Yesterday turned into that rarest of rarities for our family: a day with few or no obligations to entice us out of our jammies. I went to my aforementioned meeting, was home by 10 am, got back into my comfy clothes, took a nap and then just luxuriated in the sensation of NOT watching the clock for the rest of the afternoon. I watched bits of movies on cable as I found them( part of My Left Foot-extraordinary-want to read the book, part of Emma-a perrenial favorite) while I folded laundry and visited with the kids.
I made chicken stew and had time to be like a tv chef and chop all my ingredients ahead of time, really focus on each step and remember that I actually like cooking when I have time to savor it and the family has time to sit down together. My folks are in the middle of a kitchen renovation, so they've been over for dinner most weekends and it was lovely to be all cozy as the rain came down outside our windows. The hurricane went more westerly than originally predicted, so it never got dangerous or too worriesome here, for which I'm grateful, but because of the precautions taken, everything was pretty much cancelled, so it was like pushing the pause button on life and having the chance to take a deep breath.
We ended the night laughing along to our favorite comic Brian Regan's special on Comedy Central and went to bed feeling like a family instead of roommates.