There are two things that I really should have seen coming, but totally didn’t.
The first is something that I am sure that tens of thousands of good Patriotic people have learned before me: The God Bless America Red White And Blue Cheesecake ends up being Pink, Cream, and Periwinkle. I mean, had I merely devoted five minutes of thought to it, I’d have easily concluded that it won’t be the colors of the flag but the colors of the food, plus or minus a shade here or there. Instead, I only devoted three minutes of thought to it and concluded that people would make fun of the God Bless America Red White And Blue Cheesecake because a layer cheesecake in a clear plastic bowl is recreating the flag of the Netherlands, not the flag of the United States.
As it turns out, the flag of the Netherlands is also not particularly Pink, Cream, or Periwinkle.
So I’m going to put a layer of cool whip on top and slice up some strawberries for stripes and put a field of blueberries in the upper left corner and call it good. And if people make fun of it, I will point them to the sugar-free popsicles in the fridge.
The second thing that I really should have seen coming, but totally didn’t is that exercise imposes costs on other parts of your life. I’ve started needing more sleep. Back when I didn’t exercise, like, at all, I only needed 6 hours of sleep a night. I’d wake up raring to go and was ready to fill another 18 hours with sedentary action. Jogging makes me go to bed an hour earlier and hit snooze for a half hour the next morning.
It’s not just the 16 minutes and change to jog a half mile and powerwalk a half mile. It’s an additional 90 minutes of sleep that it takes from me. This is a total rip-off.
As such, this weekend will be devoted to neither jogging nor making particularly patriotic cheesecakes. The former is something that can wait until Wednesday and the latter is something that I have gotten out of my system (though, this time last year, I had no idea that it was something that was in my system).
I’m lucky enough to have enough vacation time saved up to give up a day for Monday, so I’ve got a 4-day weekend before me. Leisurely chores, errands, and, perhaps, a savory cheesecake await (use BREAD CRUMBS for the crust! Of course!) and a lot of Diablo III Necromancing.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)