The 4 Day Work Week

Have you ever read the book “The 4 Hour Work Week?” I haven’t and what I’m doing sure isn’t a 4 hour work week but it is a 4 day work week, which I’m pretty stoked about. So, the main reason I had to buy my car was because my hours at work changed. I’m now working Tuesday to Friday from 7:00am until 5:30pm. It’s pretty sweet because my day doesn’t feel that much longer and I’m spending NO time on the bus. I do need to wake up a tad earlier, but that’s okay. So, taking into consideration the time I spent on a bus (30 minutes in the morning and 45 in the afternoon) plus the time I spent at work before my shift, I’m not at work that much longer!

Going from 5 days to 4 days of work, my life has changed. I am only at work 30 minutes earlier and an hour later and I have gained 1 WHOLE EXTRA DAY OFF! 3 day weekends? That has never happened to me and I better enjoy them because I think I will only have them until April.

The cruise into work is spent with CBC Radio 2 and I love their Under the Covers segment! I have 20-30 minutes of awesome radio time and I feel like I learn something new almost every day!

So, the plan is to ski on Mondays but I have yet to buy a ski pass. This past Monday I went to the Scandinave Spa with a friend. Until then I’ll catch up on my reading, go to the gym/yoga and just enjoy life at home. I’ve also discovered my love for using a slow cooker! It’s only been a few weeks but I’ve noticed a big change in my life. 3 day weekends should be mandatory for everyone! How do YOU think I should spend my extra day off when I’m not skiing?

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Days Off

The sanctity of a day off can be easily clouded by all of the fun things that life has to throw at you. This time of year can be busy with events, skiing, work, parties, parties and more parties. November and December are so busy with trips to Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver again, Prince George and Kamloops that I EMBRACE and cherish my days off. Being once self employed, I saw days off as something different. Nowadays, I appreciate my weekends more than you will ever know!

This past weekend I had only 1 thing planned and that was to pamper myself. Once upon a time I was the girl who always has my nails done, went tanning and would always find new ways to pamper myself. Just after I moved to Pemberton a little spa called Ivy Esthetics opened and this was the last piece of the puzzle to make me feel like Pemberton is home. They are a spa and offer all sorts of beautification and feel good services such as tanning, nails, waxing, makeup application and facials. This weekend I got a pedicure and facial and let me tell you, this was a great way to spend my Saturday. They have very highend massage chairs so while my footsies were getting pretty my body was relaxing. They us Dermalogica product for the facial and I even bought some exfoliant. The staff is very talented and friendly and helped me revive my passion for pampering myself. I’ll be back for frequent pedicures and I’m now hooked on facials. What other spa services should I try? What qualities do you look for in a spa? I believe spas should be spelled “SPAAAAHH.”

Not me….but me.

Not me….but me.

Trading Adrenaline for Tranquillity

There is something magical about a place that exists (amongst  where you live) that allows you to escape life and reality.  Slightly up in the mountains, nestled perfectly to showcase a magical view, lies Scandinave Spa. This past weekend I had my second visit there and was accompanied by Val, Shayne’s mom. I decided to treat us to the bathes (no, not actual bathes but hot tubs, a steam room and other glorious things).

Here is what you need to know:

  • There is no talking
  • It is not cheap
  • You spend the day in your bathing suit
  • You have the option to rent a fluffy robe

If you are someone who loves Vicks Vaporub you will love the Eucalyptus Steam Room. I had such a clear nasal passage. Sauna fan? Spend some time in the Finnish Sauna. Not a fan of either, jump in the hot tubs!

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View from above

The ritual is: hot (10-15 minutes), cold (20-30 seconds) and relax (however long you want).

We had a blast and we tried to keep chatting to a minimum  (which was hard for two chatty Kathy’s). There are no kids allowed and they offer  various massage services.

It’s worth spending some time there (alone, with friends, with a sexy date or your boyfriend’s mom) and if you are a Pemberton or Whistler local it will only cost you $35 for the bathes on Tuesday. I’ll be going over and over again, will you join me?

Namaste.