Me Time – Day 109
By Renee Bodkin
As many moms can relate, I don’t get much “Me Time”. In fact, I get next to no “me time”. This is an area I need to work on as truly I think I’m a better person – all around – when I take time for myself. Though “me time” has been sorely lacking these days (translate – this past year).
Today though, I am grateful for ME TIME. With my sister’s wedding tomorrow I was in desperate need of something to wear and I had a gift certificate from my birthday (almost a year ago) that was expiring on Saturday for a mani/pedi!!! Talk about good timing!
The morning started with my “good deed of the day”, I took my mother-in-law, Theresa, and her kitty to the vet. Poor kitty wasn’t doing too well and it would be way too difficult for Theresa to take kitty alone (both physically and emotionally). I tried to be optimistic but I know how this poor lil guy has been going downhill for a while and sure enough his time had come. 🙁 Sadly, Monroe had a large tumor in his abdomen and the best course of action was to be put to sleep. 🙁 I’m glad I could be there for Theresa. I’m grateful that I’m strong enough to handle these sorts of things.
So needless to say, my “Me Time” was really, really needed. I proceeded to get a Timmy Hos Iced Cap – which I really, really like but very, very rarely get – and drove to the store. It’s a tough thing – shopping for clothes. I’m not happy with where I am physically so meandering around the store at first was actually stressful. But then something happened and I just exhaled and continued on my journey to find something… anything… to wear to my sister’s wedding. I had a safety outfit planned out in my head. Pretty black wrap shirt (that I already have that is fairly slimming) with a new skirt. Mission #1: find a skirt. After wandering aimlessly around the store, finding some work pants and a couple tank tops… I found a cute skirt that would fit the bill. At that point, all the dresses were just not what I thought would work. I was content. Went to pay and the sweet salesgirl and I started to chat. Towards the end of cashing out, she said, “Did you see the pretty green/blue dress over there…. it has some nice roushing that is slimming.” Ugh. My interest was peaked. I had her show me said dress and sure enough it was nice. It was nice enough to try on even though I already had an outfit. So I tried it on and it looked nice, too! So… I bought that dress as well. Leaving even more content because I had 2 potential outfits.
Onward to the nail salon! Truth about Renee… I’m always a tad nervous going into these types of places. Self-conscience, maybe. So this was a new-to-me nail salon. Fortunately, it was quiet in there and I didn’t have to wait. There was a bit of a communication issue at first because I showed him my gift certificate and he wanted to know if I wanted the deluxe pedicure or basic or something like that. I want the one that comes with my gift certificate, buddy! It was worked out and I relaxed (for the most part) while my feet soaked and my toes were made pretty. I should tell you about my gratitude for my nail polish collection. Another day for that. So, I took my own polish because I have so many that are so wonderful. Zoya Faye is gracing my piggy toes right now.
Then I moved onto my manicure. This, too, is semi-stressful (albeit relaxing because I enjoy the end result). My nails are semi-short. I quit biting a few years ago but every once in a while I nibble off some nails and sure enough my one hand was short, short. That’s okay. The nice Asian man still did a nice manicure on my nails, pampered my hands then polished them with one of my all-time favorite polishes, Zoya Charla. It’s an aquamarine, mermaidy shimmery, shiny green/blue color that ironically matched both my new dress and the cute polka dots on my new skirt! Ahhh… perfect! While this was going on I decided to *really* splurge and get my eyebrows waxed, too!! The things I really do take for granted. The end result of waxing left me feeling so positive and confident. I really do need to make a more regular thing of this!
So yes, I am very grateful for some much needed me time of shopping and pampering.