.

BJ said...

1-I'm totally a night owl so I try to sleep in everyday...LOL But since I have a 3yr old that never seems to work, however on Sunday I do get to sleep til 8am.
2-Not really I usually cook whatever I'm in the mood for like tonight...Chicken Wellington..YUM!
3-I actually get to spend the whole day with hubby so that I think is my Fave! (during the week he's always working.)
4- Hmmmmm Good one.... I would say spend more time with the hubby but I'd might kill him by then...LOL
So, I'd have to think on this one.
5- I'd rather have Monday and Tuesday...I really Hate those days...They need to be weekends...I mean really.

BJ said...

Enjoy the GR Dianna :0)

catslady said...

1. I get to sleep in most weekdays but my husband is an early riser so I end up getting up a lot earlier on weekends!
2.I make big Sunday dinners for the family.
3. Football get togethers during the season.
4. Get to stay out later but husband needs his beauty sleep lol.
5.They're all good!

Suzanne Ferrell said...

Ah, the weekends.

I've tended to work a lot of Fri & Sat nights throughout 30 years of nursing and marriage, so weekends haven't always been that glorious for me.

I do love to watch Football on Saturdays when I can catch the Buckeyes on. And Sunday is usually a watch-football-til-I'm-numb sort of day.

So, answering the questions:

1. Yes...I sleep until I have to get up for work, or until the football games are on!

2. Usually Steak and potatoes on Sunday night.

3. Reading when I don't watch sports.

4. Yes, have my family over for dinner. Due to work schedules those meals have diminished this past year or so.

5. Wednesday and Thursday are becoming more of a weekend for me, except on Thursdays I have two grandkids for half a day...then it's like preschool around here!

Anna Sugden said...

It's a tricky thing, isn't it gamistress? You want to catch up on all the sleep you haven't had during the week, but you don't want to waste the free time! I know that when I was in business, it was hard to do it all!

Anna Sugden said...

LOL I'm not an early morning person either, BJ! I don't know how I managed all those years of having to get up at ridiculous hours and exist on 4 hours sleep!

Anna Sugden said...

My lovely hubby is an early riser too, Catslady. He's also dead to the world by 10pm, while I'm raring to go until much later. Luckily I've got used to his early bird ways and can get back to sleep.

Anna Sugden said...

Interesting, Suz! Then again your whole work schedule is mind-blowing!

How do you cope with a mid-week weekend? Any tips?

Family dinners on a Sunday are becoming a thing of the past here too. It's just not possible with everyone working and living far apart. It's nice to have them once in a while, though, to remind ourselves what a fabulous institution it is! (To say nothing of the wonderful food)

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Dianna, one chook for you!

Anna, interesting post. Actually I don't really get weekends any more although this last 18 months or so, I've instituted a 'Sunday' at least one day a week purely to conserve what little remains of my mental health. I don't always manage it but I LOVE it when I do. I attack the TBR pile and let the computer have a day off too.

1. Do you sleep late on the weekend or are you 'up and at 'em'?

Up and at 'em!

2. Do you have special weekend meals eg Sunday roast, brunch?

Often I'll do something nice in the oven.

3. What's your favourite weekend activity?


4. Is there anything you do on a weekend that you wish you were able to do during the week?


5. If you could have any two days as your weekend, which ones would they be?

A Saturday and Sunday together would be lovely. I'm perfectly happy to go traditional.

MsHellion said...

I sleep late. In fact, I had to meet people at 11 am this morning and I had to concentrate to make sure I was up and at 'em in time. It didn't help that I went to bed at 1 am last night.

I usually cook supper, or go to supper, at the farm every Sunday--it's the weekly ritual--and we usually have roast, but sometimes it's fried chicken or pork.

I usually like sleeping on my weekends. *LOL* But I also read a lot, watch my DVDs, and/or quilt or write.

I would sometimes like to have a weekday off to do matinees for shows and stuff that aren't always available on weekends. And sometimes if I have a weekday off, I go to the library--it's a lot more free then than during the weekend. *LOL*

Friday and Saturday. I love Fridays.

Helen said...

