29 years ago today I apparently interrupted my parents in the middle of moving to make my grand entrance.
Twenty nine. Whoa. Sometimes I still feel like 25. When I wasn’t yet a parent, just a single girl doing whatever I wanted. Becoming a mom has been such an amazing transition and experience for me but it’s not an easy job and there are times that I just want to be 25, with no real obligations, again.
When asked what I was going to do to celebrate, my answer was nothing. I decided to take a day off work and take a trip to the city with my best friend, without really telling anyone I was going. After a long, hard month straight of solo parenting, I was very ready for my day to pretend I was 25 again, doing whatever I felt like, with no obligations.
Cassandra and I grabbed some giant coffees and hit the road. Our first stop was lunch and drinks at Last Best Brewing, highly recommended by many. We shared a tasting flight and some root beer bbq wings to start, followed by the grilled chicken panini that was way more delicious than I had expected.
Oh and can we take a moment to discuss how amazing the caramel latte beer was. Yeah. It was good. You should probably try it.
After lunch we took a stroll down Stephen Avenue before hopping over to Kensington for some window shopping. Somehow the only thing I came home with was a box of cereal….C’mon it was limited edition Halloween Cap’n Crunch that turns your milk green, how could I not?!
We couldn’t leave downtown without taking some time to enjoy the fall sunshine by the river. Calgary, you’re such a pretty little thing.
Since we walked off our lunch and beer it was time for dessert/dinner. We headed over to Fiasco Gelato for OMG-I-want-it-all gelato. We sat and enjoyed a cup together, I had fig cheesecake and it was heaven in a cup, and also took home four pints between the two of us. Pumpkin Pie, obviously. I’ll be consuming that in bed later.
We got back to Red Deer and I was off to meet some more friends at my favourite pub for a pint or two. It’s rare for me to be out on a weeknight and I stayed out past my typical curfew with absolutely no regrets.
It was just what I needed to kick off 29 on the right foot. Feeling a bit rejuvenated, knowing that I can still tap into my inner 25 year old. I know that carving out this day for myself will allow me to be a better parent when my son comes home. I think it’s incredibly important as a parent to take time to be selfish every once in awhile, whether it’s your birthday or not. Take a day just for you, ok?
What would you do on a day just for you?