To finish off a week of “staycation” this past week, I decided to treat myself to a Solo Date today. It was nothing extravagant, but it was relaxing and enjoyable, nonetheless. I had initially planned to get various tasks done over my week off work. Instead, I dealt with a feverish 3-year-old for the whole week (including a visit to urgent care), interspersed with the Mommy Duties I don’t usually get to do: walk to the bus stop, lunch at McDonald’s, cooking dinner, watching Paw Patrol…
I fantasized about going for a pedicure all week. Each glace down at my feet revealed the almost-grown-out orange nail polish from my last pedicure back in October. The guilt of not spending all my time off with the kids, as well as the feverish toddler, and more “responsible” tasks (like renewing my vehicle registration and taking my sick kid in for assessment) managed to almost completely obliterate the opportunity for my favourite guilty pleasure. Today, however, I decided to go for it!
There is nothing more relaxing, in my opinion, than sitting in a massage chair while having my calves and feet massaged. It was so easy for me to just sit back and take it all in – and I did it! I splurged a little and got the gel polish to ensure my treat lasts, and I just relished the ability to sit peacefully and undisturbed for an hour and recharge myself. I am also a huge sushi lover, but I rarely go because I know very few people who eat sushi, and it is kind of expensive. All week, however, I have been longing for the deliciously fresh indulgence of sushi. I tried all week to convince a friend to join me for lunch, but it just never worked out… so I took myself on a post-pedicure solo sushi date.
Again, it was a wonderful feeling to sit, alone at the table, and really experience the taste of my food. My calves were still a little tingly from the spa pedicure cream that was used for my leg massage and I sat back and sipped on my authentic Japanese green tea. A few times I did feel myself falling prey to the guilty thoughts of my kids at home with the Nanny, waiting for me to walk through the door; especially my oldest son A, who knew that I was off work again today and assumed that I would be home when he got off the school bus. I worked diligently, though, to remind myself that it’s okay to take a few hours for myself every once in a while to just take care of me.
My kids didn’t totally lose out, though: Before heading home I popped into Walmart to get them a little treat. I also bought an inexpensive Chess board because I have been eager to start teaching A how to play Chess. After watching the end of a movie with them and tucking little E away for his afternoon nap, I sat down with A and started teaching him a simplified version of Chess. Am I ever looking forward to this kid learning the whole game!