1.28.2007

It's my birthday and I'll shop if I want to

I woke up Thursday facing a 10 mile tempo run.It was cold (40F) and raining. I rolled over knowing I could catch up on Friday.

Friday I woke up, still my former age, and did my 10 miles with gusto (9:21 pace) in more moderate temps and just puddles to dodge. It went effortlessly. I had a mental moment of realizing I was still 54 when I was out there because my birth time was 1115.

Friday, after work, I went for an eye exam. Sort of a spur of the moment, feeling old kind of thing. My numbers came up in need of a minor adjustment but not so vital that I need to do something right now. I'll wait until I hit a tree before paying the ransom prices for high end eye glasses again. My veins and arteries were pulsating in an excellent fashion according to the doc. "Retinas of a 25-year old," he said. I might have slipped him a ten spot for that but wasn't clear on tipping rules for opthamologists. He went without.

With eyes nicely dilated, I drove home seeing the oncoming cars as incredibly bright fractured lights. My pupils were tested hard but fortunately I only had two miles to drive.

Mrs. T and I went to a nice seafood restaurant for birthday dinner. I ordered way more than I needed (crab cakes, wedge salad and broiled grouper with mashed potatoes). The wine was the most memorable item I remember. The place was busy and noisy with a sax player setting a mood, if you could hear him. I thought the joint was too noisy but we had a good time.

Saturday was all about me and Mrs. T played along:
  • Take Christmas suit to be fitted
  • Buy two pairs of casual shoes at Marshall's (I've never owned so many shoes in my life. Of course four of them are runnning shoes that are in my rotation)
  • Lunch at Greens and Grille (excellent farmers salad with broiled shrimp and five toppings)
  • Shop Bloomingdale's for new blue jeans (NOT buying here. Every jean option is no less than $150)
  • Skip Nordstrom's to avoid credit card catastrophe
  • Shop Macy's and find some Calvin Ks for the slim fit (yes)
  • In a moment of weakness I allowed Mrs. T to lead us towards the cosmetic counters where she showed me the moisturizer she believes in and there, right in front of me, was the men's version (Shiseido). Clerk: "We're giving free facials today. Would you like to have one?" Mrs. T says, "I think the birthday boy should have one!" 20 minutes later I'm taking my shirt off for Gloria who gave me a quicky facial. That was a first. Don't know that it even comes close to the benefits of a massage but I'll do just about anything once. I left with some moisturizer. After the sun damage Susie made me endure the last five summers I've got to do something to fix it. Benign neglect doesn't seem to work.
  • Redeem $300 store credit for a new piece of luggage (Georgia Marathon, friends)
  • Go for a glass of wine which led to a white pizza at Brio's, a quiet, peaceful, busy and elegant Italian restaurant.
  • Catch a movie that Susie, Mia, April Anne nor any woman teacher ought to see: "Notes on a Scandal;" however any guy who ever had fantasies about a good looking teacher will enjoy it.

Today, I made it to Park Avenue in 63F temps and the threat of rain. If it had been raining when I got up I might not have done the 14.5 miles that I did. I was plenty wet, endured a bloody nipple that made my white shirt oh so pleasant to look at; so I left it in my cooler and ran shirtless after the 6.5 mile mark. Covered the distance in 2:20, 9:40/mile pace.

The sun is out. I've got a pool to clean. See you next time.

12 comments:

Susan said...

I had lasik eye surgery 2 years ago - best thing I ever did for my eyes! That's not to say you need it with retinas of a 25 year old or anything. But I'm just saying BEST THING ever, since I was practically blind.

Neese said...

First thank you for your comment. Second I am bloglining your blog if you do not mind, i really enjoyed this post lol re: taking off shirt for Gloria and i LOVE white pizza!! glad to see someone else knows about it, not many people seem to

Rae said...

Let's see....a year I ago I was VERY sore and ordering room service, but pretty happy about finishing my first marathon.

So you're actually going to do some 20 milers before Georgia?? =) Highly overrated, I think. =)

When are you flying in?

Just12Finish said...

Happy Birthday David! It sounded like a great day, up until the facial! Um, not sure about that one; you're a better man than I am.

And oh, no thanks for the news about the nips. Did you read my haikus over at Josh's? http://joshmorphew.blogspot.com/2006/12/haiku-challenge-results.html

Michelle said...

when i was reading this in haste i read "the wine ws the most memorable, set a mood" i was thinking you go boy...then i reread slower- teehee. but still... you go boy. happy birthday from me, mr studdly and little miss.

susie said...

Sounds like you had a good David day. And you're not the only one with skin damage, my friend. Wooeeeee. I wish I hadn't been so stupid.
I think I'll take you up on the facial idea:)

jeanne said...

why exactly do you need to take your shirt off to get a facial?

and 40F is cold? I laugh at 40F!

And I'm slowly catching up to you in age. Funny, I just did the same thing--had an eye exam. got the same dilated pupils can't drive or read thing either.

ain't it grand getting old?!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Joe said...

Bummer about the nipple, interesting to do a facial, good job avoiding expensive blue jeans, fine time with Mrs. T.

A good weekend...happy birthday!!

21st Century Mom said...

Sounds like an Excellent birthday!

april anne said...

What a day! Happy Birthday David. May this be the best year yet.

Joggerblogger said...

:-) happy birthday

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