Monday, September 01, 2008

The Fruits of My Labor!

Thanks so much for leaving me comments in the last post! It's fun to hear how y'all work the last minute grocery runs! 

I know I haven't posted in three days. I have been a little busy, although I am never really too busy for y'all. However, The Mister has been home and been working and I never like to look like a slacker when he is home.  

So, the last time I posted I was cleaning out the pantry and I didn't want to miss this opportunity to show you the 'after' photo of my pantry.  Of course I didn't show you the before photo of the pantry because I don't like to air my dirty laundry, so to speak.

Oh, what am I talking about? I have shown my dirty laundry many, many times here on this blog! But I chickened out on the 'before' shots of the pantry.  I do have some standards.

OK, not really, but the pantry was pretty bad.

I also cleaned out my car and both refrigerators, which is why you haven't heard from me in three days. It took me three hours a piece to clean out those fridges (is that a word?)! There is nothing worse than a fridge that has been unplugged and closed up for over a week but hasn't been completely scrubbed out. But let's not talk about such awful things...

Let's talk about happy things! Like a good hair cut and the ability to sport two eyebrows.

Meet the gals that I talk about every 5 weeks. The gals who help me cover those ever-greying greys' and help me to maintain healthy, moisturized skin. 

Aging: it ain't for sissy's.  These gals assist me in aging gracefully:

Melissa is on your left in the grey sweater, and Elizabeth is on your right in the floral dress.

Melissa is not only my hair stylist/colorist extraordinaire, she is also married to my "baby" brother.  If I was independently wealthy I would charter a private jet once a month and fly Melissa to whatever city I was living in next. There is nothing worse than finding the gal who gives you the perfect hair cut every. single. time. And having her live in a different city.  Of course the great thing is that she married into the family, so I know that I can always find her. 

I am non-to-proud of the fact that my biggest concern is finding a new stylist/colorist who understands my hair when we get into our new, yet old, dwelling place.  That is high on my list of priorities, however, the new stylist has a lot to live up to. I may have to lower my standards.

It's all Melissa's fault that I met Elizabeth. Elizabeth is an aesthetist. She gives a fabulous facial. Mel gave me a gift certificate a year ago and I have been hooked ever since. I treat myself to a facial about every twelve weeks or so. Elizabeth is great at what she does, but is only made better because of her sweet heart. I will certainly be seeing Elizabeth on my next visit to the desert. 

Listen, if you are a mom of young children, or have a stressful job, or need some way to spend some time to just feel a little pampered, go out and get a facial. It's an amazing hour of sweet smelling lotions and creams, hot towels and a little bit of massage on the shoulders, arms and back. Husbands (all three of you who read this blog), this is a great idea for a gift for your wives.
There is this soft bed, and comfy sheets and candles and soft music.  It's truly an hour of time where you can relax and enjoy an hour of time to yourself.  

As a matter of fact, I had my facial before my hair and eyebrow intervention, and since it was my "last time", Elizabeth took extra time during the massage and threw in a "peel" (I have no idea what that is and it scared me, but didn't hurt at all!). When I walked out of Elizabeth's room to Melissa's chair I felt very, very relaxed. I could barely talk.  

So, now after I have talked about my day of beauty, you probably don't feel one bit sorry for me that I have been cleaning and packing and working very hard.

And you shouldn't. My life is very full, and I am very spoiled. I have not ONE THING to complain about. 

Not one thing.

Happy Labor Day!

La Vida Dulce


Megan O. said...

Your pantry looks awesome! Seeing a well-organized pantry makes me happy (it's the little things!). And your hair looks awesome!! So shiny and smooth. I need some aging-gracefully ladies in my life too, you inspire me! :)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I love your hair!!!

And your pantry looks great too. Wanna come tackle mine??

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, am I supposed to clean the fridge in my garage? Darn!!! Now you have me feeling guilty. I'll just have coffee, light a candle, turn on my ocean sound machine and get over it quickly. Love the haircut and fabulous idea sharing your every day life with us by showcasing the gals that make your life happy. I miss facials, haven't had one since I moved to a new area now I'm thinking after seeing your pic that I need to go find one.
Have a great holiday!
Oh, and the pantry looks awesome! The fact that you can find your spices is amazing.

Chel said...

Ok, first, your HUGE bag of chocolate chips make me feel better about my own HUGE bag of chocolate chips. :) Some things, a girl just shouldn't run out of, you know?

And, second, when we moved to Florida, the first thing I did - you know, other than find the grocery store - was to find a good colorist. Seriously, Some things are really important.

Tanya said...

You look fabulous! And I have to agree --- any day at a spa is to die for. My hubby gave me a full day at Elizabeth Arden's when I was pregnant with my first. I LOVED it!! And the stylist thing, totally understand you there. That's why my hair is so long. I'm afraid to try new hairdressers. Honestly, I've only had my hair cut twice in the three years since my son was born. It's sad, I know.

Carrie and Jim said...

You are such a hard worker. I took a break to rest and you took a break to work. You did an amazing job on your pantry. Can I have some of your energy?

stephanie j. said...

Your pantry is an inspiration! I have a bad habit of stocking up on canned goods like crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (notice an Italian theme?) I think the reason I don't have so many "last minute food runs" is because my pantry is overstocked! There is NO WAY I'm showing a picture, either.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

This post made me smile! I JUST cleaned out our pantry, too. I was so proud, I was going to post pictures. (And, I refused to take before pictures too because it was atrocious!)

I completely understand how difficult it is to find a new hairdress/colorist. It took me about five years to find the one who cuts my hair now. But, it was worth all the effort. He's great. :)

Your hair looks fantastic!

Unknown said...

If only we had a pantry!:( This makes the want of having one want even more! Fantastic job!

Anonymous said...

That is one super stylin chickadee you've got there (and now I've got too thanks to you!). I may just have to get acquainted with Elizabeth as well...

Your pantry rocks. Do you hire out? Almost makes you sad to have the movers pack up such a pretty set of shelves don't it?

Fifi Flowers said...

A day of beauty sounds great... aftr moving and arranging things... you deserve it!