I had much success in doing my four free things from last Friday, although it took longer than just the weekend to fit them all in. I signed up to be a working owner at the co-op on Friday. We had coffee on the apartment with my dear in-laws. We also took them to the botanical gardens (beautiful) and on a brief part of the historical downtown self-guided walking tour (quite fun). Alas, we ended up spending our fair share of money too — we were hosting guests in a new town, after all. That's to be expected. So for at least this whole weekend, my goal is to spend ZERO dollars, except on only the essential necessary groceries. ZERO! How on earth will I do that?
1. LIBRARY! Holey buckets, B and I finally both have official mail that should allow us each to get a library card. This has been a long time coming. I'm planning to get an audio book, some old time and classical cds to listen to, and perhaps Jane Eyre, which I've been trying to finish forever it seems. (Great book —I just got distracted from it by the cross-country move.)
2. Coffee at the Gardens. The botanical gardens we visited this week have a lovely creek running through it, and we plan to head down there with our travel mug full of homemade coffee and sit by the running water while we drink it. This was one of my favorite things to do when I co-led short backpacking trips years back. So peaceful.
3. Bike Ride/Hike. B has a single speed bike. I've been telling him that he will want gears, but he needs a little ride around town to prove it to him. I'm in. Great exercise and fresh air...what could be better? I'm also hoping to get out into the woods with the pooches for a hike. It has been a few weeks, and I am really craving the feel of the trail under my feet.
4. Play Catch-Up. This one isn't so much fun as it is stress relieving. Between visitors and my frozen panic that comes from doing something new I'm not good at, I have fallen behind at both the internship and my schoolwork. I'll be using a LARGE chunk of this weekend—and much of next week—to get caught up...which will make next weekend much, much nicer :) Sometimes, preparing yourself to be less stressed later (or relieving yourself of current stress by ending your epic procrastination streak) is really the best way to spend free time, don't you think?
See you back here on Monday!
What activities are you planning that don't cost much?