Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Top Trump Card

Well mine wasn't played this week - I don't think I have one.  Is there a card I can play that will get me special favours? Not really. I think the last time I had a Top Trump Card was when I was pregnant. I could have a two hour nap on a Saturday (well I did get tired towards the end) without any objections from the hubster.  I could also eat copious amounts of food (see this blog) without anyone raising too much of an arched eyebrow.  Actually come to think of it there were quite a few Top Trump Card moments whilst pregnant and afterwards having had my 3rd c-section I was able to wave it about quite a lot.  I don't tend to be of Top Trump Card persuasion but sometimes its just called for.

This week my friend and I (Cath at Oh Marvellous! fame) booked our spa day for December. This is to celebrate, if you can call it that, the end of  her gruelling chemo and radiotherapy that she had to endure this year following the discovery of a lump in her breast back in February. 


Seeing as its Halloween tonight - this is a pic of 1970's horror top trump cards - pic ebay
Now I haven't been to many spa days as a fully fledged grown woman. I went to The Sanctuary in London prior to Cath getting married and had a overnight stay at Alexander House near Crawley. The hotel accommodation was lovely as was the food, however, I had the worse back massage ever! Even when I said it hurt she still went for it - £82 worth of pain. I didn't get to use all the facilities as it was a little break for me and the hubster so maybe its worth a re-visit. Then on my hen day back in 2009 we went to The Chakra Spa in East Grinstead. It doesn't have the bells and whistles like the big players but I kind of like that. Its very intimate, the food is nice and the treatments are just as good if not better than the likes of The Sanctuary in Covent Garden.

These aren't trump cards but I did use to love playing this very set of Happy Families when I was younger

I don't mind going to a spa - I like the treatments which, now buddy is going to pre-school, I will be able to have more of in the day at my local salon - but I don't like the walking around in your dressing gown. It just feels a bit weird. When I get up I don't tend to hang around in my sweats (my equivalent of pyjamas as I don't own a pair) I like to get showered, hair done, make up and away I go. Clearly its easier on the treatment front but eating my lunch in a white robe (why are they always white think a more flattering colour could be adopted?) also feels a bit odd.

I remember the spa day we had at The Sanctuary  - we had this really lazy calm atmosphere walking around in our robes all day long - then, when it was time to go home, it was like a mass free for all. Everyone scurrying around in the locker room desperately trying to get to the mirrors, scrabbling to get their clothes on. It was like a frantic school trip at the swimming baths. The irony was not lost let me tell you. Then when you are released out into the wild reality hits you like a freight train and that calming day you just had evaporates within seconds.

Having said all that I am looking forward to our spa day. I've booked three treatments and Cath played her Top Trump Card when we 'liked' the spa on Facebook. They were offering up 2 free day passes and wanted reasons why you should win them. Instinctively I said to celebrate end of treatment and Cath whacked her trump card on the virtual table and said she was tired after all her treatments and here's my blog to prove it.

Needless to say we (the royal we) won the passes! Funnily enough there were no comments as to why people should win after she had written that. I think they had accepted defeat that cancer top trumped "me time" and "spending a day with my mum" hands down.

Cath later said "I don't really like using the cancer card you know" she has experienced unhelpful sales assistants, in particular, when she was purchasing a head scarf. When she said what it was for the transformation of the assistant was remarkable. She found it a bit sad that the sales assistant was mean up until the point she told her what the scarf was for as, quite rightly, shouldn't we all expect a good service. Equally I suppose you shouldn't just win something or get to go on a game show because you've had suffering in your life although it does help!

So was it unfair to play the Top Trump Card? After all the new mum would have welcomed the day off. Later on, whilst discussing the win Cath said "actually I don't care, I am tired, I do deserve it and I'm glad we won"

Top Trump!

7 comments:

  1. You know what- if cancer had a Top Trump card- it would be shit in every category except the 'gets sympathy' one, if you are dealt a shit card- which she clear has been, I don't see the harm of taking advantage of any tiny positive it brings! Have a great day! :)

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    1. yes so very true didn't think of it like that - thanks you and you too!

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  2. The competition asks for your top trump card so obviously you have to give it them.

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    1. yes that's whaat I thought and it paid off! x

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  3. The trick is to have a Spa WEEKEND. Then the lovely day doesnt it at all you go to bed in a nice warm hotel room and get a free breakfast in the morning lol (at least this is what we do every year now me and the girlies (my mum and sister) it's a tradition every September to cheer ourselves up after the kids go back to school :) enjoy!

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    1. doesn't it = doesn't end even

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    2. You sound like you have it down to a fine art Kat!! Sounds wonderful you deserve it though x

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