I hope none of you in Northwest Washington had plans for a Labor Day BBQ today. The weather has turned to fall, at least here in Bellingham and nothing makes that more apparent than a gray, rainy Labor Day. I think if you have gray, rainy days before Labor Day there’s still hope for some more warm, sunny days to come. But after Labor Day, your odds are much worse. It’s time to accept the fact that it is fall – pull out that extra blanket, unbury your coats from the closet, and get used to seeing your breath when you walk out the door.
I spent most of the day yesterday getting all of my chores done. I cleaned, grocery shopped, cooked, cleaned the kitchen again, and did everything I could to make sure my Labor Day was chore-free. I usually prefer to spend my long weekends either out of town or doing absolutely nothing productive whatsoever. This holiday fell under the latter category. It snuck up on me before I could make any plans, so a lazy holiday it is!
I woke up ready for a day of doing whatever I felt like… and waking up to a wet, gray day pretty much made me want to do nothing. So I went back to sleep. After sleeping in, then rufusing to get out of bed until I was good and ready, I finally rolled out of bed and tried to start my day. After taking a shower, I felt I had worked too much for such a rainy day, so I sat on the couch for a while and talked to Jason. We decided we would go out for breakfast which meant I would have to dry my hair, find some sort of hooded jacket, find my shoes instead of flip-flops… What a lot of work!
Jason and I drove to Diamond Jim’s, a local favorite. But unfortunately it’s too many people’s favorite and the wait was almost out the door (in the rain…). So we drove over to another local favorite, The Old Town Cafe. There was a long wait there too, but at least we could wait inside! Once we were seated I looked at a clock and realized it was 12:20pm… sort of a late breakfast, but why not? It’s Labor Day after all.
Jason and I discussed our options for the day over breakfast. We had hoped to go for a picnic, but that wasn’t working out, so what should we do? As we looked out the window with the rain coming down, I decided it was just one of those hot chocolate and a cookie days. So that’s what we did. After breakfast (at lunch time) we went to the grocery store and bought the ingredients we needed to make chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate and headed to my house.
Jason and I made up the cookie dough… I ate a lot of the cookie dough along the way, drowning my worries of getting salmonella with another spoonful of dough. Some did make it into the oven though and we made our hot chocolate. After we got the last batch of cookies in the oven, we decided our latest Netflix movie wasn’t going to watch itself, so we better have at it. A plateful of cookies later and I wasn’t feeling so good. Now I rememeber why I never make cookies – I have zero self-control and will indeed eat cookies until I get sick. Jason wasn’t giving me too much sympathy, but I think it’s because he was too busy feeling sick too. We’re quite a pair. Luckily by the end of the movie I was coming down from my sugar high and feeling pretty good again.
And now Jason’s studying for work and I thought about trying to do something productive, but it’s still a holiday and if I’ve made it this long without doing anything, why start now? I really do recommend days like these occasionally. Everybody needs to take a break sometimes. It helps you realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you. I did nothing today and nobody cared, the world didn’t come to a screeching halt, and all of my worries and concerns can indeed wait until tomorrow to be dealt with.
P.S. I think Jason would agree with me too – He’s sitting over at his desk, balancing a piece of paper on his nose while he listens to his lecture… and I think that’s been his biggest project today. 🙂