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So what is it normal to do on weekends?

What do you think everyone else is doing?

Enquiring minds want to know.



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Jun. 28th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
We visit friends on weekends (or vice-versa) when we're here in the US. In Spain we do weekend stuff like grocery shopping, chores and maybe go out also. Or sometimes nothing at all. We're flexible.

If people work outside the home they tend to save up the fun or otherwise impossible to schedule stuff for weekends.
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)

And maybe eat. Oh, and then sleep again.

Weekends are for not getting burned out by the week.
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
At the moment? Sitting in the computer labs by myself at uni trying to finish my thesis in time.

Usually, the weekends are when I try to do something nice just for myself, like sewing, or reading, or going to the local Sunday market to look at people and things. I'm not sure that's normal though.
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I suspect the only "normal" thing I do on weekends is laundry. Which I usually do on Saturday. Oh, and I often walk the dog. 8-> Other than that my weekends range from "spend the whole time alternating reading novels and surfing the net" to "drive across the country to watch people hit each other with sticks" with a bunch of making stuff in between.
Jun. 28th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Saturdays and Sundays are regular workdays for me. But in those cases when they're my days off it's a good chance to meet up with people who work Mon-Fr. Rituals include going for long walks with dog-owning friends, shopping for food on the tiny farmers' market nearby on Saturdays, Yoga class Sunday noontime (important!), Sunday coffee and cake at 4pm* in one of the local café, and watching the Sunday night police films on TV.

* typically German: there's even a tango place open on Sunday afternoons where people go to dance and have coffee and homemeade cakes and pies...
Jun. 28th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I think we lost the hegemonically normal weekend sometime in the early eighties. The comments above represent some of the elements in the postmodern discourse of "weekend".
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Indeed. What was the hegemonically normal weekend though?

I'm also curious as to how people see themselves fitting into 'normal'. Most people I know say that they don't.
Jun. 29th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Isn't it the one where Dad mowed the lawn and washed the car, Mum did a big roast dinner, the kids ran over to the neighbours' house to play while they both read the papers, and the teenagers saw a movie on Saturday night. There was footy on Saturday afternoons in Winter, and probably Church on Sunday morning.

Our family only ever had bits of that, even in the 70s. But I think back then there was a sense that it was normal, and not having the whole package was one of the things that made us abnormal. Maybe that's why most people are now sure they don't have a "normal" weekend - even if they do bits of it, it's the package that's the reference point for normality, not the bits.
Jun. 28th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Ideally, every weekend should consist of 3 days: one for housework and groceries; one for socialising; and one for resting. Sadly, my weekends usually comprise only 2 days, and I have to cram all of the above into too few hours. Generally we combine the groceries and housework morning/early afternoon with the resting late afternoon and evening, leaving one day for either socialising or more resting, where resting may be substituted for sewing.
Jun. 28th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
I so agree about the need for 3 day weekends. I used to get them on alternating weeks but my work situation changed. 8-( I do so miss that.
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Errands, naps, the occasional beer.
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
I, too, have wondered what's normal. I wouldn't know.

Every other Saturday, I do stuff with my nephews and they sleepover. On dude-less Saturdays, I run errands or do something fun like browse thrift stores or antique stores. Sundays are for cleaning, resting or working on projects.

What about you?
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
At the moment my weekends and weekdays are really only distinguishable by the fact that appointments don't happen on weekends, and 10B is not at work. Mind you, at this time of year he's frequently home anyway.

The weekends do have a different feel to them, although I think that's because they feel different to 10B and I still have an expectation of them being different which is a hangover from my previous life.

Certain types of social activity (large scale events) are more likely to happen then, so if something's on and I'm up for it, that will take up the weekend (assuming recovery time as well, which may flow into the following week).
Jun. 29th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
I have this touching belief that people around me use weekends for relaxing and socialising. Evidently some people do indeed do that. My weekends involve frantically trying to get everything done in order to survive another week, and trying to catch up on rest from the previous week as well as getting some necessary social interaction - important when you live alone. I just don't have the energy to get all the housework done on weeknights, and again, living by myself, there are no economies of scale of the variety of 'you do the laundry while I do the shopping' available. I keep believing that I can do the shopping, five loads of laundry, ironing, cleaning the house, cooking for the week, financial and personal administration and dealing with the garden in a half to one weekend day, but the reality is that it takes two. And then there's serious reading and writing to be done, and I'm not sure where that fits. I *really* need my day job to be a four day week but that's not viable at the moment.
Jun. 29th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Nah, what you really need is for your day job to pay you vast sums of money so you can throw money at the problem of shopping, laundry, ironing, cleaning, cooking, gardening etc.
Jun. 29th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Well it certainly seems 80% of Europe is spending their weekends watching the world cup.

I spent mine eating and visiting a museum... actually quite a typical weekend for me, but just this time in Tunisia.
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
I keep posting in probably nauseating detail about what I do on my weekends. There are more garments to sew, people to visit, garden to primp, dirty things to launder, books to read, people to feed, chaos to bring to order, things to do with produce, shopping missions, gallery and museum visits, puter time, wearing of costumes, performances to attend, long drives, scenery to view...than I can manage.
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Hmmm... I have a bit of habit at the moment:

Friday night - social drinks/dinner with workmates or friends
Saturday - social stuff. Getting out and about.
Sunday - rest, veg-out, do laundry and watch movies while languishing on the couch. I consider Sunday to be my "Re-charge Day".

It works for me. =)
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