Today I took the day off work, as a birthday present to myself. I'll celebrate with the family on Sunday, but today was my day to do just what I want with just me.
I slept in until YIKES 7:15am, which felt totally luxurious. I don't even sleep in on the weekend anymore, what with driving Fi to rehearsal Saturdays and going to church Sundays. After breakfast, I went for a super hard bike workout at the rec centre. I love the Friday morning class, but I can't attend when I'm working, because my work partner, Linda, teaches it. It felt great to sweat and sprint and pedal up imaginary hills. I like those bikes.
After showering and dressing, I went over to the mall for only about 15 minutes and grabbed a couple of small Christmas presents. I bought a child's toy for our work Christmas party. It's fun to shop for a little girl again. I hope she likes what I chose.
Then I drove to the movie theatre, and saw Precious. It was totally satisfying. I cried a lot less than I thought I would, and felt more admiration and wonderment than sympathy for the people in the story. This is a gem of a movie. I won't tell anything about it. You just have to go see it. Just know it's not the sentimental story you think it might be, having Oprah Winfrey as a producer. She came on board after the movie was finished, to help the show get out. It's really good. If you listen to the podcast of today's Q from CBC radio, you can hear a repeat of an interview from a couple of weeks back, with directory Lee Daniels.
After the movie, I grabbed a couple of groceries. I'm planning a communally cooked supper for my family birthday celebration. I picked up a few things I needed, and a couple of small gifts for my friends, Michele and Kathy.
At 6, Michele will pick me up and we'll go out to Kathy's place for friends' birthday supper. Birthday girl always gives gifts to the other two. I hope they like what I chose. We'll drink wine, and eat a home cooked meal, and sit on the couch and talk and laugh for a few hours.
So that's my day for me. Pretty simple. Oh, it's 4:30 now, so until Michele arrives, I'm going to sit on the couch with a good book and hopefully almost finish it, because I have another one waiting.
ahhhhh! (happy birthday to me)
question: what do you do when you want to give yourself a treat?
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