When I was the General Manager of a hotel, I worked eighty hours a week and never stopped moving the whole time I was in the building. It was an extremely stressful job, but once a week for about a year, I would take my lunch hour and get a manicure with my dear friend Mary.
It was truly the one thing that I did just for myself…literally.
When I changed careers, it was no longer convenient to go at lunch and my nails took an unsatisfactory back seat. Instead, I had to be happy painting them in the middle of the night and leaving my hands hanging off the bed to prevent blanket marks. How many times do you think that didn’t work?
Sometimes I still take the time to pamper myself and that was the case tonight.
Alyssa and I both had our nails manicured. We chatted with the nail tech and each other as the stresses and problems of the day drifted away with the soft music and trickling waterfall. Not only is it a wonderful experience for an hour having my nails prettied up and being with my daughter, but the lovely moment continues for at least a week because I feel better with feminine, well manicured nails.
My #8 way to relax is to have a manicure or pedicure in a relaxing environment.
Alyssa chose “Bubblegum” nail polish with acrylic nails…
Of course, I forgot to have Alyssa take a picture of my manicure before she continued her evening with a long bath. With a lovely computer keyboard as my backdrop, I took the photo of “Candy Apple” nail polish on my real nails…
No one can comment about the contrast in Alyssa’s lovely tan and my glow in the dark skin. Sometimes I just can’t believe I got ripped off with the tan gene!
Oh, I almost forgot…My mother hasn’t ever experienced the loveliness of a manicure at a nail salon…EVER. So Mom, if you don’t give in to this lovely experience before Christmas, guess what Santa will be putting in your stocking?