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Monday, January 30, 2017

Chanel Madness and Girly Bits Shift Happens

Ding Dong, Ms Princess is gone!

Yes people, Friday was finally the last day I had to share the office with Ms Princess.  Of course she cried. Wouldn't be Ms Princess without the crying right? When I left, she made me hug her, as always, and I looked at her and said and I quote myself here, "dude it ain't like you're moving to Alaska. So stop it.  You're just going across the hall."

I speak truth here.

It ain't like she isn't going to still be working there.  She just won't be in my office doing the job she's been doing the past six years.  She's going back to what she was doing before.  I'm so very glad. Hopefully she will find someone else to cling to.

Now we can go about the business of revamping the program and do some real navigating.  I need to teach them how to do like I do.  We are supposed to get together Monday to discuss.  It's going to be a whole new situation.  Finally gone are the two who were dragging the program down.

Now for the bad news.  An email went out Friday that the new naked nails only policy go live date is March 1st. I had hoped for way more time, or in reality, had hoped it would just kind of fade into shadow and be forgotten. I'm still doing my EZ DipGel nails in clear with a matte top coat.  I refuse to give up the length I have finally achieved.

Trust that non nail people will not be able to tell that I don't have naked nails.  I've gotten that good at doing my nails.

Now today's mani was inspired by a random email I got from someone out there in internet land.  She wanted to buy my Girly Bits Shift Happens.  No, I don't have a blog sale going and no I am not selling that one right now.

Because I haven't worn it since Pam of Girly Bits made it years ago, I decided to pull it out.

I started with Chanel Madness.  As work was madness when I wore it!

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
This second picture is closer to reality color wise.  A deep dark vampy red that you all know I love.

Here it is with a layer of Shift Happens.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
It's certainly not Clarins 230, but it is a gorgeous shimmer changer.  I think this is beautiful and I'm glad to have it!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?


Friday, January 27, 2017

Polish My Life Unteal Next Year, Elevation Polish Con Tanto Affetto Yeti

Did you make any New Year's Resolutions? I don't normally, but this year I've decided to make some changes in my life.  Some much needed hard core changes.

You see I'm a spendaholic. Whether it's nail polish or makeup or whatever my fancy is that day. I'm almost 49 and am far from having the money I need to retire on especially with my chronic illness. See this post if you missed my reveal on that.

I did a ton of research on websites that list the best iphone apps for saving money and investing and the like.  I am now using several apps that have really helped me keep my resolution so far.  And I'm proud of myself for this.

I thought I'd tell you about the ones that are helping me.

First one is Prism.  This app is very cool as it shows you when your bills are due and you can actually pay your bills right from the app.  This time of year I have to pay my life insurance premium so I used Prism to help me spread out my bills this month so I didn't have to go into my savings to pay this yearly bill.  Oh and it's pretty too.

The next two are similar.  Albert and Mint.  These are listed as in the top ten best financial apps. These show you your total worth and help you do a realistic budget as it tracks all your banking and credit cards.

Next I use Qapital. This one is great.  You set up your goal and then the rules you want it to follow. A couple of mine-every time I use my debit card, it rounds up to the next $3 and puts that into this app. then if I buy something from Sephora, it takes $10 and puts it in the app.  Oh and the really cool rule is the 52 week one. The first week you pay $1, the second week $2 and so on.  At the end of the year, you will have $1328 or something like that from this rule alone.  Although the last weeks or so scare me as it will be $50+ a week for several weeks.  That's a lot for me.

And the other rule's amounts are small that you don't miss them.  A dollar here and there really does add up. At the time I'm writing this, I've already saved $104.43 and yes you can withdraw it at any time, but that's hardly the point right?? I've saved this in two week's time.

The next two I just started.  Acorns and Stash.  These two help you learn investing your money and like Qapital, you set it up to do $5 a week or spare change on charges things like that.  Then you pick what you want to invest in.  Now these apps while you can get your money out, you also have to claim on your taxes with a 1099. So be aware of that if you do your own taxes as I do.  Plus because it's investing, you run the chance of losing your money if you get too aggressive.

So far, I'm up $0.04 on Acorns and down $0.06 on Stash so right now I've lost two cents overall.  Oh and the markets aren't open on weekends so there's no action right now. I find myself still checking to see how my money is doing.  I admit I'm so clueless when it comes to investing and finances that I'm really trying to educate myself.  The apps have quite a few articles to help you learn.  Oh and yes again these are in the top finance apps listed in reputable magazines and websites.

I've done the research for you.

One I don't get is Level Money.  It says I'm negative from last month but I don't get paid the same each month. I get paid every other Friday so some months I have 3 paychecks and others 2. So I'm still trying to figure out how this app will help me.

Ones I'd say don't bother with: LearnVest, Venmo, Debit/Credit and Truebill. All stupid and worthless for me at least.

