Twelve minutes

The following is a sponsored conversation with Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company. All opinions, messy topknots and ill-lit iPhone photos are my own.

I slid the cakes in the oven, set the timer, and drove myself to the emergency room a couple of Fridays ago.

Nothing super-serious, but let’s just say that having a totally unplanned hysterectomy at 31 isn’t exactly awesome for your physical health (uh, or your mental health).

I worked the whole time I was there (#freelancelife) and one of the nurses commented that she’d seen a lot of people doing strange things while waiting around in a gown by she’d never seen someone actually working.

I was back home by lunchtime. Darling Husband had taken the cakes out for me and they were cool, so I moved straight into making the buttercream frosting and the chocolate drizzle for the top. The cake was for my mother-in-law’s birthday party that evening, so there was no time to waste.

There never is.

I didn’t feel great for the rest of the day, and when the time came to leave for the city, I decided to stay home and take it easy. I even had an idea of what I’d do …

The sweet folks over at Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company — a rad business right here in Truro! — had asked me to take part in their #Take12 campaign and I’d been meaning to do it for weeks. How hard was it to schedule a 12-minute bath? Pretty hard, apparently.

They sent me the Summer Meadow bath soak, deliciously lemon-y Veranda soap and a super-fun bath bomb. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d used anything other than random bodywash or Darling Husband’s Irish Spring.
(Irish Spring makes me smell like a dude.)
Pearl & Daisy say that it only takes 12 minutes to enjoy the benefits of a soak in the tub, so I set the alarm on my phone, set it carefully away from the Splash Zone, and slid into the water.

Twelve minutes without my phone.

Twelve minutes without reading a book.

Twelve minutes with nothing to do except … sit … and soak.

I thought about my morning ER visit. My frantic need to make the cake. The fact that it had taken me weeks to set aside these 12 minutes.

I jumped a little when the timer rang, signalling the 12 minutes were up. I dried off one hand, turned off the timer, and stayed a few minutes longer just enjoying the water.

Thanks, Pearl & Daisy, for convincing me to slow down a little!


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