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.
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.
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.
Twelve minutes without my phone.
Twelve minutes without reading a book.
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!