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Oh, boy.  I should know better by now.  I’m old enough.  Yesterday, I went to a make-up makeover, because it sounded fun, a little glamorous to have someone else do my make-up and also like I would be pampering myself.  Don’t get me wrong…I fully enjoyed it.  And then…this morning I woke up with puffy eyelids and my eyes feel dry and a little itchy.  But it’s mostly my eyelids.  And since I’ve been using the particular company’s eyeshadow for years with no difficulty and love their mascara (that’s another weird eye story), I don’t think it’s that.  HOWEVER, the lady did use some eyeshadow base and I think that’s the culprit.  I look like I have pinkish-red eyeshadow on and my eyelids are puffy, puffy, puffy…like I’ve been crying for days.  You know what I mean.  It’s when your eyelids look like they are starting to puff over your eyelashes to the point that there is a “seam” with stubby little hairs sticking out.  Yikes!!! 

Needless to say, this isn’t my first eyelid disaster when it comes to make-up.  I warned the lady that my eyelids are very, very sensitive and that I can’t use ANYTHING with a red or pink undertone.  But in looking later at the eyeshadow base, it was very faintly pink.  Hmmmmm! 

Anyway, now to explain my previous disasters that should have warned me not to try anything new, product-wise.  Years ago, when I first discovered my allergy to make-up, I was wearing a purplish color of eyeshadow (because I have green eyes and purples and blues make eyes look VERY green).  I know…they say that vanity is a flaw.  I guess it did me in.  I wore that purple eyeshadow all day.  And that night, I washed my face and went to bed.  But my eyelids were itching.  The next morning, they were really itching and were sore.  I looked in the mirror and to my horror, they were red and looked like they were breaking out in some kind of rash.  As the day wore on, my eyelids got worse and worse.  Eventually, I had red, cracked skin, oozing sores and…well, never mind.  It was just disgusting!  I am VERY allergic to red dye in make-up evidently.  It was at least a week before I had normal eyelids again.  I didn’t wear eyeshadow of any kind for a few years.  In those years, though, I continued to wear mascara.

Now, for my mascara story that I mentioned earlier.  Being someone who was always looking for a new item to try (do you see a pattern here?), I tried a new brand of mascara when I “got bored” with what I had been using.  BIG mistake!  My eyelashes looked great with this awesome mascara.  Unfortunately, they didn’t look great for long…on my eyelids.  They fell out!  Yes, suddenly I had bald eyelids.  Oh, boy…do eyelashes take a really long time to grow in!  It was so embarrassing to have bald eyelids, I felt like wearing sunglasses for months.  Okay, they weren’t completely bald…I had a few eyelashes left–very few.  And I took very good care of them!  I didn’t wear any mascara and I was careful not to rub my eyes for fear they would fall out, too.  When my eyelashes finally did grow in, I switched back to my tried and true mascara.  And there are only two brands I now use…ever! 

So, now I tell myself I’ve learned (again) a valuable lesson.  I will no longer experiment with new eye products.  (Until the next time.)  Sometimes, vanity just gets in the way of sensible behavior.  Now I have to wait for the puffies to go down and hope and pray that my eyelids don’t break out again in that crusty, crackly, oozy mess.  Keep good thoughts for me, will you? 

  “Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.” ~ Anne Sophie Swetchine

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I got up early this morning (early for a Saturday, anyway) and baked a sheet cake for a party we’re going to tonight.  Then I got ready and headed out to Macy’s for my make-up makeover…that was fun!  Talk about pampering–to have someone do your make-up for you.  I can see why stars like that kind of treatment.  I think I may try to do that about once every 3 months, to try out the new season’s colors and get some pampering (and new make-up). 

