Things you once took for granted, seem like real luxuries.
These include, but are not limited to;
- Washing your hair, then having the time to dry AND style it.
- Going to the loo on your own.
- Sitting down to any meal and eating it in peace.
- Reading a magazine from cover to cover, or at least two pages of a book.
- Listening to a CD in the car that is not Hairy Maclary or Snow White.
Today's luxury for me was .... walking round Waitrose.
I usually order our weekly shop online, but go into Waitrose a couple of times a week to pick up things we've run out of. It's normally a very targetted operation, where I head straight for the aisles I want, grab what I need, pay and leave before Rose can ask for a giant Peppa Pig cookie. I do sometimes cast a fleeting longing glance in the direction of the deli aisles on my way to the bread, but that's been the limit of our exchange for a while.
Both of the wee ones fell asleep in the buggy on the way to the shops, on account of their early 5am waking this morning.
I was free to roam the aisles of Waitrose at will.
I cannot tell you the pleasure I got from this. (I did warn you - amazing what gives you joy when you're in the midst of preschool parenting).
I walked down every aisle. Even though all I needed was some bleach and Grazia magazine (which, annoyingly, was out of stock).
The deli aisle! Glossy green olives, juicy artichokes and several different flavours of hummus. I lingered there for a long time, before moving on to the free from section, admiring the selection of gelatine free gummy sweets before spending several minutes poring over a bag of quinoa and wondering what I might actually make with it.
Never let it be said that Waitrose isn't a fun place to be.
I continued to the bakery section, where I considered several different types of loaf, some crumpets and a few different flavours of hot cross bun. I confess I did hurry past the chocolate section; they had Green and Blacks on special offer, and dark chocolate salted caramel Lindt bars, and I didn't trust myself, still having about 7lb of my Christmas foodfest to lose. On to books, with a very tempting array of cook books, then the juice section full of my favourite this water and Welch's grape juice. I try to be careful with juices as a rule when I'm counting calories, as I hate wasting my calorie allowance on drinks.
I left without buying much. That wasn't the point, though. To be able to take time over something, whatever that thing is, isn't something I get to do often. Which is why half an hour today in Waitrose Byres Road felt like pure indulgence.
Later, I also managed to paint my toenails with my new Butter London sparkly black nail varnish. The glamour! I love their nail varnishes, and want every single one, just so I can sit and admire them sitting sparkling on my dresser. I haven't been as excited by a nail varnish range since Hard Candy in the 90's (you got a free ring with each purchase that was attached to the lid of the bottle), and later, Urban Decay; my favourite was Acid Rain. Butter are also amazing as they don't test on animals.
I may even attempt to wash my hair and style it properly later, having fallen asleep with wet hair last night. My cup runneth over......