Monday, September 19, 2022

A Weekend to Remember


Back when Mondays found me back at work each week, I’d often be asked, “How was your weekend?” Then I’d get that deer in the headlights look because - - I know it’s ridiculous - - I’d already forgotten. Whether it was eventful or just the same old laundry/carry out from Maiwand/chilling out/church on Sunday, when put on the spot by a coworker’s question I’d draw a blank.

Over time I’ve found that taking the time to write in my journal or simply spending a few moments to reflect on what’s happening in my life seems to help it “stick” better. Continually rushing forward in an attempt to get things accomplished left me with big gaps when it came to where I’d been and what I’d done. I think this is part of why I enjoy the Facebook Memories feature so much. 

So, what did I do this weekend? I’m glad you asked.

Friday night was date night at Pepperjacks with the most perfect weather for outside dining. As we sat down with our drinks, the country song that was playing assured us that “it must be five o’clock somewhere.”


There were numerous choices for fun things to do on Saturday but a good chunk of my day was taken up with getting my daughter from college and delivering her to Grandma’s. Said Grandma’s home is in Dickeyville, conveniently located nearby UMBC. (No photos of this. Daughter #2 is fiercely protective of her online image.)

Life goals: be the kind of cool grandma that college kids want to visit on the weekend.

Sunday began with online church and concluded with the Columbia Orchestra at the Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

Before the downbeat, Inner Arbor Trust President Nina Basu paused to honor outgoing IAT Chair Lin Eagan. With remarks from County Executive Calvin Ball (via video), Council member Deb Jung, and new IAT Chair Ellen Giles, we were reminded of Ms. Eagan’s devototion and service to the work of the Trust and bringing the new park to the people. 

At the dedication of the Chrysalis in 2017, Ms. Eagan said, “The Chrysalis is dedicated to be a place for everyone.” 

The turnout for last night’s concert (and all of the concerts this season) are exactly what must have been in her mind’s eye all along.

The last delicious moments of my weekend were spent in the companionship of one the lovely mystery books I picked up Friday afternoon at the East Columbia Branch. It was a good weekend.

What did you do this weekend?

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