One of the few vices I allow myself (other than stash and Rita's) is that I wear acrylic nails. I've worn them for three years. Never those garishly long ones, fairly short and they look pretty realistic, they just make me feel polished and ladylike. Plus, I use my hands a lot when I am at the theatre, selling tickets, so it's important to me to have nice nails. I usually tend towards the vibrant reds and cool colors used as a French manicure, it just makes me feel better.
Well, I realized the other week, it had been 2 years since my last new set of nails. Apparently, this is highly frowned upon, as the acrylic gets "old," though I must really question just how old the acrylic gets when my nails barely get over the tips of my fingers, so we're talking the oldest it could possibly get is 3 months. Anyway, my nail girl has been complaining, so I decided last night to go and get a full set. It took 2 hours to get them done last night. I was so tired when I got out of there.
And my fingers are killing me this morning. The sides right around the nail are so sore. I think she nicked me in a couple places. And some of my nails are so thin that I could almost feel the drill when she was smoothing it out. Plus, since she put on that plastic nail that they put on, my nails have been molded into a new hump that does not match their natural contours. They don't particularly appreciate that. They are probably going to ache until the weekend. It's OK, though. I figure this little bit of sore once every two years is OK. They are a little long, though, but I can get em cut down next visit.
I did take a few minutes last night to start another new project. I know, bad! but I've Midsummer Night Designs Medieval Mermaid kicking around my to-do pile for a while, and I decided to start it. I am using Vikki Clayton Salty Sea. One strand on 22 count Hardanger fabric. It's stitching up pretty quick for as little as I've worked on it. Now it's just an issue of keeping the cats and dogs off of it.
But I do have to say, I am sitting here with Turkuaz right next to me, and it does feel kinda good to finger the eyelets. I had to pick it out and restart yesterday at lunch, but I am making really good progress on it. The instructions said for a lacy look, pull the eyelets tight. Well, if there is one thing I am good at, it's pulling tightly, and I am loving how that looks. The little bit I have done looks so dainty, and it's going quick. I can't wait to see how it progresses.