I'm excited to see just how much I can save and invest for myself this year! Let me know if you want updates on this!

Now here is a simple mani I did involving glitter.  I always remember just how much I hate glitter whenever I try to get it off!!!

Here is the finished mani!


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This would be so much more pretty if the sun was out to show off the holo sprinkles in this glitter! I caught some of it!  Note the shorter length and more squared shape.  New set of gel nails and reshaping!  I am still loving it!

Until next time people. Any thoughts out there?


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Enchanted Polish Holiday 2016 and a Funky

Work has been so busy that the past two Saturdays I have been slammed with a severe migraine. I have done nothing but sleep and lay with my eyes closed as it's the only thing I can do. It's why I haven't had any posts for you out there.

The newest hire has arrived and Ms Princess originally was given a week to train her, but now for some reason it's been changed to two weeks.  Ms Princess is talking to her like she is five.  The woman has worked at my hospital for twenty years so ain't a dummy.  Ms Princess is the dummy. She's telling her how she just has to get business cards now and stupid crap like that.  I feel so sorry for her. I told her not to listen to anything Ms Princess tells her as we are changing the way her stuff is done.

It's like Ms Princess doesn't quite get that she is not going to be doing this job anymore.  When I called to get her phone number moved to a different desk, Ms Princess flipped out big time.  It's like she thought the new hire would get a new phone number? Um no not happening.  Also, Ms Princess is being so negative about the job and the workplace that random nurses not even involved have gone to the boss to tell them about it.

You know that's bad when random people get involved.  I was hoping they'd go back to the one week which would have ended this past Friday.  We shall see.

Now the other new person-I've got to come up with names for you-is already telling me she's looking for another job.  She was promised all this sh*t like that she could change the program we are doing and that she'd have all this clerical help and stuff like that. None of which has happened.  I knew this the whole time.

They have always said this stuff and nothing ever changes.  It's sad because apparently the outside community hospitals know our program sucks and that's why this new person was hired.  To fix it. Instead it's just a bunch of petty crap going on and power struggles and I keep getting pulled out into the hall so people can tell me their problems.

Yes people.  The people in my office randomly tell me to meet them outside and they pull me down the hall and tell me their woes.  This past week it happened three times by three different people and I only work four days a week!!

The stress is killing me.  Hence the migraines.

Now for the latest in EP Holiday polish.  This is 2016.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
This is the longest my nails got before I filed them down. I had broken two of them and had to regel them!  This is a gorgeous purple holo.

But it needed something...................

My funky!!

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
I used Bettina Nature Trees for this.  My coworker asked why purple and green.  I said why not????

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?


Monday, January 23, 2017

Enchanted Polish December 2013 and a Funky

So it seems the world is now living in fear of little blogs like mine.  I got an email from Google that says that because I linked websites who ask for credit card info should you buy from them, that makes my blog the enemy.

They've told me that you guys out there who use Chrome, will get a warning that my blog may not be safe.

Sh*t, they've figured me out...........

What they want all websites to have is an HTTPS for their web address.  OK just tell me what to do and I'll do it. Ah but here's the rub-since I have a custom domain, which means I made up the name and pay to have it, there's no easy way for me to get an HTTPS as Google hasn't programmed for that yet.

So WTF Google? You're going to flag my blog as bad, but you don't have the means for me to protect my readers? It's just like big companies.  They come up with these grand ideas, but don't bother to figure out the little details, one being my blog.

I sent them my thoughts on that............

I did do my research and there is a way for me to get an HTTPS, but I would have to pay for something called Cloud Flare and do a series of complicated computer programming steps that I just don't think I can do and not screw it up.  Google has said they will come out with a way for the custom blogs to be safe just not right now.

Oh and while I don't have the HTTPS? My blog will be pushed lower down on the google for stuff list.  I just want to tell you my dear readers, that this blog is safe and always will be safe.  I have taken down the two hyperlinks Google told me about, but they said the list is not inclusive.  If you happen upon a link that leads to a store let me know and I'll change it.

For now, I just can't do links.  I'll keep you updated.

Today I have a little surprise for you.  I did nail art! I was so happy that the February nail polish ban has been postponed that I got some inspiration.

I did think about splitting this into two posts. One for the base polish and the next one for the art. That would give you guys twice the amount of posts from me.  Would you want that or all on one post like today?

Need some input on this please!

I grabbed a polish just for me.  This is Enchanted Polish December 2013.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
This is a gorgeous cafe au lait brown with a red shimmer with the holo.  I just love it.  Oh and check out my nail length! Thank god for the EZ Dip Gel!!!

I thought I'd play on the red in this polish and did a twist on my funky french.  I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and a custom polish from Cathy at More Nail Polish called "That's My Clinic."

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
This totally reminds me of a Gingerbread House at Christmas time.  Not what I was going for, but what I ended up with.  I kind of like it!!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?




