Football season is finally upon us, and by now you should’ve had an opportunity to properly acclimate yourself to your new schedule. Namely, the fact that your Sundays are now entirely blocked off.
And with that, you’re ready to host your first Sunday Funday of the season, full of football-watching; beer-drinking, face-stuffing; and overwhelming, paralyzing regret. To eliminate that last part, follow my advice below to avoid the three biggest threats to a successful Sunday Funday.
Make it clear that this shindig has a hard stop after the afternoon games. You have to be clear on this, because, if not, you will be taken advantage of. There are always at least a few guests so desperate to avoid the end of the weekend that they refuse to leave. The key to a great Sunday Funday is to enjoy the day while still having enough time in the evening to prepare yourself for the start of the week.
Therefore, my rule is this: Once the 60 Minutes clock starts ticking, everyone has to get out. You are not welcome to stay for the Sunday night game, and you sure as hell aren’t staying for Game of Thrones.
If you address this issue correctly, you’ll wind up helping yourself out with the lingerers problem as well. A good rule of thumb is to start cleaning up with about 10 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter of the last afternoon games. This sends a very clear message it is the Funday 2 minute warning. Game over.
It’s like at the Academy Awards when the band starts playing softly during an acceptance speech. You don’t have to leave just yet…but start wrapping it up, folks. An added bonus is that some of your non-useless friends will actually take a hint and help you clean.
If you avoid the first two pitfalls on this list, you’ll be heading to bed feeling accomplished and thinking you’ll be ready to take on the week when you wake up. But if you haven’t yet addressed this factor, you’ll be in for a generous serving of the Monday Sads.
Smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, so when you wake up to have your coffee on Monday, the vile odors will send your mind immediately rushing back to the fun you had the day before and the disgusting amount you ate and drank. You will be in a world of hurt.
The good news is that this is the easiest fix of all. All you’ll need is to leave out the following items before the party gets going:
If you can do that, the problem is eliminated before it’s even started. If you want to go the extra yard, you may want to toss in some Fresh Wave Laundry Booster with your next load, since your friend spilled beer all over your throw when he realized he lost his fantasy matchup. He’s not invited next time.
But, the important thing is that if you follow the advice above, there will be a next time.
Until then, stay fresh.