Speaking of Splurging

August 28, 2013 | My Jottings

Last Christmas, one of the presents I received from Sara was a gift certificate to the nail salon where she occasionally has her nails done. My fingernails grow quickly and I’m always cutting them, but I decided a couple of weeks ago that eight months was long enough to wait before using my certificate. (The last time I had my nails professionally done was in late 2007.)

Sara told me which nail techs she felt were the best, and I set off one morning for My One Appointment Of The Day. Since my knee replacement surgery, I’ve tried to schedule only one thing each day so I can make resting, icing, elevating and healing a priority. There are actually several days on my calendar that are blank, and those are the days I look toward heaven and say, “Thank you, Lord!” Part hermit, part agoraphobic, I guess.

Anyway, when I arrived at the small nail salon it was packed. There were at least seven people doing nails, and there were five customers before me. Since I had an appointment I only had to wait about 15 minutes, though.

Juan asked me what I wanted done and I told him “a French manicure with gel,” just like Sara recommended. Apparently the gel protects your nail polish from chipping and a manicure can last up to three weeks. Here’s what my nails look like today:


Juan painted the white tips on my fingernails and covered everything with a thick gel, and I like the look! Not too long, not too short, nothing really gaudy. Although I see so many women wear colors on their nails no one wore when I was young! Check out this, and this! I might go have my nails done once again before I fly to Seattle in 22 days for The Second Annual Lupi-Soo Convention, but a manicure isn’t something I would normally fit into my regular schedule or budget, so another six years may pass before I have another one.

If I were to splurge on one thing for myself, I think it would be to have regular massages. I love getting a massage. And I know it’s not just for the pleasure of it anymore — studies show the many benefits of massage and I’m a firm believer in them for mental and physical health reasons. Even just one fifteen minute massage on my knee makes a world of difference. Alas, I don’t splurge on myself much (unless I count the books I buy!), so a professional massage might be on my schedule only once a quarter, if that.

If you could regularly splurge without guilt or concern on one thing for yourself, what would it be? Regular manicures? Weekend getaways? Dining out three times a week? A swimming pool?

I look forward to reading your comments…Β  πŸ™‚


  1. Ganeida says:

    As I’d rather read than eat my one weakness is for books ~ however I love a good massage. It just makes you feel so well & it really helps with migraines. Cait doesn’t give a bad one but if I ever become rich that is likely to be my indulgence. Reading material is an addiction & beyond my control. πŸ˜‰

  2. Just Julie says:

    Hi Ganeida! I agree with you about how massages make you feel — increased blood supply, flexibility, endorphins, relief, relaxation…so many wonderful benefits there are. And your last sentence? Ditto. xoxo

  3. Kay in Cornwall, UK says:

    Julie, I had my nails ‘done’ for the first time ever the day before my daughter’s wedding just over eighteen months ago. The result wasn’t lovely, naturally shaped nails like yours – mine were a horrid, square shape with a very thick disproportional wedge painted on the ends! I was so upset! Being the wimp that I am, I managed to hide my disappointment and hurried home to have a good cry. Two days after the wedding, I managed to clip off most of my nails and then a week later I prised off the ugly things. My rash way of removal meant that my original nails looked awful for six months. Now, if my nails had looked like yours do I would have been delighted. But you know the saying, once bitten twice shy, and I wouldn’t go back!
    So what do I regularly splurge on? Well I always have cut flowers in the house (I tend to kill pot plants with either kindness or neglect!) and like Ganeida I love books. Ganeida, do you keep all the books you buy or do you give them away? My bookshelves now cover two walls of our spare bedroom and that’s after I have given quite a few away! What would I like to slurge on? Having a cleaner once a week to help with the chores that I find painful to carry out.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Oh Kay, I think I know what shape nails you mean, and they don’t look normal at all. I would have been disappointed to sit there for so long and have them be anything except what I’d hoped for. I also think fresh flowers in the house bring such a lift. I agree with you too about the cleaner — I have a friend who cleans houses come in every other Wednesday to do my floors and dusting and I don’t know what I’d do without her. (Do it myself I suppose…. πŸ™‚ ) xoxo

  5. Pat says:

    Your nails look so beautiful – I love them! My splurge would without a doubt be a massage. I’ve only had a few done, but oh what bliss! I never get them anymore, probably because Doc (my horse) takes any extra money I have, but boy is he worth it!

