Good news! As I packed up the closet yesterday morning, I heard the loud motor of a truck outside and ran to the window to check things out…
Our giant pile of garbage is gone! Whew. Hopefully these nice fellas didn’t see me taking creepy pictures of them through the blinds.
I spent the entire morning and afternoon clearing out the closet and packing everything into luggage. I probably ended up donating half of what was in there – no one needs that many clothes! Around 2pm, I decided to take a much needed break. Even though it felt very self-indulgent since we are so busy right now, I headed across town for a fabulous MASSAGE appointment!
Back in May, just a few days before the Flying Pig Marathon, Groupon emailed a deal for a 90-minute Swedish massage for only $35 – score! I figured I would be really sore from the marathon and it would be the perfect post-race treat. Little did I know that the marathon would be a nightmare of thunderstorms and torrential rain, and no massage would be needed since my race was so horrible. So the Groupon has remained tucked in my drawer ever since. And let me tell you, I was NOT leaving Charlotte without redeeming that sucker.
I headed to Zen Massage, a cute little place set in a bright orange house. I wish pictures could capture SMELL – man oh man that place smelled amazing. It reminded me of our vacations in Mexico, and reaaaaaally made me want to go back. Family Christmas in Mexico – any takers?
I loved that this place was actually a house – upstairs all of the massage rooms were former bedrooms! They really kept the charm of the house, while also making it very luxurious and nice.
My room was beautiful – sooooo much light pouring in from the windows, I loved it.
And there was a fun drapey curtain-type thing hanging from the ceiling which I thought was cool too.
Believe it or not, I have only actually had ONE massage in my entire life. I bought it as a treat for myself after my very first marathon back in 2008. Today’s massage was 90 minutes of heaven, and I never wanted it to end. I think next time (hopefully not another 2 years from now), I want to try deep tissue. I have sooo many kinks in my back that could use some serious muscle.
Back in my car, I was so relaxed and peaceful. Exactly what I needed during such a stressful and draining week. I was also so relaxed that I was concerned I was going to fall asleep driving home!
The ONLY negative thing about my massage was that I got so carried away with packing and moving that I ran out of time to eat before I left. Mid-way through the massage I could hear my stomach rumbling (embarrassing), so I went running to food the minute I hit the house!
Creamy PB2 with a banana – food at our house is slim pickins right now. The pantry is PACKED, so we are in weird makeshift limbo mode.
I promise I did get more accomplished yesterday than just spying on the garbage men and pampering myself with massages (perhaps I am a candidate for Real Housewives of DC?). CHECK OUT THE CLOSET!
All that remains are the few things I plan to wear over the next 5 days or so, and a bridesmaid’s dress that I didn’t want to get crumpled up by packing into a bag.
I seriously cannot believe how long it took me to pack (and donate) all those clothes. Under no circumstances am I allowed to buy anything new for a very long time!
Here is the massive pile of all the clothes and shoes in their packed state – I hope our truck is big enough – eeeeek!
I spent the rest of the evening packing and cleaning, and finally stopped for some dinner around 8pm. Due to my poor planning and our empty fridge, it was another take out night – Brixx Pizza!
Everyone in Charlotte raves about this place, although somehow we had only made it there once before. I got two big salads to get us started, so that we could make sure we were getting enough greens.
And we split two of the 10 inch pizzas – wild mushroom…
And the artichoke pizza with their soy-vegan cheese (part of the reason we went there!). I thought it was really strange that the cheese wasn’t melted, and the pizzas were barely lukewarm. We even tried microwaving it to melt it a bit, but then they just got soggy.
We set up a temporary dinner table in the middle of our empty living room. Indy checked it out to make sure he approved.
To be honest, dinner was pretty disappointing. The “cheese” was nasty and left us both with bad stomach cramps afterwards. Never again. Now I know why we don’t buy vegan cheese to eat at home!
And now I’m off for – you guessed it – more packing, hurrah! Exciting stuff – OUR MOVING TRUCK COMES TODAY!