Saturday, March 03, 2007
The Saturday Morning Routine
Saturday mornings are sacred to me.
Back in Vancouver my normal routine was to get up, make my breakfast: a bowl of muesli, half an apple and some yogurt; perhaps the other half of the apple with some crunchy peanut butter on it and the best part - an americano coffee.
Then I'd get the Vancouver Sun from the mailbox, curl up in my big comfy chair, wrap myself up in a cosy blanket and read the paper. One of my cats would usually curl up on the arm of the chair beside me or perhaps try to get underneath the paper for a quick cuddle. I would not move from my position other than at the halfway point to perhaps make a second coffee (decaf this time) if I was in the mood.
Quite often this routine would take me right through to lunch time, and I was completely fine with this. You see Saturday was the only day I allowed myself this luxury. It was my time.
Now not every Saturday was like this as life does happen and sometimes the Saturday would involve me jumping out of bed and rushing off to what ever appointment I had. But that would always kind of throw my weekend off as I would feel a bit out of sorts for the rest of the day. Like a clock that had been over wound and as a result would just stop ticking. We all need our down time, it helps the body, mind and spirit to recharge and process all we have experienced during the week.
So here in my new home, I've tried to keep this habit of a sacred Saturday morning. But I don't have my cats to cuddle with, my big comfy blanket has been replaced by my soft cosy robe, and the paper has been replaced by my laptop.
This morning was no different but at one point the sun started to stream through the lounge window and left strong shadows and bright light on the coffee table. I grabbed my camera and took the opportunity to play around with manually using different exposure settings. It's tough to do a true test when clouds keep rolling by changing the lighting conditions.
So here I sit, in my robe and flannel PJ's. Enjoying my 2nd cup of coffee (no espresso machine sadly) with the sun warming my toes.
I need to go into the office at some point today as I have a huge pile of work to do. But I refuse to give up my lazy Saturday morning.