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Pat! I still would like to come and see Doc sometime soon…. xoxo

  7. Kay in Duluth says:

    Hi Julie!
    I too splurge on nails occasionally…feels good to have pretty fingers and toes. I agree with Sara about Juan…he is my absolute favorite tech there. Looking good, Sista!! missing you…see you in a couple of weeks at CBS!

  8. Just Julie says:

    Hi Kay! It does my heart good to see “Kay in Cornwall” and “Kay in Duluth” leave comments here. I’m sure you two would like each other so much. πŸ™‚ I am so excited for CBS to start up again — see you soon, dear Kay… xoxo

  9. Ganeida says:

    Kay in Cornwall [BTW, we absolutely adored Cornwall, our favourite part of England proper ~ only it isn’t really, is it? Once upon a time it was its own kingdom with its own language. *sigh* Sorry, sidetracking somewhat]

    I have given lots of books away ~ I simply ran out of space. However we still have lots & lots of kiddies books in the hope of someday reading them to grandkids even though most of the books are in tatters because I kept the loved ones. Silly because many of them are still in print & replaceable. I also have a large reference library & a very large children’s collection.

    I love your idea of a domestic. I should hire a cook. That is one chore I really can’t abide ~ & my whole house knows it! πŸ˜€

  10. Just Julie says:

    I’m barging in on your conversation here, Kay and Ganeida…to say that I should hire a cook too. I think I’ll quote you to those in my household: “This is one chore I really can’t abide.” Yawn. I’ll let you know how this goes… xoxo

  11. Ganeida says:

    I’ll let you know how this goes…

    Probably not well. lol All the best with that. πŸ˜‰

  12. Just Julie says:


  13. Kay in Cornwall, UK says:

    Mur plas ha deth da! (Thanks and g’day!)

  14. Ganeida says:

    Ok, Kay in Cornwall, I know the last fully Cornish speaker has died [ ;P ] so tell me, is Cornish like Gaelic or Irish [both Celtic languages] or is it more like Welsh? Or is it completely separate? And where did you learn to speak it?

  15. Kay in Cornwall, UK says:

    Hello again Ganeida! I thought I had responded to your last comment, but something must have gone wrong with my email.:(
    Cornish and Welsh are very similar, in fact they share 65% of language. I’ve been told that many, many years ago Cornwall and Wales were joined by land but although I don’t know if that’s true, it would make a lot of sense regarding the language. When we visit our daughter and son-in-law in Pontypridd, Wales, we feel very much at home. Here in the Duchy, most town signs and road names are given in both Cornish and English. There are quite a few fluent Cornish speakers here, but alas I’m not one of them. I only know a few words/phrases. I tried evening classes but I am most definitely a visual learner and as the classes were predominantly audio I found they didn’t work for me.
    You were right in your previous comment that Cornwall used to be a separate kindom. (Kernow bys vykken! – Cornwall forever!) Cornish people are very aware of their identity and as we are only joined to England by a short strip of land there is definitely an island mentality here. One of our favourite words is ‘dreckly’ and a former Cornish M.P. best described its meaning as, ‘dreckly is similar to manyana but without the urgency’! Things move slowly here and we like it this way. πŸ™‚
    I’m glad you enjoyed your visit here. Tourism is now our biggest industry, having replaced tin mining. Now if only you and Julie could come here for a visit ….

  16. Carolyn says:

    We must be related because without a doubt I’d pick a maid and massages!

  17. Just Julie says:

    I think we ARE in the same family…last time I checked, I grew you! xoxoxo

  18. Ganeida says:

    Kay in C: How lovely! I know there is a real resurgence of indigenous languages in both Wales, Scotland & Ireland. I have Irish friends whose boys are definitely not language oriented & have not been happy to be stuck with years of learning Irish at school. We’ll blame the demise of these lovely languages on the Saess! πŸ˜‰

    My area of history is pre~Christian Celtic Britain so I am aware of some of the old kingdom boundaries such as parts of the Lake district being under the control of Welsh Kings & that most of Scotland is either Irish or Norse. lol And that Glastonbury was under water at one time.

    I should love to come back. My heart’s desire is to be part of a dig at Skara Brae. Fascinating.

    We live on a literal island & indeed things move slowly here ~ expect in our house which is a madhouse & mostly reminiscent of Bedlam…

  19. Sue says:

    My favorite splurge has something to do with your daughter Carolyn! Miss you Julie…but will be catching up soon!

  20. Just Julie says:

    Hi Sue! You’ve got me stumped! What does Carolyn help you splurge on? I knew Sharon was a splurge inducer, but not Carolyn!

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