Thanks to everyone who responded to my recent question about how to respect my girlfriend's privacy when blogging. As I read each comment, I thought "Yes! That's it!", despite the fact that each response was very different from the others. I guess there are multiple ways of handling this issue...I'll let you know when I figure out which one I'm going to use.
But now, time to look forward to my four days off with no pager and few responsibilities! What am I planning to do, you wonder?
1) Haircut: Not glamorous, but so necessary. My previous hairstylist, whom I loved, moved away almost a year ago, and I've been trying to find a good new one ever since. The last one I tried definitely wasn't a good one, and I'm really looking forward to someone undoing the damage she did to my hair. Here's hoping tonight's stylist is better.
2) Cooking: The girlfriend and I both love to cook and bake, and we have some epic plans for the weekend. Wareniki with schmaunfat, scalloped potatoes, and no-knead bread top the list.
What is wareniki with shmaunfat, you ask?
Mmmmm. They will take forever to make, but it will be worth it.
3) Family: Tomorrow night is dinner with the girlfriend's family, and Sunday night is dinner with mine. I felt very cut off from family while I was away on elective, so it will be nice to have some extended time to get caught up with them and reconnect.
4) Read: I stopped at the library on the way home from work today and picked up two new books, which I am looking forward to reading in my pajamas (probably while cuddling a cat or two). The first is Adult Onset, by Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald. This novel tells the story of a gay woman who tries to come to terms with her difficult childhood while caring for her own young children. I started reading it a few months ago, but gave up because I had reached the due date. It's a bit on the heavy and depressing side, but I'm willing to plod through to the end because Ann-Marie MacDonald is a good writer and because there just isn't that much good LGBTQ writing out there. (Or is there? Anyone have any good suggestions for me?)
The second book, which I may or may not get to this weekend, is Complications by Atul Gawande. I don't know much about it, other than that it's written by a surgeon, but I'm hoping it'll tide me over until the book of his that I really want to read (Being Mortal) is available.
5) Rest: I took two days off sick with a cold this week, and I am still hacking up a lung, so I am hoping that in the midst of baking and celebrating and being busy that there will be some time to sleep and recover. Wishful thinking?
What are you planning for your weekend?