Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Tale of Two Weekends

Last weekend hubby and I wanted to do something to destress and spoil ourselves after our cancelled cycle. After our first cancelled IVF cycle we coincidentally had a Christmas trip planned to NYC. It was so nice to get away and reconnect. We were looking for a similar experience last weekend. After much thought and much unfruitful searching for travel deals we settled on spending the morning at a local spa for massages and facials. It didn't quite work out as planned.

The first problem presented itself in the parking lot that the spa shared with the convention center next door, a convention center that just happened to be having a baby and pregnancy expo (I'm not kidding). The parking lot was crawling with breeders and babies, not exactly what I was looking for on my who-cares-if-we-have-a-baby-at-least-we-can-spend-all-morning-at-a-spa day.

We started with massages where we were booked in the couple's massage room. I did not request a couple's massage. I do not understand the point of a couple's massage. It's not like it's an interactive experience where you are holding hands or something. In fact, I find it less relaxing. I like NO conversation during a massage and I don't need to hear the other masseuse telling my husband to roll over or asking him about the pressure or what not. The only reason I can see for having a couple's massage is to ensure that your husband does not receive a happy ending (which, quite frankly, I could care less about. If my husband wants to pay for a hand job our marriage has bigger problems that won't be solved in a couple's massage room.)

On to facials. I will admit that my attitude toward skin care waxes and wanes. Sometimes I obsessively apply various creams etc to my face. Other times I can't be bothered and I'm lucky if my face gets washed before I go to bed. Lately I have been doing the latter, which led to the following conversation with my facialist (is that the right word?)

Facial Lady: Do you moisturize two times a day?

Me: No.

Facial Lady: Well, you really should. You don't want to wrinkle prematurely do you?

Then she went on to tell me all the other things wrong with my face. Holy cow. It was like getting a facial from my mom. I felt like I was being scolded for my poor (or non existent) skin care regimen. All relaxation left my body as I started worrying about premature wrinkles and wondering which department store had a Clinique gift with purchase so I could buy some moisturizer and get a free bag of samples I would never use.

Then the girl taking payment had apparently missed the training day for running credit cards. After spending what felt like ten minutes for her to run my card, I then had to run the baby and pregnancy gauntlet again on the way to my car. Needless to say, I spent a lot of money and did not get what I was looking for...

..But I got what I was looking for this weekend. I decided Saturday morning that I was going to buy my sofas despite my husband's desire to wait. After all, I ain't Rhianna...I don't need permission from my man. (What the hell is up with that girl by the way?) This weekend I spent about ten times more money than last weekend, but now I have something to be excited about, something to look forward to. In about six to eight weeks I will be a proud mommy of two twin sofas. I am picking out paint colors to prepare the room for my new babies. I'm so excited!

15 comments:

'Murgdan' said...

I LOVE massages...though my husband would rather die than get one so luckily I will always fly solo on that...

and I HATE facials for the reason you just named. I have never had such low self-esteem as when I am recited all my flaws for one hour as my pores are pinched and prodded painfully.

Congrats on the twins!

musicmakermomma said...

I am so glad you got your babies! And now you will be able to do all these related projects to prepare the "nest" - my last cycle (BFN) I decided to remodel the whole front of our house. Perhaps I was a bit overcompensating...but if this one turns out to be another BFN I won't have to come up with a new project (as this one is apparently never-ending)

Bluebird said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so glad to hear about your new sofas! I'm so glad you decided to do that - especially after the slightly less than optimal attempt at spa therapy (next stop: retail therapy!) And I hear you on the massage (couples' are pointless) and facial (always getting lectured) - blech.

Post pics when the sofas arrive!

areyoukiddingme said...

Ha ha ha...happy ending! Too funny.

I went for a facial once and the lady kept telling me how delicate my skin was. She also suggested I come in frequently. Since my friend was paying for the facial, I just smiled and nodded. I wash my face in the shower, and that's it...because my skin is too delicate for all that harsh soap more than once a day. Good thing I never bother with makeup...

I'm sure the twins will be lovely. I hope the delivery is quick and easy!

strongblonde said...

i totally agree about couple's massages :)

this was a funny weekend. i'm super excited to see your new sofas! :)

princessoftides said...

What a nightmare about the convention. So glad to hear about the twin sofas, though. Enjoy the gestation period!

Anonymous said...

OMG you crack me up and I really needed a laugh. I'm so glad I found this blog. My cycle was cancelled also, because of 5 cysts. So frustrating. Congratulations on your baby sofa's! I hope we can both move ahead with treatment soon and get a BFP.

flem12000 said...

OMG you crack me up and I really needed a laugh. I'm so glad I found this blog. My cycle was cancelled also, because of 5 cysts. So frustrating. Congratulations on your baby sofa's! I hope we can both move ahead with treatment soon and get a BFP.

flem12000 said...

oops, sorry for posting 2x

Leigh said...

LOL

I also like quiet massages and if people start hassling me, I just shut up and stop responding.

By hassling I mean things like "oh my WORD look at those split ends. you really should get your hair trimmed more often" and other such niceties.

Leigh said...

LOL

I also like quiet massages and if people start hassling me, I just shut up and stop responding.

By hassling I mean things like "oh my WORD look at those split ends. you really should get your hair trimmed more often" and other such niceties.

womb for improvement said...

Love the happy ending comment - of course my husband always assumes that facials too have similar connotations and offers to 'give me one' for free whenever I have one booked.

Chelle said...

I had a message/facial experience VERY similar. I don't like to be in the same room either. What if I moan or something?! I don't want DH thinking I am getting off-I am just enjoying! haha! Man-o-man the luck of having a friggin baby convention. That sucks too. Sorry it didn't turn out that great.

Great about the sofas!!

Mary said...

I can't believe that DH would go get a massage with you. That is so cool! My husand would never do that.

That sucks about the baby expo. It's like "can't I just get away from this crap for one minute."

Good luck with the twins...post pictures so we can see. Should we throw you a shower:)

Caroline said...

As always, I love your post. Of course there had to be a baby convention on next door, just to rub some more salt in the wound.
Congrats on getting your twins. Any idea what gender they are?

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