Thursday, July 2, 2009

I've been shopping

It's my birthday in a few weeks (bad). I'm turning 40 (badder). But I've bought myself some presents (good).

I've bought myself a cocktail....



A candlelit dinner....



A massage....


Plus this.....



And this.....

And this....




Yes, a week after my birthday I am going to Bali!


It is going to be so wonderful to escape the cold dreary wet weather for a week in the balmy tropics.



I'm rather embarrassed to admit it, but this is my first trip overseas in 25 years. 25 years! Where did the time go?


I'm going with a friend and we will be there for 7 nights. Part of the time we will be staying here:
















And the remainder of the time we'll be staying here...in the honeymoon suite! My friend and I have been having a giggle about that....but just because we are single girls doesn't mean we don't deserve a special room right?




I'm looking forward to the warm weather, the delicious food, the shopping, the mountains, the temples...everything really.


We'll be leaving on 29 July. That's three weeks and six days away, not that I'm counting or anything....


I'm hoping that this is just the start of many overseas adventures for me. Life begins at 40 right?

Best wishes,

43 comments:

Beach Vintage said...

This reminds me of Sex in the City when they all take the honeymoon suite. Fabulous. Have a great time.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Catherine!! You'll love it. My first 5star Hotel was in Bali.. I nearly cried and nothing has ever been the same since! I'm so jealous.. of the trip and of only being 40!! ha ha I'm sure there will be more post and comments before your birthday so I will wait till then to give you those wishes:) Julie

my favorite and my best said...

well that is just awesome! the trip the milestone all of it. i will be 40 this year myself and am thinking of a vacation as well, with the girls! i just did a post on the 4 seasons in bali and it's floating-high-above-the-treetops pool. fabulous!
xoj

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

I hope you have the most incredible time! I turn 50 in a couple of weeks. Can't even remember 40! You are right - life gets better and better. I'm more comfortable with myself and happier than I was in my 20's and 30's. I look forward to seeing the photos of your trip.
Cheers!
Ry

Lee said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your 40th Catherine! I'm with Julie, I'm J-E-A-L-O-U-S! No seriously, this looks absolutely fabulous and I can just tell you're going to a wonderful, relaxing time (you really do deserve it). Lee :)

Beth said...

Oh you lucky girl! My husband and I went to Bali 6 yrs ago and it remains one of my all-time favorite vacations. What a wonderful gift to yourself! Enjoy every minute :).

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh catherine! you couldn't have chosen better birthday gifts! and you can be sure life starts at 40! good for you! xo

Lauren said...

oh my goodness!!!!! have the BEST time!!! what a treat!!!! hahah i loev it that you have the honeymoon suite!!!
xoxo

Angela Henrie said...

Wow! What a birthday treat for yourself. Have a most WONDERFUL time!

Mandi said...

I think your blog is sooo inspiring tho have only been looking through two pages....I want to go paint now thanks to you....
Y daughter adores Bali...she had her honeymoon there last year and they went back again this spring...your hotal looks very much like where they stayed...what is the name of your hotel in Bali???..will be dropping by again very soon..

Tanya said...

Sounds like a great idea to me! Have a lot of fun.

Blair said...

Oh, wow! Bali-what an amazing birthday visit to take. I cannot wait to hear about it.

Heidi said...

How exciting!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!! Honestly, you can't be 40? You look like such a baby on your pic. I think you are lying so you can have a fabulous birthday. Ho ahead and lie your ass off and have a great time. Love, Heidi

Blue Muse said...

Oh Catherine! Bali! You will looooooove it, and I laughed outloud about the honeymoon suite - I think it's fabulous. What a great birthday present and week ahead!!
I've been testing the waters here in Forty-ville for you since April, and I have to say .... not too bad, not bad at all, and you are certainly starting them out right! Good girl!
xo Isa

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Oh..YAY! Good for you!!! I can't imagine a better way to pamper yourself...and you deserve some good pampering.

Enjoy every single moment.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I am a great believer in celebrating my birthdays out of the country. It seems to make the numbers inconsequential somehow!! You have chosen wisely!!!

Struggler said...

Wow, wow, wow, this looks like a dream come true and possibly trip of a lifetime.
Have a wonderful, wonderful trip!!

♥Aubrey said...

Have a wonderful vacation my dear. And have a memorable b-day! Your life is just beginning...as we get older we get more daring &heart;

{{Hugs}}

Black Zebra said...

