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Days of Grace: 103/365
June 15, 2009, 8:17 am
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  1. Weather in the mid-70s for the rest of the week
  2. The DNote wasn’t crowded last night, which made for fun dancing
  3. When Jack got out, he didn’t get eaten
  4. Spending great quality time with Lauren this week
  5. Spending great quality time with myself this week

Days of Grace:102/365
June 14, 2009, 4:20 pm
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  1. Today feels like the first day of vacation
  2. On which I slept in, then went to a great Nia class (thanks Tracy!)
  3. Then luxuriously read the paper and drank coffee
  4. Then planted 4 flats of marigolds and moved stuff around in my little garden to make way for our new extended patio
  5. And finished just before a huge downpour and thunderstorm

Days of Grace: 101/365
June 13, 2009, 2:52 pm
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  1. Trading a pair of salsa shoes that don’t fit for 2 haircuts with my excellent hairdresser, Marie
  2. A relaxing afternoon
  3. My generous friends and family, who gave me a wonderful birthday
  4. My brother, who helped clean up after my party last night
  5. Steve, who schlepped the Qdoba taco bar

Days of Grace: 100/365
June 12, 2009, 12:09 pm
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Interesting how my 100th Grace in Small Things post is on day 1 of my 40th year. (Crap, or is it day 2?)

  1. Yellow and pink roses from Costco, $15.99 for two dozen
  2. Buying kiddie party favors for my grown-up birthday party tonight
  3. At least 18 of my 24 balloons are still intact and did not escape
  4. Qdoba Taco Bar
  5. My parents: the ones who made me and the ones who raised me

Spa Bliss with Laurel
June 11, 2009, 9:28 pm
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I am not 40. No, really. My driver’s license may proclaim today to be my 40th birthday, but my skin and toes say otherwise. Because today, Laurel and I celebrated the beginning of the second half of our lives at Copperfalls Aveda Spa in Castle Rock. And not only am I big bowl of mush, I am absolutely glowing.

I’m a regular massage-getter and card-carrying member of Massage Envy. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of deep tissue work, which feels more like punishment than pleasure most days. Today, I got a lovely aromatherapy Swedish massage from Tony, complete with candlelight and eucalyptus oil to calm down my “fire” disposition. Ooh, and after he rubbed my feet for about 10 minutes, he wrapped them in warm, moist towels. Oh. My. God.

Lunch followed, during which I wolfed down a tiny quiche and salad, then half of Laurel’s oversized spinach salad. Yum. I was too blissed out to understand that during my facial–cool mud-like stuff painted on my face, neck and upper chest, then wiped with warm towels–we were under yet another tornado alert. I snoozed to the sound of pouring rain upon the roof while my aesthetician gave me an endless arm massage with hot stones, then rubbed my scalp with scented oil.

I drank copious amounts of Aveda tea–which starts off stark on the tongue and morphs into a silky sweetness that the proprietor said was sweet fennel. Finally, Laurel and I sat in a sunny room together and got pedicures. My toes are now a lovely irridescent turquoise color. I caught up on the latest gossip about Jon & Kate, and Halle Berry’s new short hair, and Jennifer Hudson’s alleged pregnancy. Good times.

Because the spa is under construction–an understatement, as my massage room was constructed of plastic and fabric walls with velcro closures–we got a discount. We also walked away with the holy grail of spa experiences: Samples!!

Afterward, all gooey and blissed out with Kleenex stuck between our toes to keep the polish safe, we stopped for coffee and pastry at the shop that supplied our lunches, then drove (with the top down on her Miata) to our favorite metaphysical bookstore. There, we both indulged in a clairvoyant reading with a woman whose energy was so strong it literally felt like she was plugging into me. We talked about the theme for the next year of my life (letting go of the warrior energy that has served me so well and entering a time of receiving).

Laurel drove me home, and we talked about our readings over the wind that swirled our hair. We took a self-portrait sitting on the hood of her car. We exchanged gifts–I got her a turtle necklace (her animal totem) from Santa Fe, and she gave me an adorable turquoise purse and a bunch of little things inside–and said goodbye. She’s one of the few people I can hang out with for 8 hours and be ready for more. We know each other so well, we’re almost two halves of the same sea shell. It’s difficult to make friends as a grown-up, and I am so blessed to have her … and what I hope will be a longstanding birthday tradition.

Now, I’m going to cook Steve and I a steak, open a bottle of wine, and cuddle with my honey. It’s been a blissful day. Just what I needed to kick off the 4th decade.

Days of Grace: 99/365
June 11, 2009, 6:04 pm
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Today is my 40th birthday.

(deep breath … and release)

Today’s Grace in Small Things list is dedicated to the next year of my life. I am grateful:

  1. To stop being the warrior and to begin a new era of letting go and letting god
  2. For my artistic creativity, which will be the focus of this next life phase
  3. For letting go of the beliefs that no longer serve me
  4. For accepting new beliefs about the I AM of me that do serve me
  5. For the FLOW, which I now “go with” after lifetimes of struggle against

Days of Grace: 98/365
June 10, 2009, 9:14 am
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  1. Sleeping in with zero guilt
  2. Going to the gym in the middle of the day
  3. Sitting on the couch and reading for 2 hours in the middle of the afternoon
  4. Costco birthday cakes=yummy and cheap
  5. New insoles for my workout shoes, $19, vs. buying new shoes $99 for the same effect