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I've done pretty well with the new FlyLady habits each month this year until last month. November's habit was menu planning, which hasn't worked out for me here since our finances are still fairly separate and he pays for the groceries.

This month's habit is "pamper yourself", which is proving to be a challenge since I'm trying to NOT paint my toenails until my bad toenail grows out and I haven't found any other beauty treatments as pleasurable. I'm open to any suggestions that are inexpensive (<$20) and fairly easy. (I'm all thumbs at applying makeup but I'm okay with things that don't require a mirror.)


I'm really looking forward to the end of the week, even though it'll end with an early-dismissal day followed by two more the next week leading into the holiday break. What's got me trying to catch my breath this week:
  • Monday: We committed to providing two cheesecakes (one white chocolate, one plain dressed half with strawberries and half with raspberries) and a batch of lemon bars (my comparatively meager offering) for the teacher appreciation lunch and I had a den meeting in the evening.

  • Tuesday: The second grade musical and PTA meeting. It's usually one hour for me since I only attend for the pre K-grade 2 meeting, but this time I'll be there for two hours helping with the pack's food sales and the unusual setup that goes with the musical. I'd like to get photos of the costumes I sewed, but we'll see what happens.

  • Thursday: Laurel's class party is in the afternoon (as her class parent, I organize the class parties) followed by the monthly pack meeting that evening (my den is doing the opening).


And today's moment of Zen: A recent sciam article showed up with the title "In Focus: Grow Your Own". I laughed so hard I snorted until I saw the teaser line: "Getting a diabetic pancreas to regrow its islets".


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Dec. 13th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
I thought at first I might have some ideas for self pampering but I got nothing. Everything I can think of is one person pampering another person... things like massage (best if you have a massage table and a place to set it up... I've got a table but no room for it), manicure and/or pedicure... stuff like that... you can do a manicure or pedicure on yourself but it's easier if someone else does it or you do it on someone else.

Oh, I got one thing: candle lit bubble bath with soft soothing music. And don't forget a pillow of some sort for the tub. An inflatable one just for your head would be good or if you have a pretty good sized tub, you might try a pool float thingy... you know those long things that you float around on in the pool. Inflate it maybe half way so it has some air but not enough to keep you floating in the tub... then lay on that while you soak in the tub. A good one will have a raised pillow area. Using one of these will allow you to soak longer without the hard tub making you uncomfortable. And why are tubs so hard? You would think they could make soft bat tubs. Hot tubs are the same way... hard plastic.

I think I'm going to create a line of pool floats designed for use in the bath tub. They wouldn't be a solid rectangle but would offer you plenty of support while not requring nearly as much air. That way even light people wouldn't float to the top and everyone could enjoy the new found comfort. Would have to be mildew and soap resistant for sure... might really catch on. I could do a silly late-night infomerical too! lol
Dec. 14th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
I love painting my toenails but I'm trying to let one bad toenail grow out first. I think it's time to try an over-the-counter antifungal nail treatment and see if that helps.

Oooh, the bubble bath idea sounds divine. Once the soaking tub in our master bath is liberated from homebrewing, I'll have to replace the pillow (Laurel bit a hole in it) and try that.

Your bathtub float idea sounds wonderful. Let us know when the infomercial comes on! (:
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
I've personally found a long hot shower (or bath, if you prefer) followed by putting on nice lotion from head to toe does wonders, especially if I've got the time to massage while I do it. My personal favorite is Bath and Body Works' Jasmine Vanilla, because it's not too strongly scented (and doesn't have anything in it I'm allergic to), but any good lotion should work fine.
Dec. 14th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
That sounds lovely. I have to find a lotion that agrees with all of my skin, too -- I've found Cetaphil cream to be great for sensitive spots (psoriasis) but it's too rich for all-over use. Maybe the lotion, though... *floats off in thought*
Dec. 14th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Well, if you'd like, you're more than welcome to try out my bottle of the Jasmine Vanilla while you're in town.
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