Then my dear hubby took me out to lunch to a cute local diner for the steak special (love ribeyes) and this place is all black and white with red accents.  I love both the interior and exterior.  And the food is always good.  Then we went shopping.  It’s Tax-Free weekend in Texas, so we plan on trying to pick up some bargains while we can.  With so many stores struggling, they are having quite a few sales going on in addition to the tax-free thing.  My hubby needs some new clothes for work (suits, dress slacks, shirts, etc.) and I wouldn’t mind getting some new outfits myself.  Now we’re back home and I’m getting ready to decorate the cake before we get in the car and head out.  Somehow, even though this day has been filled with running around, getting things accomplished and cleaning the kitchen, it is so much more relaxing than a work day that is spent sitting at a computer.   

And I’m looking forward to tomorrow, too.  Oh, if only weekends were longer.

“Your hair may be brushed, but your mind’s untidy. You’ve had about seven hours  sleep since Friday. No wonder you feel that lost sensation. You’re sunk from a riot of relaxation.” ~ Ogden Nash

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Pampering Day

Today I decided to pamper myself a little…it was wonderful.  I slept in a bit, getting up at 7:30 and grabbing my robe, I headed to my comfy chair next to the bed and grabbed my book.  It was heaven to just lay back, snuggled in the chair and read! Then I took a quick shower, washing my hair and using my favorite body scrub…Orange Ginger. Mmmm!  It smells so good!  Then I dried and styled my hair and decided to give myself a manicure.  So, I heated up the paraffin bath (eucalyptus paraffin) and dipped my hands, wrapped them in plastic bags and terry mitts.  The heat and the eucalyptus did their job.  My hands felt wonderful…soft, relaxed, flexible from the heat, and cuticles like heaven.  Then I did the rest of the manicure…it’s been a long time since I treated myself to a little pamper session and it was definitely a mood booster.  I got ready for my interview and felt so much better, knowing that when I went in, I would feel good.  How could it not go well, if I was feeling good? 

I realize that it doesn’t take much to feel special.  A little quiet time, a treat for yourself and then getting dressed up.  Woohoo!   

“If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness.” ~ Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse

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Everyone has something they do for themselves that makes them feel pampered. And I think women have truly mastered the art of finding those little luxuries that make us feel special. And it doesn’t need to be big diamonds or traveling to extravagant places or living in a mansion. Usually, these pampering luxuries are found at home…or right in your own back yard. It is usually something quite simple, like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, while sitting under a huge shade tree or dangling your feet into a cold pool. It could be the smell of fresh baked bread in the morning or a big mug of hot chocolate while curled up in front of a fireplace, while your cat is curled up next to you.

I have friends who can’t go two weeks without a manicure. That’s their luxury. And I’m happy for them that they give themselves that treat. I, on the other hand, (no pun intended there) like a nice manicure, but it isn’t the be-all, end-all for me. Pedicures are pretty terrific. I like them much better. But for me, there is nothing as wonderful as a bubble bath in a deep, deep tub, reading a good book, sipping a nice glass of wine and nibbling on some dark chocolate. (HEAVY SIGH!!) Just thinking about that sensation of sliding into the steamy, frothy, softened, scented water, leaning back and getting lost in the world of make believe, sipping a cool glass of my favorite wine and letting the bittersweet chocolate contrast with the sweetness of the grape. True luxury for me! I can remember days of apartment living and only having a shower stall…that’s right…no tub at all. I can’t believe I survived living there for more than a few months, much less a couple of years. The loss of bubbles in my life is not something I care to relive. So, you may understand why I can rack up a huge bill at Bath and Body Works. That is one of my luxuries.

Well, that and shoes. That’s the other luxury…great shoes. I don’t care if they are designer or not, inexpensive or costly. As long as they are comfy or fabulous to look at. (Please note, I didn’t say AND, I said OR…hence the emphasis with color, etc.) I don’t expect to find a comfy, beautiful shoe. So, in the rare instance when I do, I HAVE to buy them…in at least two colors, preferably. Yes, I have become the Imelda of my family. I love shoes. I believe I own approximately 8 pairs of Birkenstocks alone. Then there are the eelskin shoes, the Clarks, the sandals, the clogs, the…oh, well, you get the picture. I can’t tell you how many cowboy boot mules I have…I’m too embarrassed to admit it. I may have to break down and start getting rid of some of my older shoes to make room for the new ones. It’s just so hard to let them go! And my most recent acquisitions have been Crocs. I have to say, they are the ugliest comfy shoes, but when your feet are that happy, who cares how they look??? These are so comfy, they make walking fun! Yes, me, the exercise avoider, saying that walking can be fun. I have even bought a pair of hot pink crocs to match my new hot pink Ralph Lauren rain coat (purchased on the clearance rack, mind you…who’d pay full price if they can get it for 75% off??). And they are too cute together! My closet full of shoes is such a luxury!!! (And isn’t it strange that my closet full of shoes is right next to that wonderful tub that fills so full of hot water and bubble bath?)

