End of the work week, end of the summer. Very early on Friday morning with a few tasks separating me from a shabbat respite, or if not a respite, then a change of pace. I made the foundation of dinner: flanken and Israeli couscous with sauteed onions and mushrooms. Then some cauliflower to parboil before lichtbentschen. When I get to the office, I will put my coins in the Pushka, then bring the pushka to my car, as this is the final Friday that I expect to be in my office. Maybe I will empty the Pushka, put the coins in the TD Bank coin counter and write a check for the proceeds to the Hebrew school like I usually do at the start of their school year. It will probably be the final tzedakah check from my office account.
On Fridays I do a double portion with my Franklin Planner, outlining both Friday and Saturday anticipated tasks. I also think about where I will attend services, usually Beth Emeth for Kabbalat Shabbat and AKSE on Shabbat Morning. This week I also need to pick up some mini-challot, either from Trader Joe's or Safeway. Come the end of the workday, the tasks will close, the majority typically not done, to be half-heartedly restarted when the sun goes down Saturday and more vigorously shortly after sunrise on Sunday.
While shabbos is different, is it really better, as people tell me it should be? Definitely a difficult question to analyze, but for now I'm content just leaving it different.