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Today you get random brain meats, as I have had insomnia for the past two weeks, and I am out of spare thinking-type abilities.

First - We will be at the farm this weekend, trying to get the last of the drywall done in the garage, and starting mudding and taping.  If anyone wants to come by, we'll be there, and we'll have a party in your honour.

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I rear-ended someone.  Fortunately, I managed to do it at 5mph, so there was no damage done to either car - the other guy didn't even ask for my number.  Yay for tough little fibreglass bumpers. 

The reason I managed to rear-end someone (I'm a really good driver, yes a really good driver - well, normally) was that yesterday was a *bad* pain day, but I still had errands to run.  I think I was just a little more out of it than usual.  Fortunately, again, no harm was done, not even to my hands, since the "bounce" of the hit made me let go of the wheel, not grip it tighter. 

Stupid errands.

Well, not completely stupid - I managed to get some really beautiful red wool (the last of the bolt, too) at Jo-Anne's, which I'll be using as the lining to the really gorgeous figured silk velvet (red and gold - yum!) that Bob got me for Christmas last year.  It's going to become a petticoat to go with the embroidered jacket.  At some point, I'll photograph that and the green Dupioni I'm using for the jacket lining so y'all can writhe in envy.

(This seems only fair to me, since I frequently writhe in envy at the stuff y'all score.  It's an envy fest!)

On a completely unrelated note, I wear fake nails (I think I've mentioned that before).  I usually go with some form of French manicure, like this:

(My cute as a button cuffed mittens are in the background.)

I wear fake nails because it's a million times easier than doing my own manicure, and more importantly, it means that I don't break them all the time.  I'm not only clumsy, I'm rough on my hands, and I've found that my own nails, even at their healthiest, cannot stand up to using them as a screwdriver, slamming them into walls, and generally managing to do idiotic things with somewhat smash-tastic results.  So, I buy nails from Target or CVS, and install them myself.  It's cheaper than getting acrylics, and they're usually thinner, so I can use them for more detailed stuff.  And they look good - I've fooled manicurists.

However, I veered from my usual brand (Broadway) into a brand called Nailene, lured by the promise of flexible nails to fit every nail bed (some of mine are flat, some curved). 

Never buy this brand.  In the four days since I've put them on, I've broken two.  This never happens with my usual brand - they're as tough as, well, nails.  But this stupid brand snaps worse than my own nails - I snapped one in half putting on my tights two days ago, and snapped another yesterday putting groceries in the car (see:  errands).  They snap clean off just above the glued nail bed (I suppose the only plus over my own nails breaking is that they don't break below the quick and bleed).

I had extras, so I was able to fix them, but I'm replacing them as soon as I can get them off easily.  Ugh.  Other drawbacks to this brand was that they didn't have sizing numbers, and the tips were really rough, requiring considerable filing before they were snag free.  One of them was actually cut at an angle - just bad.

I like having pretty nails, but I expect them to be less work than the real ones, y'know?  I don't do acrylics, not only because of the cost, but because they look bad growing out - I'd rather simply replace my nails every week and a half or so - and I have a great fear of nail fungus.  I know it's unlikely I'd get a fungus at a salon, but it's even less likely that I'll get fungy doing my own nails.

I have a thing about nails.  I can't stand horror movies where nails fall off (The Fly, District 9), and the look of nail fungus is really horrific - I remember being in a Marshall's where the man at the register had the worst case I'd ever seen, and he was touching my stuff!  Augh!

(I went back there about three months later, and he was still working there, but his nails were healing.  Obviously, someone complained, and he was made to go fix it, because the previous state of his nails looked like he had had the condition for years.)

I also hate movies where people do things to the palms of their hands - it makes me cringe.  Feet, too.  The most painful thing I've ever experienced was getting injected in my foot, in hospital, because they couldn't find a vein anywhere else.  Man, that hurt.  They told me not to move my foot, and I didn't, but my other leg curled up as far as it could in reaction. 

Ow.  Even more painful than the potassium drip I had once.

Okay, I think I've been random enough - let's end on pain.  Or drywall.  Yay, drywall.  The sooner we get the garage done, the sooner I can move my studio down there, and turn the apartment studio room into my sewing room, so Bob can have the computer room as an office, and not be buried under fabric.

