just relax

October 22, 2011

Every Saturday morning is the same around here.

The second I wake up, I grudgingly take a peek at the clock that is on my side of the bed, sighing every single time I see a time starting with the number 5. This Saturday, the Husband had to be up at 6:00, so add that alarm to the mix, and I was up and at ‘em early… again.

Alas, I am used to it by now. Usually on Saturday mornings the second I wake up, I am in “go” mentality until all of my chores for the day are done. There is always something to be cleaned, laundry to be sorted, beds to be made, and a dog to be walked.

However, this Saturday was a little bit different.

I woke up this morning knowing I only had until 11:30 to really get anything done because of the wedding we are going to tonight. My sister in law is doing my hair at 1, and well — I should probably shower and get ready before that.

When I finally got myself out of bed at 6:30 this morning, I decided to take it easy. Instead of instantly making beds, putting a load of laundry in the washer, or cleaning up my disaster of a kitchen, I wanted to relax. So often I am off running to yoga, to the farmer’s market — to anywhere, really — because I love to be busy. I love to feel accomplished. I love checking things off of my “to do list”.

But this morning, I kept my computer closed. I brewed a pot of Pumpkin Spice coffee. I leisurely made myself some oatmeal pumpkin pancakes.

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I read the rest of my book. I snuggled with my dog. I started working on a few new recipes. I sang to myself since there was no one else around to comment on how horrid it actually is.

You know what?

It felt good.

I kind of like still being in my pajamas at 9 AM. I am enjoying the fact that while my living room could stand to be vacuumed, I’m probably not going to get to it today. I’m laughing at the mess that is my kitchen right now.

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I’m loving the sunlight that keeps peeking through my bay window, as somehow the sun forgot to come out and play all week long.

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My hair looks like it could stand to be combed, but I really don’t care.

And I probably won’t be leaving all morning.

It felt nice to actually do some relaxing — which is something I have a difficult time doing. Call me my mother’s daughter, but I always need to have something on my plate (literally and analytically, I suppose).

So even if the only thing I check off my to do list this morning is “make a to do list”, so be it.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Question: What do your Saturday mornings look like?

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Michaela October 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

glad you enjoyed your morning! I feel we all need such a day from time to time. I´m usually like you, I never sit down to relax until I have ticked a lot of things of my to-do-lists, but sometimes, sometimes all I want it stay in my pj´s the whole morning, sitting at the breakfast table for ages and slowly get into gear.


Katie @ Raisins&Apples October 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

Sounds like your Saturday is already off to a beautiful start :)

Instead of pajamas, I’m still in my workout gear…and I’m not too sure when that shower will roll around today

have fun at the wedding!


Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

I love taking it easy on Saturday mornings! I usually sleep in until 9ish and then have a leisurely breakfast with lots of tea. Then a run around 11 or 12!


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Love this! And I am certainly beginning to come around to the niceties of relaxing more. Something I’m doing now. ;) Have a great weekend!


Bridget B. October 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

We all need a moment (…or a few) to put down the To-Do lists and take life in. I am like you too; I love feeling like I am getting something important accomplished at all times. Pumpkin spice coffee never hurts the situation though. ;0 Enjoy your weekend and have fun relaxing!!


Jenny October 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

I kinda of feel that tug o’ war this morning since I went home to my parents for the weekend to relax..but instead have made a list of “Things to Do” while I’m hear and sleeping til 10 am really didn’t help with the time constraint!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

Reading this made me happy :) ….I’m going to get to cuddle my niece today- that is what is on my to-do list!


Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona October 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

I’m like that too, I think I have to be busy to get things done and feel good about myself. But I’m slowly learning that I need to relax and enjoy myself more.


Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats October 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

My Saturday mornings usually result in my body waking me up at the regular weekday time (4:20-5:20) and getting a workout in and a tasty breakfast. This morning I was able to sleep in until 7:30, did a bit of cleaning, and skipped working out. It feels good to just kind of relax for a bit. Hope you have a great day!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

Go, go, go is usually how my saturday’s are too. My husband works on Saturday so I try to get all the “household stuff” (cleaning, shopping, laundry) done so we can actually enjoy our one day off together. Well today I’m sick and I’ve yet to move my butt from the couch all morning. Trying to enjoy the down time but it’s gorgeous outside and all I want to do is get stuff done yet my body is telling me no! Have fun at the wedding!


Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

My Saturday is full of writing a grad paper & writing lesson plans. What fun! ;-)


khushboo October 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

Sundays are my relax day and I so look forward to them! I work half days on Saturday so my mornings are like any other weekday: gym, get ready for work, breakfast, work!


Sophie @ threetimesf October 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

My Saturday morning looked pretty lazy this morning! I slept in until about 10!! (never happens!) then finally left after midday to walk the dog to the local cafe and have a hot chocolate :D
Enjoy the wedding!


Claire October 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

We would be HORRIBLE roommates, Chelsey. I am the *exact* same way! I am in graduate school and full-time job mode ALL the time. This morning, I was up at 6:30 am because I knew the boyfriend had to get on the road to visit family and he hadn’t yet packed (men oh men)…so I was thinking of things to remind him to pack. Let me just say, what a comedy show! I have to admit…I am enjoying being up early on the weekends lately (I just was talking about this on Courtney’s page); it’s so calming to be up before most others are! Have a wonderful time at the wedding and keep that relaxation train a rollin’ into the evening!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

Mine was busy!! I teach piano lessons alll morning starting at 9am :)


Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health October 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

Glad you took the time to relax and enjoy yourself!! That is SO necessary sometimes :) . Hope you have an awesome time at the wedding! My Saturday mornings are usually pretty lazy and I love it!


