I had a week off work with absolutely nothing planned. My expectations were pretty low (that it would be peaceful). It ended up being a mix of some peaceful days and some challenging days. & a bomb was dropped on me re: work. Ugh. Another post for another day.
I did make it to my other happy place (above). This was a neighborhood in San Francisco, where my friend lived during our college years. Another little slice of paradise.
I hadn't even realized until my week off, but... MH could take some time off with me! What a difference it makes, to not have to wait until 4:00 until the kids are chauffered. It was a "the kid has a driver license" benefit I hadn't realized. So we did do one day in San Francisco. We went to an art museum, ate at a fancy restaurant with a beach view (enjoyed watching the kite surfers) and went for a sunset hike.
We had bought a more premium museum membership in 2020, to help out the museum during the pandemic. & figured we'd maybe get more use out of that during these college years (expecting to be more frugal/pinched). The premium membership has reciprocal membership with other museums. This was the first time we had used our local museum membership for free admittance to another museum. But I don't expect much the rest of this year. We have too many plans already for this year.
I expect the whole "kid driver license" thing is why we have had so many weekend trips already this year. It's just easier to say yes to things. I hadn't really thought about it before, but clearly we are enjoying the extra freedom.