No Nights Off

Saturday afternoon. Blair and I are flipping through cookbooks, looking for meals for the upcoming week. "So how many nights will you be home this week?" he asks.

I think about it and then gently close the cookbooks. "None."

He closes his cookbook too. "So I guess we're on our own for the week."

I guess so. Here's my nightly schedule for this week:

  • Monday (yesterday): Went with a friend to Salem College to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak. She is the author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE which has catapulted to one of my favorite books of all time. She didn't disappoint as a speaker. Funny, down-to-earth, poignant. During the Q&A period I just wanted to raise my hand and ask, "Will you be my friend?"  Anyway, left the house at 5:30 and home by 9.
  • Tuesday: Writer's Group meeting tonight from 7-9, which will put me home about 10.
  • Wednesday: Birthday dinner for my friend Kay at 7. A great chance to celebrate Kay's birthday and catch up with some trail running friends. Home by 10.
  • Thursday: I'm a speaker at the Women Connecting with Women Business Showcase at the Greensboro Public Library from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
  • Friday: The NC Writers' Network Fall Conference begins. My friend Pam and I are presenting a 2-hour workshop on Saturday, but I'll attend the Friday night talk which STARTS at 9. (Who planned this anyway--a 16 year old???)
  • Saturday: Spending the night at the hotel where the conference is being held as the program again runs late into the night
  • Sunday: Conference in the morning, running in the afternoon, home for a quick shower and then back to GSO for the end-of-the-season 6 p.m. dinner with my running group.

Blair's schedule is the opposite of mine in that he usually leaves the house by 6:30 a.m. and arrives home about 8, in bed by 9:30, which is usually when I'm walking in the door.  We looked at each other this morning and were like, "Okay, so see you Monday? Yes? Sounds good..."

This should be the last week of big projects. Personally, I'm looking forward to some down time.