I spent a few days this week at the Sanctuary resort and spa at Camelback mountain. In all of my life, I cannot think of an easier or more relaxing trip. From LA, I flew in and out of Burbank (heaven, in terms of airports), the resort was a short ride by taxi, and everything else from dinner to massages went without a hitch.
My childhood friend Cara and I had been planning a weekend getaway for ages, and were all set to go to Cabo this week. But the September hurricane changed those plans, so we had to scramble for a backup place that was easy for both of us to get to and that accommodated our deep desire to do nothing.
Sanctuary ended up being the perfect spot. It's a bit minimal, very desert posh, which isn't something I'm used to and I wasn't sure what to think upon arrival. But I have to say that the service was impeccable, the food was amazing, and I had some of the best spa treatments I've ever had. The spa itself was a little underwhelming, I prefer a bigger hot tub area and a comfier place to lounge, but I had facials and body scrubs and massages and every single one was top notch. The In Harmony massage was perhaps the best hour of my entire life.
I heard from friends that the fitness classes were also really good, but I didn't even bring so much as yoga pants. We read and napped and sat by the pool and it was the ultimate rejuvenation. The pool, like the spa, was very simple, not fancy but fine. They brought us frozen drinks and chocolate chip cookies, so who am I to say? The Sanctuary at Camelback was just exactly what we wanted, and I returned to LA fully rested.
**Not sponsored or perked by the resort in any way. We paid for our room, food, and treatments in full.
Last weekend I posted on a Saturday (not the norm around here) about the November monthly challenge, so be sure and check that out if you missed it. I know several of you are playing along this month, and I can't think of a better time of year for this one.
Next week I'll be doing something really cool that I think you'll like. It's art. For Haiti. So make sure and check back in. I'll also be sending out the Secret Posts and this month they'll have a special HH coupon code for a product I've openly professed my love for. Only for Secret Post subscribers and only good until the end of the month.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- Daylight Savings Time happened while I was in Arizona, so I didn't take part. Which has been it's own kind of disconcerting, actually. But the Daylight Saving Movie Trailer made me laugh out loud. SO TRUE.
- I read La La Lovely's Disconnectedly Connecting about the cycle of connecting through the internet vs. connecting in "real life" and which is true and which is simply a numbing agent (both/and, isn't it?), and then her post led me to I Left Social Media For a Week from Wit & Delight and that posed even more interesting questions. This is a topic addressed ad naseaum by bloggers and I drift in and out of wanting to talk about it with any great fervor. So right now, I'm into it.
- I was pretty shocked by the amount of backlash I saw in my social media feeds about Brittany Maynard deciding (and following through with the plan) to end her own life as her terminal illness took hold. I couldn't imagine a decision more heart-wrenching or personal. Funeral director Caleb Wilde brought up good points to think about in his post Let's Talk About Brittany Maynard, no matter how you feel this tragic situation.
That's all I got for links this week, as I spent most of the last few days offline. Since Saturday, I finished this book, read this book and this book, and started this book. Will report on all of those next week.
Feel free to post the best thing you've read on the internet lately in the comments section.
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