Archive for March, 2011

Leopard print nails?

March 31st, 2011 6 comments

On one of my recent flights, I was reading a magazine. I saw a little blurb about nail polish strips that intrigued me.

The basic idea is its a nail polish sticker. A sticker made of nail polish. Whatever. But the cool part was that they were all these designs that you would have to pay big money to get in a salon… if they could even do it in the first place. So, my next trip to the store, I had to look at them. As I expected, a little pricey, but even MORE intriguing.

I am in a cousin’s wedding later this year, and she is using leapard print as a bit of theme in the wedding. One of the polish styles is leopard print, so the other day I broke down and bought a package of leopard print nail polish strips to “give it a try.” They’ve been taunting me from my dresser ever since.

So tonight, I broke down and tried them. I haaate color on my finger nails. (Except black. For some reason I don’t mind black nail polish on my finger nails.) I usually either have a french manicure, clear polish or they’re nekkid. I stared down the nail polish strips. I just could NOT do it on my finger nails. I just couldn’t do leopard print polish on my fingers for the world to see.

I pulled the strips out of the package and decided that surely I could use them on my toe nails. In fact, I could probably use one strip for two toes (since toe nails are so much smaller than finger nails.)

I carefully took my bright red, chipped polish off. Trimmed my nails. Then I obsessively read the instructions. Three times.

Then I started.

IT WAS SO EASY!! Now, we’ll see if they last the promised 10 days or not, but as for applying the polish strips? Simple. And I did successfully use only half the package (by doubling up toes to strips, with only ONE toe showing a bit of a gap from a size discrepancy from thumb to big toe size). The idea behind the strips? Way cool. The leopard print?



I keep staring at my usually bright red, pink or maroon toes in a mixture of amusement and horror.

See for yourself:

It’s one part cool. One part hilarious. One part wrong. At the end of the night? I’m glad I gave these a shot. And I am glad they actually work! But. Yeah. This is going to take some getting used to…

Note: This is not a paid review of any sort.

Things that bring me joy

March 30th, 2011 2 comments

imageYesterday, I took the picture on the right and posted it on Twitter with the caption that these are three things that bring me joy: My husband, coffee and Texas A&M University.

I think asked my followers for three things that make them happy. I only got a few responses, but they were all great!

They were:

@niseag03 My camera, my characters (writing), my family. #joy

@niseag03 Max, Chris, and leaves on the trees again. :)

@niseag03 Cupcakes. My dog. And vacations.

LOVE all of those answers!

As I finished my work day, I kept chewing on my own answer. Things that bring me joy. Just thinking about it brought me joy!!

So I have to share even more things that bring me joy… I can never list ALL the things, but I can sure as heck list more than three!

65 Things that Bring me Joy (In no particular order and certainly not a complete list!)

  1. My husband
  2. Coffee
  3. Texas A&M
  4. My parents
  5. All of my family
  6. My nephew’s determination
  7. That message I saved on my phone where my niece says she loves me
  8. Dr. Pepper
  9. Texas
  10. Nashville
  11. Music
  12. Sunshine
  13. My cat
  14. God
  15. Rainfall
  16. Cooking
  17. Writing
  18. Photography
  19. My friends
  20. Babies
  21. Weddings
  22. Pedicures
  23. Fields
  24. Lakes
  25. Taking a drive in the country
  26. Facebook
  27. Laughter
  28. Seeing others find their joy
  29. Page design
  30. Pasta
  31. Beer
  32. The Grand Ole Opry
  33. My life
  34. Flying
  35. Cameron Yoemen
  36. Peanut Butter
  37. Chocolate
  38. Twitter
  39. Holidays
  40. Reading
  41. Helping others
  42. A job well done
  43. History
  44. My truck
  45. My degree
  46. Pizza
  47. Aggie Muster
  48. Words With Friends
  49. Bluebonnets
  50. Sushi
  51. Toe socks
  52. Blogging
  53. Cookies
  54. Being responsible
  55. My cowboy boots
  56. Snow
  57. Barbecue
  58. My wedding ring
  59. Printer’s Alley
  60. Getting a letter in the mail
  61. Flowers
  62. Concerts
  63. Aggieland
  64. Red roses
  65. Love

Now it’s your turn… what are some of the things that bring YOU joy.

