Ta da!


Huffygirl's desk after (Photo by Huffygirl)

Well, in the new year’s resolution department, I’ve got the first one down. I managed to clean my desk. Now the hard part will be keeping it that way. But hey, any small success is progress. The problem is, in cleaning the desk, I found a few things that were buried before, and now need attention. So I’ve got  a bigger “to do” pile, and I can’t put it back on the desk to do, or I’ll have to clean the desk again. So much for new year’s resolutions. I hope you are having success with yours. 

(In case you’re wondering, the framed picture above the desk is Stanley Bridge, in Prince Edward Island, Canada; the mustard jar is from an old-fashioned pub in Limerick, Ireland; and the phone in the left-hand corner is what all people used to use before cell phones were invented.)

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Manicure please!


Along with all the other new year’s resolutions I’ve made this year is one more resolution for self-improvement. This one may seem silly and superficial, but it’s – to pay more attention to my nails, that is make an effort to do manicures. But let me explain. It’s not that I don’t take care of my fingernails, I do.  They’re clean, very short and get trimmed and filed once or twice a week. But they’re plain and utilitarian-looking, often with ragged-looking  cuticles and peeling, cracked skin around the nails from hand-washing, hand-sanitizer and cold weather.  Although I like to have nice-looking, polished nails, most of the time this doesn’t happen. This was brought home to me a couple of weeks ago when I wore nail polish to work and EVERYONE noticed. For most women nail polish is part of their daily look, so it’s pretty sad when I do it so seldom that it becomes an event. 

So why is this so hard? Get over it and get a manicure you might say. I used to go to the quickie nail salons, the ones you see in every single strip mall. But then I quit after hearing a lecture on nail fungus and discovering that quickie nail salons may have less than hygienic practices.  And it just takes too long to make an appointment, go to a good salon and get a manicure.

So I’m trying it on my own – a home manicure once a week. I’ve gone two weeks in a row now. We’ll see how long this lasts. If I make it until gardening season I’ll feel it was a success.

How do you keep your nails looking nice and neat, and maybe even polished? Any tips on how to get polish to dry quickly and keep it from getting marred or smeared? I’m such a klutz, I need all the help I can get! 

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