Holy cow, I went on a vacation!

… and it was amazing. Short, but amazing.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Loveling and I realized that we (especially I) hadn’t had a vacation in a pretty long time.

I was really craving a little rest and relaxation, and a change of scenery and a break from my routine.

Funnily enough, about a day after we had that conversation, I was leafing through the travel section of the Sunday paper… and what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a gorgeous-looking spa and resort on a lake just a couple of hours from where we live in St. Paul, Minnesota!

Immediately, I started having visions of delicious margaritas sipped lakeside, with nothing to worry about but whether I should take a nap or read my book. I gave Mr. Loveling my best doe-eyed look and asked him if pretty pleasewe could plan a long weekend to visit my stepdaughter and her boyfriend, and stay at that resort for a night or two on the way?

Well, Mr. Loveling is helpless in the face of my considerable charms, so he agreed. I immediately jumped online and got us a reservation.

And friends: It. Was. Glorious.We were only there for a couple of days, but wow, was it relaxing. Good food, good drinks, flawless weather… We even got a couples massage together, which we had never done before.

My massage therapist told me I had one of the worst cases of “tech neck” she had ever felt. (Oops.) She spent most of the hour just working out the kinks in my neck and upper back. It hurt like hell (hello, deep-tissue massage) but I felt 100% better afterwards. And I realized I might have to start allowing myself to have monthly massages to counteract the effects of sitting at my desk and writing full-time.

As soon as we got back from our mini-vacay, I booked myself a massage for two weeks from now so that I won’t put it off. So I guess a little bit of our vacation followed me home after all. I hope I manage to keep it up.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful resort we stayed at! (I’m a bad photographer, so this is the best I could do, lol!)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope you’re able to relax and enjoy it. For my US peeps, have a fantastic three-day Labor Day weekend! And for those of you in Florida in the path of Hurricane Dorian — please stay safe! <3



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