Dianna you have the GR it has been a while since he has visited you have fun with him


For me my weekend is Friday and Saturday I work Sundays and if I could sleep late I would but unfortuneatly I am awakes between
5 and 6 every morning
We often have family dinners on Friday nights
For me I do enjoy Saturdays as my day time for reading
On the weekend I do have more time for reading and seeing the grandchildren
I am happy with the days I have off because the industry I work in these are the busiest days.

Have Fun

Jane said...

1. Sleep in
2. Not always, but occasionally we do brunch.
3. Catching up on all the TV shows I missed during the week.
4. Watch TV, read or hang out late.
5. Sunday and Monday

Nancy said...

Dianna, congrats on the bird!

I love breakfast. It's my favorite meal to eat out.

Nancy said...

Anna, I sleep in whenever I get the chance!

Our special weekend breakfast is waffles--no time for them on weekdays. My parents gave us a waffle iron as a wedding gift, and we're now on our second one.

I don't know that I have a favorite weekend activity. Reading rates up there pretty much all the time.

We go to the occasional movie on weekends, and that's hard during the week because of the boy's schedule.

If I could have any two days for my weekend, I might take Wednesday and Thursday. Stores and restaurants seem to be less crowded on Wednesdays.

Donna MacMeans said...

What fun VA - a great pick-me-up for Saturday.

I'm my own boss in both writing and doing taxes so no need to punch a time clock during the week. Still I try to get up at a reasonable hour during the week. We usually have late nights on Friday and Saturday - so yeah, I love sleeping in on the weekends - especially as I have company on those days (sheepish grin).

I used to make a special Sunday dinner when I cooked, but since my daughter took over that chore, she treats Sundays like any other day. We usually do pizza on Saturday unless we're going out for dinner.

Not sure I have a favorite weekend activity, other than doing it with my dh. It's about the only time we get to spend time together. In the fall, we attend Ohio State football games on the weekend - but that's only in the fall. Guess movie night is always Friday - that counts, right?

Can't think of anything that I can't do on a weekday so no answer to that question.

Maybe Friday/Saturday as a weekend? It would have to be to contiguous days. Two days separated by workdays would be the pits.

Anna Sugden said...

Ah Anna - I want to be you when I grow up! I'm such a slacker!

One of the things I do enjoy doing on days when I don't write, is reading. Somehow it feels like such a treat, even though I read every day, to be able to spend several hours curled up with my cats and a good book.

Anna Sugden said...

Ms Hellion - you're a woman after my own heart!!

One of the things I missed when I was teaching was being able to take days off to go to the theatre or the cinema or just do something special. Yes, the long holidays are great, but the flexibility of holidays is even better. I have to say, I do enjoy retirement (well, technically it's my husband's retirement *g*) - the ultimate flexibility.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx for stepping up with this fun post!

Weekends?!?! I only observe them because my friends and DH who work have to. Otherwise it is business as usual for me.

I used to LIVE for the weekends when I worked at my DDJ, and like you I am AMAZED at how I managed to drag myself out of bed all those years. I don't schedule ANYTHING before 10 am any more. ;-)


Anna Sugden said...

How interesting, Helen, that you work on a Sunday and have Friday off instead.

I can't imagine waking up naturally so early! I need my sleep (lots of it!) - though I have to admit to being the kind of person who would rather stay up late that get up early.

Anna Sugden said...

You're in the city for great brunches, Jane! I used to love when all the fancy restaurants did their brunch deals and we got to go to some great places.

I wonder if we had Monday as part of the weekend whether our hatred would just switch to Tuesday. It's an interesting thought!

Anna Sugden said...

Oh, me too, Nancy. And I just want to add that one of the things I miss very much is IHOP! *sigh*

Anna Sugden said...

Excellent, Nancy - a sleeper and a breakfaster! How lovely that you make waffles!

I think stores do seem to be much less busy towards the beginning of the week. I think Monday is quite good for shopping, though you occasionally run into stocking problems because people have sold out of things on the weekend.

Anna Sugden said...

