Happy weekend and welcome to this week’s Seven for Saturday!
1 ~ Float Pod
In last week’s Seven for Saturday post, I mentioned my friend Michelle and I would be going on another “Michelle & Adrienne’s Excellent Adventure” this week. Last time we tried cryotherapy. This time we’d be floating in salt water in our own private float pods.
We did our floating at Theta Wave Float Spa in Sebastopol. Float therapy is meant to relax parts of your brain while stimulating others, namely the creative right side of your brain. Some refer to this type of therapy as sensory deprivation. You can read more about the benefits of floating here.
Michelle and I arrived a few minutes before our scheduled sessions. We were greeted by the friendly owner who gave us a tour of the spa and showed us to our rooms. Each room has a float pod, shower and changing area. We were asked to take a shower first – washing our hair with shampoo but no conditioner – then climb into the pod when we were ready.
The pod has a blue light that you can leave on or turn off and gentle spa music plays underwater. You can also turn that off if you prefer or play music from your phone instead.
There is a lot of salt in the water which is what keeps you afloat. We were advised to use the earplugs provided to prevent salt from entering our ear canals, which we did. You also don’t want to let the water get on your face. That sounds like a challenge but surprisingly it’s not. Your head floats easily in the water.
Once I showered and put my ear plugs in, I got into the pod and began to float, spending some time getting aquatinted with my pod.
You just don’t know how loud and annoying that inner voice can be until you’re inside a float pod alone with ear plugs in. The incessant chattering! Most of my time was spent trying to shut the voice up and relax but you can imagine how well that went. I did have moments where my mind relaxed and wandered, in a good way. But then the inner voice would notice and well, it went on like that throughout the hour.
Thankfully I did not have any anxiety being inside the pod like I thought I might. I left the door open most of the time. When I did close it, I got a little too hot for me. I also left the overhead light on in the room. Next time, I will turn that off. I think because I am familiar with how the therapy works, my next visit will be more relaxing.
Even with my busy mind, I was able to still feel relaxed in body. The floating sensation of suspension is really quite something. I felt as though I was cradled by a solid material, but of course it was only water.
After the 60 minute float, I showered, washed my hair again (this time with conditioner) and met up with Michelle. Then we went out for a delicious sushi lunch across the street.
I would recommend trying float therapy and am looking forward to trying it again soon! I wish there was a way to leave that inside voice at home 😉
2 ~ New Cheery Vase
I was shopping online for a gift earlier this week and visited Nordstrom. The first thing that showed up on my screen was an announcement about their new Anthropologie Home line.
I love Anthropologie and since we are in the midst of redoing our two guest rooms, I thought I would have a peek at the selection of home decor.
What gorgeous things! I really wanted to go crazy buying all sorts of things, but decided to only buy one item for our second guest room. I thought this vase was so darling and cheery.
I like the bright colors and its imperfect shape. The color is a little redder than it looked online – I had hoped for more orange – but it still works in this room.
One of these days I would like to replace some of the throw pillows that came with our new couch. I love many of the pillows in the Anthropologie collection and may start slowly replacing the boring ones we have with something more interesting and fun. I’m thinking about starting with this pillow.
Have you seen the new Anthropologie collection at Nordstrom yet?
3 ~ Wedding Countdown
Two weeks from today, my stepson and his fiancee will be getting married! It’s hard to believe the day has crept up so fast. It will be a very small wedding with close family in attendance only. I have still not decided what I will wear. It’s a casual daytime wedding outdoors so I will wear a maxi or midi dress with a wrap or light jacket.
Bill and I are very much looking forward to celebrating this special day with Ryan and Hayley and family. And we are thrilled to welcome Hayley to the family, officially!
4 ~ Lighting Me Up
I have had low levels of vitamin D for many years. My test results are usually in the mid to high 20s and they really should be more like 50 to 70. I take 2,000 I.U. of D a day but it’s not enough and taking mega doses does not agree with me. After doing some research, I decided to try using a light therapy lamp every morning. I bought this one.
I wanted a lamp that had an adjustable strength. Measurements of illumination are called lux. This device starts at 3500 lux and goes up to 10,000 lux, which is the ideal strength from what I read. I use about 5,000 to 10,000 lux and sit with it for 30 to 50 minutes while I read or write.
I have not had any side effects like headaches or anything but the higher range for longer than 30 minutes did make me feel a little queasy at first. I have used it for about 4 days now and no longer have that issue.
Yesterday I was getting ready to go visit Bill’s father in Marin and was in a bit of a rush. I didn’t think I’d be able to get in my light session. I decided to take it into the bathroom with me while I did my hair and makeup. I set it face up on the counter near my body and it worked great! Ten or 15 minutes of light is better than nothing.
I like that it’s lightweight and easy to move to different locations. And it has a timer on it that let’s you set it in ten minute intervals from 10 minutes to 60.
So far I like it and am looking forward to a vitamin D retest in a few months to see if it’s helping. My only regret is that I didn’t get one of these months ago when the days were short.
Have you ever tried light therapy?
5 ~ Photo Cards
My friend Elizabeth Wilmore is not only a maker and designer of beautiful leather and pearl jewelry but she is an accomplished professional photographer as well. Elizabeth makes her own cards and sells them around the Bay Area at various businesses.
Elizabeth suggested I make my own cards with my photos and even gave me all the materials I needed to do so. I picked out some of my photos that I thought would look nice on a card and had them developed. The other day, I finally sat down and made my first card. It was so easy to do and I am looking forward to making more to send to friends and family.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your ideas, talents and materials with me!
Last November I mentioned a foot condition I have developed over the last year called metatarsalgia. It’s an overuse injury that affects the ball of your foot, usually just below your second and third toes. Mine was never painful, per se, just annoying and uncomfortable as it causes numbness and tingling. It constantly felt like I had a big wad of cotton stuffed in my shoe.
Since I stopped wearing heels, my too tight running shoes and mostly stopped running on the treadmill in favor of brisk walking, my condition has improved greatly. But I still have it and notice that cotton wad feeling even though the wad is much smaller.
I decided to start my own DIY foot therapy program. I have been using a the little ball in this kit for months but it’s not easy to focus it on the area I want (feels great on my arch though!).
I have now incorporated the big roller in the kit which can be used hot or cold. It’s a simple exercise I can do while reading, writing or just watching tv. I don’t have to think about maneuvering it as much as I did the ball.
I hope the cotton wad feeling will go away completely one of these days with these exercises.
7 ~ Spring Wardrobe Purging
Even though I did a massive closet purge after the fires last fall, there is still lots of stuff to sort through. My spring and summer clothing and accessories need to be culled as I see sunny weather and higher temps are in next week’s forecast. I plan on tackling that today since I have the day to myself.
I don’t enjoy wardrobe edits. The task often brings up negative feelings. I become angry at myself for spending money on something I rarely wore. And coming across beautiful clothes I can’t wear due to midlife weight gain can be a downer. But once the purging is done, it feels so freeing!
I am making a real effort from now on to be much more selective about the clothing, shoes, jewelry, and so on that I allow to take up space in my closet. While packing suitcases during the fire evacuations, I was astonished at how much stuff I owned.
Frantically rifling through two closets both filled to the max with clothes, trying to find the items I wanted and needed, was frustrating. My ideal closet is be filled with only things I want to keep and wear. I shouldn’t have to dig for them. So that’s my goal today. We shall see how that goes!
Have a lovely weekend!
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