||[Apr. 14th, 2004|11:30 pm]
Yesterday was a good day. I have had a string of bad birthdays the last few years (beginning in 2000), but I think my luck may have finally turned.
I slept in. Not planned, but I was up late catching up on the email that accumulated while I was away.
I had a "me day" where I did all of my favourite things.
I did some journaling. I have always journaled on my birthday, since about 1998. I went back and re-read some of my old entries and noticed how far I had come in some cases and how in some cases, my goals and aspirations for the coming year had been realized and in some cases they hadn't.
Then I walked almost 1.5 km on my treadmill. I hadn't had the time to do any exercise since I got back from the trip. I want to start exercising every second day. (It should in theory be a do-able goal.)
I had a shower and did my hair. We dropped my daughter off at my parents to take a nap. I went to a currency exchange and got my pounds, Krone, and U.S. dollars all converted in Canadian money - then I was ready to shop.
I went to the Rideau Centre because I never get to go there as it is never a place to run an errand at on the way home. I spent most of my time at a cool store called "Trivium". It really reminded me of Flash Cadillac, which I still miss. Trivium was mostly a gothic store, which surprised me that I found so many cool things that I loved there as I certainly not into the gothic scene by any stretch of the imagination. I tried on the most beautiful dress I'd ever seen, black and red velvet with those Norman period sleeves where the pointy sleeve end hangs down several inches, and that laced up the front like a corset. However, it was $200 and since I really didn't have a place to wear it ... They had several cool pieces in a pink and green plaid. However, the low rise pants left my post-baby tummy hanging out and the lace-up party dress again wasn't something that really suited my life-style. So, in the end, I bought three things:
1) a pair of black pants that have flaps and straps in the pink and green plaid that I loved. They were higher-waisted that the ones all in the plaid and slightly more subtle and sensible.
2) a tank-top to match the pants. It is black and has buckled straps in the plaid. It also has a skull and cross bones (like a pirate flag) on the front, but it's in pink and GF and the sales girl both told me that it still looked feminine and not that I looked like I was part of some cult.
3) a PVC pencil skirt that has corset lacing up the back. I wanted black or red, but they only had purple in my size. It's dark purple and I suppose it was a better colour choice. The red was a sexy, "notice me" red and the black might have made it look too bondage-gear-like, but I could actually get away with wearing the purple to the office on a casual Friday.
After Trivium, everything else in the other stores seemed boring, so I didn't even try anything else on.
For dinner, we went to the Savana Cafe on Gilmour. The rule in our family is that the birthday girl/boy gets to pick the restaurant. I used to love it there and I hadn't been in so long. And the food was great - breaded chicken stuffed with cream cheese and banana. We got the little one, a side order of "two-potato fries" (normal potatoes and sweet potatoes. She loved them. Everyone had a great time, except my mother who I think psyched herself into thinking that Carribbean food was going to be weird and that she wouldn't like it.
Present-wise, I got:
Mom and Dad - a new cell phone (It's so cool - I don't even know how to use all the features yet.)
Tyr - 2 Trading Spaces books
GF - 4 scrapbooking magazines
my daughter - a "Veggie Rocks" CD - Veggie Tale tunes covered by rocks bands. :)
And then, after dinner, Mom and Dad took my daughter home and GF and I went to the NAC. It was the last of our dance subscription series and the most amazing dance piece I've ever seen. It was ballet meets Cirque du Soleil. There were stunning costumes, aeriel work, amazing dance moves, humour - and none of the segments last for more than a couple of minutes. It was so fast-paced that you never once thought "How much longer is this segment going to go on?" like I found myself thinking during some of the modern dance stuff this year. It was an awesome end to an incredible day.