We don't play enough. And sometimes when we do we feel guilty about it. At least that's the way it works for me.
Working freelance I can arrange my days to go for a walk when I want to or run down to the optometrist when I've broken my glasses (today). I can sit and read after lunch without a boss looking over my shoulder but if it's 10:30 at night and something has to be done for a client, then I'm sitting at the computer working.
Saturdays fill up with errands and maintenance and although it can be a really satisfying day for accomplishments it can't hold a candle to a fun-filled, guilt-free, I don't-care-how-it-turns-out, I'm-going-to-enjoy-myself-kind-of-play-day! AND if you can find a friend to join you - that can be the recipe for a double whammy good time.
Robin and I have been friends for a long time. We can finish each other's sentences, wave our arms in the air and be understood without words, enjoy doing lots of the same things, rarely take offense and generally think the best of each other. As the kindergarten teachers say - we play well together.
And also, although not necessary for everyones play days, as an extra bonus for us, our husbands get along really well. Politico and history buffs they can talk about Harry Truman for hours.
There are many ingredients involved in a perfect play day and here are a few of ours.
Anticipation is key. Conversations will include phrases like "ooh, yeah, lets do that" and "I'll bring my..." and "I got some new... I'll bring it with me." All this adds up to arriving with 6 bags, only one of them filled with clothes for our overnight stay.
My charmed watch.
And Robins wonderful cat cameo that I received as a gift! Lucky me!
There should be ingredients that inspire. Paper and paint, books and magazines, yarn and ribbon, bits and pieces, scraps and treasures. You know what they are. They are the things that you can't wait to share.
There are some extras that add to the enjoyment. Some good food should be involved. Wine can be a nice touch, especially if it makes you silly...
Mix in good conversation, the willingness to share, an appreciation for the absurd and it's a formula for success.
Sprinkle in a liberal dash of friendship and Enjoy!
What did we make? Ah, that's for a future blog entry...