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!

EUROPE TRIP!

I just found out I get to be a chaperone on the school’s Europe trip this spring break. Someone backed out, so I’m in! I mean, I will now have 10 days of insanity with 50 students instead of a nice relaxing break, but who can say no to a free trip to Europe! I took students to Peru a few years back, and it was a great experience, so I’m hoping this will be similar. Of course, when I took students to Peru, it was primarily to volunteer, and this is to sight-see, but while it might now be as rewarding, it should still be great. And I’ve been pretty much everywhere we are going already, but I will be glad to go back! So we leave in 101 days. Pretty exciting! I’m not going to tell the students I’m going though, and hoping to surprise them at the airport. We will see if I can manage that with all the meetings and stuff I will have to attend before hand, but why not try.

The image Explorica uses to describe the tour….super generic.

Where we’re going: Edinburgh (I didn’t go in the castle last time I was here as I had just been to Stirling Castle and a few others, so I’m excited to go in there this time), London (which I’ve been to countless times due to family living there, I was actually in London this summer, but I love it so it’ll be great. Also, I know lots of good places to go during free time), Dover-Calais, including the cliffs (I was last there when I was a child and barely remember so YAY!), Paris (always excellent, I can always do with more Louvre in my life) and Normandy (which I’ve never been to and am SUPER PUMPED ABOUT. I’ve always wanted to see some of the Canadian war memorial stuff).

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Happy hippo in the Scottish countryside four years ago & Highland cows

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So I think it’s a pretty good itinerary. Everywhere is close together, so no long train journeys (=less cranky kids) and lots to do and see. I’m excited for the food as I love European snacks and chocolate, and I’m excited for the chaos of big cities.

Also, apparently Kate Middleton’s next baby is due in April and we will be in London in April. That would be pretty awesome if we were there at the same time as the royal baby’s birth!

Anyways, I just did a quick France inspired mani to celebrate:

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Julep Gayle (a deep red creme) on thumb and pointer, Julep Marla on the middle and ring (basically the sparkly version of Gayle), and my pinkie is Julep DeAnn, which is a purpley shimmer. I stamped with Sinful Colors Easy Going (pinkish white creme) using Moyou London’s Tourist 21 plate. I was excited for the french poodles already, but this gave me an excuse to wear them. I also used the roses from the plate (LOVE) and the cameos.

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I’m very excited, if you can’t tell!

Target clearance haul! Colour and sparkle!

I just came home from my last run of the week. It’s unusually warm right now, and the snow is a disgusting mashed potato texture, so honestly, I will be glad to get back to some colder temps. It was kind of weird and foggy this morning as well. Total of 57.1 miles this week, even with me getting lazy today. I did a long run of 14 miles last Sunday, and am hoping to keep it between 14 and 18 for the next while. That always helps with increasing mileage, but I would love to start getting in a longer run on Saturdays. However, I’m working on my Post Bac in Education right now, and that means that I have class from 8:30-4:30 a few Saturdays a month, which really gets in the way of that plan. Maybe my goal will be to get in a longer Saturday on weekends where I don’t have class.

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Trail at St. Vital Park

Anyways, I hit up Target the other day to grab some Q-tips, but I came home with quite the pile. HUGE SALE on nail polish and cosmetics. It seemed like almost every second polish was on sale. I paid $20 for as many as I could hold in my hands. Glad I didn’t get a basket, or I probably would have bought way more. I was also at the mall, and grabbed some random polishes at Urban Outfitters, which I am incredibly surprised and pleased by. Here’s what I got:

Nicole by OPI: Carried away ($0.59!!!), A million Sparkles ($2.something), Lips are Dripping Honey ($2.39) and Mer-Maid for Each Other ($1.something) I lost some of the clearance stickers on the way home and have thrown out the receipt.

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Urban Outfitters Champagne Toast (white and gold glitter) and Afterhours (rainbow glitter). I love both of these already. They will see a lot of use, especially Afterhours, since the rainbow seems to enhance any colour its matched with. 2/$6.

