Week 14: Spa with a side of Wine

So this week i went for a massage and facial.  i had gotten a spa gift card for xmas and was finally getting around to using it.  i love me a good massage and was excited about my first facial.  and then things went slightly awry….

i knew my masseuse.  this was not ideal for me.  call me crazy but i was pretty apprehensive about some girl i know from the bar rubbing my mostly naked body.  AWKward.  Except it really wasn’t that bad.  she was very good and professional, i had a moment of terror where i pictured her trying to chat during the whole hour, but she didn’t.  thank god.

so after that i was fairly relaxed and headed to my facial.  which i though would be a bit like getting a pedicure.  sitting in a chair, some scrubbing, exfoliating, and creme. but oh no. not at Alexanders Spa! let me tell you, it was fabulous.  dark quiet room, they lay you on a table and put little heat booties on your feet and hands, then massage your face and head and neck.  then they put all the gunk on your face and while it works its magic they massage your (toasty warm) hands and feet, then put different stuff on and massage your head again.  it was so worth it.  in all honesty, i’m not sure my skin looks that different, but after all that i had to pour myself in my car.  i was ridiculously relaxed. 

so the lesson here is: if you get  a gift card to a spa use it on a facial, don’t waste it on a mani/pedi…. 

bonus lesson: don’t plan to go out after a Alexanders facial.  the head massage was awesome but i think i had a cup of oil in my hair.  greasy greasy hair.

Saturday i did a NEPA wine tour for some friends b-days.  i didn’t realize there are so many wineries so (relatively) close to ttown.  we hit 5, and they were all very different and some had VERY unusual wine.  we had chocolate wine at one that tasted just like tootsie rolls.  super weird.

my favorite was Nimble Hill in Tunk, i think it had the best atmosphere and the best wine.  The one winery (Pine..ridge? tree? hurst?) had cheese tasting and homemade ketchup/BBQ sauce.  it was delicious.  and we were a cheese happy group, i think the 10 girls polished off a giant block of the single X.  and we learned that one of the girls in the group was a (self-proclaimed) cheese expert.  which led to the great cheese challenge of 2011.  she went two for three which is pretty good i think 🙂

on to moments from my super exciting life:

today i spent a while figuring out how to get rid of my voles.  my mom has diagnosed my lawn with voles, apparent by the holes and spongy ground which indicates “tunnels” below.  awesome. so after searching the internets i found 3 options of vole evacuation.

1. stick a hose in the “tunnel entrance” (like i would know which hole that is) and flood the tunnels so the voles “move out”.  cause flooding underground seems practical? clearly the dirt will soak it up. nonsense. also it basically says you get rid of them for a while then when their home dries out they move back in.  useless.

2. catch and release.  as many of you know i am a fan of humane methods with the mouse or two i get every year.  so this method seemed good until it said you have to moniter the traps every hour so the voles don’t escape… i guess they are trickier than my mice? which led me to pictures of voles running about my car as i try to humanely catch and release.  that just seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

3. poison.  as much as i dislike the idea of a tiny vole graveyard outside i think it must be done.  there are two kinds: one which cause them to die (no specifics, much preferred) and the other which has an anticoagulant which basically causes the tiny vole to have a tiny aneurysm and die. i do not want to be responsible for tons of tiny vole aneurysms.  ew. and also mean. and also why the hell do they give you that much info?  i will pick the other poison which i prefer to think leads them into the woods where they fall asleep and simply never wake up in a painless fashion. another downside to this method is the idea of having poison in my yard, but it did say it’s harmless to anything cat-sized or larger.  and since my neighbors dog is approximately Maria-sized i think it’s safe.  also the ducks are still down at the other end of the lake this time of year.  Agway here i come!

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