One year ago today, I decided to take advantage of restaurant “freebies” that are offered to customers on their birthdays (I am becoming my mother-in-law.) My plan was to go to a Mexican restaurant to eat my free birthday burrito and then hop over to an ice cream establishment to get my free sundae…because I’m me and I love food.
I was quite pleased with my grand idea and did not mind one bit that I was doing this on my own without anyone to share the experience with. Isn’t that what blogging is for? Some of you may remember that post detailing (TMI) how wrong the whole thing went. Let’s just say I never made it to my free dessert location due to the fact that the burrito grounded me stuck on a white shiny porcelain fixture at the closest Target Store. Lucky for me, I was able to enjoy many other scrumptious birthday meals once I recovered.
Although I am very tempted to give the freebies another chance (check out the personalized invite above), I think I will pass and just stick to stealing sugar packets from restaurants and consider those, my freebies.
This year, due to my ailing stomach and aging intestines, I will most likely have a less than remarkable birthday meal/s. I have been cutting back on carbs and gluten, not necessarily by choice but out of an attempt to ease the increasing daily abdominal discomfort. It this what 52 looks like?
Let’s see, the birth-day meal possibilities are…endless. It will most likely consist of a small bowl of cottage cheese with a handful of blueberries as my late breakfast, a round piece of cardboard (I guess they call them rice cakes?) with peanut butter and cucumber slices on top as my snack. A cheese stick (“I can’t wait to eat my cheese stick”, says no one ever) will be my second snack followed by a salad topped with home-grown acidic tomatoes (that hurt my stomach) from my garden, chicken or fish, more flavorless fresh cucumbers also from my garden, a handful of almonds with some type of blah dressing. I will then eat two whole bite size dark chocolates for dessert before I begin weeping.
My point being that pretty much anything I eat these days causes me pain and bloating. I have reluctantly called my doctor to see if we can figure out what is going on THIS TIME. I am NOT at ALL bitter that my body keeps failing me, really – I am NOT! What would a year be like without some kind of illness or health challenge? I wouldn’t know.
All is not lost, however. I am still very blessed and fortunate for what DOES work and particularly for my family and friends and all that shit…
Thanks to my little sister (who just turned 50 – Thank GOD), the month of September promises to be a month of celebrations even if no good food is to be consumed by me. My crazy cousins and I are taking her for a girl’s weekend in a couple of weeks to celebrate her being almost as old as we are. WOOT! WOOT! It should be a weekend filled with lot’s of laughter, happy tears, incontinence (we are old) and lot’s of celebratory liquid gold! I will sacrifice my abdominal discomfort to make sure my sister has a great time and is as drunk as a sailor! Did I mention she finally turned 50?
As if that wasn’t exciting enough, our dear mother surprised my sister and I for our birthdays, with a trip to Monterey, CA where she lives for half of the year. We are leaving mid September for 12 fabulous days of complete bliss! See how happy I am that she turned 50? We are two years apart and our birthdays are one day apart so by default, I get to tag along and get spoiled for HER 50th celebration.
So, 52, I guess it’s a little nice to meet you.