Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The last 30 days

In reverse chronological order:
  1. I turned 30.
  2. I went to a wedding in St. Louis.
  3. My mom had a lumpectomy, which went well. Next will probably be some radiation and then hopefully we will hear no more from this cancer.
  4. I started a new job at my old employer. And I got my own office. With a door (but no windows...).
  5. I went to a wedding in Las Vegas.
  6. I started teaching freshman comp at the university where I recently completed my master's.
  7. I flew to Salt Lake City for 36 hours to see my grandfather.
  8. Bill started teaching. 
  9. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.
  10. My 94 year-old grandfather's health took a significant turn for the worse. 
  11. Bill and I went to San Francisco for the Stein exhibits at SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Here's hoping the next month 30 days are a little less eventful (I haven't watched a teen drama for weeks!). But hooray for weddings and birthdays and museums and new jobs at museums. And especially hooray for good friends and fiances.

Monday, September 12, 2011

DIY Success!

I have successfully replicated an internet DIY project. While I have had much success with following cooking instructions on the internet, I have not attempted craft projects of any kind.

While some might argue that toenail painting is, in fact, not a craft project, I will respectfully disagree. Toenail painting is painting on a small, wiggly surface. To someone so remedial in the finer motor skills, to someone who was forced to practice her cursive S's in the hallway because she could not slant them like her other letters, this is an enormous accomplishment.

This morning, I encountered this DIY tutorial via the Martha Stewart Weddings Twitter. This weekend I thought often that I should change my toenail polish, so, this being a Monday morning of underemployment, I decided to listen to some tunes and go at it. I have to be honest, my little piggies look pretty sweet. Thus, I offer to you their likeness.

I won't even tell you how much time I spent running around my apartment figuring out the best place to capture them via cell phone camera. And, OK, I know I colored a bit outside of the lines, but I think this bodes well for future wedding-related crafts.