My insurance doesn’t cover rides on the wahmbulance

Nathan’s teacher tells him to frame his emotions in terms of “high engine” or “low engine.” For the easily distracted, train-worshipping boy, this gives him some awareness of how he is feeling. Is he an energized, out-of-control high engine, or is he a calm low engine? It’ll be a while before he uses that self-audit for good and not to drive me to crush Lunesta tablets into my coffee.

Yesterday, I was a low engine. I was shaken after my poor parenting. My engine didn’t have enough power to yank a hobo off your mother. I apologized to Nathan and I don’t know if he understood what I meant, but i needed to tell him that I was scared he might hurt himself. I’ll do better next time.

But there are good things in my near future, specifically my today and tomorrow future. Tomorrow is my birthday and because I was born on the other side of the international date line, I am going to start celebrating today.

Tomorrow I am taking the day off and going to a fancy spa where I will have the following: a massage, facial, scalp treatment, time in the hot rocks sauna and a mango smoothie! I haven’t had anything this luxurious since my 25th birthday. My massages have been a heavy four year old walking on my back and even then, it’s mostly my yelling at him to not jump off or on me. Walk on my pressure points and get your feet off my head. Don’t they teach you reiki in preschool!?!

I have salivating over this day. One day where it’s all about meeeeeeee!

I will have time in the afternoon to be all by myself before I have to pick up the husband and kids and then we will traipse through Seattle getting everything free I can get on my birthday (Red Robin burger, Dairy Queen ice cream cone–though I probably won’t eat it since I HAVE LOST NINE POUNDS. This is according to the scale at the gym. The one at home says eleven but it sees me more often and knows what I need to pick me up in the morning.)

But what should I do between 1-5? Cruise the ICU with my geriatric-luring self (“You definitely are the Greatest Generation!”) Watch Black Swan? Sit in front of a mirror and say, “You so fine girl?” Your ideas would be a gift!

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  1. Good for you.
    I read yesterday’s post.My favorite quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt. Paraphrasing – The only one who allows us to feel inferior is ourselves.

    Don’t allow it
    Have a great day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Happy, happy birthday! Enjoy the pampering, you deserve it!

  3. Happy Birthday to my birthday twin! I’m taking tomorrow off too and am SO EXCITED.

    I’m spending my day at home, without any family members, to just laze around and read. There’s my suggestion for you. šŸ™‚


  4. Happy birthday! Wow, 4 whole hours by yourself? You could: browse in a bookstore, buy some new clothing (or an accessory, since you’re gettin’ all skinny and will need a new size soon), see a movie, or sit in a coffee shop and read a ton of gossip magazines. Enjoy!

  5. That sounds DIVINE.

    If I had a good book I might lay around reading all by myself with no one to bother me. But I would also go see a movie that my husband would hate, sit in a coffee shop with my laptop, or go buy some new outfits for my nine pounds smaller self. Happy birthday!

  6. Happy birthday to you! Enjoy your awesome spa-filled day!

  7. Wishing you a happy day.

  8. Happy early birthday! I am a little jealous of all the spa-ing you are going to do and the nine pounds. Mostly the nine pounds.

  9. Happy Happy Birthday! Take a girlfriend to a movie, or maybe go shopping for a pretty wallet that you’ll use every day.

  10. Happy Birthday!!
    On the rare occasion I do not have a crap ton of things to do on my birthday (kids’ sports and school schedules just cannot be put off) all I want to do is sleep!! Sleeping in, naps…I just don’t want to leave my bed.

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