1. I got a pedicure!
It was great fun, and very relaxing. I’ve never had a pedicure before, and I’m not all that big on strangers touching me, and I have ticklish feet, so I was totally expecting it to be a bit of a trial of awkwardness. Luckily it wasn’t!
You sit in these awesome big chair things, that totally grope you. At first I was all ‘ah! my chair is fondling my back!’ But then it started kneading at the tight muscles along my spine, and I was too busy melting into a puddle of jelly to inform the authorities. The lady who did my feet also gave me an amazing foot and calf massage, so by the time we were all done I was so relaxed, it was a surprise I could hold myself upright.
My only complaint was that the bit where they buff off dead skin was a bit lacklustre and quick – I’m not sure if that’s a normal thing, but it was kind of the whole reason Adey and I wanted to get a pedicure. Oh well, the rest was awesome. And now I have shiny indigo blue nails. 🙂 We’re going back in a couple of months when I’m in town for a wedding!
I went to Ten Salon Nail and Spa in Napier.
2. Played dodge the sprinkler at the Botanic Gardens
Karlie, Adey and I went for a walk the same day the gardeners came back from their New Years holiday. So we had to play dodge the sprinkler! It was great fun – like a video game, but with less flame-balls and death.
We also took a walk through the creepy cemetery on the hill up there. I was incredibly disappointed that I didn’t take my camera along!
3. I went bushwalking at White Pine.
It was the prefect day for it, sunny, but not oppressively hot. Karlie and I pulled apart a bunch of rotting logs along the path, in the hopes of finding a grub to poke at with sticks, but unfortunately we had no luck. We did find a spider lurking in a hidey hole, and some crazy bright-coloured caterpillars.
On the way back we all stopped off for a real fruit ice-cream at one of the orchard markets. I had cherry, and it was awesome.
4. I looked for (and FOUND) the perfect floppy sun hat.
It took hours of intense searching.
5. Destroyed my cross-trainers…
Opps. Also?: Fuck.
Yeah. I had these awesome gym shoes that were crazy expensive when I brought them. They were getting on in age, and getting whiffy, so I pulled out the lining insole things, and washed them.
It went surprisingly well, so I got cocky, and put them in the dryer. Yeah. They end result was two child-size rubber and fabric disks, that rolled up like the Wicked Witch of the East’s poor feet.
5 Things I didn’t Do:
1. Horse Trekking
This time around I really wanted to go horse trekking in the Hawkes Bay somewhere. Unfortunately I have rules about where I ride: I have to be able to see recent photos of the horses or something online before I fork over my money. I also like to read reviews from independent customers. I like to know that I’m supporting businesses that take care of their animals.
For some reason the only place near enough to where I was staying in Napier with an up-to-date website was quite expensive. I decided to give it a miss.
2. Forget my toothbrush
I have a terrible habit of leaving my toothbrush somewhere, leading to separation anxiety, and a mad-scramble to replace it.
3. Get a Haircut
OR a real job.
4. Miss my bus.
I have a bit of a history… I don’t have the best luck when it comes to busses and trains. Mostly because they run on a different schedule to Shannon Standard Time. (Which is about 10-15 minutes behind everyone else’s standard time.)
I’m an uneasy sleeper at the best of times. I have an unfortunate habit of shooting awake, SURE that someone is in the process of sneaking into my room, or standing over my bed. Staring.
When I’m in new places, and I hear new noises, the abrupt awakenings can be jarring.
On my last night away at Dad’s place I left the windows open, and one of them sounded JUST like if there was an axe murderer looming above my bed, and standing on a squeaky floorboard. It took a surprisingly long time for me to figure out why I kept jerking awake in a blind panic.