Ya’ll can probably tell by this point I have this thing about the concept of taking a deep breath, and just breathing in and out.  Again, and again.  Slowly.  Calming the pace of life.

Breathe baby...
That meaty ol’ paw is excactly why I massage for a living!

When I saw this, I just went ahhhhhh…. so me!!!  And wanted to share it!


I have no idea why the simple concept of breathing in deeply and breathing out completely makes my heart calm and happy… but I’m so glad something simple like that makes me feel more whole.

Happy Wednesday!


Are you sure it’s not Monday???

Because that’s kinda what it feels like!!!

Since the day spa isn’t open on Sundays or Mondays, Mondays are now part of my weekend.  And I had a massage scheduled bright and early this morning, so it made Tuesday feel like Monday… Following me??? Good.

And when I got there (walking after having timed it yesterday, and might I add cutting 4 minutes off that time) there were no cars in sight!!!  Hubs and I had both mentioned our fear that I would be there, and no one would be there to let me in.  You see, I don’t have a key… YET….  They are in the processing of getting me one, but that didn’t help this morning.  As I’m standing at the door looking a little lost and a little nerdy, I suspect, as I had on my backpack and my pants were rolled into capris to keep them from dragging on the walk to the day spa… The clock hits 9:00am… Still no one in the parking area for the day spa… but a gentleman walks up…

My client…

My first client… of my first week…. of full time massaging….

And I can’t get in the freakin building…

Seriously???  SERIOUSLY.

Thank goodness for two things that happened next….
The guy is retired, and instead of getting upset, he hung out a while and talked plants and trees with me…
Then, joy of all joy… The Midwife (Yes, we have a midwife located at the day spa… as well as a lactation specialist/shop, and an ayurvedic consultant) drove in!!!

The Midwife has a key!!!

The Midwife saved the day!!!

I was able to start the massage only 20 minutes later than scheduled!

First one down baby, first one down. (GRIN)

I also got to chit chat with the nurse/nail technician/infared specialist/office manager/apparently go to for everything girl…. We squared away the key situation, and some other miscellaneous stuff.

I walked home in the pretty sunshine (yes, with my rolled up pant-pris) happy as a lark.

I made broasted (broiled and roasted) potatoes and kale for Hubs and I for lunch.  And ended lunch with a caffeinated coffee.  I only have been having the afternoon coffee because I needed it at The Bank….  But I think it’s actually messing with my system now.  The past two days shortly after caffeine time I’ve been feeling a little crotchety.  Tomorrow I will forgo the afternoon coffee and see how that shakes out!

Another thing I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat, wondering, waiting and anticipating…. Is to find out what kind of delights I made to welcome the Hubs home…

You weren’t wondering?  Waiting?  Anticipating?

Too bad…


We had…

Balsamic Asparagus
A Summer Squash Casserole (Sliced summer squash, GF Bread Crumbs, Shaker Style Cabot Cheddar, Italian Seasonings and “Cooking Wine”… more on the wine later)

Scallops with Pancetta and Maple Syrup (Deglazed, of course, with “Cooking Wine”)

My baby is such a good bargain shopper!!
Family Maple Syrup… Not family scallops… Kroger Scallops… and they smelled a little chemically… 😦

“Cooking Wine”  (I think that it’s always smart to drink a glass of wine when cooking, you  never know when you might need a splash from your glass for your squash casserole or to deglaze your pancetta…. right???)

Thank you Chateau Morriessette


The meal… not just the wine. 🙂

Tonight is Pizza with Jalapeno/Cilantro Mozzarella with sliced tomatoes and chunks of avocado… Before we race off to see our Financial Advisor.  Wish us luck with figuring out what the *&#&$ to do with my 401k!

Now, I’m going to plant some plants outside, and probably take THIS GUY on a walk….

My favorite little man around!

Why is it 10 PM and I am just barely posting???

Was it because I relaxed my first self-employed day away???

No sir!

Whilst I had no massages scheduled…..  I did bust butt and get a TON done…

Like what?  Really???????

Making fluffy GF pumpkin pancakes for my love…
Walking the puppy with Hubby….

Or maybe like…
Picking up the house…
Doing laundry….
Putting laundry away…
Reorganizing each and every item of clothing I own…  Including color coding my bras and pantyhoses…. Yah, that’s called badass cleaning…  (Also, the type of thing that sounds easy but takes freaking HOURS… HOURS I TELL YOU!!!)

Or how about… watching the Hokies lose…  Sad times in the G house…. Hubs is not happy, not pleased, and honestly, not particularly nice right now!!

And going through and organizing ALL of my massage stuff.
Prior to today the file cabinet was full of crap just thrown in it.. no folders… I couldn’t even find my business debit card…

Yah, that stuff’s all organized…

And the debit card was found, and used to order new business cards!!!

Pretty Right?????

Now it’s onto to popcorn, and trying to make Hubs smile…. and then bed.

On Quitting…

When I think of quitting things…  I think of giving up, surrendering, waving the white flag…  Generally when I have quit things, I have felt a lot of failure.

And then there are times when quitting can create opportunities…

Like when I quit smoking (yes, I was a smoker, no I don’t like that part of my past)… That was the kind of quitting that was a positive move.  Really helped me live a healthier life.

Or there’s the kind of quitting you do to follow your heart…. or your dreams… the kind of quitting where leaving behind one thing that allows you to chase other opportunities…

Kind of like when you quit your job today (with an end date of September 30th) to pursue your (current) dream job of massaging as a full time job…


Today I took the plunge.

Today I tendered my resignation at the Bank…

It’s bittersweet for so many reasons; I work with some great people… But I’m so very ready to pursue this dream.  To make it real.  To tackle the ups and downs.  To take my future into MY hands (hahaha, literally and figuratively – massage pun!)

Happiness is abound in the house tonight!!!

Wishing everyone else the courage to follow their dreams… and hoping so BIG that my courage will pay off.

Monday Love

Monday!!!  How I loathe enjoy you…

How I loathe love the stress of the impending week, and how it stole all my sleep last night…

How I loathe love the parts of you that feel like a restart each time you roll around, and how that pushes me out of bed when I’d prefer to try to steal back a few moments of sleep from Sunday night…

Actually, to be fair, and honest….

Once I actually got to the point of eating breakfast (AKA I fully awoke, thanks to some yoga and time with my good friend the stationary bike)… the day has been pretty freakin awesome.

Breakfast was more tortilla pie!!

I had a few really important and great conversations today.  The kind that are paving the way to help achieve my dreams. 🙂  Such as, I’m going to start massaging on Saturdays again!!!!  Check out my website Call one and all… schedule like crazy! 🙂

And the day is clipping along nicely!!!

I’m so excited to get home to see this face!!!!!