Things You Didn’t Ask to Know…
Don’t you get so incredibly tired of me telling you how life has gotten in the way of blogging? Six months ago I would have distressed to the uttermost if I didn’t find a way to update daily. I’ve chill-axed a bit since then and realized the blog is for me and not vice versa. The only bummer in all my crazy is that I haven’t been able to read blogs much for several weeks. I’m woefully out of the loop and feeling awfully saddened and guilty over it.
So if you aren’t mad that I haven’t visited you in a while and you care at all what I’ve been up to, I have to tell you that on Valentine’s Day I got to experience a first: A trip to a bonafide spa. (I can’t ever say bonafide without thinking of George Clooney’s wife and girls in O Brother, Where Art Thou.)
Now, I’ve had some spa treatments before but only at the hand of fellow students of the cosmetology program I completed in 1994. I was the official hair color guinea pig and had no less than 43 applications of Redken Shades in the year-long course. The cool red a.k.a purple red was by far my least favorite by the way. Thanks for that, Karen. I feel I still owe my own apologies to the girls on whom I practiced fake nails for the first time. They could barely lift their fingers for the glop of hardened acrylic hanging off the ends. The file was definitely my friend – and theirs too for that matter provided they didn’t opt for the remover first. Our hands were bloody stumps by the time we finished learning the fine art of nail sculpture. So yeah, I was looking forward to going to a real spa.
Anyway, my bff Kim and I went to The Mountain Escape Spa with gift certificates we’d gotten for Christmas courtesy of someone very awesome. It was all I ever imagined and more. So serene and quaint tucked into the dream community that is Lookout Mountain, TN. Every house there looks like it was taken straight from the pages of Southern Living.
Kim and I got an hour aroma therapy massage, facial, and manicure. I loved every second of each service but I would have to say my favorite was probably the facial. I was only a little embarrassed when Olivia asked me what happened to my chin and I had to admit I’d burned it the week before with my curling iron. What a goober. I can’t even explain how it happened except you shouldn’t try to talk on the phone and touch up frizz at the same time. I’ve determined I could easily be a spa rat. The Hot Rock massage is definitely on my radar. I’d never be able to justify taking myself back, but if anyone is just looking for something sweet to do for his wife…???? That would definitely be in the Love Dare.
When we finished we met our families in Chattanooga to eat at Outback. After that we went to the Home Show. If you’ve never been to one, it’s like a huge home improvement expo where vendors hawk their wares. Y’all may think that sounds like a snooze but for a girl who would rather spend time in Lowe’s than WalMart, it really is great fun to daydream about how you’d build The Perfect House. The only reason I’m telling you about it is that I’m still jazzed over an awesome counter top. If we ever build or remodel again, I’m definitely putting these in the kids’ bathroom. Have y’all ever seen such?? Very expensive but doable if you use it in a smaller space. I pretty much spent the rest of my time drooling over dressing room/ closet built-ins. Unfortunately, parsonages do not come with those.
Since the weekend, I’ve had my nose in 40+ books getting ready to teach a retreat Friday and Saturday. If you’re just looking for some one’s name to say to God, I’d be awfully appreciative if it happened to be mine. And speaking of books, I’m reading a really good one: Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It’s not brand new but I’ve only just picked it up because it follows some themes I’ll be teaching. Good stuff. You wouldn’t be disappointed if you bought it!
Okay, I’ve got to get. What in the world are you girls up to? I seriously miss you!
I just started following you on twitter. I'm reading a crazy book called Hot Flashes & Cold Cream by Diann Hunt for a small book club. Ummm, that's about it. Just waiting for spring to come.
I, too, am reading Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free. I’m preparing to use it as a study for a women’s Sunday School class. I agree…what a totally awesome text!
Sadly, everything I’ve been reading is 8″ x 10″ and glossy….that would be, magazines. Talk about the lies women believe!
Stumbled on your blog and love it! I too am a pastor’s wife and it’s so good to know that there are more “not typical” ones out there!
Love the ‘Lies Women Believe’ book…great stuff in it. I did a Bible study from that book.
Sounds like you had an awesome time at the spa. I’m lusting after a hot rock massage myself.
Oh Lisa! Sounds like you had an amazing day with your bff and families!
I’m speaking at a weekend retreat next weekend and deep in the books too. I will be praying for you this weekend for sure! Looking forward to hearing how it went. Can you post pics? Talk to you soon!
I’ve been reading Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies, and next I’m going to dive into some fiction for a change of pace.
Bravo to you for not letting the blog rule you, Lisa. Keeping my blog in proper perspective — His perspective –is an ongoing challenge, too. Blessings to you!
It feels like it has been months since I commented (it probably has!). I can’t even remember the last time.
Life has been… I don’t know that there are even words? Hard I guess.
I am reading Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy by Larry Crabb. There has never been another book so painfully hard for me to read, but it is a good hard, I suppose.
My husband has learned the benefits of sending his wife off to me pampered and has gotten me a hot stone massage twice. It is by far my most favorite.
