Four nights ago …

January 11th, 2006, 11:21 PM by Goddess

… I was wearing a velvety robe, snuggled under a fleecy blanket on a leather chair in a darkened room with spa music being piped in as I stared into a crackling fire.

(And let’s not talk about the vivid fantasies one has in that kind of environment. Oh, no. Perhaps the only bad thing about traveling alone is that there is NOWHERE to release all those little scenarios. *sigh*)

In that room (which I had all to myself, thankfully), I was also hooked up to an oxygen machine, if you can believe it, and the O2 was orange-scented. I’d just had a facial and massage and was deliriously, stupidly happy and pampered. My skin was clear from the mountain air and from the expensive treatment I’d just had (and charged to someone else. Hah), and Life was Good.

I totally get why the wealthy are oftentimes, well, assholes when they’re not treated like royalty. As I’ve never been treated like a VIP before, I had no point of comparison. But when you’ve got people falling at your feet and delivering little snacks to your door and basically kissing your ass because they think you have money, well, it’s not the most horrible feeling in the world. 😉 And then when you return to reality, you wonder why nobody else thinks you’re as special as the people who are paid to.

But alas, you do realize that of course you should be worshipped when there’s money involved, and you know they’d be indifferent toward you otherwise and that they’re really worth their tips if they can truly allow you to believe that you’re the most important person in the world for that brief time that you have with your instant, minor celebrity status.

What that means to me is that I’ve got to work on pampering myself. So I bought the expensive body cream that they used on me and gave myself a lovely foot bath tonight and slathered it on. Just the scent takes me back to that heated massage bed, where nothing mattered save for the fact that I was happy.

I’ve decided that, when money becomes a little less tight, I want to pick up a paraffin wax machine and maybe even some sort of microdermabrasion set. And that’s just to start — I just want to give myself little treats from time to time that remind me that I’m special when no one else is around to assure me of it, because I do forget.

The thing is, doing nice things for yourself and investing in good beauty products (i.e., not the drugstore variety) not only does wonders for your skin, but it also seeps through to a much deeper level. It makes you radiant inside as well as out. And, as I’ve found, no matter how much work you do on yourself from the outside in, it’s twice as effective (and takes half the effort) when you take care of yourself the opposite way.

This year is off to an amazing start for me. And I’m not slowing the roll anytime soon — I’m not letting myself fall to the bottom of the priority list like I always do. Because it’s harder to regenerate your spirit when you’re running on empty. So we take life’s moments, big and small, and not let them become a distant memory before we remember that *we* need attention more than anything or anyone else.

It’s funny — after my spa treatment, I went outside and knew I had a little smile playing around my face. And a guy stopped dead in his tracks to watch me. He even turned around. I laughed — it’s been awhile since I’ve had that happen. I looked back and smiled and kept on going, and it was then that I realized that I’ve worked very hard to make people think I’m having fun. But instead of trying to fool follks into believing it, I’m just going to keep having a blast.

It’ll pay to make life more enjoyable — it just means I’ll be around longer to experience even better moments. I’m not content to only have them in memories. …

Emergency undies

January 11th, 2006, 10:35 AM by Goddess

“I’m not going to say the name of the airline, but it rhymes with Northwest.” — Larry the Cable Guy, “Blue Collar Comedy Tour”

As I’ve probably flown about 4,000 miles with that particular airline in the last month, I’m not going to say I endorse Larry’s follow-up statement that its flight attendants look like “the Oak Ridge Boys with titties,” but I can certainly understand the sentiment. 😉

In any event, I am usually the poster child for preparedness. Whenever I travel, I always, ALWAYS have a bag full of toiletries and a change of clothes or, at least, an extra pair of undies.

Unfortunately, that was not the case three nights ago. As I mentioned earlier, my plane got to my layover stop in Minneapolis about two hours after the last plane for D.C. left, so I was Screwed. Although, in retrospect, at least my plane got me closer to the East Coast — lots of folks got stuck in Aspen and had to afford a hotel for yet another night — my paltry $70 for the Holiday Inn was nothing in comparison to their $300 “distressed passenger” rate in Colorado!

Talk about distress — my airline kept my big rolling garment bag (my only luggage) hostage for the night. And it was the one time in my LIFE that I decided to not bring a bag o’toiletries on the plane with me — all I had was a purse and a pillow. Within said purse was a credit card, a thing of hairspray and a travel-size bottle of powder. Yeah, I need about seven TIMES that in the way of beauty products in any given day..

Good thing I liked the outfit I was wearing — I had it on for two days, save for overnight when I hung everything up to give it a break. 🙂

What’s sad is that my hair? Never looked better than that day. I even captured it on the camera phone, but I’m not sharing it. Because the formerly glowing skin? Gone. Eek.

Believe it or not, the adventure wasn’t so bad. The Holiday Inn (oddly) served me the best antipasta salad of my life. Although, I hadn’t eaten since 8 a.m. Mountain time and it was 11 p.m. Central when I got to the restaurant (as it was closing, no less). I didn’t sleep because I went from 1,000 threadcount sheets in the St. Regis to threadBARE in the Holiday Inn (so spoiled, I am!). But alas, I got up and hit the gift shop, where I bought a whole new set o’toiletries, and thus I was presentable for my journey home.

I have a funny story about the powder. In college, I used to always antagonize/entertain people with daily “powdered foot dances.” I don’t know why — I always dumped powder in my shoes, and what I’d do is take off my shoes outside the dorm room and do a little dance to shake the powder loose.

I don’t do that anymore — it was stupid then and it is now. But when I had to pull on Sunday’s socks on Monday, I rejoiced that I had the powder and dumped a little into my boots. Yeah, great idea to do that a HALF-HOUR before getting to the security line at the airport. So, somewhere in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where I had to take off my boots, there was a little powdered foot dance done. Leave it to me to leave my mark wherever I go. 😉

But the moral to the story? Never, EVER use your emergency undies during the trip — I used mine at the hotel in Colorado (after spending a few hours in the spa, believe me, you will need a change of guchies. Those massages leave *quite* the impression on your imagination. LOL).

Anyway, I digress. But yeah, there’s a reason I usually pack as many suitcases as the airline will allow, even for an overnight trip. Just because YOU think you’re going to get home on a Sunday doesn’t mean the airline has to deliver you there till Monday. They’re only supposed to deliver you there in once piece. And that they did, with underwear washed in the sink at the Holiday Inn and dried overnight and all. … 😉