[Katrina Onstad writing for The Guardian talking about how weekends are not a thing anymore](https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/06/who-killed-the-weekend). In her mind part of it is the patchwork of jobs that is the gig economy and part is your device as you read this, or her article.

> The other culprit is the thing in your hand that you may be reading this on. Technology binds us to work, and we move through our weekends as if on call, checking email and asserting our loyalty – and importance – by engaging with work. No one wants to look less than totally available in fragile economic times.

I certainly encounter the second item with clients once in a while. A few years back I was just doing family stuff for the weekend and came back to a client asking to be notified when I was on vacation over a weekend because they wanted to talk to me. I don’t remember exactly what I said but it was something along the lines of: “I took a weekend. I don’t work weekends. If you want weekend availability it’s $20k/month.”

Needless to say we didn’t talk about it again. I don’t remember why I don’t work with them anymore, but that’s undoubtedly part of it.

We started to reclaim our weekends by not booking a kid into figure skating on Saturday, though we do go skiing on Sunday’s right now. My wife doesn’t work **some** weekends and even when she does she’s back by around 1030.

Now we both want to run so with skiing that means we both pack it in on Saturday right now.

Maybe our weekend isn’t as free as I thought it was.