Sounds like a dream birthday:-) Have a wonderful time! xx

anu said...

what a great gifts:)!so relaxing!

Jan said...

Catherine this sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate 40.
I just had my 50th and it honestly gets better. I hope to get to Bali this year as well (since Eat Pray Love it's been a big desire)
I look forward to hearing about it--'will live vicariously through your journey for now!
Have a marvelous time.
Jan

timelesshome annika said...

Catherine Happy 40 the best is jet to come...
mail your adress and i send you a silver necklas that I make. Keep on inspire me I love your pictures that you find and mix.
eliannika@hotmail.com
Annika

Dirty Dolly Design said...

When i grow up I'm going to learn how to spoil myself, just like you. Annie

Draffin Bears said...

Oh Catherine ~ how wonderful for you!
Life does begin at 40 as I have been there and know about that age.

You deserve all those beautiful places to stay and to treat yourself to massages, shopping and just having a relaxing time.
So happy for you, that you will get to visit Bali and have a dream holiday.

Hugs
Carolyn

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh Catherine what a great time you girls are going to have. Looks like great places to stay.
Yes they say life begins at 40 but don't wait til then start right now!! LOL
Alison

Kristie said...

Yay for you Catherine!!!! I hope you have a fabulous time away with your friend and celebrate your 40th in fantastic style :) My birthday is next Friday and I'll be 38!!!! My BFF and I are planning a similar trip for my 40th in 2 yrs time and you can bet we'll be living it up!!! After seeing this post I'll be sure to book the honeymoon suite too...what a brilliant idea ♥

Ms. Jenn said...

Yay congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful trip :-)

My name is PJ. said...

Oh Catherine, The EXCITEMENT IS PALPABLE! I shall live vicariously through you on this adventure. Please take lots and lots and lots and lots of photos! Life ABSOLUTELY begins at 40 - honestly, truly. It was the beginning of the best part of my life. Think of it as leaving the runway with a bunch of experience, The flight is lovely!

joy said...

Fascinating! I so much love to go outing, I just wish I have that money to spend for myself and with friends. I thinks I just have to wait for the time, but God! please don;t let it be 25 years! haha! Anyway, about shopping, a big thanks for the technology! I can save a lot of time and effort walking at the mall, finding what I need and want to buy. I just have to search what I want to shop, compare their prices according to my budget and have it delivered at my door. You may want to check this out http://www.wwhow.com

mondo cherry said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to treat yourself. Lazing by the pool, trips to the markets, loads of yummy food on demand, balmy weather.. perfect! The massage looks good too!
Clare x

lily-g said...

I'm so, so excited for you and it couldn't be more deserving to such a lovely person. go girl! life begins at 40!

Natalie said...

Hi, Catherine!

Yes! Life is great at 40! (and keeps getting better and better) Your trip sounds amazing and well deserved. Where is it written that a honeymoon suite is for couples only???

Take lots of pictures so we can travel vicariously through you!

Leanne Ambrogio said...

Hi Catherine - I have been following your blog for a while but after reading this post I must leave a message - I turned 40 last year and spent my 40th celebrating in Bali with my husband - our favourite place on earth - the place we stayed looks just like this one - it is magical and you will have a wonderful 7 days - enjoy and happy birthday. Leanne at MrsAinthecove

ana said...

Oh this is great!! have a wonderful time, rest and enjoy the warm weather and to be treated like a princess...

you should show us your pics when you come back!
good luck!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

ooh you are in the same boat as me....how beautiful.... i told my husband that I want to go away instead of having a party...he disagrees...perhaps I will show him your holiday plans !!! how delicious !!

Brabourne Farm said...

Wow! What a perfectly wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. Hope you have the most amazing time. Leigh

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Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Happy Birthday! I am a july baby too...all the best people were born in july. I totally believe that. I am jealous, just so you know.

Velvet and Linen said...

You so deserve this, Catherine!
Have a wonderful and happy birthday.
40 is just the beginning.

xo
Brooke

Angela@acountryfeel said...

It must be great to hold out the prospect of going abroad. And to Bali of all places!
As I once heard it brings bad luck to congratulate in advance, I won't go there just yet. :o) But I do hope you will have a wonderful time in Indonesia!

♥Simply Seductive said...

Congratulations! I've never been to Bali, so I am totally envious. Have a fantastic time!

Nikki said...

*Gasp* You go girl! I'd fast forward to 40 for a trip like that. Because at 40 you have it all figured out right? RIGHT?

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