Barring the strike of sickness, I have Thursdays to myself. It is joyful, blissful time, time I spend mostly in my room, with a Modern Forestry candle, books, quotes, lists, and no noise but a space heater and the keyboard clicks.
Let me put it a couple other ways:
I'm not sure about the ocean cruise part, but my love language is alone time with pen and paper. You probably know what happens first on a day like today.
I detail my time so as not to twitter it away. I build in margin to remind myself I'm human. And then I take a go at it for all I'm worth and it fills me to the brim with satisfaction. If I imagine my life, or simply a Thursday, without a plan, I'd probably go to Miracle Hill for an hour, or to TJ Maxx, then read in bed or sit in the sun and look for new recipes. I wonder how long the spontaneity could last before a list happened.
But on an average Thursday, my daily ritual is something like today's list. My kitchen work this morning was making muffins for tomorrow's breakfast. My devotion was Jesus Calling first, then some prayer journaling, followed by a couple chapters in 1 Corinthians and a couple chapters in Pursue the Intentional Life. I went over into the margin, but it was there.
I walked and ran, 15 minutes each, and showered with efficiency before putting on the same outfit I wear everyday (no decision = no use of time). I copied lesson plans onto white boards for the kids' homeschool day tomorrow. Lunch was a Super Stuffed tortilla left over from last night's dinner, and a bunch of raw cauliflower florets. As I ate, I continued my re-reading of Mason Currey's Daily Rituals and looked for quotes to copy. I sat in silence and thought about my own daily rituals, drawing inspiration for today's blog post.
When I've written my 400 words or so, I'll switch over to Amazon Smile to look for some gifts and a new commonplace book. I'll write a letter to a friend, as I like to do, and with any leftover time, I'll work on the quote wall for our living room. This means matching quotes I love with custom-made Etsy signs. I'll run out of time, I know, and not just on a Thursday.