I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone in setting a 'work week' for my writing, Donna. I wonder if that's to fit in with the rest of the working world or just to delude my brain into thinking it has to work *g*.

Uh huh - so Donna's favourite weekend activity is doing it with her husband! Excellent! LOL.

Anna Sugden said...

10am? You early bird, AC! I try not to schedule anything before 11am LOL.

It's interesting being over in the UK too as when I get up in the morning, I need to go through all the stuff that has come in from the night before, so that I can then start work. It was much easier to get straight to work when I was in the same time zone-ish *g*.

Suzanne Ferrell said...


One of the advantages to having your days off in the middle of the week is shopping. Fewer people, closer parking spaces and you don't feel like you're in a competition, especially @ Christmas! It becomes more leisurely.

Family dinners during the week can be very nice. Tuesdays work best for most of us and I can make homemade pizzas or a casserole or two, salad and then we get to sit around the table talking, catching up, maybe even a game or cards.

Slush said...

First: Congrats on the bird Dianna.

Anna, what a fun post and to answer your questions.

-Sleep in definitely! I am a horrible nightowl and with reading I tend to get engrossed in my latest treat. Last night was a 3am.

-My special weekend treat is a delcious dip that we call 'Pork Dip'. We eat it all weekend.

-Reading, writing, playing Yahztee with my kids at 10pm.

-Making pancakes for breakfast. I don't ever get a chance to cook a big breakfast during the week.

-I am in the same boat as BJ. Monday and Tuesday should really be part of the weekend. They tend to be the most frustrating days of the week.

Nancy said...

Anna, I don't actually make the waffles. The dh does. He also makes blueberry compote to go over them.

I used to love IHOP. It was a great place for late-night runs when I was in college. There isn't one close to us now, unfortunately.

Nancy said...

Slush, I also tend to read far, far into the night. The dh is a morning person, but I get a second wind sometime between 11 and midnight.

Nancy said...

AC, I try not to schedule anything before 10, which is easier now that I'm not teaching. When I worked in an office, I tried to handle proofreading and other administrative tasks not requiring actual thought up until about then.

Nancy said...

Donna, we're having Movie Day today. I got the dh to rent Unstoppable (Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, a runaway train, and probably a fair amount of stuff crashing and/or blowing up). I tried to get the boy, who likes movies with explosions to watch it, but he kept coming up with lame excuses like needing to school. Pfah!

So the dh, who isn't actually into movies with crashes and explosions, has said he'll watch it with me.

Nancy said...

Anna, we find that Monday is a good night to go out to eat. Most people eat out on the weekend, so popular places seem to be less crowded on Monday nights.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL, believe me VA, I gritch and gripe at anything BEFORE noon! :-P

And Nancy, even when I worked the DDJ, my secretaries quickly learned NOT to schedule any meetings before 10 am because I was incapable of full participation until then, or LATER! And NO Friday afternoon meetings! Those are guaranteed snoozers.


Ju Dimello said...

Here I go .. :) trying to answer them all..

1. I sleep in

2. sunday meal - yes. some traditional spread, or something long, complex but satisfying

3. Weekend activity - used to be taking long walks - but with the winter raving at -30C's, we are better off staying inside..

4. umm - sleeping in and the long walks?

5. saturday and sunday ! I am happy with having TGIF ;)

Pat Cochran said...

1. Saturday only, up early on
Sunday for Mass- we sing in choir.
2. Sometimes
3. Visiting with grandchildren
4. " " "
5. Saturday & Sunday

Pat Cochran

Louisa Cornell said...

Lets try this again. Blogger at my comment!

Dianna you will not get to sleep in with the GR around! He is definitely an early riser. Mayhem waits for no one!

I do try to sleep in on the weekends, but my dogs don't always let me. I can usually sleep as late as 7 AM, but after that they stand on my chest and demand to be taken outside. My normal wake up on work days is 6 AM.

I actually eat breakfast on weekends. During the work week I just grab a cereal bar and eat it on the way to work. The only time I do cook is on a weekend when I might make a steak, a roast or spaghetti for myself. I prefer weekend meals at my Mom's. She cooks a big breakfast and a fabulous Sunday dinner.