This would be good, especially since I just bought more.

Mmmmmmm, fabric.


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Oct. 8th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
The only other thing that would make me go "Mmmmmm" with undisguised pleasure is "proto-fabric." Either in fiber (to be spun) mode or as yarns. Mmmmmmm, spinning goodness. :)
Oct. 8th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of having nails. How do you apply/take them off?
Oct. 8th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
I put them on with the included superglue gel - using enough that I don't get (too many) air bubbles. I take them off by gently levering them off my nails once they've started to separate slightly, by which time the top cells of my nails have shed, and it doesn't damage the nail bed.

Most people soak them off with preofessional strength nail polish remover, though, since it prevents all damage. Prying the nails off before they're ready to come off can result in bad damage. Oh, and after a while, your nail bed will thin if you wear them constantly. It'll thicken up again if you leave the nails off for a month or so (three months for full regrowth). And if you find any substantive changes happening to your nails (they become deeply ridged, or ou have pain and/or separation), stop using them immediately. :)

It takes me about ten minutes every 1.5 to 2 weeks to remove the old ones and put new ones on, then I don't have to do anything. I find it's awesome.
Oct. 8th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
I may have to try this. I cringe at the thought of acrylics again, but hate the fact that my nails look horrible most of the time.

Oct. 9th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
OK. My nails are just deeply ridged. Does that mean that I shouldn't wear fake nails? Mine split/peel in layers and always have. The only time I had nails was when I was pregnant.
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
You just should be careful when removing them - don't try to pry them off, soak them in remover. And don't keep them on for more than a week if your nails are fragile. :)
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info!
Oct. 8th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
The down side of working in a hospital.... NO fake nails. Because there are worse things that can grow under fake nails than a fungus if you work in a hospital... Of course, that applies to real nails as well... :-)
Thus I am a manicuring and polishing fool.
But it would be nice not to have to mess with it.
Oct. 8th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Og. Oh, God, hands.
The Piano. Gah. That movie. GAH.
Oct. 8th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
My problem has always been very wide nails. But I've finally found a solution. Fake nails for men! Yup, they come in bigger sizes so I don't have gaps on the side! Thank God for cross dressers!!

Oh, and I saw that red wool at JoAnn's. It's beautiful!
Oct. 8th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
::Ears perk up::
Red Wool? JoAnnes????
That might be just worth the trip.
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I am very lucky to have strong natural nails. The thumbnail is so strong I actually couldn't cut it with nail clippers the last time it broke. I had them all at almost 1/2" long past the quick when my stupid ring finger broke off. I hate having one nail significantly shorter than the others, it throws off my sense of touch. So I cut them all back on Tuesday, and now I feel like I've been de-clawed :(

Yay! for random brain-meat sharing!
Oct. 8th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Rats! I was gonna ask if you wanted to take Alan's place with Kirsten and I up to KWAR/KWCS in Philly this weekend. Already has a room and bus headed that way... :(
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Need to work on pre-MH stuff. :( But thanks for the offer!
Oct. 9th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Is it *red* or *brick-red* or *orangey-red* ...

I've decided that I need a petticoat bodies out of red wool.
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
deep cherry red, with an undertone of grey. It's fab. :)
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
I was contemplating a trip to Albany on Saturday -- I just might have to make it!
Oct. 13th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think that's at my Joann's, too. That twill they seem to get in multiple colors every fall?

Last fall they had a wonderful brick red that was a dead ringer for madder-dyed and I'm still kicking myself for not getting any (although I did end up with some dark purple).
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, things that look like nail fungus aren't always fungus. My husband has the nastiest looking nails that I swore were fungus. At my insistence he went to the doctor and had it checked out and it turns out that this is just another shitty symptom of psoriasis. He can't do anything about it. And some weeks it looks better than others, so you might think it's getting better, but it's just between flare-ups. Even though I know what it is and that it's not contagious, his nails still squick me out a bit though.

I have a fear-factor of both nail injury and fungus, so I grok your fears. This week's So you Think You Can Dance almost made me faint when a contestant lost a toe-nail in a bloody mess. I was squirming all over the couch.
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