It wasn't a complete day off from motherhood but a nice break anyway. We went to a friends out of town yesterday and the her little and my little played. Its nice when the kids aren't asking you for something every minute of the day. I now understood how my Mom felt when she would ask my brother to JUST STOP MAKING NOISES! It seems there is never a moment of silence here but being somewhere else kind of made the noise fade into the background and enabled me to let my guard down a bit due to a second set of mom ears.
After our play day, we met a friend and Daddy for dinner and then Daddy brought the wee one home. I went off with my friend to meet another friend and have a manicure and pedicure!! WHAT A TREAT!! When I worked I had manicures and pedis pretty regularly and since I had such a rough pregnancy on my tootsies (sooo swollen) I had pedis pretty regularly during the swelling phase. I worked into my 8th month, on my feet, so I felt justified going every other week or so. Since little Ms H has come along though, it is a very rare occasion to get time (or money) to relax and have someone else work on my hands and feet. I swear a good manicure and pedicure is almost as good as a full bod massage for me. I carry so much tension in my hands that a nice hand massage feels great! The best thing was that I had a gift certificate!!! I only had to pay the tip! woot!
Anyhoo, after the spa treatments, which were drug out to their fullest, we had coffee and cake and chattered away until we had to head home. It was so nice to just have some girl time with my friends who I don't get to spend much time with as of late. I can't believe how much just a few hours "off" can do to rejuvenate the spirit and muse. I am feeling refilled with energy to get the Zines bound and make art and organize the house. (gasp)
In celebration of a returning muse I signed up for Jenny's Bits n Pieces swap. I have to admit that when she posted her piece that inspired the swap, I jumped right in early. I have created a couple of canvases already although not to swap dimensions. It was a GREAT way to help me clean off my desk top and they will probably be destined for Etsy when I do another update. Here is a sneak peek at one of my incomplete canvases...