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Weekend?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by perky_panda, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. There was an article in the paper this week about the weekends and people dreading going back to work Monday's due to 'weekend competition' and not wanting to say they hadn't done anything that weekend. Got me thinking, my weekends normally are quite laid back (boring even). What do you tend to do? Do you gave those people at work you ask on a Monday morning how your weekend was and then go on about all the things they have done that make you feel really lazy for having that lay in and reading a book? It can't just be me can it?
     
  2. There was an article in the paper this week about the weekends and people dreading going back to work Monday's due to 'weekend competition' and not wanting to say they hadn't done anything that weekend. Got me thinking, my weekends normally are quite laid back (boring even). What do you tend to do? Do you gave those people at work you ask on a Monday morning how your weekend was and then go on about all the things they have done that make you feel really lazy for having that lay in and reading a book? It can't just be me can it?
     
  3. kittylion

    kittylion Established commenter

    Lol - I don' t have any social life in term time (and precious little the rest of the time but that's another story) so I am just grateful when I can have a couple of hours extra in bed in the morning, read some of a non-school-related book as well as get my school work and housework done by Sunday night - that's a good weekend to me.
     
  4. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    That's interesting.
    I had always been content with my peaceful weekends, reading, walking, pottering. Recently I've been feeling that I should be doing more.
    What has made me feel dissatisfied with what I've always liked - and with what still, when spelled out, sounds like an idyllic life to me?
     
  5. v12

    v12

    Two young children don't really allow for relaxing.
    Saturday: There's swimming lessons my son (5) and my daughter (9) does County Music School for a couple of hours followed by Ballet,Tap and Modern in the afternoon.
    Sunday: My wife rings the bells in the local church and I play the organ in another church every other Sunday.
     
  6. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    There is no weekend competition among my colleagues. On the rare occasion that someone is doing something exciting we are all pleased to hear about it. There isn't a lot of time spent talking about things people have been up to at the weekend. I assume that is because we don't tend to get up to very much.
    My favourite things to do at the weekend are going for a long walk and eating out somewhere or having dinner with friends. I also like to have an opportunity to fill the freezer up and do a little housework to stop things getting out of control. It doesn't give me much to boast about on a Monday morning.
     
  7. I think this "weekend competition" is not just weekend competition but life competition which is definitely on the increase these days. With the increase of Twitter and FB etc people are always updating statuses about how great their lives are and pictures in which they look amazing and happy etc. It's mostly a sham. Rarely do people post "Boyfriend dumped me, spent weekend on sofa eating chocolate and watching Dirty Dancing". In recent times people seem to have become more and more competitive with each other and who has the better life and, personally, I don't get it.
    I have a good job, a nice flat, an active enough social life and hobbies. Im happy. My life is not amazing and would not make an intriguing FB page, not enough things happen during the day to warrant regular tweets but so what. Some weekends I am so drained that bar a pilates class I do nothing but read and housework. Others Im out every night, wining and dining, blowing my paycheck and having beauty treatments. Does anyone really care? I think these people put the pressure on themselves. They believe everything they read and everything they hear. I bet in offices all over the world people would love someone to say "I did nothing but chill" so they too could own up to that. (Obv you'd always have that one person who pops up everywhere to make others feel inferior but thats life!)
    We need to forget what others think about our lives. If we are happy and our lives are interesting enough for us then surely that's what matters.
     
  8. You are right there is competition all the time, and I am one of the ones who does look at FB updates and then think I must be doing something wrong because I lead such a boring life in comparison. Should really stop I know but I kind of like being nosy too and finding out what other people are doing even if they are just exaggerating about everything.
     
  9. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    I don't enjoy busy weekends. My ideal weekend involves a walk with doggy and a visit to the folks, hopefully an exercise class, plenty of time in the afternoon to either play online poker and read forums etc or to go and play in my sewing room. Evenings need to include a nice dinner and a good film to be perfect. Somewhere in all this I do some housework, gardening and ironing. I have often been known to grizzle when the idea of 'going out' is mooted.
     
