December 29, 2012
October 13, 2012
Today, finally, it's gone...but now my sidebar is at the bottom of the page instead of, you know, on the side where it belongs.
The settings all SAY everything should look the way I want, but the result is...not.
WTF, Blogger. You're making me look like an idiot.
October 7, 2012
June 30, 2012
My last class of spring term just ended! I have two take-home finals to do this week, and I'll be freeeeee for two glorious months. Then back to the grindstone with not two but THREE classes on my plate.
Assuming no major roadblocks, I expect to graduate in 2015 - hopefully in May but definitely by December; if you're wondering, the difference will come down to how I use my summers. Its still a loooooong road, but with a realistic graduation date to shoot for, I can see a glint of light at the end of the tunnel...!
May 22, 2012
goals: get out of car. Tee off in front of strangers. Score double par (58) or better.
Actual: check, check (fun girls, about as "good" as me, whew!), 54!!
Week 2 (w/Levi)
Goal: count EVERY stroke including whiffs. Pray its under 100.
Goals: beat week 1 score. No more than 1 whiff per hole.
Actual: 53(!!!) And only 3 whiffs the whole round! Lots of craptacular shots, but at least I connected with the ball.
Up next: break week (driving range? date night?), open house (get pointers from the club pro? Ha. No.), guest night!
May 20, 2012
And of course, this post wouldn't be complete without my first stamping attempts. For posterity, definitely not for bragging rights.
|Brianna was the guinea pig. Rose on left, pointsettia(?) on right.|
|It's kind of a mess and clearly I need to work on my positioning.|
But it's STILL AWESOME!!!
|Even Josh wanted to get in on the action!|
May 19, 2012
Anyway, after I got the kids to bed, I sat down to redo them, and it got me to thinking how suddenly painting my nails has turned into a little bit of a Happy Place for me; I find the entire process very soothing...deliberately stripping off every trace of old polish, giving a little file touch-up or trimming them back if they've gotten longer than I find practical, buffing smooth, caaarefully applying the new polish. Working out a new design. Admiring the finished product. :)
Now, in hopes of helping you find your nail polish Happy Place, if you so desire, here are some of my favorite tips I've picked up from obsessively reading other nail art blogs the past couple weeks. I've put all of these into practice and they really do work:
- Paint from pinky, in, so that you don't have to reach across wet nails. BUT...
- Save both your thumbs for last, so you can use them to clean up any drips along your nail beds (this makes so much sense, and yet I never remember to do it!)
- If you're doing any kind of multicolor technique (scotch tape designs, etc.), throw on a layer of top coat between colors. If you botch the second (or subsequent) color, you can quickly swipe it off with a little polish remover without having to redo all the way from the beginning.
- COOLEST TRICK EVER: Got a smudge on a freshly painted nail? Lick it. For real - lightly lick, and then gently glide over with a finger until the smudge smooths out. It won't take care of deep gouges, but you'll be amazed at what you can fix with this little gem. (Thanks to Erika at chloesnails.blogspot.com for this one!)
- My own personal tip: Ever get frustrated that one hand usually comes out soooo much better than the other? Try painting your dominant hand first - i.e., if you're right handed, put the polish on your right hand fingers first. Especially if you're in a hurry, working on a design, or are just impatient (like me), you won't be fighting against the awkwardness of your off hand and fear of smudging your "good" nails and time/frustration/boredom, so you'll get better results.