Subtitled: A Spa Weekend (of Sorts)
At my homeschool co-op’s first meeting in September, our parish priest gave a talk. He spoke to us moms about the importance of getting out with friends, and even suggested that we make time for an occasional overnight.
And so we did.
This is us last Saturday night. Hello, us! We chose a local hotel with a New Orleans’ style ambiance and (woo hoo!) a Starbucks in the lobby.
Do you wanna know a secret?
It didn’t take us long at all to discover that our parish priest was right. It is fun to get away with your girlfriends, especially on an overnight! It is fun and refreshing and relaxing and renewing.
And plus you don’t have to cook.
(For some reason I never get around to serving this at home. I don’t know why.)
Does your hubby have travel points at a hotel built up? Could you go online and find some deep discounts that, once divided among four or six or even eight good friends, would keep your expenses to a minimum?
Just do it.
Kiss the kids goodbye and don’t look back, lest you be tempted to bring their sweet, sticky faces along with you.
Once you have arrived at your destination, you are recommended (though not required) to do the following:
- Attend the Saturday vigil Mass, just in case you stay up until 1:30 that night (not that we did) and sleep in until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning (not that we chose to). Plus it’s just really nice to start out your “spa” weekend with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It should be a requirement of every spa, if you ask me.
- Eat a lavish, laughter-filled dinner at the on-site French bistro. (See photo above.) Yes, it was every bit as good as it looks. (If you’re a pancetta-wrapped scallops-served-on-lobster ravioli-in-a-cream-based-truffle-sauce kind of gal.) (Which you may or may not be.)
- Retire to your room for a generous slice of chocolate cheesecake and as chick-flicky a movie as possible. We chose this movie, which definitely—but definitely—falls under the category of “chick flick.” My husband would have lasted five minutes top. (For the record, I enjoyed it. The characters were flawed—aren’t we all?—but interesting.)
- Venture down to the whirlpool, where you may or may not be regaled by the stories of a Matthew McConaughey look-alike who—I’m sorry, but this must be said—became less and less attractive the more he spoke. (It’s a Bud Lite thing.)
- Feel badly for the Matthew McConaughey look-alike’s girlfriend when she takes offense at his talking to four 40-something homeschooling moms and storms off to spend over an hour in the sauna. Uffda. I get dehydrated just thinking about it.
- Head back to your room for chips & dip & conversation.
- Watch HGTV and The Food Network. (Again, this is not required but is strongly recommended. It is, after all, a girls’ night out.)
- Stay up late. Really late.
- Sleep in as long as the door-bangers and hall-runners allow you.
- Drink coffee. Watch The Food Network. Drink more coffee.
- Go home.
What do you think? Could you fulfill the requirements of this assignment?
Look! I found a stowaway among my luggage! Plucky little lad. I admired his prowess so much that I let him spend the night with us.
I wish you could have also.
All for the greater glory of God, and that certainly includes taking care of yourself,