My friend D. and I share a birthday, so we usually try to do something together. This past Tuesday was our birthday and we went to a day spa.
I got there about 11:00 and had a nice time relaxing in the jacuzzi and had a lovely, long shower with no one interrupting me or having used up the good shampoo. Then I went to the waiting area, where I met up with D., who had just arrived. We exchanged birthday greetings and both went off for our 12:00 massages.
I had a 90 minute Swedish massage. I love massage, and never had one until I was 8 months pregnant with Doran, so 20 years ago. In those twenty years, I've had them rarely (I'm not out of digits to count them yet, although I do have to use toes) and enjoyed them greatly. I'd never had a 90 minute one before, though. The therapist asked what I like and don't like before she started and said, "Why 90 minutes?"
"Because when I have a 60 minute massage I always feel like I want more," I replied. It was just lovely. And then back to the jacuzzi and hanging out and talking with D. Afterwards we planned to go to lunch. I asked him if he had any ideas for lunch and he said, "I have a strange idea." We went to his strange idea . It felt fun and festive and youthful :-) and, as he pointed out, was one of our last chances this season to eat outside. And we talked and laughed and caught up and reminisced as old friends will do. Feeling all relaxed, I came home and went out to dinner with my kids and vickifelder.
A very nice day, but not the end of the celebration. This past weekend vickifelder and I had a mini-vacation in Connecticut. My original idea had been that, since I have a membership in Mystic Seaport now, that I'd get a cheap room right near there through http://www.pricline.com and we'd have lodging and entertainment. Only it turns out there was a special weekend activity at the Seaport: an antique vehicle festival called "By Land and By Sea" so there were no cheap rooms to be had. I was going to give up, but I decided to try a little farther afield. In order to get a nice room at a low price I had to go almost to New Haven, but we decided that was okay. So Saturday morning I slept in a bit and then we headed out. We got to our hotel at around noon, had lunch and then checked in. We hung out in the hotel for a while and then drove to Mystic and had a lovely post-birthday dinner at the Seamen's Inne and then walked around. The drive both ways was fun - we talked and listened to music. Yesterday, we spent most of the day at the Seaport. The antique cars were fun to look at, we wandered around the museum and saw a number of the exhibits; we attended a lecture/performance on sea chanteys. I had done that lecture twice with my girls when we were there last month and it's different every time, so it was worth doing again. Then we went into the town of Mystic (which I hadn't done this last time) and looked at a few shops and had another good seafood dinner and headed home. It was great to have a couple of days of uninterrupted time together!
So, a lot of celebrating for a not particularly significant birthday!