Sunday Solace to Monday Madness
Monday, October 15, 2012
The best thing about reaching a milestone birthday is the many opportunities to celebrate, if you play your cards right. And I've become quite a good 'card player' judging by how long I'm dragging this year's celebrations out!
See, it's not just the small family weekend away, the night out with ex-colleagues from work, a theatre trip with a fellow pentagenarian-show-friend or the much planned for trip to New York with a pal, there are also school friends who will be celebrating. Note: always keep in contact with at least one of your school friends ;-)
I'm certainly glad that I did because this weekend I got to go away on a girly over-nighter to the very scenic Glenview Hotel with my school friend. A great chance for a catch up and a low-key celebration. It's close enough to where I live yet it felt like a million miles away.
I simply left my house and slipped into a whole new world. A world of pool lounging - swimming or anything resembling exercise was forbidden - Jacuzzi unwinding, steam room/sauna relaxing and spa treatment pampering. Oh and there was hot tub plunging too. It felt incredible dashing out into the cold air then quickly stepping into the hot tub. The combination of cold air floating around your head as you are immersed in a steamy outdoor hot tub is simply a slice of heaven.
Of course there was some fabulous food and wine too and a prawn starter which was like a taste explosion in my mouth. We dined upstairs in the restaurant that looked out over the forested green fields stretching forever in front of us.
On our way to all places of tranquility within the hotel, we came upon Irish dancers of all ages practicing in the hallways or performing inside at the Feis. The air was filled with noises of furious treble tapping feet, the jingle jangle of medals, laughter and 'lift your leg higher', 'practise one more time' and finally 'but I'm sooo tired mammy'! Hardly surprising, they'd been there since 8.30 that morning!
The hotel was very busy all day and while we chatted about everything and anything under the sun we also mused over how many people were about, excluding the Irish dancers. We concluded that it was good to see people out treating themselves to Sunday lunch. We're from a generation who had very little money and we were taught to save and spend money wisely. We'd like to think that as most people don't get out as often anymore that they really appreciate it when they do. It becomes a special treat, as was our night away, something to be savoured and not taken for granted.
Unfortunately due to work commitments we had to check out early today but as I'm a gal who makes the most of every opportunity I was up bright and early and in the pool by 7am! Besides, I'm also a terrible sleeper! I debated with myself whether or not I'd do it and in the end I concluded that I simply must, lest I regret it. So I did it. I tentatively pushed open the door, braved the cold air and stepped once more into the glorious heat of the hot tub. Oh to lie there in the early morning darkness, with the sky brightening over the rolling fields and fir tree-tops just visible ahead and surrounded by some dwindling twinkling stars and twittering arising birds. Truly magical.
Sadly the magic had to end and in the twinkling of an eye I was back home before I knew it.
My stay at the hotel may have come to an end but luckily for me my day of relaxation didn't have to. I was never so glad that I'd pushed myself to do a major house clean before I left, so now I could treat myself to a read and a snooze, followed by a walk.
And then, as mad as this sounds, I actually got stuck in and washed my windows! The Housework Police can come visit me anytime they want now!
These mini-breaks are good for the soul, relaxing and invigorating, with batteries recharged it's amazing how productive we can become.
I hereby declare mini-breaks mandatory for all and I'm now saving up for my next one ;-)
Note: Image by Irelandbyways.com