Sunday, November 14, 2010

Feeling Normal

Last night I dressed up in a cute turquoise and black dress and black Mary Janes. I put on some makeup. My best friend and I went to Miami Beach and we had a great dinner of tapas (small plates) at a fabulous little Cuban restaurant. We sat outside and people-watched. I crossed my legs and felt completely comfortable in the little patio chairs.

We walked around South Beach for an hour, stopping to share a gelato and to look at bracelets and earrings in a cute store. We walked over to the Fillmore theater because we had tickets to a concert. We watched Social Distortion (a great punk band) play, and danced for hours. I didn't need to sit down for most of the show.

I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and thought I looked pretty damn good.

I ran into two women I went to high school with and haven't seen in over a decade. One told me I looked like I'd lost weight and that I looked incredibly happy.

I was happy.

I felt normal.

I didn't feel enormous. I didn't feel embarrassed to run into people I haven't seen in a long time. I didn't need to hide behind giant t-shirts and jeans.

I felt normal.

And I liked it. A lot.


Angela said...

Awesome!!! Post pics!

Christina said...

Wow, that's fantastic! I can't wait until I get to the point where I LIKE catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror. You rock!

And yes, pictures please!

Nicole said...

How exciting!! A night out in south beach HOW FUN. I love tapas!

Stephanie said...

How totally wonderful for you!!! And just so you know, you are normal, beautiful and you need to keep that feeling with you all the time!! I'm glad you had a good time :)

Darlin1 said...

Isn't it wonderful!


DiZneDiVa said...

It sounds like a magical night. I'm so glad you had a chance to enjoy it. *Maria*-Blogger from "This one time at BAND Camp..."

Bonnie said...


Lap Band Gal said...

great! :)

Meli said...

steph! awesome! first of all i didn't know you were into social distortion! i didn't even know they were playing here. dang. i didn't take you for a fan of punk music.

do you remember the name of the place you ate in miami beach? i wanna go there.

i can't wait to get to where you are. post pics!!! sounds like you had an awesome day.

i've always felt like oh god please don't let me run into people from my past. and now i hope i run into ppl from my past! lol.

Stephanie M. said...

You ladies are so sweet! My friend took pictures and when she sends them to me, I'll share them. The lucky bee-yotch is seeing them again tonight in Orlando so I'll have to wait a few days!

Meli - yeah, I'm not hugely into punk, but I really love Social D. I wish I'd known you were into them and didn't know. I would have mentioned it! The place we ate was Yuca, which is Gloria Estefan's restaurant.

Rachel said...

Those are all wonderful NSVs. thank you for sharing.

Stephanie M. said...

Oh, I should mention what we had. They were small portions, very tasty and perfect for a bandster. (My friend is not banded, but she's not a big eater). We shared:

CESTA DE EMPANADAS - A sampling of our homemade empanadas filled with beef and chicken picadillos. Served in a basket with jalapeno chimichurri dipping sauce.

SUGAR CANE GUAVA SHRIMP - Sugar cane skewered and seared jumbo shrimp caramelized with a guava- chili glaze and served on West Indian sweet potato cakes.

COCO DE CAMARONES - Large shrimp sautéed with chorizo and coconut milk. Presented in a ripe green coconut.


Meli said...

wow steph that sounds amazing!! thanks for sharing! :) i'll have to check it out! i used to hate any place that sold tapas. so little food for the same price. but now i'll have to try tapas again. :) thanks girl :)