I’ve had a rough couple of weeks. First there was the health scare involving one of my boys, which isn’t entirely resolved yet. It was grim enough that my daughter flew home to join us bedside at the hospital, and then cut her hand badly on the cracked porcelain knob in the bath at home; I have been complaining about that stupid bathroom to the landlords forever. While we were deciding if we needed a second trip to the ER in two days we were diverted by the clothes dryer in the basement catching fire. Or, more precisely, the clothing inside the dryer, which is what happens when the dryer stops spinning but doesn’t shut off. Good to know!
I’m strong in the trenches; at the hospital’s pediatric ICU I was laser focused on options and possibilities and solutions. I managed to come up with the tentative, rare diagnosis at the same time they did, after some heavy googling. (Heavy googling on my part, that is; I’m hoping they were relying on their excellent training.) But by Friday when things had calmed down a bit it all hit me like a gut-punch, and I had to have a good, quiet cry, followed by taking extra care this weekend.
So, let’s talk about small luxuries! They’re the sort of things I appreciate all out of proportion, especially during a rough patch. The small niceties that brighten a gloomy day. I’ve been lounging in this vintage cotton kimono which I took a chance on via eBay, always kind of a crapshoot; it is even lovelier in person. And these Tretorn Nylite Bold sneakers are incredibly comfortable and are my new commuting footwear, so if you’re looking for a well-made sneaker that’s also kinda cute, I can vouch for this one, which I bought in two shades – a tan linen-look, and this charming blush color suede.
I guess it would be a whole different post, but I’m amused by how freaking girly my sleepwear is, which is not at all what you’d expect given my fairly minimalist, no-nonsense, solid-colors work wardrobe. I feel like my work closet and my nightie/robe collection look like they were curated by two wildly different people. But I love to come home from work and climb out of a sedate navy suit and into, say, a cloud-soft vintage Laura Ashley nightgown in palest pink cotton lawn with delicate embroidery, or my pale blue J Peterman number cut on the bias with the stunning neckline. They make me feel pampered, even if nothing else about the day is particularly cheering.
Finally, I ordered the Cloud of Protection spray up top from BeautyHabit solely for the apt label and it smells deliciously citrusy-aromatic. It’s the sort of thing folks might use in the loo (ahem) but I’ve been spraying my bed linens – anything to ward off the bad vibes!
Your turn – tell me about something small and wonderful that cheers you, and it’ll cheer me too. Do you have a secret lingerie habit, or a collection of satin robes? Or are you the practical type? Also, apologies — I know comments won’t thread when you try to reply, and we’re working on it.