Brittany @ Little b October 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Gym, Laundry, Grocery, Cleaning, Organizing. Blah! I need to take your advice next week and just have a relaxing Saturday! Have fun at the wedding tonight!!


Amber K October 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

What a perfect morning. I would love to do the same, but the farmer’s market is only open on Saturday mornings so if I want good fresh local veggies I have to get up and moving. And then since I’m already out I might as well pick up the rest of the stuff I need. Which usually just makes a whole morning of errands. But the market is only open through October until it closes again. So I guess I’ll have a relaxing Saturday morning next month!


kathleen @ the daily crumb October 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

i love this post! as important it may be to get things done, those lazy saturday mornings you take for yourself are the best moments.


chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I love sleeping in on saturday mornings, and then going to spin class at the gym at 12. Except this morning was especially awesome because I finally got to go apple picking!


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Right there with you! This weekend is ALL about family time for us! To relax and breath and cuddle and just chill. Feels good.


Christina October 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Sounds like a great Saturday morning indeed. Ahh what a feeling to not have to comb your hair, doesn’t it feel great!


sarah@spinach and spice October 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Today’s morning looked like a large Chemistry lab full of note taking and preparation for this weeks midterm. Strangely, I enjoyed it .. but not because I love chem. Haha, only because it was a huge help! I like the looks of your Saturday morning a little bit better. Especially with the double pumpkin action going on in your breakfast. Ooh Fall weekends :)


Brittany October 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I love being lazy on the weekends! It’s so nice to relax sometimes especially at 5 am :D Glad you had a great morning. Have fun at the wedding!!


Jess @ Jess Go Bananas October 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I am very jealous of your saturday morning! Mine looks like a typical day, waking up at 6 and leaving at 8-I have work! But there is always Sunday mornings… :)


Emily October 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I love this. I’m the same way- I always feel like I need to be working on a task. I make my To-Do List every single morning and have a hard time relaxing until I’ve scratched off it’s contents.
But, on those special days where I let the obligations fall to the wayside, I’m always reminded of how beautiful life is and how often that beauty is ignored because of my busy schedule.
It sounds like you had a fantastic Saturday morning. I’m glad you allowed yourself the relaxation. (:


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I’m always so busy on Saturday mornings too! Usually I’m up at 6:30, then I have breakfast, go to the gym, and go grocery shopping all before noon!

Your relaxing morning sounds so nice. I’m glad you kicked back and took some me time! :)


Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles October 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

If I could stay in my PJs all day on Saturdays, I would. In fact, sometimes I do! Often they’re not hugely relaxed because the boyfriend and I visit Saturdays and I need to get ready (he appreciates when I shower), but I always take time to make myself a fab breakfast and lounge a bit!


Tara October 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I am just like you when it comes to relaxing! Something always has to be going on, and when I am able to relax I feel like I have forgotten something!!


Heather October 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Amen sister! You HAVE to let yourself “be” once in awhile. Like you, I love to be busy too. I thrive off of feeling accomplished! But tonight, for example, I got off work 2 hours early. It felt GREAT! I could use that time to relax for a bit and center myself.

Saturday mornings usually consist of a work out and a good breakfast before heading off to my weekend retail job. Ah, the joys of being a broke college student! ;-)


nicole @ simply nicole October 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Today was a very relaxing Saturday morning for me as well. Laid in bed until almost ten!


Adrienne October 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Where did you find Pumpkin Spice Coffee?


cleaneatingchelsey October 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

It’s Godiva!


Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 23, 2011 at 2:59 am

I’m so bad at taking it easy, like you I’m up at the crack of dawn at the weekends, running around like a blue arse fly. The longest I can stand to be in my PJs is 8am and that’s only when I’m running around the house cleaning or cooking something in them! If I do sit down to relax it’s only when I’ve got meals ready, the kitchen is cleaned, I’m clean, I’ve gone for a walk or worked out…and even then I usually just end up doing work on my laptop. But so be it, it makes me happy!


nicole marie October 23, 2011 at 4:32 am

i love your relaxing saturday morning. i more so love how it made you feel. this article was so calming to read! my saturday mornings? like yours, i accomplish more before noon than most people accomplish all week. please post photos of the wedding. and of your dress!


Amanda October 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

My Saturday mornings are actually usually super relaxed. It’s my Sundays that are so busy….I need to find a good balance still! :)


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I like the way you think. I was busy this weekend (out of town wedding), but I hope to make next weekend extra lazy to make up for it!


Meg October 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

lately I have been studying! But I always fit in a good sweat sesh at the gym and a great breakfast :D I usually try a new recipe on the weekend :D


Anna @ The Guiltless Life October 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

That’s a great way to spend a morning. I’m also a go-go-go person and I love that but every once in a while doing nothing feels. SO. GOOD. But when I do nothing all the time it drives me nuts! I guess it’s all balance. So glad you took it easy!


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