I love my girls! I am thankful everyday that they are mine! But as a single parent, on-duty 24/7, it's easy to forget to take time for yourself. Though in many divorce cases there are weekends/holidays/breaks with the other parent, in our case that's non-existent. Thankfully, I have a great network of friends who have made a point of making sure there is down time. This weekend, it came all in one day!!!
Fred went to overnight camp.
Panda is home...but self sufficient so I could do my own thing.
Saturday started with mass, class, and then a massage!! A full hour of being rubbed. A full hour of laying still and taking in the sounds and smells and listening to my own breathing. A full hour to think about nothing...or as close to nothing as a woman can get! It was awesome!!
And then, my friends decided that a bit of lunch should be followed by mani-pedis!
I don't know if it was the fumes from the polish or acetone, or if the high levels of oxygen in my brain from laughter caused me to splurge/upgrade to add the flower with gemstone. Something made me do it...or maybe it was a "someone" who inspired me. Whatever it was, I like it!
But, the fun wasn't over yet. On to another engagement for the evening hours with more friends. This time, alcohol was included. Since Fred was not part of the evening's activities and I was provided a designated driver, multiple, authentic margaritas were involved. Enough so that when home again, I made a few phone calls to friends who hadn't been part of the evening's festivities.
Friends. Everywhere I turned on Saturday my friends were ensuring that the day was full of relaxing, "me-time" fun. If you have a friend who is a single parent who rarely gets a break from her routine, do her a favor...break her out of her routine! It'll do wonders for her soul! I am refreshed and ready to go back to being full-time Mum...and loving every minute of it, as usual. But it was great to have the one day to remind me that I'm just a girl. A girl who needs time with her friends. Time to rejuvenate her soul. I am renewed!