Things you can do when the family is out of town and you have the house to yourself for the weekend:
1. Watch Netflix. The stuff you really want to watch, for a change. Binge-watch "Breaking Bad." Movies about Truman Capote- twice. All the good non-family-friendly stuff.
2. Dig through closets and through stuff out. As much stuff as possible. Until you run out of trash bags.
3. Spend the afternoon in a Barnes and Noble. Yes, the whole afternoon. And if Garrison Keillor shows up in the cafe, ignore him, he'll go away eventually.
4. Go to the five o'clock vigil Mass on Saturday. Just because