Happy Friday, Y’all.
I’ve had a good week, but it’s only been slightly blogworthy. Work is still a little slower, which is *really* nice because I was a crazy overtime-working chicka for about 3 months, so I deserve the slowdown. This means I get lots of social time with my coworkers, and I’m also going out to lunch occasionally and things like that. On Tuesday (Valentine’s Day), I took a long lunch with a bunch of other ladies, and we went to Local’s Grill to spend time together and so I could work on a special project (more to come on that in a future post 🙂 ).
And of course, Clay and I celebrated Valentine’s Day, which for us consisted of a chocolate pudding pie and two cards. Clay hates holidays like this because he says they only serve to keep greeting card companies in business, but I made him a pie anyway and put those conversation hearts on it.
I also went for a 7-mile run after work- my first longer run since the Miles for Missions 12K. Fun times!
On Wednesday, I worked a half day and left to go to the doctor. For those of you who don’t know, I had severe anemia back in the Spring of 2010 and my hemoglobin got *really* low (as in, blood transfusion low). I’m on high-powered iron supplements and have normal blood counts now, but I have to go to the doctor every few months to get it checked. The doc checked out my hip too, because it’s been hurting since I increased my mileage to train for the 12K. I can obviously run, but sometimes it hurts when I get out of the car or up from a chair. We’re hoping it goes away when I back off of my mileage some (I’m *especially* hoping that it does). My doctor knows I run and race and always asks me about it, which is pretty cool.
Unfortunately, I ended up staying at the doctor’s office for two hours to have him look at my hip and get a little blood taken. Since it was later, I went by the local cosmetology school for an eyebrow wax, and I started talking to the student waxing my brows and we had a nice little conversation. Well, I saw a sign with the other services on it (I normally *just* get my brows waxed because I figure that’s something I’m comfortable with a student doing), and spontaneously decided to get a facial.
Yes, that’s me after the facial. Makeup free- I’m not ashamed!
I’m usually not a spontaneous person and don’t do a lot of things for myself, so getting a facial out of the blue was actually a big step for me. Both the facial and the eyebrow wax together were less than $20 but made me feel and look like a million bucks. Beauty school facials (they were well supervised by instructors) are the way to go if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to treat yourself- and who doesn’t need a treat sometimes?
I also baked some amazing chocolate and white chocolate chip muffins when I got home Wednesday afternoon… so delish, and made with whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt (instead of oil, yuck!). I definitely enjoyed a couple of these, still warm from the oven. They’re another variation of Amish Friendship Bread, so I’m waiting on one of my friends to give me another starter so I can make them again.
Then on Thursday, my parents took me out to Cici’s Pizza, and it was fun spending time with them because I don’t get to see my parents that often. One thing about growing up and going out on your own- when you only see your parents every few weeks, they’re MUCH easier to get along with :).
So… that’s my week in a nutshell. Tonight, we’re going out to dinner with Clay’s parents, and tomorrow, I’m meeting up with Tiffany to go to Homecoming out at Francis Marion. I’m sure we’ll have fun times reliving our college days and hanging out.
Hope you guys have a great weekend too!
Q1.) Have you ever had a facial? Of course :). But, I’ve had them before this week too. I’ll have to say this was definitely the least amount of money I’ve ever spent on one, and with how my skin looks, I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back every few months.
Q2.) Have you ever used a beauty school or student-run service? What did you think? I almost always go to beauty schools for eyebrow waxes and things like that, and I let my cousin cut my hair once when he was going to school for that. I don’t really mind students doing things as long as they’re well supervised. I was a student once and had to learn somehow- even if mine was interning in a Public Relations office rather than cutting hair, waxing brows, or doing facials.
Q3.) Did you do anything special for Valentine’s/Singles Awareness Day? If so, what? Besides making the pie, nope… maybe we’ll go out this weekend sometime.
Q4.) Do you see your parents or hang out with them much? I know a few of my readers still live with their parents, so I guess this is a moot point for them. I see mine maybe once or twice a month now, but we make the most of it when we do see each other.