I’m also speaking at a retreat and have been thumbing through Lies Women Believe in prep…I read it a while back for a class. Too bad we don’t live closer together. How I would love to compare notes with you… I’ll be checking back to see how your retreat went!
Just prayed for you and your prep. for the retreat. :-)
I have also read “Lies women believe” – it is a good resource book. I am also speaking at a womens retreat this weekend, so I will think of you if you will think of me. It is our annual womens retreat at our church and all of the pw’s teach different sessions. Mine … “the taste of the town” speaking about being a woman of encouragement. Yeah thats like my favorite thing to do besides go to a spa that someone else has paid for! Ha ha. Glad you enjoyed your experience. -blessings, Laurie
A couple of thoughts. We often do gift certs. for my Mom to that spa. She loves it.
And,I too, would rather browse in Lowe’s than Walmart. I think it’s partially the PW thing…living in parsonages. It is my dream to do my own house.
BTW- they did decide to make the other house our parsonage….here’s hoping that is sooner rather than later.
I’m so glad you got to experience a bonafide spa! You and your man should try to get a couples massage for your next anniversary or special occasion. I said a prayer for your retreat. I would love to hear you speak sometime!
I told Bama Girl yesterday to tell you I was having Lisa withdrawals. I’m glad to hear from you. The spa sounds awesome!!
Oh my goodness your children would love those countertops! You’d think at my age I’d have made it to a spa some time but no, not yet. Someday! I am going to be living in my camper all of April and May in a town 2 1/2 hours from home (without my husband) so I can take care of a new grandbaby till school is out. So I’m planning ahead….what shall I take with me? My computer, some stitching, my computer….you get the picture! blessings, marlene
I’ve read and taught from Nancy’s book Lies Women Believe and it is really good. I’m teaching a study right now using one of her books called “Seeking Him, the Joys of Personal Revival” and it is awesome! You’ll have to check it out sometime. Good luck at the retreat.
I’ve only been to a real spa once (and no “fake” ones whatsoever). Like you I totally LOVED the facial–by far my favorite! The massage, so-so. Maybe I should’ve gone for the hot rocks?
40+? That’s some serious study! I know the Lord will use both your words and your willingness to bring glory to His Son, Jesus! For His Kingdom’s sake!
Well, I can certainly relate. I seemed to have strayed from the blogosphere. And yes, if it were several months back, I would have NEVER dreamed of such.
One big mishap on the blog and images are deleted. So a new site with my own dot com and a theme in the works is going on….but still, the images are not fixed. My brain cannot wrap around the idea of just blogging anyway. NOPE…gotta’ get it fixed…
BUt then, life! Life takes over… and there’s no time.
I’m glad I took a moment to read today and I’m glad I visited you.
First, I happen to LOVE Oh Brother, Where Art Thou for many reasons. But I won’t take up comment space with those….
AND, I also happen to LOVE Outback.
AND, I also happen to LOVE spas. ‘Course you wouldn’t know by the number of visits. But on the few I’ve had…LOOOVVEE the pampering. What girl wouldn’t?
I’m glad you updated us. And yes, we care what’s going on.
Glad I visited…
We’ve missed you, too! But I honestly have no idea how everyone seems to have enough time to blog, read AND comment on so many blogs. Maybe I should look in to twitter!!
What a wonderful Valentine treat to have a day at the spa! I love the hot stones, but have only had them once when we went to have a pedicure. They were wonderful!
Lies Women Believe is an amazing book and she also has a bible study out on it that I’d like to do. There’s also one she’s written with another author that’s called Lies Young Women Believe. I think it’s very smart to teach our girls the truth from an early age so they can know Satan’s traps before they’re in one.
Glad to hear you’re doing great and I’ll definitely be praying for your time at the retreat!
Love, Amy in OK
Never sat foot in a spa. I am a no makeup kinda gal so a spa always seems wrong for me. Massage I could go for.
Just got Erwin McManus "Wide Awake". Hope to start this weekend. Pray you have calm mind & spirit tonight as you rest up for the retreat. I know it will totally ROCK! It will be bonafide!
Hey Lisa! I am reading Lies Women Believe! It is a very good book. I have been out of the loop for awhile, and I hate that feeling of disconnect. Updating daily flew out the window for me sometime last August and I haven’t been able to do it since then…I’m good to get one post in every other week!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Lies Women Believe has stayed on my night stand for years and I refer to it often – so bummed that I have to :) It’s a great resource.
Spa day sounds heavenly!
I loved “Lies Women Believe”. I read it as a newly married woman, and it provoked a lot of conversation with my hubby and other young marrieds. I’d be willing to pick it up again…I know that I can relearn the Truths… ’cause those lies never give up!
Lisa, The book Lies Women Believe… also has a workbook! I STRONGLY Recommend it! Our ladies did that one abour 3 years ago.. and it brings up quite a few discussion topics!!!!
Blessings! and Praying for you!!
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Dear Ladies of New Beginnings Baptist Church;
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