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This post is part of my 2022 Word Project. You can read what that’s about here.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

I decided my word for today will be lazy. Because that is what I was.

I say things like “I deserved it”. But really, what does that mean? Who decides what I deserve or don’t deserve?

What I should say is I wanted it. Needed it? Maybe. But that’s a fuzzy term, too, and I’m too OCD to pick a less than accurate word. Did I NEED to be lazy? I NEEDED to get the sheets washed, is what I needed to do. But I didn’t.

I WANTED to sit on the couch all day.

I would say that is accurate.

I wanted to, so I did.

I wasn’t planning to sit on the couch all day but I decided last weekend after the irritation that was the Farmers Market that I was not going again this weekend. Knowing I didn’t have to get up and battle people was quite a relief. I didn’t sleep much later than usual but I slept more peacefully, I’ll tell you that much.

I slept knowing there would be no traffic on the other end of it.

So I woke up this morning and walked around the house for a while doing nothing. I picked up a plate. I Moved a book. I looked out the window. I checked my animals to be sure I fed them so they would give me little stars for my word game.

I made breakfast, which was about as much as I exerted myself all day, and only because it was weekend breakfast and I wanted it.

Then the rest of the day went like this…

Watch TV. Think about getting up to change the sheets. Watch more TV.

Look around the room a little and wonder if I should get up. Decide no.

Watch TV.

Say “I have to get on the bike” then watch TV some more

At some point Ralph said “I have to get some stuff done.”

And I said “Me too.”

So we watched TV.

Around 2:30 he asked if I wanted a mojito and I didn’t think that even needed an answer, so I did the most taxing thing I had done all day and went out onto the balcony to cut some mint.

The rest of the day went like this…

Drink mojito.

Watch TV.

Feed more animals.

Forget all about sheets.

Say “I’m going to get on the bike now.”

At which point Ralph said “It’s early, get on later.”

He twisted both arms, hid my shoes, and tied me to the couch, which is a good thing because I almost got up.

Then we had our second mojito, which was really our 6th mojito because we make them by the mason jar which is three regular sized drinks in one.

After binge-watching our way through two different shows, we finally got to the season finale of one of our favorites, which inspired me to make popcorn.

The rest of the night went like this…

Watch TV.

Make second bucket of popcorn.

Watch TV.

Eventually I asked Ralph if he was going to want dinner and he said “Probably not.”

I protested loudly and vehemently by saying “cool.”

Then we watched TV.

You might be surprised to know that some time around 8 I did, in fact, get on the bike. Because if I don’t I will break my streak and not get my little badge, and you know how I feel about that. Some things will get me off the couch after all.

Then Ralph did the bike, then we ate biscuits and watched TV.

In the end I got a fantastic amount of nothing done. Including writing. And it was exactly right.

I had an idea to write about but it will have to wait. All you’re getting today is me giving myself permission to be lazy. Did I deserve it? Did I need it? Does it matter?

It’s what I wanted to do and it’s what I did and if there was an award for doing lazy exceptionally well, I’d win it.

Now I am going to sleep in sheets that will be just as comfortable as they were yesterday even though they have not been washed yet. And somehow they will still be there tomorrow.

Photo: the couch after a day of sitting on it. I was too lazy to even worry about a photo.