Friday, July 11, 2008

My Perfect Day

What would my perfect day be like? Well, first of all the kids would have spent the night with someone (don't you love how nonspecific I am with where my beloved babies would be?) so Mr. Blue wouldn't wake me up asking for a waffle. Therefore, I'd sleep in and wake up when I was darn good and ready. I'd eat a toasted bagel and drink some orange juice while reading. Then I'd pick out a great outfit (one that might even be dry clean only!) and head out for the day.

My first stop would be to a nail salon to get the pedicure I've been promising myself but haven't had time to get. Then I'd visit my hair salon for a shampoo and blowout because nothing makes me feel better about myself than great hair. Next I'd hit the stores for some shopping! Nordstrom would have a mix-up in their inventory so that their prices would be lower than they ever have been before, AND I'd mysteriously have extra money in my account. Amazingly, the same thing would happen at Ann Taylor Loft and Sephora.

By that time, I'd be ready for lunch. I'd meet a friend at a nice place. I'm not picky which restaurant we visited, as long as chicken nuggets are not on the menu.

Finally, I'd grab a frappucino and sit down with a pile of books and magazines at a bookstore. Before long, it would be time to go home and take a nap. When I woke up, refreshed, I'd get ready for a romantic dinner with my husband. We might spend some time at home first. ;-)

When we got back, my kiddos would meet us, already bathed and ready for bed. (I don't know who the angel was who volunteered to keep them this long, but hey, this is my fantasy--it doesn't need to be realistic!) We'd get in some quality family cuddle time before lullabies and prayers. As I closed my eyes, I'd thank God for a wonderful day.

As far as I can see, the only problem with this scenario is that my perfect day would take more than 24 hours. If only because I need a LOT of time to shop. And sleep.

Yesterday was my birthday, and although I didn't get to do all of the things on this list, I did get my hair cut and styled (a coincidence; I didn't plan to go on my birthday), and my mom kept the kids so I could spend some of my birthday money without saying, "Come over here right now or I'm going to strap you in this cart!" And I got some really cute stuff I needed. We ate lunch at Sonic, not a bistro, and I didn't go to a bookstore or out for dinner. But I did get a nap and spent a relaxing evening with my family, and that's close enough to perfect for me.

80 comments:

  1. Happy Happy Birthday to you! Glad it was a great day even if it wasn't the "perfect" day.

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  2. Happy Birthday! Your perfect day sounds starkingly similar to my idea of a perfect day. :-)

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  3. Sounds great to me, too! Glad your "real" day wasn't so bad.

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  4. Awe - happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a nice day... even if it wasn't picture perfect. A nap? Oh boy do I miss those...

    But don't forget to save some of that b-day money - Nordstrom's womens and childrens sale starts next week. Yippee!!

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  5. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I felt weird because I told several people it was my birthday, like I was trying to get them to wish me happy birthday. I don't actually expect anyone to remember my birthday. Except my parents, of course.

    But thanks for wishing me a happy birthday. (And thanks for the e-card, Leann.) I saved some of the money for a trip next week. I don't know if I'll get to go to a Nordstrom, but thanks for the tip, Jill!

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  6. *big sigh* It sounds like a dreamy day. Happy Birthday!!

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  7. Well Happy Birthday...you should have said! And dinner at Sonic...I love Sonic...foot longs and onion rings...what ever weird drink they're concocting for the day...glad you had such a lovely day of it...because much as you carp, you know you loved every minute of it!
    Sandi

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  8. I love that your perfect day is virtually kid free. I repeatedly told that I'm going to miss this and I know that I will but my perfect day looks a lot like yours.

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  9. Can I sing you a birthday song? I promise it will be in-tune.*wink*
    "Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to youuuuuuuu, happy birthday to youuuuuu!"

    *clap clap clap*

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  10. Happy Birthday! Perfection comes in many forms. I think we're given snippets of perfect and one day in retrospect we're going to put them all together and BAM! We're gonna believe we had the perfect day over and over again.

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  11. Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like you came close!!!

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  12. Happy Belated Birthday! Coming to you from SITS...Congrats!

    Love your blog...your writing is GREAT!!! Can't wait to stop by again and read more! Take Care!

