Monday, January 2, 2012

I'm Not Really a Waitress

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Last September, before a road trip to my daughter's home in Nebraska, I treated myself to a pedicure and manicure.  Since I felt quite daring on that particular day, I let the technician paint my toenails with red polish, but had her put only clear polish on my fingernails.  The colored polish must have been stout stuff, for it  lasted over 90 days with nary a chip.  However, as my toenails grew, a sizeable gap appeared between the bottom edge of the polish and the base of my nail.  (Who cares?  Only the cats and I see my toes.) More importantly, even though they grow slowly, my nails needed to be trimmed. Due to stiffening joints which do not want to cooperate in the task of bringing toes to hands, or vice versa, I can no longer perform that trivial duty for myself.  It was time for a visit to the nail salon.

I had intended to get only a pedicure, since attending to my fingernails is something I can still do for myself.  However, after the polish had been applied to my wonderfully soothed and well-groomed tootsies, I inquired as to the color name of the polish, a brazen, slightly glittery, deep red, the same color that had been applied in September.  I was so taken by the color name, which accurately reflects my (high) spirits today, that I decided to have a manicure, as well, and to have the same color applied to my fingernails (photo above.  Ignore those gnarly fingers and just look at that color!)

The company which produces this product must have a staff of slightly wacky, but highly creative, employees on its staff.  When I was working, I frequently had manicures and was always amused by the color names of their polish, such as:  Blushingham Palace; Catherine the Grape; Cozu-Melted in the Sun; Kennebunk-port; Melon of Troy; Romeo & Joliet; Silent Mauvie; Smok'n in Havana (one of my favorite colors); St. Petersburgundy; You Rock-apulco Red; and... today's color choice:  I'm Not Really a Waitress.  Love those names!

The next few days will tell if this polish is really tough.  Of course, if I had used my toes as much as I did my fingers during the last three months, the previous application of polish on my toenails probably wouldn't have lasted very long.  We'll see.  Right now, I have sparkling fingers and toes!

Tomorrow is also a day.

P.S.  I know it's already January 2, but "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" to you all.