Earlier this week I was feeling low, and down, and just generally meh. So I took myself out to a nice lunch. I couldn't drink more than half a glass of wine before I started to itch all over (getting older sucks) but I enjoyed that half-glass to the hilt, let me tell you.
I made sure I wasn't taking up prime table real estate during lunch. My server made sure I was in an out of the way corner, and we negotiated (wordlessly, of course) that I'd make eye contact when he passed if I wanted something. May all the gods bless servers who allow such things.
The day after I started hearing rumbles of a stomach bug at the Princess's place of work, and wouldn't you know it, today I'm feeling ooky. Still, I don't regret a single sip, bite, or moment spent buried in a book at a restaurant table.
Every once in a while, it's nice to be taken care of instead of the other way 'round. When the budget allows, doing something good for oneself is the best use of cash and time I can think of.