Merry Christmas!

I was planning on posting yesterday, but never got around to it, so here’s a quick Christmas Eve post:

I’m off to a big family dinner (potluck style) tonight, then my partner’s parents house tomorrow. They LOVE Christmas, so that’s bound to be insane. Then, Boxing Day is at my parents, and I’m somehow going to fit in a few more runs (so that I don’t get fat with all the food I plan to eat!) to make my goal of 45+ miles for the week. I’m almost at 35 miles, so that should be doable, hopefully.

So my run today was a slightly different route than usual. I made it my goal to say good morning to everyone I passed and to enjoy the Christmas decorations. What I noticed is that some people go crazy on their houses and trees, and also that some people don’t realize that everyone can see into their windows when it’s still dark out and they have all the lights on (and maybe they should put on some pants!).

Anyways, here are some awesome (possibly crazy) houses I saw today:

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All inflatable, some animatronic. These people LOVE Christmas.

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I also did a quick, simple and Christmasy mani last night. Used some new Splendor polish from a lovely lady who lives right here in my city (see her etsy store here, a review to come!) in Balsam, Sinful Colors in Rosy Red and stamped with Julep Mahima. I used my Moyou Fashionista plate 7 for the snowflake like design and Tourist plate 21 to stamp the flowers on my ring fingers. I then topped my pinkies with Nicole by OPI’s Pick of the Glitter.

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Happy holidays!

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Moyou haul and Houndstooth nails

November’s running total: 219 miles

This year’s miles so far: 2,362.5

Nails bitten in the past 3 weeks: one! And it’s my deformed pinky nail which I think I’m going to lose, so whatever!

So I ordered a who bunch of Moyou plates the other day. And yes, I bought all of the ones shown below. Whats terrifying is that there’s another 26 or so plates in my cart that I want still. I’m waiting and hoping for a sale, or maybe just free shipping again. I also ordered a few more which are destined to be Christmas gifts (so not posted on here!), but the rest are all for me! So I’ve been having a great time stamping with my new Julep polishes as well!

I find actual photos of stamping plates to be somewhat difficult, but one thing I’ve noticed with MoYou is that their plates are always excellent quality and look exactly like the images online. So I’m posting pics from their website. If anyone wants actual pics, let me know.

What I got:

Explorer collection: I’m excited for the little animals on #10 in particular

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Cookbook collection: I love love love all of these and foresee them getting a lot of use!

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Fashionista collection: Sweaters! Houndstooth! Chevrons! Awesome stamps for use all the time!

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Artist collection

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Hipster Collection: I bought this pretty much only due to the tiny birds. Adorable.

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Sailor Collection: I also love the wave patterns on these and I see them getting a lot of use. Particularly with some of the sea themed stamps from the Cookbook collection

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Kaleidoscope collection

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Tourist Collection: Mini poodles!!!!

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Pro collection: I’m excited for some more Bio nails!

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Tropical Collection

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Basically I’m super pumped to play with them and I’ve been doing my nails more frequently than usual as an excuse to try them out. Somehow, with all these crazy options, I ended up doing a simple houndstooth pattern in Sinful Colors Snow me White stamped with Rich in Heart (the deep purpley red that I love) using Fashionista 10. I did my pinkies with All About You. I loved this mani and found it incredibly striking. The purpley red was much less harsh than a pure black, and much more flattering. I wish I didn’t have to glitter my pinkies, but the right nail is really messed up due to being in a splint for 6 weeks. It’s got a huge horizontal crack through, and it’s all weird and bubbly. Honestly, it looks like it might fall off. So glitter camouflages that!

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In the snowy sunshine

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Indoors

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I’ve finally found a cheap topcoat that I like, which is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Invisible. I think it might actually be a clear polish rather than a topcoat, and it dries rather slowly, but when it dries, it’s rock hard and super shiny. And it doesn’t smudge my stamping when I put it on. Good stuff. I need to try some more topcoats, but I am liking this stuff quite a bit, considering it was $1.99. It also doesn’t chip. At all. I had it on for 6 days with no chips, just some tip wear. Pretty awesome.

This month, I should be getting into the holiday nails. Lots of golds, reds and glitters. Yay!

Goals for running: 55 miles a week, even the week of Christmas! We’ll see if this is possible.

Winter/Summer

I love winter running so far. I mean, I loved it last year until about February as well, so I’m sure I’ll change my mind. So far it’s wonderful though. Nice fluffy snow, quiet streets and now I get to pull out all my winter gear.

I walked down to the river the other day, and noticed how fast it can freeze when we have a few weeks below 0. Check out the pictures below from the summer (end of August or beginning of Sept, I can’t remember) and last week.

Late summer on the river

Late summer on the river

Last week...Its already much more frozen

Last week…It’s even more frozen today

I am getting very excited for the river to freeze solid so I can go skating on it and do my long runs on it. Usually a few times each way on the river trails can add up to a good 18-20 miles. The ice is a little hard on my shins when I run, but it’s just so much fun! Last year I ran a race on it in January, so it should definitely be solid enough to run on in a few more weeks. Something to look forward to!

So far this month, I’ve run 27 runs and done 165 miles. This year I’m at 2296 miles. My original goal was 1900, so it’s going well. Last week, I managed 52.2 with parent teacher interviews int here and a class all day Saturday, so…success! This week should be similar.

For my nails, I decided I needed something bright and summery to get me through a long Thursday night and Friday morning full of interviews. So I went bright, glittery and somewhat crazy.

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I used 2 coats each of Sinful Colors Endless Blue (bright blue) and Let’s Meet (a slightly glittery, fairly sheer yellow).  I then stamped from Moyou London’s Fashionista plate 7 in Sinful Colors Let’s Meet (a pinkish cream). I topped my pinkie with Sinful’s Hottie (blue glitter) and my middle and ring finger with Maybelline’s Color Show Jewels in Platinum Adorn. As I said, a little crazy, but nice and bright and cheerful. My nails are slowly growing longer, and I’ve been doing much better with not biting them. I currently hate all the topcoats that I have, so I won’t even mention what I used because it sucks.

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All photos this week taken in the staff room at work…it’s too cloudy and cold outside to get nice pics!

On the plus side, I’m waiting on a huge order of more Moyou plates, so hopefully I’ll have something cool soon! On the down side, wearing a splint on my pinkie for 6 weeks caused the nail to crack horizontally down the middle (not all the way through, but about halfway), so that nail is super ugly. Oh well.