I had a good birthday. Derick, Jacob, and I spent two days in Galveston and the weather couldn't have been better. Mid-week at the end of September is definitely the time to go. No crowds, no noise, no craziness. Adam was supposed to come as well, but he came down with a fever and a stomach bug of sorts the night before and stayed home. The dog was a great babysitter..... No, my mom came over on Monday, kind of on a whim, to help me out while Derick is gone for the next THREE weeks, and thank goodness for it. It was the first time I had been away from him overnight, but he did great, didn't even miss us, until he got back and realized he'd been left and, oh, the hell that ensued then.
We stayed at an awesome and cheap motel, tooled around the beach for hours, ate the most awesome Mexican food I have ever encountered (and I was able to keep it down, small miracle), and swam in the pool. It was all very entertaining and relaxing. We missed Adam, but it was soooo nice to have an only child again, even if it was for just one night. Jacob had the best time. I just spent a lot of time watching him laugh and enjoy himself and that was the best birthday present ever, of course, that cool sewing machine is nothing to sneeze at either. Jacob was so proud of it, he still had no clue he had tipped me off about it. Now, if I could just muster the energy to take it out of the box and figure it out.....
All in all it was a good birthday, even if we did have to celebrate a day early again. Last year on my birthday I loaded up my kids, my pets, my mom, and my car and headed north to the lake to evacuate for Hurricane Rita. It was also on that day that we found out that Laura had been declared brain dead and would not survive. We spent the entire day waiting for word of her condition, wondering if she were already dead yet. It was horrible, absolutely horrible. In fact, it's like I didn't even have a birthday last year, it was all so weird and surreal. Do you think that means I can erase a year off my age? Anyway, I am extremely thankful for a less stressful birthday. I am happy to have spent it with those closest to me and for the little break in my life to enjoy the sun. Happy Birthday to me!
Day One Hundred Eighty-Eight
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