So, folks, what are your luxuries? How do you pamper yourself?

“…if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!” ~ Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

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Hair appointment–done. Manicure and Pedicure–done. Packing–done. Airline tickets purchased–done. I am soooooo ready to go back home to Kansas!! It’s so close now; I can almost see those beautiful sunflowers lining the roads, the leaves turning, the apples ripe in the orchards and the small-town streets of my “hometown”. It really is still like going home to be there. I know that Beau loves San Antonio and feels an affinity for Texas, but I just don’t get it. It really seems so foreign to everything I grew up with. I love 4 seasons. He hates snow. I love the changing weather and the crisp, cool air. He likes it warm year-round. It amazes me that he doesn’t miss the place where he grew up! Maybe because I grew up all around the world and didn’t have a “hometown” until I was in high school makes me cherish it more.

Today I found out that one of my co-workers is from my hometown!! He was born there and lived there until he was 11. He still visits there frequently as he has family there. So, we’re going to grab lunch one day and see if we know any of the same people and reminisce about the town and the surrounding area.

Homecoming will be such a joy! Coming Home! Homecoming. It finally means more than just the football game, the halftime ceremony crowning the queen and a school dance. This is what Homecoming really is…a longing for what was, what still is, and what we miss. It’s a love for that one place we can go back to and have that special feeling of memories and friendship and family that exists nowhere else.

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
~ John Howard Payne

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Fun Weekend II (The Sequel)

Beau got home from traveling on Friday evening, but I started my FUN weekend early. I took Friday off and had a “Pamper-Me” day. I slept in late, read some in bed with the cat curled up next to me, then got up and ready for my day. I played a bit on the computer and watched some daytime TV and then took off. I went to an antique store and then to the mall. I got a deluxe pedicure (included the masque for my feet and leg massage while I sat in the massage chair (vibrating fingers are wonderful) and then had some great deep rosy red polish put on my toes. I left and browsed the mall some more and picked up some new make-up. Then I headed for my favorite gourmet grocery store and picked up a few things for dinner (and for later in the week). After that, I headed home, cooked dinner and surprised Beau with an old record album from e-bay that he’d been wanting. I had it playing on the stereo when he walked in and we sat down to dinner and a relaxing evening.

Saturday morning, we went to a small Market Day in Gruene, Texas. Gruene

After that, we went into New Braunfels and found a German restaurant that is owned by a family of 8 who came from Germany in 2004. We had a wonderful lunch and met the owners. They invited us back for Tuesday night’s Stammtisch (a special table in the restaurant set aside for conversations with friends and they have Germans and Americans who show up to speak together in German and/or English) and we’re looking forward to visiting there more! We even picked up some fresh broetchen and it was like being transported back to Germany!! What a fun day!

Sunday (today) we left at 11 and drove to Kerrville (because I’d never been there) and it was not what I was expecting. Needless to day, Saturday was much more fun. But we did stop for lunch at a Chinese restaurant and then headed back home. We dropped off all of Beau’s “fat” clothes at a thrift store that supports a local charity and then headed back home to unwind. Now I have to get ready for the next week of work. Oh, well. Gotta do that, so I can afford to have an occasional “Pamper-Me” day! That was my first since I started working at this job almost 3 years ago, but it won’t be my last and my next one may be in a couple of months. I know I won’t wait another 2-3 years!!

“Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

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