My gift to myself is to see you happy. If you’re happy, I’m ecstatic!Sunday, October 17, 2010
Have you ever done something totally new lately?
Have you ever tasted something special that used to be an ordinary treat?
Does absence really make one’s heart grow fonder?
Staying over in a hotel – whether be in the city (NYC) or Princeton, used to be a regular weekend treat for us. But with the change in the economy, we have tightened our budget: no weekend getaways; very limited restaurant dining; no shopping just for the sake of it.
Yesterday, with the help of my husband’s parental units (mom and dad), my husband and I had one relaxing day – a break from our crumbcatchers’ regular hectic schedule. Lucky for us, we have parents that love to break away from their regular routine and gift us with a “mini-vacation”. For our past birthdays, mom and dad gave my husband a spa gift card and dinner money for mine. Mom calls them the “save-the-marriage” gifts! I think they are more like spreading “tinker bell gold dusts” at a loving marriage. Yes, happy thoughts were badly needed and a time off is what the doctor ordered!
(Mom and Dad gave us a gift certificate to Short Hills Hilton’s Spa. The spa was closed for 10 months, and it was just great timing that I booked it last week! Or is it bashert or kismet? )
We stayed the entire day just hanging by the pool – reading and napping. And then for an unplanned dinner, we headed to Ruth Chris’ steakhouse. (courtesy of mom and dad’s birthday present to me!)
I should know better since I grew up in a Third World country. America does allow someone to live in excess that the beauty of simple pleasures get lost at times. It’s not the country’s fault, it’s just human nature.
So I think when we give ourselves a treat once in a while, every little tiny experience becomes so much more meaningful.
Have a meaningful Sunday everyone!
Keep smiling (:
BTW, today is the North Central NJ Walk Now for Autism. If you're in the area, come and join us!