For the past 24 hours, my wife and I have celebrated our anniversary. We dropped off the two-year-old at Grammy’s and Grampy’s, stayed in some dear friends’ b & b in our “hometown”-away-from-home of Woodstock, and spent countless hours hiking, walking, picnicking, jogging, and talking, talking, talking.
One thing we talked about was evenings. Namely, how we spend them. And sometimes in a spendthrift way. After our work days and after we send the Boo to dream land, we have two, maybe three hours, and we don’t always spend those precious pre-sleep hours as intentionally as we’d like. So, along one of our hikes, we brainstormed all the ways within a 14-evening cycle we’d like to spend our evenings together and apart.
We rolled out a series of “themes” for evenings. Cinema Evening. Fireside Conversation Evening. Game Evening. Friend Evening. Finances Evening (not my favorite but necessary). Wild Card Evening. Friday Evening Socials & Bonfires. Date Evenings. Over dinner at the Bear Cafe, I pulled out my pocket Moleskine, made a simple two-week chart, and we dropped in some of the themes into slots. (We’re kind of project-dorky this way together.)
I call them our Evening Songs. That tag came up this morning as we jogged around Cooper’s Lake. And for now, for the next three months, we’re going to try to engage our evenings – flexibly, of course – with this intentional play list. We’ll see if it works.
How about you? Do you have certain activities set aside for specific evenings of the week, any evening songs, so to speak? Is there an evening of the week you look forward to because of that regular activity? Regardless, share your Monday’s three highlights and let us know where you’re writing from.
See you in the woods,
The Three Highlights Guy