With all the fun and excitement, busy-ness and craziness of the Christmas season, sometimes it's hard to find time to get some regular maintenance underway. In my case, my hair. I was starting to look more like a sheepdog than a human being and I honestly didn't realize it.
Every morning I would get up and showered and dressed and bangzoom on to my list of gotta do's. I don't think I even bothered to look in the mirror at all. "I don't need to look in a mirror! I know what I look like". And that's a shame because Wednesday I posted a photo of me taken at the museum in the little office where I work when I need to do office-ish stuff there and I was surprised. And appalled. Yikes!
So yesterday I was OFF to my hairdresser ASAP. This was an emergency. This woman needs some serious work done ....STAT! They were sympathetic to the cause and now I look like a real girl once again. She cut it a little bit shorter than usual, but I kinda like it. And now I feel as if I am fit to be seen in public again.
I look half way decent once more. Hurrah! And not only for Christmas in how many days now..12? Yikes! The 12 days of Christmas apparently begin with a really darned good haircut.
But I also wanted to take a crack at looking my very best for our anniversary next week.
Yup, as of the 18th of December, Tim and I have been married for, ready? 25 years! Wow! A quarter of a century! And in some ways, yes it feels as if we have been married forever and in other ways, it feels like it was just last week.
The forever part isn't in a bad way. Not that groaned and moaned, "forever" that kids say each class they do not care for at school lasts. Nope it's the fairy tale forever. As in Forever and Ever! Amen, amen. The eternity kind of forever. The, I don't even want to ever even think about the other person not being in the world with me because just thinking about it makes me cry, kind of forever
The just last week part is because there are so many memories that are just so vivid! Our wedding, crystal clear in my mind. Our first vacation as a family. Buying our first house together. So many vacations that we took. So many holidays, some with the kids, some by ourselves. I have lately been experiencing these rapid fire mental photos of the two of us with loved ones who are no longer with us. With the kids who live far away. With just each other at special events and just ordinary moments. And each memory is so strong, it honestly seems as if it all just happened yesterday.
And this from the woman who can never remember her phone number!
And it's twenty-five really awesome years too. Not just enduring them, not suffering through them, or managing to get through another dang day. No. It's not that kind of marriage. It's the kind where after 25 years, we still not only love each other, we also still really like each other. Tim still makes me laugh, every single day. And although I'm not as funny as he is, I can at least make him smile...every day.
We look forward to spending time together, not just out to dinner or off on another adventure, but ordinary things like running errands or sitting together on the sofa in the evening, him watching TV and me reading or playing a game on my tablet and occasionally peeking at the screen.
What's the secret of being together happily this long? I'm not sure there is a secret. Although it doesn't hurt that I think he is adorable and he seems to think I'm pretty cute too. We communicate well. We are considerate of one another. We know how to compromise and how to let the little stuff go. And probably the most important part, we both know how incredibly lucky we are to have found one another and never lose sight of that.
Sooooo with that in mind, in honour of our anniversary, I'm taking a short break - just a few days - from the blog next week. I should be back on top of things and blogging once again by the 21st if not before.
Happy 12 days of Christmas to all of you! Hmmm Maybe I can come up with some Sam-centric lyrics to that song.... something to work on in the interim.
However you spend your time between now and when we "meet" again, remember to have fun and be safe!
Hugs all 'round
(PS Happy 25th Anniversary to us!)
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.