Mondays are not usually magic.
I certainly did not feel magical getting out of bed this morning.
Sleep in another half hour, hell another hour, my brain whispered to me.
I had awoken a few minutes before my alarm went off and when I reached for my phone to see what time it was I winced.
The alarm was going to go off in ten minutes.
I was hoping I still had hours to go before I had to get up–the gloomy, fogging morning, foiled me into thinking it was far earlier than it was.
I want to sleep for ten more hours.
However, I swung my legs out and flipped back the covers and got up and got going.
Laundry, bed making, kneeling, praying, staying connected to my primary purpose, doing the deal, saying the words, asking for direction and to be of service.
Breakfast, clothes on, laundry getting folded and put away, coffee, morning pages, scooter securing–I parked it the garage last night, my housemate was away and I just felt like having it in the garage and not have to hassle with locking it up last night, but I had to have it back outside this morning.
Then the hair and makeup.
In case you ever need some cheering up on a Monday, stick some flowers in your head and be the sunshine that you need to carry you through the day.
Works for me anyhow.
Then the reading.
A full hour before I left for work.
Hopped on my bicycle.
And then magic started happening.
Really, when I acknowledge it, the magic happened when I got up the hour earlier than I wanted to to do the reading for school, but that’s not the kind of magic that’s sexy to write about, that’s only magic to me.
I had the unicorn bicycle commute.
I have only had it one other time in the history of riding my bicycle to this job.
The unicorn looks like this–no full stops, not foot off my pedals, always in motion.
I didn’t do a full stop the entire way, I never put down a foot, it was smooth sailing all the way from start to finish.
46th and Judah to 20th and Lexington.
In 34 minutes.
That’s 6.5 miles in traffic, lights, stop signs, intersections, cars, bicycles, pedestrians, garbage trucks, police horses, nannies out pushing double strollers, Uber drivers, cabs, buses, and me.
I had the pricking in my thumbs early on in the ride that it was happening.
I can’t say when, but it was about when I coasted through the double stop traffic light at 18th and 19th. Normally I catch one or the other, it’s pretty inevitable, but I coasted right through.
I had the feeling way before that though and thought I was nuts to think it and I should not at that early stage of the ride, must have been around 33rd or 34th and Lincoln that I felt it happening.
I really am astounded at how it happened.
I got to work with so much time that I did a full set of stretches and I took some sexy bike porn pix of my whip and posted them up to Instagram.
My girl’s still got it.
Then I bounced into work.
Ready for Monday.
I checked in with the mom about the boys and the holiday week school schedule–they’re out for the holiday at noon tomorrow, plus the grandparents are visiting–and asked what I could do to help out and be of service.
Did they get my spring semester school schedule?
They had requested my school dates as soon as I had them and I sent them off last night before I could forget.
The mom said, we got them and we wanted to extend your contract out from January through the end of May, we’ll need to check in at that point, as our summer plans are up in the air, but we also wanted to let you know we’re giving you a raise on January first.
$1.50 more an hour.
I was floored.
It was a totally unexpected conversation and such a gift to be acknowledged.
I also conferred with the dad that I would help out extra on December 4th–the mom’s birthday, and I would work a night shift for them as well so they could go out for a birthday dinner.
I happily said yes.
I don’t mind working the extra hours, a few extra dollars for France.
A few more Euro in the pot.
Which I can use.
I’m buying tickets to the ballet.
My friend from my cohort texted me this afternoon at work and asked if I would be interested in either going to an opera or the ballet at the Garnier Opera House.
It houses the Opera National de Paris and the ballet.
I shall be seeing La Bayadere, the last ballet by Rudolf Nureyev.
I am over the moon.
And I’m going to be broke, because I said, fuck it, you only live once and when I chatted with my friend about booking the tickets she said you want the decent ones or the really good seats?
I said give me the good ones.
So depending on what she books I’ll be reimbursing her around 300 Euro, or whatever that translates to in American dollars.
But fuck it.
I don’t care.
I’m going to the ballet.
At the opera house.
I will be there with people I adore.
“And you will get to dress up like a princess!” My darling Parisian friend texted me back.
Oh my God.
What the hell am I going to wear.
Oh my God.
I need me a dress for the ballet.
I have a dress.
I have a really pretty black dress that I ordered on ModCloth a while ago coming. I had to return it for a different size, but it should be here in time for the trip.
I may need new heels if I choose that one.
I will wear the holiday dress I bought last year for my ex’s holiday party.
Who relayed to me tonight in a text that he was sorry he had not said good bye to me, he needed to bounce out.
“Seeing you was kind of weird.”
“The only discomfort I felt was still being attracted to you.”
“You looked great.”
Why thank you sir.
That was nice to hear, after the fact.
It had been a little awkward to see him.
We said hello.
I hadn’t expected to see him tonight, but there he was and it was good.
That tiny bit of awkwardness and then, gone.
Magic Monday indeed.
What a way to start the week.
I wonder what is going to happen next.
I don’t doubt that it will be spectacular.
I still have a pricking in my thumbs.
And tickets to the ballet.