My 29th birthday was on Friday the 13th! Yikes! To begin the last year of my twenties on the Friday the 13th is not something I was extremely excited about. Friday was fairly uneventful, so hopefully since the year didn't start off in a bad way, it won't be jinxed. My mom and two of my brothers went to a local steakhouse for dinner. As always, it was great! We only go there a few times a year, and I always wonder why after we eat. Grant enjoyed it too. He probably didn't care much about the dinner, although he seemed to really enjoy those fat buttered rolls, but the ducks were definitely the main attraction for him. He thought he wanted to touch them until they were the ones doing the touching. These ducks were literally taking the bread as I would put it into his hand. We switched to throwing it to them in the water shortly after that, and he loved watching them race for each and every piece. It's funny to watch them because you know that these ducks probably get fed 100 times per day, yet they still chase every piece you throw.
We spent Saturday hanging out at Nana and Papa's pool, and Sunday Grant got to spend the day with his daddy. I told him that for my birthday I wanted a day just to run around like the pre-Grant days. That is one thing I really miss doing. I'm such a shopper, but this day wasn't so much about buying as it was just checking out my options. I have been thinking about furniture options for Grant and for the new baby, so I wanted to check out what everyone has these days. I ended up buying some bedding for this baby that is fully returnable should it not be the sex that I bought for. My husband says I've jinxed us now, but I told him the sex is not going to change just because I bought crib bedding. Anyway, I didn't really settle on any furniture, but at least I have an idea of what is out there for when we get ready to make a purchase.
All in all, it was a productive day, and I felt great when I got home. Shopping is like therapy to me, even when I don't buy anything (although some great shoes or a great outfit are always mood boosters too!). Since I don't work in the "big city" anymore, I rarely get to the malls, and it's probably one of the things I miss the most, pathetic I know! I'm certain that my husband and my checkbook don't miss me going at all. However, I'm now an avid checker of craigslist and ebay, so I'm not sure which is better. Once a shopaholic, always a shopaholic I guess. Speaking of, I've been reading the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, and they're hilarious. They're totally frivolous reads, but enjoyable nonetheless. I read for pure enjoyment. I'd love to say that I read to learn, etc, but usually when I pick up a book like that I never make it past the first 20 pages. Maybe one day I'll try another one of those "types" of books.