How was your three-day weekend? Did you even have one? Working out of a home office, the only time I have a “real” weekend is when I/we go away. No complaints, though; I love having the flexibility to multitask by jumping between personal, work, and ministry responsibilities. Anyway, here’s a whole lot about mostly nothing…just a slice of normal life.
My weekend started on Friday afternoon when I came down with a vicious stomach bug. Although I was “sofa-ridden” for a day and a half, AMC was running a Memorial Day War Heroes Weekend movie marathon and the UEFA Champions League final was televised live on Saturday morning at 11 am. My favorite international club, Barcelona, won the title with a resounding 3-1 defeat of Manchester United. Man U’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, a Scot not given to hyperbole (imagine that!) called the 2011 Barca squad the best team he had ever faced in competition. They were dominant!
I spent much of Sunday at church fulfilling my parking & traffic team duties, returned home exhausted, and promptly dropped off into a 2-hour nap. Shortly after my youngest daughter (Shana) went to bed, the stomach bug 2.0 struck our home. She came out of her room sick around 10 pm and proceeded to vomit every few minutes for the next 2 1/2 hours. My wife took the first sleep shift and I didn’t get to bed until almost 1 am. Shana woke up vomiting at 3 am and again at 6 am – at which point I awoke for good. She’s gotten better by the hour today, but my wife and I have found ourselves suffering from PSDS – parent’s sleep deprivation syndrome.
Since I couldn’t get back to sleep, I ended up watching the nPower Championship playoff final between Reading (England) and Swansea City (Wales). This is the same league my team (Leeds United) plays in. The winner would take the final promotion slot into the English Premier League, the top-flight of English football. It was a really exciting game, with Swansea winning 4-2 and becoming the first Welsh team ever to earn entry into the Premiership. It’s also a great rags-to-riches story, as the immediate payoff for promotion is $90 million pounds. This for a club that back in 2003 was almost shut down due to financial difficulties. In eight years, the Swans climbed from non-conference status, up four levels, to the top.
One of my other weekend diversions was finishing an AudioBook I had downloaded to my phone about a week ago. The book was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Because I’m such a history buff, I absolutely loved it. It gave me a whole different perspective on one of the “backstories” of the civil rights movement of the 1960′s. Great book!
Finally, after picking up my custom knee brace on Thursday, I hit a small bucket of balls at the driving range this afternoon – for the first time in five weeks. My knee is sore this evening, but now I have something to shoot for…a mid-June return to playing golf.
All in all, it was a good weekend. Not what I expected, but so what?