When I am not writing (I do much of my writing on the weekends.) I love to read and watch movies curled up in bed.

I do yard work, bathe dogs and if I do any housework it is on the weekends.

I'd love to have Saturday and Sunday off together. Right now I am off on Friday, work Saturday and I'm off Sunday.

Anna Sugden said...

That is so true, Suz - when we remember, we like to do our shopping midweek for that reason. The problem is, I think, our brains are still wired to the weekend, so we often don't think to do it when we should *g*.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Slush - I think you'll find many of us in the Lair are terrible about reading until the early hours.

Oooh what's this pork dip?

Anna Sugden said...

My lovely hubby makes the weekend breakfasts too - except he doesn't join in with the good old English 'fry up'! That doesn't stop me from enjoying it *g*

Anna Sugden said...

Let us know what the movie was like, Nancy!

Anna Sugden said...

A lot of restaurants over here are closed on a Monday for that reason, Nancy. When we lived in NJ it was a great time to eat out.

Anna Sugden said...

Welcome Ju!

Yay on finding another sleeper-inner *g*. And someone who enjoys a Sunday spread.

-30? OMG - don't go out - stay in and let one of our cabana boys keep you warm!

Anna Sugden said...

Visiting with grandkids sounds like fun, Pat. I take it they live close by. I really enjoy catching up with my niece and nephew and the weekend is the only time possible for that because of school.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh Louisa - I wouldn't like having a 'weekend' where you have to work a day in the middle - that's tough. Glad your mum can make things better for you with her great cooking!

7am is your lie-in? *thunk*. The only way I voluntarily rise at that time is to catch a flight - otherwise, I see it from the other end of the day!

Deb said...

1. I sleep in late until 7 a.m. on the weekends. There are errands to run on Saturdays and church on Sundays. (I wake up at 5:35ish during the week. It takes me a good 15 minutes just to get moving.)

2. Oh, boy. I'm turning into my grandma Nielsen. I try to have a roast or a roast chicken on Sundays at noon or even at mid-afternoon. Sunday supper is light; scrambled eggs, waffles, or even just a big bowl of popcorn.

3. Fave activities can include watching movies or reading or taking a walk.

4. Hehehe, I wish I could stay at home during the week. I wish I could run some errands during the week. In summer, I can do so since I'm a teacher...when I'm not taking classes or workshops.

5. I would like Fridays and Saturdays to be my weekend, I think.

I like your Quick 5 posts, Anna; they're always fun. :)

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Since I started working the 10 hour days my weekend does include Monday, I had my choice of Monday or Friday, I totally hate Mondays, so decision was made quickly.

Normally I get up at 4:30 to be at work by 7:00, no, I live very close to work, about a 10 minute drive, but I am not by any stretch a morning person.

The Butterfly and The Guitar said...

1. I still get up early on the weekend. But during the week I get up at 4 am, so sleeping in until 5 am could technically mean that I am "sleeping in."

2. Every weekend, my Guitar and I got out for (what we now call) an Ice Cream Extravaganza. Basically, we skip dinner on Saturday night and indulge in a massive 3-scoop sundae.

3. Favorite weekend activity? See the paragraph above :)

4. What do I do on the weekend that I wish I could do during the week? See the paragraph above :)

5. Saturday and Sunday work just fine for me!

-The Butterfly

Anna Sugden said...

Aww thanks, Deb - glad you enjoy them. It's fun for me to learn about all of you!

At 5:35am it would take me a heck of a lot longer than 15 mins to get me moving!

I think it's great that you're keeping up the family tradition of the Sunday roast (and popcorn in the evening!)

Anna Sugden said...

OMG Dianna - you deserve a medal for having to be up at 4am!

I think I'd choose Monday as part of my weekend too, under those circumstances.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh wow, Butterfly - another 4am starter *thunk*. Though I have to admit that when I was in business, it was not unusual for me to have to have equally early starts.

Oooh how nice to skip dinner and go for that big ice cream sundae. I could go for that - I could quite easily just have a starter and a dessert when I go out to eat anyway.