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  13. Happy Happy Birthday. It sounds like your day was close to perfect. I must say an afternoon in Sephora with no budget would be super fun. Congratulations on the SITS feature. I hope you feel super special today.
    HUGS,
    kat

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  14. You forgot to mention that while you were away someone cleaned your house (espcially the toilets) and did your laundry! That would be great.

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  15. Happy belated birthday! Looks like you got a birthday present from your SITSta's...YAY, CONGRATUALTIONS, love your blog, I can so relate.

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  16. Heres to many a near perfect day, and plenty of 'em :-)

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  17. Happy belated birthday! Heck, a nap alone would make any day perfect in my book! Back in the BK (before kiddo) days, Hubby and I would both nap every weekend - Saturday afternoons before going out to see a movie and Sundays after church. Now if one of us naps, it is in a situation of dire emergency and can only be done in shifts or by one of us on any given day, while the other Kiddo Wrangles to allow that lucky parent to sleep undisturbed.

    Oh, and restaurants without chicken nuggets? There is such a thing? Blasphemy! :D

    Cheers!

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  18. I love your post, it sounds perfect (especially the Nordstrom part and the nap part). I think it's funny how you fantasize about a perfect day, end up with something different with your family (ie Sonic, instead of a bistro) and be completely content and happy. That's true love of family!

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  19. Congrats to being the Sauciest today! That's a start to the perfect day, as well, right? Just think of all the comment love heading your way right now!

    Now I'm off to read more. I'm lovin' your blog...

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  20. happy belated birthday! and i might just have to borrow your perfect day - throw in some pizza and i'd be good to go.

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  21. Sounds like you had a pretty great day! Happy belated birthday!

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  22. My favorite part is waking up whenever you darn well pleased. If only for one day....

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  23. Your real day was enough of a fantasy for me!!

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  24. sounds like the real birthday was pretty good too! i think a perfect day would be to stressful bc i'd be waiting for the catch, lol! hope you're enjoying your SITS day!

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  25. Okay, if you EVER make your dream a reality, please feel free to invite me to go with you. I am a Sephora expert. I love the idea of a restaurant with NO chicken nuggets and beautiful flowing hair. We could turn it into a mini-vacation and not come back for the whole weekend!

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  26. I hear you on the restaurants. My idea of a great restaurant is one that doesn't offer crayons with menus.

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday. Sounds like a wonderful day to me. Congrats again on the feature, SITSta.

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  28. Love your Perfect Day....can I come too???:)

    Happy Belated Bday!

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  29. Sounds like THE perfect day. Happy Bday and congrats!!!!!! You made me think about getting a pedi at lunchtime but my legs are a little fuzzy. Maybe they won't mind :)

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  30. Happy Belated!
    A woman can dream and the only thing you missed was writing a blog post without having to break up a fight, wipe a bottom, fix a meal, or clean a mess!
    That would be a dream come true for me.

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  31. Sounds wonderful.

    Well here's another perfect day - YOUR SITS feature. :-)

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  32. Sounds like something out of a movie. Do these days truly exist???

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  33. Ann Taylor and Sephora are my absolute FAVORITE stores! I too wish I had extra inexplicable funds in my accounts.

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  34. Oh that would be my perfect day too, expect my kids would be already tucked into bed and sleeping when I got home and all I would have to do it kiss them good night.
    ahhh, a girl can dream

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  35. Wow that is the perfect day. Heck, I could spend an entire day in a bookstore with a stack of books and magazines. Especially if I could also get an amazing cup of coffee at that bookstore.

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  36. Happy birthday! A smidge late. I like your idea of the perfect day. But...I think eating at Sonic on my birthday would just be lovely!

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  37. I would love to spend that perfect day with you! Except it wouldn't be so perfect for you then because you would be like, "Who is this strange woman with me everywhere I go???"

    You are a smart woman to spend time with you hubby BEFORE eating out and getting a belly all full of food!

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  38. almost cried reading your perfect day. happy birthday new found friend and here is to "perfect days".

    fellow blogger and happy sits day :)

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  39. Happy Belated Birthday. :-)

    Sounds like it was a wonderful day, even if it wsn't quite your *dream* day. :-)

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  40. Happy late Birthday! Sounds like you ended up having a very nice day....hey, it included a nap and that counts for a lot!

