Joy the Baker

What Weekends Are For

January 10, 2013

what weekends look like

I have this really destructive habit that involves me, my computer, and hours and hours of endless working.  Actually… it’s not really working.  It’s me, sitting in front of my computer, convincing myself  that I’m working late into the night when in reality, I’m just sitting in front of my computer refreshing Twitter while simultaneously flipping through Instagram on my phone.

It is destruction.

I stop being a productive computer worker when I hit hour four.  Anything after that is a half productive mixture of work, social media, and intense gummy bear snacking.

I’m trying to find a solution.  I’m trying to be more productive than.  I’ve set high standards for myself, and hanging out on Facebook isn’t really going to get me where I want to be.

Something dawned on me,  maybe working less will actually help me work more.  Does that make sense?  Of course it does.  People are totally doing this…  I just have my fingers crossed that it will work for me.  I’m trying to create a bit of a weekend for myself.  My weekend may not necessarily be a Saturday and Sunday situation, but I’m trying to make some space and time when I’m not in front of the computer typing ingredient measurements into a Word document.

Weekends are for biscuit brunch:  out on the town or out of your oven.  

what weekends are like

Think about this:  cinnamon rolls without the hustle and bustle of yeast and resting.  Cinnamon rolls meets cinnamon-sugar toast meets amazing biscuit madness!  I’d like to introduce you to Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls.

what weekends are like

I will never stop singing the praises of these Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Biscuits.  I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again: they amaze!  If you were to put a fried egg and melty Guryere cheese on these biscuits… I’d come over, we’d get married, I’d move in, and that’s the end of that.

what weekends look like

Weekends are for quality (non-internet) reading!

Currently reading:  The Age of Miracles and Heads in Beds.

The Age of Miracles is a coming of age/beautifully strange apocalypse story told from the perspective of a twelve-year-old girl.  Supreme!

Heads in Beds is a hotel industry tell-all.  I am learning sooo many things about what the valet dudes really do to my car.  Yea… for serious.

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Weekends are for time with friends.

And guacamole and pink champagne.  Thank you for the visit, Gaby!

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Weekends are for a little splurge.  

I happen to be a fan of the gummy bear sugar splurge.  It’s a personal preference.

This jar is a test in willpower and cavity prevention.

what weekends look like

Weekends are for rest and inspiration.  

I just need to remind myself frequently.  The recharge is necessary.

The new GATHER Journal is stunning.  Full of inspiration.

I hope your weekend is restorative and full of grace.  xo to you!


Ps.  Don’t make me show you the gummy bear jar at the end of the weekend.  It will be awesome/shameful.


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  • Heads in Beds looks good! I really enjoyed your Gone Girl book rec awhile back. Enjoy your day off. Go crazy and make it two!

  • Funny, I try and relax on the weekends but the brain still will not shut down. It constantly makes me go over things that have to be done for the week ahead. So I guess you have reminded me that I need to shut the from all the crap thats out there. Step away from my computer and try to meditate at least for fifteen minutes on two days of the week we call the weekend.. Plus there are so many books I would love to read. So this weekend I am going o do just what I have written. Thanks Joy

  • I treasure my weekends &always make sure to have something baking in the oven and a book by my sofa. This weekend will be filled with activity (I’ll be helping my daughter throw a surprise party for her best friend & my house will be full of teenagers!) but I’ll make sure to steal some quiet time!

  • Love it! Esp the gummy bears and pink champagne, hmm, do I smell a new cocktail? Totally agree that weekends were made for being outdoors or with friends and to heck with the internet! Now off to find a way to make the cinnamon rolls weight watchers friendly :-)

  • I totally get what you mean! It’s the guilt factor – if I leave this computer chair then I am definitely not doing any work, whereas if I sit here then a tiny foolish part of my brain might just be convinced I’m still being productive.

    A friend gave me a new perspective on deadlines once: ‘If I only have three hours to complete this task, and I know I’ve got to do it, I’ll get it done in three hours. If I have three days to complete this task… those three hours work will manage to stretch into three days.’

    Made sense, if you’re not a crazy-neurotic-list-maker like me.

  • I agree on the gummy bear situation. Not sure what my problem is with them… but I will eat them fresh/stale/otherwise. I manage a pretty healthy diet, except for gummy bears!

  • Happy weekend to you! I am so down with the non-work related/non-internet reading. Books are beautiful things.
    And they go well with biscuits.

  • I’m totally agree, but sometimes I do your same mistake. When we are too tired we need a proper break, otherwise our work become only a waste of time. I love cinnamon rolls!!!
    Have a nice weekend (whenever you want!)

  • Gather inspiration: I like that!

  • I agree! When I was studying, I found I was more productive if I took a proper break (especially if it involved leaving the house, even for 1hr), rather than half-studying and half-wasting my time on facebook etc.
    And I have no idea how I missed the caramelised mushroom and onion biscuit (which I call a scone, being Aussie) recipe?! Must make them now!

  • Gummy bears and cinnamon rolls. Well that would make the weekend off to a fabulous start! I love both :)

  • I completely agree with the necessity of a weekend, whether it’s on a wednesday or a saturday. The point is that you deserve time for yourself to do whatever your heart so desires :) enjoy!

  • enjoy your ‘weekends’, time not-working is definitely important :)

  • totally weekends are for coffee refills (long and lingering while I catch up with friends)

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