Weekend Plans Post: Three Day Weekend!
So I got on the Google and looked up, with quotes, “The Three Gates Of Summer”.
I wanted to know “who came up with that phrase to describe Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day?”, because, you know, that’s pretty evocative.
And the only two hits were me. Which, seriously, can’t be right. Duck Duck Go was worse than useless and I wasn’t about to get on AskJeeves and Twitter didn’t have any hits either. So… “Three Gates of Summer”. That’s me!
And so we’re going to walk through the first of the Three Gates of Summer this weekend. Wearing masks, most likely. We’ll probably grill hot dogs (or, heck, boil them) and… well, once upon a time, I’d talk about the various get-togethers we’d have with other people where we make dessert and they grill meat for us or we are in charge of appetizers and they grill meat for us…
But the world is a certain way at this point and so we’re not doing much.
It’ll be nice to have a day off.
Otherwise, we’ll be playing with our gaming group on Saturday Night (we finished our D&D module last session so we’re going to take a Saturday off and play virtual board games of some sort) and… otherwise, I have a jog scheduled. I have some video gaming scheduled.
“What about laundry?”, you ask. Well… Laundry has evolved since the pandemic. Sure, Friday Night was the dedicated Laundry night. Start off with towels (of which there were legion from all of the showers that got taken during the week) and then the other various sorted categories. The reds. The light delicates. The dark delicates. The stuff that gets a fabric softener sheet. Did we change the bedding last week? Well, then we’re changing it this week. Ideally, everything gets done by Sunday afternoon allowing for everything to be put away by bedtime Sunday Night.
But now? Well… laundry has changed. Outfits have changed. There are days when it’s just pajama pants and a hoodie or a loose vacation-style shirt. If one does not go jogging, one can get away with wearing them two days in a row. If one goes jogging, well, those clothes were outside where people were probably recently breathing. Better throw them into the washer once the jog is over. And, hey, while those are in there… why not throw the pajama pants and hoodie in there with them?
Showers have changed. If you’re not going into work every day, you’re not needing to take the courtesy shower before going in. If you don’t jog, you’re likely to have done very little other than telecommute and maybe some light cooking. Sure, you shower before you go into work, on the days you go in, but you immediately shower after coming home to make sure that nobody’s ambient breath is stuck to you anywhere (and now you’re doing laundry AGAIN). Throw the towel in there with the outfit.
And now Friday nights have no more laundry until things get back to normal… or, more accurately, there is too much Friday Night sprinkled liberally throughout the week. I mean, if you’re telecommuting and you just feel like changing the sheets on a Wednesday instead of a Saturday… Why not? Give yourself a little bit of luxury. It’s not like you can’t get up during the meeting and throw the wash into the dryer, right? It’s 10 feet away and they’re on speaker.
I digress. So this three-day weekend is wiiiiiide open. But that means less than it did in previous years.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Featured image is Alice being interrupted from rabbit kicking her mouse and being irritated that we’re thrusting our black boxes at her when she’s trying to concentrate.)