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  41. I can total relate to you on your perfect day. Happy belated birthday, I am glad to hear that it had some of your perfect day wishes in it.

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  42. Wow I can start dreaming now.

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  43. Ahhh...that sounds like a heavenly day!! I'm glad that you had a nice birthday, even if it wasn't a complete realization of your fantasy!

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  44. Your perfect day sounds PERFECT to me, too!!

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  45. Happy belated birthday and congratulations on a fantasy 'almost' realized.

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  46. This sounds like a pretty darn good day! I might add a massage in there somewhere...that would definitely make it perfect for me! :)

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  47. Can I go with you on your perfect day....please?

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  48. Happy belated birthday! And happy SITS day! If you can't have your perfect day as described, maybe you could have a perfect week with all those activities spread throughout.

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  49. Both of your perfect days sound perfect- except for the pedi. I just don't do feet.

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  50. Sonic and a nap...that's still not a bad day in my opinion!

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  51. I see nothing wrong with a day like that! Sounds pretty perfect in my book!

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  52. Nap? Did you say NAP? That word alone screams perfect day to me!!! Happy Birthday.

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  53. Nap? Did you say NAP? That word alone screams perfect day to me!!! Happy Birthday.

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  54. Happy Belated Birthday! I'm glad you had the chance to get a little pampering done. We moms deserve that at least once in our lives. :)

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  55. That sounds like a fantabulous day! Hope you enjoyed your birthday, even if wasn't how you imagined your perfect day. I want a perfect day, too!

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  56. You're a woman after my heart! I'll go along on your perfect day (sans the date with your hubby -- I'll go with mine on that one! :) any time you're ready!

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  57. I LOVE your perfect day! At this point, I'd drop my daughter of with whoever was willing to take her. You lose a little bit of your nervousness about where they are as they get older.

    And you have some really interesting books on your bookshelf. I love seeing what kinds of books people like to read.

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  58. Oh, that sounds so heavenly! What I wouldn't give for someone to just volunteer to take care of my kids all night and all day, while I went and did stuff just for me!

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  59. Happy Belated birthday.

    You sure know to live!
    I want your second paragraph to happen to me at all of my favorite stores!

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  60. that would be my perfect day as well. except the books it would be movies.

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  61. sounds Perfectly Perfect. You Deserve it! happy belated birthday!

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  62. You're a girl after my own heart...my perfect day would be much the same.

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  63. Happy Belated Birthday! Glad it was a good one, if not your "perfect day"! Sounds like we'd do a lot of the same things on our perfect days--don't you just love the shoes at Nordstrom?!

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  64. Good for you!

    I went Christmas shopping with a semi-professional shopper friend of mine last year. I naievely thought we'd be home for lunch, but we made it back in time for dinner. We did have lunch at a bistro, complete with espresso martinis.

    Why did no-one teach me the right way to shop before?

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  65. Sounds like a fabulous day. I wish I could get a nap......maybe someday.

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  66. What a great post! This should be a meme, actually.

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  67. Is your name Vicki? 'Cause that is my exact day as well. We must share some of the same brain. The only thing I'd change would be the frapuccino. It's Chai Tea for me!

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  68. Half-Past Kissin' TimeJuly 18, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!

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  69. Happy SITS day and Happy Belated Birthday too!!

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  70. congsates and Happy birthday!

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  71. I loved hearing about your plans for the perfect day. They sound great!!

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  72. Near perfect is nothing to sneeze at. Happy belated.

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  73. Ooooh...cut + style = happy mommy! Isn't it funny how your idea of a perfect day has changed over the years?

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  74. Ooooo this reminds me of (I think it was) Manic's question on what a perfect day would look like. I remember mine was totally achievable, but I know I've done nothing about it yet! Yours sound delicious!

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  75. Happy Birthday. I always tell my husband, 'I really am a simple woman'- that would be my idea of a great day, too.

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  76. Happy Birthday! I can remember when I thought that would be a perfect day, too. Now I know it is - retired life is just about perfect. Sorry, don't mean to rub it in. Blessings, marlene

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  77. Happy Belated Birthday, glad you had a great day! Its hard these days to enjoy a good day!

    Found you from SITS

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