Baklava Birthday and other new experiences

“Typing” blog posts on an iTouch is tedious.

I’m celebrating my sister’s birthday with her this week by doing all sorts of new things.

I had my eyebrows threaded. I think it pinched more than waxing. They say it’ll last longer. Since I have fair eyebrows, I only do it a few times a year anyway. Maybe I won’t look as wild the next time I think of shaping them.

I had eyelash extensions done. I looked like a trollop. They were supposed to last up to three weeks, but they were off the next morning. The adhesive was irritating my eyes, so I rubbed them, which loosened the lashes (and got more adhesive in my eyes, making me rub them more). I think they might have been nice if I was going out and was all dolled up, but I just don’t think I can pull off heavy makeup.

I took a zumba class. It’s like aerobics to salsa music. It’s fun, and I would go again with my sister or a friend, but on my own, I prefer the solitude of running. I can see why the classes are popular: it’s great motivation if people know you and expect to see you, or if you pay for a class and you don’t like wasting your money. If you’ve never done it and think you want to try it, I will warn you there’s a learning curve. Expect that it will be 3 or 4 classes before you get the hang of it. I was very happy I was in a back corner, out of the way.

I went to a yoga class. It made my arms sore. I think I need to incorporate more stretching into my weekly exercise routine. I did not worship any false gods while at this class.

I went to a Pilates class. My sister is a YMCA groupie. This class was fine, too. I didn’t mind going, but I don’t see me doing it on my own. At least not at this point in my life.

I had a pedicure. This is not a new experience, but what is new is that I was very very careful with my toesies for a full two hours, so my polish is still mainly intact.

I had tinsel put in my hair. Have you seen this fad? It’s cute. It’s inexpensive. It’s temporary. It’s instantly reversible.

I had baklava as birthday cake. What the birthday girl wants, the birthday girl gets.

Tomorrow we go to my parents’ house. The kids will hang out with my dad while my sister and I go and play bunco with my mom as part of a church fundraiser. I have played bunco before, but not before noon, which I suspect means there will be no alcohol served, making the event, likely, a bit less rowdy than other bunco events I have attended. Mom promises great prizes, though, and she made potato salad for the luncheon, so I don’t think I’ll miss the adult beverages.

Plus I have a husband at home waiting for me. After all that exercising and late nights watching Downton Abbey with my sister, a single glass of wine at lunch would have me pulling off the road for a nap long before the Georgia state line.

11 thoughts on “Baklava Birthday and other new experiences

  1. I am not a YMCA groupie! But I do appreciate the wonderful programs that my Y offers. Just wanted to make that clear.

  2. Happy birthday to your sister! I have to give you credit for trying all those things. I have never tried ONE of them, ever, not even Baklava (now that one, I'm willing to try…Pilates, not so much. And eyelash extensions? Not gonna happen.)

  3. Wow–what a week! I can't say I would have done any except the pedicure and baklava. You're a good sister. šŸ˜‰ have fun with bunco. I've never done that either.

  4. I've only played bunco as an evening event…and never church bunco. I'm am exhausted just reading about all your YMCA adventures. I used to love to salsa dancing so I imagine Zumba would be something I'd like. I can't believe you didn't post any pictures…atleast the hair tinsel!!! Happy birthday to your sis!

  5. Whose birthday was it? It seems late for yours.

    LOVE the use of the word “trollop.”

    Love that you had a good yoga class and didn't worship any false gods. šŸ™‚

  6. Ooops…this is Rachel logged in as the AHG troop coordinator.

  7. Way to go! I can be a stick in the mud when it comes to trying new things. Inspiring šŸ™‚

  8. Happy Birthday to your sister! How awesome you could go and celebrate with her!

    I'm curious to know what kind of running program you do? Any certain amount of miles/week you maintain or have for a goal? You look fantastic!

    -Angie Kasuske

  9. Charlotte, I hope to post some pictures today. I was using my iTouch to blog, so links and photos weren't happening.

    Rachel, it was Barb's birthday. Her husband is deployed, so she **needed** me to come out and help her celebrate.

    Angie, I've been doing the Hal Higdon 5k intermediate program for a while now. The past few weeks, I stopped (vacation and other conflicts), but I'll be picking it up where I need to for a race in 4 weeks.

  10. Ah, zumba. I like your sister already… šŸ™‚

    I tried to be a YMCA groupie. The problem was, packing up and heading out and packing snacks and all of that was just easier not to do. So I never went.

    Is church bunco a cousin to church bingo?


  11. Sarah, there were quite a number of elderly ladies that frightened me with their concentration on the game. I imagine they frequent the bingo hall with the same competitive drive.

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