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Antibiotics. Awesome.

March 28th, 2011 2 comments

I got antibiotics for my sinus infection. Awesomeness.

My old doctor I used to use here in Texas took care of me. And I am sooo thankful.

I had such a bad night last night that I laid awake praying I would get help today. Maybe now I will start feeling better and STAY feeling better. No more, “I think I’m better… oh wait, no I’m not.”

I’m a mess people!

So please bare with me another day or two… I’ll have a decent post again soon. I promise.

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Weekly Winners (Mar. 20 – 26)

March 27th, 2011 12 comments

Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week. It is brought to you, me and everyone by the lovely Lotus, aka Sarcastic Mom. Visit her site and find all the participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

Weekly Winners

OMG crazy, busy week. This blog did good to get updated twice this week… and both those times were squeaked in there. And all my running earned me an epic sinus infection. So this edition of Weekly Winners is brought to you by Kleenex, neti pot and lots of whining.

131: A Texas A&M connection

A Texas A&M connection

Tunneling through

Tunneling through

Kites at Sunset

Flying kites at sunset

In full bloom

Pretty pinks

132: Duo color blooms


133: Happy Hour

Happy Hour

FxCam_Earth's Quilt

Earth's Quilt

136: A fortune to save

A fortune to save

137: Sickies

The last box in the house

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Photos taken using a Nikon Coolpix L20 or my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.

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Miserable, but not

March 24th, 2011 1 comment

Yesterday, I woke up and went, “Oh no. I have a sinus infection.”

See, I’ve had enough of them through the years that I can tell you when I have one without going to the doctor for a diagnosis. I just know. My biggest tip off is that horrible smell I get from it, combined with the constant need to blow my nose.

Landing plugged one ear to the point of my wanting to sob from the pain. I mean, not even those ear plugs made for flying helped. It was like someone took an ice pick and jammed it in my ear.

Luckily, I’ve already been able to open it back up, but my nose is still a source of misery for me. The smell. The constant need to try to clear it out. The pressure.

I’m miserable.

But I’m not miserable. It’s not laid me up. Oh, its wearing on me, and I get tired pretty quick. And I am staying on Ibuprofen and Sudafed pretty steady. But otherwise, you’d never know I had anything wrong. It’s so strange!

My neti pot is my best friend right now. I’m using it multiple times a day in an attempt to fight this infection off without having to get antibiotics. I suspect I’ll end up finding a doctor somewhere to give me an antibiotic eventually, but I want to try to fight this on my own. At least TRY.

So far, it does seem to be helping. My medicine actually wore off two hours ago, and I’m still doing “okay.” A bit tired, but okay. Hopefully its a sign of things improving…


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Leading life, or being led by life?

March 23rd, 2011 1 comment

I didn’t get to post the last two days, and today I write from an airplane. Again.

The last couple of years, when anyone would ask, “How’s it going?” I would often reply with some explanation about how I’m just desperately trying to keep up with life.

As the wife of a musician, I have to be prepared for plans to change on a moment’s notice. A last minute show added, or another show canceled. (Seriously why I chose January as when we got married… its about the only time I knew we could plan it without some show popping up!)  However, I just got out of hand! We were working ourselves to death, and slipping further and further behind. We were drowning in life… life that we just wanted to try to “keep up” with.

This year, though, we are working hard to lead our own life. We are still very flexible, but we are better at standing firm on various things. Prioritize everything. Less being led around by bills and more by goals.

That being said… holy smokes two crazy days this week!!

Monday, we helped friends move into their new home. I am so glad we could be there to help, and I am even more happy to have them in town now.

We got home late, exhausted but happy to see friends setting out on an exciting new adventure… chasing their dreams, too.

Yesterday… I can’t even begin to talk about how crazy the day was. I had gone to bed with a check list in my head of things to do before I flew back out again. I got the two most important things done (because I put my foot down and refused to let life lead me from them being done) but past that… no go. It was a very weird day, but ultimately it was productive.

It’s a struggle to balance leading your life and letting it lead you. Yesterday was a huge test of that! I refuse to fall back into our old routine of just running around chasing life. I am determined to maintain some level of control in things. I think you have to… or you lose yourself. And that is the worst thing you can possibly lose.

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