Sunday’s are sacred in this house. They are dedicated to being lazy and to being cozy. We like to wake up naturally, but do not want to sleep in too much because we know that naps will be a definite part of the afternoon, so we get ourselves out of bed, still in our pajamas. Sometimes we just have some oats and fruit for breakfast, but sometimes, including today, we like to go all out, fixing ourselves eggs, potatoes, chicken sausage, and toast. We eat while watching an episode of a show we are watching, currently we are watching Psych, and then I make a pot of tea and read. I’m currently reading, in paperback, Penguin Bloom, which is a touching and sweet story of a little Magpie rescued by a family. I read until my eyes get heavy and I fall asleep with my cat beautifully snoring on my chest. He’s like a warm weight making me feel safe to slumber.
The sun is more likely to pop out in the afternoon, and that’s is when I will get in some yoga and mediation, which allows me to stretch my body from all the relaxing I’ve been doing, and gives me some energy so I don’t feel sleepy the rest of the afternoon. Alex and I have started a tradition of cooking a dish together for dinner every Sunday. I love cooking, but cook simple and easy meals during the week, since time is limited, but like finding a dish that takes a little more time and effort on Sunday and it also gives us something to do together.
In the evening, I make a cup of tea and have a sweet. We baked brownies (foodstirs for the win) while cooking, and it’s a perfect pairing for the Vanilla Earl Grey I’m sipping on. We migrate to the bed when it gets dark, as it gives us plenty of time to unwind from undwinding all day and get cozy enough to get to sleep earlier. I turn on my oil diffuser, which is a necessary element for my bedtime routine. Alex goes to sleep sooner than I do, so I crochet while watching a show he doesn’t watch, right now it’s Rizzoli & Isles. I like watching British televisions shows, as they are usually so cozy, but Rizzoli & Isles is a show my mom watched and it’s a bit nostalgic for me. I am currently crocheting a granny square blanket, and I’m so glad that I picked it up because it is one of the most relaxing things ever. After my episode is over, I will read a couple chapters, and then I put on my ‘sleeping headphones‘ and listen to that night’s sleeping story on the Calm app, or just re-listen to Stephen Fry’s episodes, because I find his voice soothing.
We have rules set in place, one of them being no internet and no social media. We need a day to disconnect from all that the internet and social media provides, and focus on the moment, the simple things, and each other. Alex’s life during the week is filled with a lot of physical activity, and mine is filled with a lot of mental activity, so for both of us, having a day dedicated to just relaxing is important for our health, as well as being able to start fresh the next week.