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P is for Pamper Party

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Man, how is my vacation over again?!  Do I REALLY have to return to Initech again tomorrow?  Blah!

So I’m back from my internet hiatus, back from New Jersey, and back from my vacation.  I headed home for an extended weekend, and left my computer and cell phone charger at home.  The computer was left at home on purpose…the charger, not so much.  But I unplugged for a few days, and it was a wonderful and relaxing few days.

During my break from Initech, though, I managed to head to a day spa for some R&R.  I headed out with my old college roommate for a manicure, pedicure, and massage.  She found an unreal Living Social deal and we decided to splurge and indulge in a little pampering.  Everyone deserves a treat every once in awhile!

Here’s a fun fact about me: before this week, I had never had a manicure, pedicure, OR massage.  Crazy, right?  Not really when you know me.  I’m not a “pampering” kind of person.  I don’t dress up a lot, and there’s never been a moment where I’ve thought, “Man, if only my nails were professionally done right now.”  That’s just not who I am.

I’ll admit, though, I was excited to try all of these things, and all at one stop.  The manicure and pedicure were definitely a fun experience, especially the always stressful decision of picking your nail color.  Wild, safe, unnatural, natural?  In the end I feel my color choices reflect who I am…a natural pale pink on my fingers, that go with anything and is considered a “safe” choice.  A bright purple on my toes, that shows my wild side, but only if I’m willing to show you my feet 🙂

head_massageThe massage…wow, the massage.  First off, I hear a lot of people tell me how the first time they went for a massage they were nervous to have someone else touch them when they had little to no clothing on.  Maybe I’m crazy, but I had no problem with that.  I’m not Girls Gone Wild crazy, but I’m comfortable enough with myself and my body to care less if someone else gives me a massage.  And I LOVED every second of it.  I had this moment mid-massage where I was afraid I was going to fall asleep, and my only concern was to not fall asleep and start snoring.  How awkward would that be?  I would be the one who totally did that too. 🙂  So I laid there and thought over and over again, “Don’t fall asleep…don’t fall asleep…don’t fall asleep.”  It worked.  No naps, no snoring, no awkward half-naked moments.  A successful massage!

Now that I’m relaxed, though, it’s time to head back to work for another long work week.  I am loving all these days off, but it makes me want to return to work even less once my vacation is over.  Anyone want to donate to my retirement fund?  I bake cupcakes 🙂

Have a wonderful week.  Go get a massage.  Embrace your inner wild-child, strip down, and relax!!  It’s such a wonderful feeling.

See you soon,

Lis

Next Week: P is for Pamper Party

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220px-NSYNC-Home_for_Christmas_(album_cover)Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!!  The Christmas spirit has fully descended upon the greater city of Pittsburgh!  I know some people grumble about how much people “over do” Christmas, and I’m sorry if you feel that way, because I LOVE decorating for Christmas.  Absolutely love it!!  I’m one of those people who gets all of my decorations out from the back of my closet, crank the Christmas tunes, and get busy!  If you think to yourself, “I bet no one actually listens to the N*Sync Christmas album anymore from start to finish, you’re totally wrong, because I do!  Several times!!

Before I really get into the Christmas spirit, though, I’m going to take this next week to spend some time relaxing and unwinding.  I work Monday and Tuesday, and have a half day on Wednesday.  Then it’s time to bake 3 dozen cupcakes for an order, and head off to New Jersey for some much needed family time.  But in the midst of all that family time, I’ll be heading off for another Alphabet Adventure.

Next weekend I will be heading out for the ultimate relaxation experience: a spa day with my old college roommate.  Now, before I tell you about all the fun we have planned, let me be honest: I’ve never been a “pamper” kind of person.  pamperpartiesI have never set foot inside a nail studio.  I’ve never paid for my nails to be done, or had anything fun like a massage, a make up artist make me up, or my feet pedicured.  You’re lucky I pay $40 for a professional to chop my hair off 😉  I’m just not that sort of person.  My old roommate, though, LOVES that kind of stuff.  And, I’ll be honest, it sounds nice to pay someone to do my nails.  So when she found a killer Living Social deal a few weeks ago, we scooped it up.  For $50 we’ll get manicures, pedicures, and a 45 minutes massage.  Total zen bliss….yes, I might get there!!

This is going to be a true adventure, though, because I’ve never experienced anything like this before.  I guess that’s why I love this blogging adventure: I have definitely stepped outside of my comfort zone, and learned to experience a new side to life.  It’s the time of year where you start to reflect on the past year, the goods the bads, as 2012 comes to a close.  Starting My Alphabet Year has definitely been a highlight of this past year!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Decorate for Christmas for me!!  Bust out the N*Sync album, I know you still have it somewhere!!!

Lis