Monday, May 19, 2008

Sick (cough, cough) Day

Sick days can consist of a plethora of ailments....

*The classic head cold
*The ever-so inconvenient stomach flu
*The unexpected broken bone

However, I'm a firm believer that sick days can really be stretched to cover many other types of sickness...

*I'm sick of getting up at 5:30 am
*I'm sick of the traffic in the morning
*I'm sick of 500 work emails a day

SO...to make a long story a little less long, I, along with Laurie, decided to dip into the "Sick Day Bank" right after we made our most recent move. We decided to call it "We just moved into a new house, and just unpacked, so we need a day of relaxation" sick day. It works, right?

It was pretty much one of the BEST (if not THE BEST) days off I've ever taken. It was simply glorious. So....in an effort to share the joy of the day with all of you, I'm going to give you a quick play by play of the day.

Really it started on Sunday night when we rented a chick flick and ate junk food (actually I can't remember if we ate junk food, but it just seems like we should have, if we didn't). Then after staying up much later than we can on a normal day, we both were able to sleep in until 9....SHOCKING! There aren't many days that I can do that. So it was a bonus to sleep in until the time when my 25 dear students were strolling in the classroom door!



We leisurely got ready for the day, watched a little morning television, and then set out on the first stop of our fun filled day. Since we moved into a great new location we have found a few little treasures....one being Turtle Bread which is a small little cafe/restaurant a few blocks away. We walked over there and enjoyed a quite, fun filled late breakfast which consisted of conversations around the "5 Love Languages" (thanks to church the night before), the crazy skateboarder kids that were crusin' around, and whether or not being a dog walker would be a tangible part time summer job for me! We also took many self-timer shots on my camera and then were interrupted, amidst our fun, by a man who thought we were struggling to get a nice picture. Unfortunately he didn't realize the struggling was our attempt at being artistic and independent:) He explained he had been watching us attempt photos for quite a while and wanted to help us. Awkward? Thoughtful? Creepy? You can decide for yourself.







After breakfast we walked back home and pulled out our extremely fashionable rides...the BIKES:) We live really close to some great bike trails, and with it sunny and in the 70s, there was really no reason why we wouldn't go on a bike exploration. We hopped on and made our way over to the gas station for a quick filler-up of air in the tires. Can't have flat tires on a bike journey. From there, we were set to go....we enjoyed a 5-ish mile bike ride around Lake Nokomis and the surroundings. Just beautiful. Although I did learn to not talk, laugh, or sing while riding in this area because there are far too many swarms of bugs that easily head for your mouth the minute you open it.





We had time to stop in at home for a quick lunch and then we were off to the most peaceful part of the day! This whole day off started with the idea of treating ourselves to getting massages....so off the massage place we went! We walked in and it was like I was in a different world. I have never been at a place, so quite, at 2:00 pm...EVER....all I heard was the trickling of the water fountain and the ZEN music playing in the background. Usually around that time of the day I'm hearing, "Ms. Ventura he just peed on the bathroom floor....Ms. Ventura she won't stop kicking me under the table...Ms. Ventura I think I need to go to the nurse, my finger is turning purple..." You get the idea. It's just never silent, and so when I walked in, it was a weird feeling to have to be quiet and not talk....just to not hear even myself was a miracle! Anyway, the massage was great...although I will say that the massage therapist worked me over. I had a mass of knots in my back/neck which she definitely worked out....but a few times I thought she was going to rip my muscle out. At the very end she decided to put some muscle relaxer lotion on my back to relax the muscles after she had worked them so hard...at first it just felt like a "cool" tingling....and then before I knew it, my back was on FIRE....Oh my gosh....it was out of control how much hot/cold sensation I was experiencing. But alas, I paid...and Laurie and I made our way to the door...upon opening the door it was dark and peaceful. We opened the door and BOOM....bright lights, car horns honking....I knew it could only last so long!

We got home and watched a little Oprah while we waited for Calleigh, our other roommate, to return. While we were waiting, Laurie started contemplating whether or not she wanted to go back to school for Massage Therapy....so she asked if she could try a few massage techniques while we were waiting. I was hesitant to let her, since my back was already in pain and on fire from the massage earlier, but how could I say no to someone aspiring to something as great as a Massage Therapist?! I couldn't.





I also forgot to mention the day we took off was Cinco de Mayo....and
even though it is not a very celebrated holiday in Mexico, we took it upon ourselves here in the good old US of A to celebrate...who doesn't want a reason to eat great Mexican food and have cheap Margaritas!? Calleigh got home and we walked down a few blocks to Pepitos, a fun little restaurant. We ate a lot of great food....laughed a lot...and then rolled home because we were so full!





Needless to say, it was a fabulous "Sick Day"....I really need to get sick more often.....

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