Mental Health

I just did a DEEP CLEAN of my bathroom and let me tell you this. . .

I am a beauty product HOARDER.

I’m not the only one in my family who does this.

My aunt and my kid are pretty good at stockpiling beauty products as well.

In the middle of a pandemic, more than anything now I think self-care is important.

Taking a ritual bath.

Relaxing in the shower.

Treating yourself to a mud mask.

Or even giving yourself a pedicure.

Suddenly the very simple seems very luxurious.

Elevated beyond its usual status.

California is closing down.

Again.

I for one am okay with this.

It doesn’t seem safe to be outside doing anything with anyone right now, given the resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

It seems frivolous to worry about self-care during times like these.

Now is the perfect opportunity to forgo shaving, dying my roots, and getting my toes painted.

No one is going to see me.

All my beauty products could simply go to waste and no one would be the wiser.

There are a lot more important things on people’s plates right now.

Health.

Survival.

The well-being of family and loved ones.

And that’s certainly foremost in my mind.

But since I’m having virtual dates in lieu of in-person dates, it seems to behoove me to stay abreast of my appearance.

And I can’t help but feel like it helps my outlook and psyche to maintain the rituals I’ve had for years.

Mental health is nothing to sneeze at.

How to prepare for a date

As a woman, there are certain things I do to get ready for a date.  I’ll admit, I go a little overboard.  But you’ve got to be prepared for everything so it pays to take your time and go through certain rituals.

Take for instance, my date for Valentine’s Day.

Now as far as I’m concerned, V-Day is a day just like every other day.  So don’t think that this is some SPECIAL ritual because of the holiday. No, this is my normal psychotic ritual.

  • Shave.  This one is mandatory.  Don’t want to be caught with any unsightly hair.  Also allows me to participate in post-date snuggling activities without being prickly.
  • Wax my business.  Or in my case, laser it off so it’s not there in the first place.  Allows for… ahem.. you know.  On the rare chance I decide I like him enough to do it.  It’s all about option, folks.
  • Botox.  Okay, I don’t do this with every date, but I do it every 6 months and it just happened to land on Valentine’s Day.  Basically, I do this because I’m 45 and vain and don’t want to look wrinkly and old. $170
  • Blow Dry.  This one I feel is mandatory.  My date made a comment that he liked my hair wavy so I went to the salon and got it styled the same way.  Do not underestimate how much of a boost you can get from a good blow out.  $50
  • Makeup.  I think I spent about 45 minutes doing my makeup.  Gotta look as good as possible.  Too bad there’s no makeup that takes off 20 pounds, though.

And there you have it – a $220 pre-date ritual.

And yes, I know.  None of these things matter because in the end it’s all about CONNECTING with the other person.  But I have to imagine that a little va-va-va-voom can’t hurt.

Of course, now you know how crazy I am when it comes to dates.

C-R-A-Z-Y !

 

RADICAL RITUAL

MichelleThe theme for Burning Man 2017 is RADICAL RITUAL.

I’m at a loss for how to express this.

My idea of conducting a ritual is to smudge my room, my tent, and the Motor Beast. Occasionally, it means having “fancy tea.”

And on RARE occasions, I light a candle, drink a bottle of wine, and weep as I talk to my beloved departed friends: Andrew and Austin.

I’m not quite sure how I’m going to incorporate this theme into my burn this year.

For sure there will be a smudging of the Motor Beast.

And I imagine I’ll get together with Tejas’ lady love Yvonne to ask her if she wants to build some rituals around our trip:

  • Ritual massages (Heebee Jeebees),
  • Ritual bathing (Dr. Brommer’s Foam Bath),
  • Ritual dancing to music (anywhere on playa),
  • and ritual tarot cards (Yvonne and Tejas are learning).

I’m sure I’m just not thinking creatively enough.

After all, you can build rituals into just about any activity you want.

So maybe I’ll come up with a “Land me a man” ritual.

It would be incredible to fall in love with someone at Burning Man.

It would involve building an altar with things I find important about a significant other: generosity, kindness, love of the outdoors, and a big heart.

We’ll just add that if he looks like a lumberjack, the happier I’ll be.

Tattoos too.

Ok, I digress.

So I’m gonna spend some time developing some rituals surrounding my next burn.

Here’s hoping it’s even better than 2016!

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How to prepare for a date

As a woman, there are certain things I do to get ready for a date.  I’ll admit, I go a little overboard.  But you’ve got to be prepared for everything so it pays to take your time and go through certain rituals.

Take for instance, my date for Valentine’s Day.

Now as far as I’m concerned, V-Day is a day just like every other day.  So don’t think that this is some SPECIAL ritual because of the holiday. No, this is my normal psychotic ritual.

  • Shave.  This one is mandatory.  Don’t want to be caught with any unsightly hair.  Also allows me to participate in post-date snuggling activities without being prickly.
  • Wax my business.  Or in my case, laser it off so it’s not there in the first place.  Allows for… ahem.. you know.  On the rare chance I decide I like him enough to do it.  It’s all about option, folks.
  • Botox.  Okay, I don’t do this with every date, but I do it every 6 months and it just happened to land on Valentine’s Day.  Basically, I do this because I’m 41 and vain and don’t want to look wrinkly and old. $170
  • Blow Dry.  This one I feel is mandatory.  My date made a comment that he liked my hair wavy so I went to the salon and got it styled the same way.  Do not underestimate how much of a boost you can get from a good blow out.  $50
  • Makeup.  I think I spent about 45 minutes doing my makeup.  Gotta look as good as possible.  Too bad there’s no makeup that takes off 20 pounds, though.

And there you have it – a $220 pre-date ritual.

And yes, I know.  None of these things matter because in the end it’s all about CONNECTING with the other person.  But I have to imagine that a little va-va-va-voom can’t hurt.

Of course, now you know how crazy I am when it comes to dates.

C-R-A-Z-Y !