Good food? Check. Best friend? Check. Amazing relaxation and pampering? Check and check. Yes, friends, this lucky lady had an excellent day at the spa last weekend! I can't go on any further without showing my great appreciation and love for my husband, who not only bought me the gift of spa day but is also so good at Dad Duty that I didn't worry one single second about Roman even though this was the longest time we've been apart!
I think I mentioned in my Christmas recap that I was so blown away by the thoughtfulness of a spa day that I teared up. My body has been through SO MUCH in the past year, but taking the time to revitalize it has been last on my long To Do list. I didn't think it could get any better than my husband realizing (without any hints!) how much I needed some healing "me" time. But it did! It got better when Randi realized she deserved a little pampering too and said she could come with me! From a nice, quiet afternoon it became a full fledged Fancy Girl Day!
We started the indulgences by pampering our stomachs at one of my favorite bakeries, St. Honore Boulangerie. We reminisced about childhood while we sipped our coffees and enjoyed our meal. Randi told me stories about her mom being the "cool mom." And I told her that Lake Oswego, where the spa and bakery are located, is where I spent my adolescence. I was remembering the days when my friends and I would run/walk/bike for miles and miles around town being silly all day long. Seriously, where is that energy now?!
Luckily that bygone energy was not needed this day. After we agreed we would be back for post-spa pastries we went to check in to Rumi Simone. The salon was beautiful and tranquil. Soothing music played throughout, the lights were dim, no phones were allowed and you could easily lose track of time. After a short sit in the sauna, we sauntered out to the relaxation room to chat until we were called for our aroma therapy massages.
Omg you guys! There are no words to describe how amazing that massage was! The bed was warm, the aromatherapy did its trick, the lulling melody continued in the background and the masseuse was an expert. My biggest concern for the day was that in my *still* sleep deprived state [btw,I heard babies start sleeping better around 3 months? Can someone tell Roman?] a massage would end up being the most expensive nap ever. Not the case. I was hyper relaxed and felt like I could melt off the table, but never at any point did I lose consciousness. Yay Shannon! It was an hour I would happily relive again any time!
Alas, all good things must come to an end. I donned my warmed robe (yes, they have robe warmers!) and headed back to the relaxation room and met up with Randi. We sat in a daze musing over the details of the last hour, "ahhh, I chose the lavender oil, it was so relaxing!" "me too!" "ahhh, I loved it when she turned my neck to the side and then massaged it!" "me too!!" "ahhh, I really loved the shoulder massage" "me too!!!" so on and so forth.
Soon again our names were called and we were lead to our facial rooms. I have had one facial before and it was back in high school, frankly I couldn't remember what it was like. I didn't remember the details or how long it was - just that they do stuff to your face. Basically, I didn't know what I was getting into and only decided to have one because a) it sounded like something you would do on a Fancy Girl Day and b) I had a gift card. I can now say that I am a facial believer! I hate to overuse the word "relaxing" but there is no better description. In fact, I was so relaxed that when the esthetician apologized for clearing her throat I intended to tell her not to worry, but my jaw and tongue were so at rest that I couldn't even speak!
The facial comprised of getting exfoliated with a little vibrating pad and then having layers and layers of goo in varying smells and temperatures applied to my face. It was heavenly. Every time she would wipe it all away and put a warm cloth on my face I felt sorrow that it must be over, then she would go back to her cabinet and get fresh gunk and start again. She removed some blemishes too, which hurt, but was much needed. She even gave me another neck/shoulder/arm massage - that was a treat! I recommend everyone to get a mini massage after their big massage. ;) When it was finally, sadly, over I left feeling fresh, revitalized, and hydrated.
I met a very radiant Randi back in the relaxation room and again we reviewed the things we loved most about our facials. Eventually we knew it was time to check back in to reality, grab our promised pastries, and get back to the hustle and bustle of life.
I was excited to get back to my boys newly recharged. Roman for his part did very well the 6 hours he spent without me. Unfortunately, I think it was because he decided that any time he didn't get with me that day he'd make up for that night and I got even less sleep than usual. Makes me almost wish I had taken that expensive nap after all!
Overall it was an incredible day with my best friend - one for the memory books!
Strangers, what have you indulged in lately big or small? Leave a comment!