January 16, 2010

New York panic

Everywhere I go, I take New York panic with me. I'm not a type-A person, not by a stretch, but I do have that New York disease that's a little voice constantly telling me I could be using my time more efficiently. That's why I'm a maniac for the first 36-48 hours when I go on vacation.

You know how it takes about two hours (and maybe a couple of drinks) to come down to earth after work? I have that with holidays. I'm a major pain to be around the first two days I'm away from home, mostly because I feel like I have to DO lots of things and SEE everyone and really pack as much vacation into my vacation as possible. By day three, I'm much better and can be normal again. Actually, normal is an overstatement. Let me rephrase: By day three, I can be as lazy as an overcooked noodle.

Anyway. Today, for the first time in my life, I didn't freak out. Okay, I kind of freaked out a little bit when I set my alarm (! Who sets their alarm when they're on vaca?) for 8:30 (!!), but fell back asleep and woke up at 11:30. Half the day gone already, mild panic sets in. Then I didn't know what to eat, so I ate some trail mix I brought with me and an orange from the hotel. I putzed around the room a little, trying to get a start on this project I'm working on, but I couldn't concentrate, so I went downstairs and ate a club sandwich by the pool and tried to work some more before it started to rain. That was about when I gave in and realized I was having a NY panic-attack.

So I booked myself an appointment at the ELements Spa by Banyan Tree here. I never do that -- spring for treatments at five-star spas in five-star hotels -- mostly because I think about the cost and imagine what lovely shoes I could buy with the money instead. But hey, I'm on vacation and clearly am having a hard time getting out of the work zone, so I scheduled a massage. The treatment rooms at Elements are amazing, perfect. My room was larger than my apartment in New York (!) and had separate treatment and sitting areas, a huge soaking tub and a separate bathroom that was probably larger than most bedrooms in starter Soho apartments. The whole experience was fantastic and now all I want to do is spa spa spa all night.

Now I feel much better, much more relaxed. Going out to meet Fabio for a drink and then maybe I'll do some late-night work. It looks like it might rain again, so it will probably be a quiet night in. Sao Paulo fashion week starts tomorrow! I'm not sure which shows I'm going to yet, but I think I'll start strong in the morning, make a good effort.