Today I did something that I haven’t done in over 15 years.
I went and got a manicure.
And then, I did something that I’ve never done.
I got myself a pedicure as well.
(I’d never done so because I’ve always felt sort of guilty. I’ve always been a service-oriented person. While I’ve given myself pedicures, and I have given others pedicures, somehow I’ve never gotten around to getting one myself.)
Technically, it wasn’t just a pedicure.
Much to my surprise, this encompassed a little more than simply someone else painting my nails. This particular salon offered their clients their pedicures in some swanky shiatsu massage chairs from Brookstone, and I got a 30 minute foot massage and my choice of over a dozen genres of music to listen to through headphones that were provided while I was getting said massage.
(And again, I’ve given many a foot massage, but I’ve never been on the receiving end of a foot massage myself, let alone one while sitting in such a comfortable leather chair listening to soothing music.)
I’m telling you, it was pretty swank…and a very welcome treat.
And I had a good hearty laugh when a woman sitting next to me – who was also getting a pedicure – leaned over and demanded to know why I was getting ‘special treatment.’
When the technicians asked her what she was talking about, she pointed to me and blurted out:
“Why does her chair have a vibrator and mine doesn’t?”
The technicians just looked at each other, and deadpanned, “Ma’m, we’re sorry but this is not that kind of salon.”
It seemed to take a moment for the woman to realize the meaning of their response, but I could not help myself and I burst out laughing. Then the technicians started laughing too, because I don’t think that they could help themselves anymore either.
It was rather funny, and I couldn’t help but think to myself that this was truly a superb moment of trolling worthy of Loki Himself.
I left the salon feeling relaxed, pampered and oh so…pretty thusly:
And in regards to Loki, I know that He would have been pleased to note that I engaged in some self-pampering today, as I see Him as a Deity Who – along with Freyja- teaches lessons involving reciprocity and recognizing our own self-worth.
He knows that it pushes me out of my comfort zone to receive attention and service from others at times, and Loki was there to remind me that I deserve to receive just as much as I give and I am worthy of the attention and service that I received from others today.
And I left the salon feeling pampered and pretty and most of all, worthy of the joy that I felt in receiving.
Hail Loki ❤