Marking The Weekend:
Day-Off Hats, Lights, + Plates

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Some people always have Saturday and Sunday to look forward to: The Weekend. But for many of us, weekends occur haphazardly and sporadically, with "my Saturday" falling on a Tuesday and "my Sunday" not appearing until the next Thursday. How do you mark your weekend, when it's not clearly marked on the calendar?

In college, one of my roommates sublet her room to a cook for the summer. His days off were few and far between, and he often didn't know he'd get one until the very last minute. But when a precious day off did come around, everyone knew it because he'd rock his Day-Off Hat. It was an old straw hat, the sort of thing just made for drinking Sols in the sun. He marked his days off in style, and that straw hat of his said to one and all (especially himself), "I am RELAXED."

My weekends come and go. Usually I have Sundays and Mondays off, but with four jobs to wrangle, there are many stretches of 65-70 hour work weeks, 13-day work weeks, etc. The best part of such a schedule (besides loving my work and being able to afford to live in pricey San Francisco) is that I truly appreciate days off, and try to make the most of them. On work days I eat super-earnest cereal, but on my days off I make pancakes or buy a bagel, and eat my treat off of my dedicated Day-Off Plate, made by the artist Leah Rosenberg. In the evenings, I turn on the three strands of sparkly lights entwining my fire escape. I always plug in a strand of indoor lights when I get home from work at night, but the outdoor ones are Weekends Only. I didn't plan this or make a rule, it's just happened that way, and it always feels special.

If your weekends are unconventional, how do you make it clear to yourself and everyone in your household that Today Is The Day?

(Image: Tess Wilson)

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