Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Semi-Birthday to Me

Kris Fletcher

I have a birthday coming up in the next few days.

No, I'm not going to tell you exactly when. That's a State Secret. What I will tell you is that I'm being seriously ripped off this year, because my birthday will be spent doing all kinds of things I really don't like. How bad will it be? Well, the most enjoyable part of the day will involve final preparations for having four rooms worth of hardwood floors refinished. And yes, I said that would be the fun part of my day.

Given this sad state of affairs, I've decided there's only one logical thing to do. I'm going to celebrate my birthday ahead of time. Not all on one day, mind you, but little indulgences and pockets of pleasure scattered across the days. A birthday week, if you will.

I like this idea. Why should all the fun be jammed into one day, anyway? Especially when the process of bringing me into this world took far more than a mere twenty-hour hours. At least, that's what my mother always said, and I figure if anyone would know, it would be her.

But there's one catch to this idea: I can't figure out what to do.

I know. It's pathetic. But I am really lousy at having fun. Oh, I can figure out special foods (ice cream, ribs, poutine), and I'm pretty good at cuing up some of my favorite tunes to belt while washing the dishes. But  what else should I do?

  • I like massages and pedicures, but I'm too cheap to spring for them 
  • My husband & the girls already gave me my gift ( a new phone. I had to have it ahead: my old one was dying before my eyes)
  • I don't enjoy shopping
  • I would love to spend an afternoon reading, but because of the aforementioned Many Yucky Things on the horizon, I'll be lucky to grab fifteen minutes before I pass out each night

So, folks, I'm turning to you. I need ideas for cheap, fast, non-food ways to celebrate another trip around the sun.

Help me, Super Birthday Fairies. You're my only hope.


Claire McEwen said...

Happy Birthday, Kris! Maybe fill up your Kindle with lovely books? That way your birthday will last as long as you read them. Or what about little things like taking ten minutes to just walk under some gorgeous trees. Or treat yourself to a nice coffee or tea? I'm trying to think of lovely relaxing things that don't take up too much time! ;-)

Mary Preston said...


I say that since it is your birthday just go with what you feel like doing. It may not be different or ultra special, but if it makes you happy GOOD!!!

Happy Birthday!!

Kristina Knight said...

Happy early birthday, Kris! A trip to Staples is always fun for me - all those pens and notebooks and post-its's just the best.

Colleen C. said...

Happy Happy B-day! I like to relax with some soothing music and a wonderful book... Celebrate just by being around family and friends... a nice dinner or drinks and game night...

Kim Campbell said...

A cup of tea with a book before bed. I often go to bed a half hour early to do just that.

Treat yourself to a silly magazine. The next time you are at the store, and if you're like me you're there every few days, as you stand in line at the cashier turn to the side and grab a silly celeb gossip fest, or a soap opera mag or something. Those are often worth the $5 alone just to pull stuff out of for idea files. Make it silly! It's your birthday do NOT grab a home d├ęcor magazine. :D

kris said...

Oh, you folks have some excellent ideas! I'll have plenty of riches to choose from to make my week special. Magazines and Staples and trees and dinner and just enjoying ... however will I choose?

Kaelee said...

Kris ~ Happy Birthday ~ If you can spare the time take a bubble bath. I think with the cold weather you have headed your way you might need one.

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