1. I have a similar feeling about going to a salon…I love how you used this for introspection. Agreed too about the corporate culture. I am glad you got out of there and hope your husband isn’t too taxed by it.

    • Laurie Stone

      Anna, I’m happy to report Randy has made his prison break from the corporate world. I still love those interludes, however, of getting a mani/pedi. Thanks for reading.

  2. I used to have manicures but I smudged my polish before I got home and would break a nail within hours, making it too stressful for me! Haha. I do love massages though and have no guilt whatsoever about indulging in them.

    • Laurie Stone

      Molly, The more I read your comments, the more I think we’re soul sisters. I also had everything smudge in seconds. I still get manicures but with no polish now. I like the shaping and cuticle work. Still like the massages… as long as they’re gentle.

  3. Oh, Laurie, move over and make room for me. Though I’m in acrylic recovery, as you know, pedicures are magical. And massages are my drug of choice. My fantasy has always been to be rich enough to have a live-in masseuse who I would pay enormous sums of money to massage me for hours on end–for pleasure of course, but also to see if I would ever tire of it. I don’t think I would. My achy body craves back, foot and head rubs so desperately, if Edward Scissorhands were the only massage therapist available, I’d let him take a shot! Sanctuary is lovely destination, isn’t it?

  4. I’d like to enjoy stuff like this – I can see how it would be a nice sanctuary if you are someone who finds it relaxing. I find massages counterproductive though as they make me stressed! I dislike strangers messing with me. Feet is even worse. And I have no patience for manicures. I even hate having my hair done! I could happily spend hours just sitting doing nothing much in coffee shops, however…

    • Laurie Stone

      I totally get the doing nothing. In fact, it scares me how much I love doing nothing. Yes, if the messages are gentle (and some are more than others) I find them pleasant.

    • Laurie Stone

      Michelle, Its become such an ingrained habit (year-round) I couldn’t give it up if I tried. Thanks for reading.

  5. Aren’t hand massages the best? My friend is a pedicure lover. I have a massage twice a month and am so consciously grateful that I have the privilege of doing so. It is a priority – over dinners out, movies or clothes. I enjoyed this.

  6. You make it all sound very relaxing, Laurie. I’ve never had a manicure or a pedicure and I don’t think I’d be a very good candidate for one. My feet in particular are extremely ticklish, so the pedicurist would have to help me back down from the ceiling.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bun, Don’t see many guys there (if any), so I don’t think you’re alone in your thinking. My feet are also ticklish, which they’re now used to.

  7. My special place is the laundromat. I go there because there is no cell phone service. I use the excuse that I want to wash the comforters but really it’s to sit quietly, alone and unreachable.

  8. You are such a good writer. I savored every word of this piece. The only special place I have is Tulum, Mexico, and I go there in meditation, before it was invaded by the tourists. I used to go there, for real, every six weeks or so. It was just me, the locals who lived in the jungle and the iguanas. In meditation, it’s still is a magical experience for me, but please don’t show me Instagram photos of expensive places to stay or drinks with little umbrellas in them. xoxox, Brenda

    • Laurie Stone

      Brenda, Thanks for the kind words. I also love Tulum! My husband and I stay in Akumal with friends every few years and love it. Mexico is so special and always a treat to visit.

  9. Well written, first of all! I felt like I was experiencing it as well! Don’t feel guilty, though your mom may not have done them, it may not have been her thing. We all have our thing that makes our heart sing. Mine is book stores, but I need to slow down on buying them.

    • Laurie Stone

      Sarah, I also love book stores, but must admit, I’m addicted to my Kindle. Yes, its nice to get a manicure here and there. I feel so well-groomed!

  10. I treat myself to a manicure and a pedicure every month! It’s my way of reminding myself than I am worthy of love and care, the same kind of love and care I give to others. As women we are so good at taking care of others and so bad at taking care of ourselves! It’s time to change that. Regular manicures/pedicures help me do just that.

    • Laurie Stone

      Darlene, I feel the same way. We women are hard-wired to think only of others. Its lovely to have something that’s all ours.

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