Mulligans and Massages

July 2:

My do-over first day was MUCH more successful than July 1. ¬†Here’s the breakdown…

On the financial front, I did pretty well. ¬†No money was spent on anything that wasn’t necessary to my livelihood and wellbeing.

I had to go to the grocery store because we were out of TP–ABSOLUTE NECESSITY. ¬†I also bought vegetable broth and soup. ¬†All of it was on sale. ¬†All fits the healthy eating bill because I bought the organic, simple ingredients, no preservatives kinds.

I did have to give in and get a massage after having a knot in my shoulder that was pulling a rib out of place. ¬†I assure you, dear readers, that I did everything I could to treat it at home, but it had gotten to the point where I had to call in a professional. ¬†As I mentioned previously, I usually have a massage membership. ¬†My back muscles can be such a hot mess that I get tension headaches, muscle spasms, and this one damn knot that gets so bad it pulls my rib out of place. ¬†The combination of going to the chiropractor regularly and getting bi-weekly massages has worked straight up wizardry¬†on how my body functions. ¬†After having a yearlong membership to the extremely inadequate Massage Envy, I switched to LaVida, where I have truly never had a less than phenomenal experience. ¬†I pay $75/month and get a 90 minute prepaid massage and then member pricing on additional massages. ¬†In May, I decided to try to save a little money for traveling, so I put my membership on hold for 3 months. ¬†When I decided this week that I really did need to give in and get a massage, I shopped around for the best deal and settled on the massage clinic at IBMC. ¬†Because it is a school, the prices are incredibly low to help give the students and grads a chance to perfect their craft and build up clientele. ¬†I was able to get a 90 minute hot stone massage with aromatherapy by a grad for $60 (compare that to $100-120 elsewhere). ¬†Because I booked for a Wednesday, I found a coupon for $5 off that’s only good Monday-Wednesday. ¬†It was incredibly easy to book online, the facility was really nice and had a relaxing atmosphere, and it was substantially less expensive than what I’ve been paying. ¬†It’s located along the MAX line as well, so no driving necessary. ¬†I think I am going to cancel my LaVida membership, though I have loved going there, and utilize this great resource for inexpensive professional massage.

Earlier in the day, I had the single most painful chiropractic adjustment of my life because of the tightness in my back and everything being out of joint.  After that and the massage, though, I slept really well and feel much better today.

Julia had Courtney and me over for dinner and made these delicious enchiladas.  The poblano cashew crema was mind-blowing.

Vegan and gluten-free. Photo from Pinterest

Vegan and gluten-free.
Photo from Pinterest

The stuffing was chard, onions, and olives and a tomatillo salsa. ¬†I had three¬†servings. ¬†It was vegan so it’s like one serving. ¬†Don’t judge me.

For the Minimalism Game, I’m sticking with the month of July so I don’t have to do math by the end. ¬†For July 1, the teddy bear went to the start of the Donate bin. ¬†For July 2, I trashed an old raccoon snowdome missing most of its water and my favorite bra of all time. ¬†It’s the end of an era but it was getting too risky to wear, as one of the straps was literally hanging on by a thread. ¬†There could have been a serious wardrobe malfunction.

July 2

July 2

Do you get regular massages?  Why or why not?