Brent and I take each of the girls out on dates as part of our Festibond tradition. The idea for my date with Jenna came to me easily. Recently she has been asking to go to a spa. She has her own unique style whether she’s coordinating her outfits or trying different hairstyles, and she loves painting her fingernails. Getting a manicure together was the perfect Festibond date for us. Jenna was very excited when I suggested it. I wasn’t familiar with the day spas in the area, so I asked for recommendations on Twitter. Our friend Adam suggested Fabu Salon and Day Spa. His girlfriend Kristin highly recommended it. I set up an appointment for Sunday afternoon.
We went to lunch before our appointment. I’ve been wanting to try Silly’s on the East End in Portland. It has a wide variety of crazy and interesting menu items with equally creative names. Jenna and I both enjoyed our milkshakes. She ordered the “Elvis” (peanut butter and banana) and I had the “Twist and Stout” (Guinness). Not only does Jenna love Elvis Presley (almost as much as Michael Jackson), but she loved the peanut butter and banana combination.
At Fabu we were greeted warmly by the manicurists who introduced themselves and offered us something to drink. The spa was very nice with a great atmosphere and a lovely view of the Portland harbor. They brought Jenna and I to little tables next to each other. I could sense Jenna’s excitement and anticipation as she laid her hands on the towel and gazed at all the tools, bowls, and various polishes. We both got the signature French manicure. The coconut lime scrub, soak, and the hand massage with coconut lime lotion all felt wonderful. I enjoyed looking over at Jenna and seeing her delight and amazement. She and her manicurist were involved in an engaging conversation. I overheard Jenna asking her several questions. One of them was “How much money do you make?” Her manicurist laughed a little, and said “Enough.” She then explained that it was always different depending on her clients and number of appointments.
The ladies effortlessly and expertly finished our nails, and we were led over to hand dryers to dry them. We were both very happy with our manicures. Jenna noticed another client getting a pedicure and soaking her feet in a tub. Jenna asked if we could go back sometime to do a pedicure and a facial as well. I could tell she had really enjoyed it, and I would love to take her back.
After our manicure we headed to the mall. We gave each of the girls a set amount of money to spend on their dates with us. Jenna wanted to spend her money to pick out clothes. While we were walking through the Gap a Michael Jackson song started playing, and Jenna couldn’t resist dancing to it. Michael Jackson is her favorite singer. Jenna is very particular about clothing (and about everything else) and didn’t find any clothes she liked.
Brent, Skye, and Hayley met us at the mall to watch Jenna get her ears pierced. Skye had given Jenna a gift card for ear piercing at Claire’s for Festibond. Jenna was very excited to have it done, but when she sat in the chair and looked at the gun she was understandably a little nervous. After the lady pierced the first ear Jenna was visibly surprised, yet she was amazingly tough and maintained her composure. She already has plans to wear hoop earrings when it is time to remove the studs. They look great!
I had a wonderful time with Jenna. I look forward to future outings together and enjoying her delightful personality and company.