First Friday, 2011

Today is the first Friday of the New Year, which is kind-of exciting since Fridays are usually pretty good days, and lead to weekends, which are really great. I think we should celebrate!

Normally, “First Fridays” catch me off-guard. I’m not quite caught-up from the month before, so the first Friday slips up on me, making those weekends a bit more low-key, which I love. Nothing better than a low-key, lazy weekend, but that means I often miss all those great “First Friday” art walks and such. I wish First Friday activities came later in the month :-) .

I love all the attention Fridays get throughout the year: Good Friday (April 22); Friday the 13th (May 13); Black Friday (Nov. 25); casual Fridays and TGIF. Friday’s children are said to be loving and giving. I like that, too.

When I was working a more 8-5 schedule, I used to head to Rotary at 7 a.m. on Friday mornings, which was way more fun than it sounds. Everyone was glad to see one another, and greeted each other with sincere smiles, warm handshakes and even some hugs. The laughing commenced immediately. For years, I rose early and moved fast to spend Friday mornings with a large group of people I respected and whose company I enjoyed. 

Friday afternoons I would leave the office by 4 p.m. (I worked like a crazy woman the rest of the week, but that’s another story.) By 4:30 p.m. I would be in the center row of my favorite movie theater, seated next to a good friend or understanding date. Dinner and movie talk at a great restaurant usually followed. I truly enjoyed my Friday routine, and it was the perfect segue to many a great weekend.

If you don’t already have a special Friday routine, think about developing one this year. It can be as simple as stopping on the way to work to get a special treat for yourself or a co-worker; leaving the office five or ten minutes early or planning game night with the kids. Whatever you decide, make it simple and fun. (I am plotting and planning a new one for myself. I can’t wait to find out what it will be.)

I have compiled (well, copied) a list of Fridays so we can plan to get the most out of them in 2011. Use them wisely, there are only 52 of them . . .

January- 7,14,21,28
February-4,11,18,25
March-4,11,18,25
April-1,8,15,22,29
May-6,13,20,27
June-3,10,17,24
July-1,8,15,22,29
August-5,12,19,26
September-2,9,16,23,30
October-7,14,21,28
November-4,11,18,25
December-2,9,16,23,30

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. 
 
Patrice
 
PS If you already have a special Friday routine, we would love to hear about it.  

3 Responses to “First Friday, 2011”

  1. Ashkir Says:

    Thank you for the list of Friday’s! I will be sure to keep a note of this and pass it on to a friend. We’re both doing our postaweek2011’s on Friday. She may change her date, but I’m keeping it. I am going for a fictional story piece every Friday written by me (FictionFriday :D)

    This will help me, and hopefully be my new Friday routine, where I’ll slave away in the early hours in the morning (by not going to sleep) trying to make sure my story is polished enough to publish by the early afternoon. ^_^

    Now… I think I’m off to get some food! Thanks for the Friday list again!

    • Patrice Says:

      Hi Ashkir,

      Thanks. Just checked out your Fiction Friday – I really enjoyed the last line. You are way ahead of the game by following your dreams at 21 – keep it up. Glad the Friday list came in handy.

      Patrice

      • Ashkir Says:

        Thank you for checking my story out Patrice. :]

        I actually thought long and hard about that last line. I kept asking myself questions like: Is it too early to reveal this fact? I just went with my impulse and added it.

        I have subscribed to your blog, in hope I see more interesting posts. This Friday list I sent off to a friend as well. We’ll both find it extremely handy. Thanks again for it.

        I’m trying my best to follow my dreams, but having a bad heart doesn’t help. Hehe.

        Have a good evening;

        Ashkir.


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