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Other randoms where price varied from $0.29 to $2.09: Maybelline Color Show Walk in the park (a deep green creme), the holographic L’Oreal topcoat (very pretty, but makes all nails look blue, no matter what colour they were…), Essie Stroke of Brilliance (bluish purple round glitter), the green/yellow Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat (such a weird polish, but kind of cool), Sinful Colors Rosy Red, NYC High Line Green, Revlon’s Nail art set in Van Gogh and a Sally Hansen Striper in White.

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Great deal, hey?

So here’s what I’ve done with them so far. I started a Holiday mani with all the new colours, and hated it, so I started over and ended with something pretty and a little more muted, despite still being glittery and ridiculous. Base on fingers is: Julep Millie (purple creme) and Julep Mahima (gold). I stamped with Moyou London’s Fashionista 5, and added glitter to the ring and pinkie with OPI Lips are Dripping Honey. I actually loved this mani, but I lost most of when I was working with Acetone setting up a lab for one of my classes. Pretty nails don’t last long for a chemistry teacher.

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Have a good winter weekend!

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Two designs this week! Wheat and Africa

I just got home from a 7.5 mile run. Planned on longer, but slept in and was meeting a friend at the mall for some Christmas shopping, so things got delayed and cut short. As I’ve mentioned before, I run to/from work 3-4 times a week, and its 5.5 miles each way. I’m hoping to possibly extend the run home a few times a week to get home better mid-week long(er) runs during marathon training, so I did a little test last night. Added 2 miles to my run home, and turned it into more of a tempo run for the last 3 miles (tempo pace was tricky due to ice and running over a very steep bridge, so I went by feel). And I feel great today! Feels like I didn’t change anything. So the plan is to maybe do Wednesdays a little different this winter: 5.5 on the way to work, then 8-10 on the way home. That makes for a 14+ mile day, which I can work with. Along with a Sunday long run, I hope this will help with my endurance. Since that seems to be what I’m lacking. Other than that, this week has been a little lazy. I felt a cold coming on Thursday, so I took an unplanned rest day. And that meant I had time to do my nails twice!

So my first mani was inspired by where I live. I’m definitely a prairie girl at heart, and love the look of the wheat fields when driving out to the lake. All the yellows and golds against the gorgeous endless blue sky.

I even ran a rural marathon (Treherne, if anyone is interested, and it was GREAT) last year where it was just me (well, there were only 20 full marathoners) and the fields. Gorgeous. So I did wheat and the birds that are always found in the wheat fields. I loved this look and plan on redoing it for the holidays. I chose black instead of blue skies, as I was going for a more sophisticated look. Or at least trying for sophisticated.

IMG_2199IMG_2202Ooo my hands look pale with flash. I used Sinful Colors Black on Black as a base, then Julep Mahima on my ring finger. I stamped the opposite colours with Moyou London’s Cookbook 14 and Hipster 8. My pinky is still deformed, so I am using glitter to cover it, and topped it with Julep’s new diamond topper from the mystery bag (Chantel).

Cook Book Plate Collection 14Hipster Plate Collection 08

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The next mani was my Thursday rest day look. I was inspired by Canadian Nail Fanatic’s post on Moyou London’s Explorer 10 plate, and basically copied her. (Check out the inspiration here!). I didn’t yet have sponges (I bought some today so I do now!) so I hand painted the sky gradient with some jelly polishes. Started with a base of Yellow (Sinful Colors Let’s Meet), and added several coats of Cloud 9 to get the sunset effect. Worked surprisingly well, but I’m excited to try a real gradient. I stamped the cute animals on with Black on Black and touched up the edges. I LOVED the trees on my thumbs, and the rhinos on my pinkies were pretty awesome. It also really impressed my students, because they see my “art” on the board, and were surprised by what I could do. This is another mani I will probably repeat in the summer.

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Love it. I just redid the nails today as I got some amazing deals at Target, so I’ll post about that later this week!