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You know what I hate about long weekends? Pressure.

This is definitely a first-world problem, and I acknowledge that. But I feel pressure before a long weekend like many guys do before Valentine’s Day.

Everyone asks, “what are you doing for the long weekend?” and you’re expected to have an exciting answer. Standard weekend fare need not apply.

I’m from cottage country. I’m surrounded by people who are escaping to the cabin for the long weekend, where they’ll have idyllic days hiking through nature followed by even more idyllic nights toasting marshmallows around the campfire (or so I imagine).

What can you do when you don’t have a cottage or a car? When there’s no easy escape route?

Long weekends always sneak up on me. Too often, The Boy and I will wake up on the Saturday of a long weekend going “What do you want to do?” “I dunno, what do youΒ want to do?” We usually do something, but often no more than we’d do any other weekend. Which often leaves us without scintillating answers to the question, “So, what did you do on the long weekend?”

Does anyone else feel this weird kind of pressure to think up something fascinating to do on long weekends? Or are you lucky enough to have a cottage so you don’t have to worry about it?

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  1. Mystic_Mom

    Long weekend pressure – I hear ya. There are lots of things to do, but I don’t like crowds so I don’t do them. We don’t have a cottage or cabin. But we do make sure to spend time together as a family – take pictures, visit and try to do at least one new thing.

    Without wheels is is more challenging I know. But I am always so surprised at the cool things you can do in the city!

  2. Kathy C

    I totally feel this! I always want to do something that involves a lake or something outdoorsy. Maybe camping? But usually the sites are all booked and the idea of going out and doing that stuff on the same weekend as everyone else deters me too. But like you, I always feel like I have to do *something* out of the ordinary to make me feel like I took advantage of the long weekend.

    Wish I could just be happy doing whatever I want and considering that a win πŸ˜›

  3. Story Teller

    Ah, I’m not alone! Thanks so much for commenting, ladies.

    What is it about the long weekend that makes people feel they have to make more of an effort? We always try to make the most of every weekend, but on long weekends you can feel like a loser if you’re not getting out of the city.

    We’re going on a photography tour to take pictures of abandoned buildings on one day, and I’m sure we’ll think of something for the others. But the pressure is a little crazy.

    Kathy C – that’s the funny thing. You’re actually better off doing that stuff when it’s NOT a long weekend, for exactly the reason you mentioned.

    MM – you already live in paradise! That’s probably why you don’t feel the need to escape so much. Other people need to escape to your place. πŸ™‚

  4. Michelle D. Argyle

    Heh, I’ve never felt pressure like that, thank goodness. I usually answer, “I’m reading”. You certainly don’t have to feel pressure from me. πŸ™‚

  5. Story Teller

    Well, that makes one person! πŸ™‚


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