“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” (Bill)
“Your hair may be brushed, but your mind’s untidy. You’ve had about seven hours of sleep since Friday. No wonder you feel that lost sensation. You’re sunk from a riot of relaxation.” (Ogden)
I totally agree! Weekends can’t come soon enough for me. While I try to live my life appreciating each and every day, there’s nothing like the sound of the 5:00 buzzer on Friday afternoons. I throw away the alarm clock for 48 hours and the enjoy the spontaneity ahead. What do YOU do?
#40 The Weekend Meme
1. What is your typical weekend like?
It’s usually two days, most commonly saturday and sunday. twice a year a monday gets added.
2. Are you a party animal or a couch potato on the weekends?
I’m a couch party, baby….
3. It wasn’t until 1940 that the two-day weekend became nationwide. I say it’s time for three-day weekend across the whole world! . Wouldn’t you love to work 4 days and off 3 all the time? Do you think this is a good idea?
I propose the 15 day week. At the end of 15 days if what you’ve completed is positive and productive, you get two weeks off. If it’s not, you’re electrocuted.
4. Do you consider Sunday as a traditional day of rest?
Sunday is a traditional day of anxiety, knowing Monday is staring me in the face..
5. What are your around-the-house weekend chores?
slop the pigs, feed the cows, milk the chickens….
6. If you have a significant other in your life or are dating, what is your favorite indoor and outdoor activity?
outdoor – the mrs. and I spend balmy afternoons canvassing the neighborhood, going door-to-door soliciting for donations so we can contribute to our favorite museum
indoor – skeet shooting
7. Where would go for a romantic weekend getaway?
The tranquil balmy shores of the African Ivory Coast, specifically Abidjan.
While a tenuous peace has recently been signed, Abidjan Ivory Coast has been torn by rebellion and Civil War for the past 5 years. Once one of the wealthiest and most peaceful cities in Africa, Abidjan is now considered one of the most dangerous cities on the continent, especially for women. According to Amnesty International, perhaps thousands of women have been butchered, raped, sexually assaulted and sold into slavery since the conflict began.
While UN Peace Keepers are present they have been unable to control the regular flaring up of ethnic as well as rebel violence, and have failed to maintain peace in the supposedly neutral “confidence zone”. (yeah, there’s a surprise) Abidjan is a place posted in most airports to be avoided for safety and security reasons.
As if civil war, rape and other acts of violence were not enough, in 2006 a ship called the Probo Koala illegally dumped 500 Tons of Toxic Waste there forcing tens of thousands to seek medical treatment, and resulting in the deaths of at least 2 children which sparked another round of violent demonstrations in Abidjan.
For years, the Ivory Coast was one of Africa’s most stable countries until war broke out between northern-based insurgents and southern-based government troops in 2002. Fighting was mostly concentrated in the rebel-held north, and thousands of civilians – including up to 90 per cent of doctors – fled the region.
Currently 700,000 people are displaced and large parts of the population do not have access to essential health and education services. Although the fighting has stopped, the Ivory Coast remains tense and divided. Thenorth’s infrastructure remains in a state of disrepair.
In the rebel-held northern Korhogo and Bouake Districts staffing shortage is so acute that just half of the clinics are run by qualified nurses and around two-thirds of facilities have no midwives. Nearly one in five children die before their fifth birthday and an estimated 570,000 people are living with HIV.
a true garden spot….
8. Do you have any special weekend traditions, quirks or rituals?
Well, there’s the goat shaving every sunday afternoon. Usually, if the weather holds up, we like to gather large rotting vegetables (pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe) and give the old veggie-catapult a workout. Our neighbors always complain but their houses always clean up after a good rain.
9. What is your weekend blogging routine?
I like searching the blogosphere and tally up the occurrences of the word ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’.
10. Tell us about your favorite weekend memories as a child?
I have a special place in my heart for the weekends we gathered with the neighbors in their backyard in order to artificially inseminate the carp in their Koi pond…