Today has been a good day. I photographed the most adorable little guy, and it was such a pleasure to try and squeeze a smile out of him. Afterwards, I took out to attend to some much overdue grooming, and received a great haircut and a lovely pedicure. Photographing a sweet little guy or gal is always a pleasure; that goes without saying. I get to snuggle a baby and have the honor of capturing their sweet little faces with my lens.
But you'd think I would (like most women) look forward to a haircut and pedicure. I don't. Although most women today consider pedicures a routine grooming affair, pedi's are still very much a luxury to me. When I was growing up, my sister and I didn't know anything about having a pedicure. We painted our own fingernails and toenails and we thought everyone else did the same. But nowadays women pay to have those things done, and it has become a thing of relaxation and something that calms the mind and relaxes the body. I'm sure women have been paying for this amenity for decades if not centuries, but what do I know. As for me I've had a total of maybe 10 in my entire adult life. Why then, with it being such an extravagance, do I dread going? I know when I leave the salon, I will be glad I went. But I put it off, always thinking Oh, I don't have time or I don't feel like it today or I don't want someone judging my feet. What, are you kidding? That's what a pedicure is all about. Letting someone else deal with the grossness of your feet. But I'm the kind of silly lady who thinks she has to clean her feet up before she goes. It's much the same for the haircut. I put it off with the lamest excuses. I haven't colored my roots! I haven't even styled it today! What will they think?!! In fact, when I finally signed in at the hair salon today, I was shocked to find out that I had not been in for a trim in 49 weeks! Forty-nine weeks -- that's almost a year! But, unknowing to the hairdresser, I really hadn't withheld myself a trim that long. I actually had gone to another salon where I had a coupon but, as coupons sometimes go, I wasn't so pleased with that haircut. Then the last time I actually cut my own hair. That's right. I pulled it back smoothly in a low ponytail held with a wide clip and oh-so-carefully trimmed off my ponytail. Today my hairdresser said, "Oh, you had an undercut bob last time, didn't you?" Haha, it was hard to contain my snickering, as the hairdresser actually put a name to the style I had given myself! An UNDERCUT BOB, who'd have known?
After the hair salon, I headed to the nail salon. I settled into my massage chair and the lady dipped my feet into really hot water. Ouch, I said to myself, just like I thought, she thinks my feet need the hottest water possible or there just might be no hope for these feet. But she graciously tempered the water and I hunkered down for a heavenly foot massage that I literally could've sat there and indulged in for the next 24 hours. But, alas, it came to an end, and I took my freshly painted toenails out the door and thought to myself that all I was good for at that moment in time was a long nap. I guess that's proof that a good haircut and an even better pedicure is one sure way to bring a little relaxation and luxury into your day. And for that I am very grateful. My sweet girlfriends usually give me gift cards for pedicures for Christmas or birthdays so I am doubly blessed not to have to pay. Uh-oh, I wonder if they think my feet are disgusting...
Oh, well, whatever excuses I come up with, I am always glad when I finally go for that haircut or indulge in that pedicure. It takes my appearance to a whole new level, somewhere between acceptable and pretty darn good. At least I don't have to continue walking around like a cavewoman with overgrown hair and
six-month old nail polish on my toes.
But in all honesty...I'd rather photograph babies. They don't give a rip what you look like!
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