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A Birthday Decision...I Think...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I am about two months away from my birthday. Now's about the time where people start asking, "What do you want?" And I always go blank, because even though there are things that I want, I somehow can't remember them until a few weeks AFTER the party's over, when it's of no use to anyone. I was driving home after work last night and it was taking longer than usual because of snow-covered roads, and I started thinking about that question: what DO I want?

And...I think I know.

This has really been an awesome year for me; I've accomplished a lot. So I think I deserve to look beyond the wrappable stuff and celebrate with a little bit more gusto -- more than just a present. I deserve to do something that I've been wanting to do for a long time, to commemorate my successes.

My two choices: a hot air balloon ride or horseback riding!

I have always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. I see them on my way to work in the fall and spring, and I think, "Some day..." But really, what am I waiting for? Why not now? Yes, it's a bit of an expense, but I think it will be worth it. I can't imagine how incredible it would be to float above the world and see the sun rise or fall over everything.

I haven't ridden a horse since I was 15. I fell victim to the horse bug at a young age and was lucky enough to ride for five years and LOVED it, but ended up having to quit because it was getting too expensive and interfered with soccer. The expense part was a choice I made for my parents. I'd gone to the same instructor for most of my riding years, but some serious crap happened that made us look elsewhere. We found a wonderful instructor who taught me on a friend's horse, but the cost of lessons jumped $40 a piece, so I went from weekly to twice-monthly lessons. Then the friend sold their horse. I was at an age where I knew my parents couldn't afford a horse for me, and felt guilty accruing the expense of lessons when I would never have a horse of my own, so I ended it. But I think about it often, and even if this time it's nothing more than a trail ride, it would make my day.

I mentioned these things to Andy last night, and he is absolutely game for either one. I have time to decide and am not sure which I'd rather do right now, but I'm satisfied that I've made the choice to reward myself like this. We'll see what happens!
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  • v GRACEMCC45
    I love these!!! Let me know about the hot air balloon - so jealous if you do it!
    1274 days ago
  • v BRADMILL2922
    Holy good ideas Super Erin Shopping Warrior! Or SESW for short but it really doen't flow well...we can work on it. Anywho, both ideas are awesome! Not sure i'd be up (pun intended) for a hot air balloon ride due to a slight fear of heights but it does sound like a great b day present! Hope you get to do both soon and look forward to hearing about them!
    1275 days ago
  • v EMMAEKAY
    Nice presents! I hope you pick BOTH! Do one, then the other when you can afford it.
    1275 days ago
  • v BEMILLER30
    Awesome ideas! Great rewards and you totally deserve it girl!


    1275 days ago
  • v MOMMY445
    those are great ideas!
    1276 days ago
  • v CAGEDBIRDSONG
    I love both ideas! Okay, maybe not the hot air balloon, but that's just because I'm a big weenie when it comes to heights. (I'm so scared of heights, I refuse to wear heels.) I love the idea for you though. It's got so much Moxie!


    1276 days ago
  • v FORBANDE
    Great choices! Way to go on coming up with ideas that reward and celebrate YOU!!!

    Can't wait to read about what you pick. :)
    1276 days ago
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