  10. Ooooh! I go in and say I have done absolutely nothing and get envious looks!
    Is nothing the new something, perhaps?
     
  11. kittenmittens

    kittenmittens New commenter

    There's nothing wrong with doing nothing, or nothing exciting. I agree that people on FB try to outshine each other, one of the reasons I'm not on it anymore.
    Now I have a 13 month old, most of my socialising happens during the week (I teach 2 days and look after my daughter the other 3), either at work or at baby groups, meeting with friends etc. So the weekend is family time, seeing friends without children, and my husband and I giving each other a break now and again. I don't mind having a quiet weekend really- it's nice just to have a walk somewhere, spend time at home, catch up with a few jobs, take the baby to a farm or park, cook something special, just the simple things.
     
  12. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Any teacher able to answer the question, 'Did you do anything interesting over the weekend?' with 'No, I managed to do absolutely nothing,' is clearly getting it right!
     
  13. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    i get boored doing nothing
    my weekends are usually working.....down at the allotment.sorting out the wife as she seems to get in a muddle,work in the house or garden or if im lucky out on the scooter.
    Failing that there is always house work, dish washing(no one seems to like doing it i my house) cleaning, running errends.....and occasionally taking the wife for a drive as she is bored lol..and for achange of scenery!
     
  14. funny clip Manashee - exactly what I meant lol
     
  15. My weekends are usually spent booking and attending any medical/other appointments I need to sort out (in my job, I work Saturdays and Sundays so my weekend is Monday and Tuesday hence being able to sort out all the appointments). Other than that, it's spent catching up on sleep and working my way through the week's TV on IPlayer and 4OD (I work evenings too so rarely watch TV in real time anymore).
     
  16. MrsArmitage

    MrsArmitage Occasional commenter

    Your post really struck a note with me. I got myself mixed up in a social group made up of pretty toxic colleagues, and it was all so competitive. They delighted in making me and each feel like losers by criticising one area of our life or another. I know don't get invited out with them, but also don't have to put up with having my picture taken and stuck on FB on nights out. I do whatever the devil I want, with who I want, and am now having a far better time! Sometimes I go out, sometimes I don't. (Admittedly I'd like to not be a social pariah with colleagues, but hey ho, the school social committee's idea of fun involves just getting slaughtered!)
     
  17. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    My weekends have changed so much over the last few months. I took early retirement in July so from then on, weekends-Sundays in particular-stopped being marking and prep days. I was a tad lost to be honest.
    This term I'm back at the chalkface 4 days per week but the position couldn't be better if I had designed it myself. It's a long-ish term placement, but the staff are absolutely fantastic-all the sttaff, not just those in the faculty but admin, site management, kitchen, staff from other faculties. The kids are mellow and, for the most part, anxious to learn. They smile, hold doors open, say thank you.
    My timetable is excellent as I'm covering just one aspect of the curriculum with a number of classes so prep is not too time consuming as I can double up/tweak lesson plans.
    Anyway, back to weekends. Friday night-*** mode, mindless TV. Saturday, shopping then more *** mode. Sunday, Mass then coffee with the congregation. I tend to sit with the older folks as they are fab. I'm the only one at the table less than 60 and 2 ladies-both in their 90s, would give most younger people a run for their money as, luckily, both have their faculties and are an absolute scream!
    Sunday afternoon, washing and prep. Not an exciting life, but it suits me!
    I remember the early days in teaching-mid 70s-when weekends were a bustling social round and lots of fun. I wouldn't have missed them for the world but I do feel sad that today's NQTs are shackled to the grindstone and missing out on the silly times I so enjoyed. Of course those were the days before governments of every colour decided that with a bit of meddling, they could completely disrupt the lives of teachers and many other professions. Did my kids pass their exams in those far off days? Those who deserved to did, of course they did.
     
  18. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I couldn't possibly tell you what I do at the weekend....[​IMG]
     
  19. Henriettawasp

    Henriettawasp New commenter

    I'm intrigued.
     

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