Friday, January 13, 2017

Enchanted Polish Prism of Darkness

I haven't worn polish in over a week so I will be posting other things until I get my polish game back on.  The last set of gel dip nails I did came out so freakin good that I just wanted to leave them be.  I did mattify them as I'm still practicing for when they ban nail polish at my job.

Wait............I didn't tell you the latest have I?

It seems that when the nail polish ban got to the Medical Executive meeting (the one I really wanted to speak at), there was a Human Resources person there and since this is such a huge dissatisfier, HR got involved.

What this means is a looooooooong delay in this policy if it even still goes through.  Remember the ban was to go into effect February 1.  As it got closer and I hadn't seen an official post about this, I got curious and wondered if maybe, just maybe my protest meeting with the high ups had done something.

I think perhaps it has!

There are mixed feelings among my coworkers about whether this will still go through. My old boss is like of course it will in about six months.  I'm not so sure.  This is such a huge thing to people who wear polish and it will have to go into contracts for the new hires and the new residents and doctors etc that people are going to not accept positions here and other staff will quit over it.

All I know is February 1st is no longer a threat to me and my nail polish!!!

My nails have gotten so long, it's crazy.  Wait til you see next time I actually post polish!

Now work stuff.

They hired another person to do a similar job than mine.  She is to specialize in Gynecology Oncology. Dude, I could never do that all day long.  Nope, not happening here.  No way no how.

Anywho, we were sitting around reminiscing about Stupid.  Remember her?  It seems that she is even stupider than even I thought.  She didn't even know what Googling was!  But the grossest thing I was told is far from disturbing.

She had brought in a Keurig and I never ever used it (thank god).  It seems that what Stupid was doing was, at the end of the day, whatever water was left in the water bottle she had been drinking out of all day long, would be poured into the Keurig water reservoir for the next person to make coffee with.

I'll let that sink in for a bit............................................

Let me just tell you, I vomited a bit when I found that out! I was never so glad at that moment that I had never used that Keurig!

The other point I needed to make, was that this new person doing gynnies, is SALARIED.  No one else is salaried. We are all hourly. We used to be salaried and I loved that, but they took that away. I looked at this chick and told her I thought that was the most unfair thing I had heard in quite some time.  I'm not mad at her, but it's not f*cking fair whatsoever.

Now, today we have a collaboration polish between Chelsea at EP and Sam at Fashion Polish. We all know that Sam has the most gorgeously perfect nails and polish photos of all time.  These two women I've been fangirling over for years!

Here is Prism of Darkness.


Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
This second picture captures the color best.  It's a blackened purple flash holo and freakin cool as sh*t to look at.  I love it big time.  I'm glad I bought it as I wasn't going to due to the ban at work.

Oh and by the way, happy Friday the 13th!!! My favorite day!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chanel Emeraude

I finally went and got myself a new iPad Pro.  I got the 9.7" one as I just don't need the huge one. I went to the AT&T store that I always do.  I wanted to sell back the three devices I have.  I have a 5C, 5S and my old iPad 2. They said my iPad was so old it's not even in their system! So I didn't get to sell my stuff back.

A few days later, I got it in the mail. I was all sorts of excited.  Now you all know I'm not computer stupid and have had several apple products and upgrades.  For some reason, I could not get the new ipad to take my old ipad's stuff.  It was driving me nuts.  I reset the pro to factory setting so many times the poor device was begging me to quit.

That morning I had made an appointment to get my oil changed so when I got to the oil change place, I called AT&T and laid into the chick on the phone.  Guess what? There was NO SIM CARD in my new iPad Pro.

WTF????

The stupid chick kept saying maybe we can find it in the settings section of the iPad.

Think about that for a moment.................................

Do you see the stupidity in that question? If there is NO SIM CARD, how will you find it programmed in the settings section????  I was yelling so loud, the chick at the oil change place was making the namaste yoga be calm motion to me.

I mouthed back to her "I am so f*cking pissed off right now."  The AT&T chick finally told me that I would have to go and get a SIM card.

No sh*t Sherlock.

The problem was, it was 0920 and the store didn't open until 10am.  And I did not want to sit around in my car waiting for the store to open.  What I did was, drive to the store and park right next to the front door.  When dude arrived at 0930, I simply said, I know you aren't open yet, but do you sell SIM cards as I got a new iPad Pro with no Sim card.

The dude was really awesome and let me in the store before it even opened.  He even helped me get my old iPad stuff onto the new Pro as it was still being a pain about that.  That guy was awesome. I told him I was going to put in a formal complaint about this debacle.  That's when dude told me that what I had gotten is what's called an unlocked iPad.

This means that AT&T didn't program it to solely read the AT&T network.  That I can go to any network and any SIM card will work.  He said that's a good thing.  All I know is that it was a pain in the a** to get my iPad Pro working.

Yes it is so worth it.  The picture is so much better and it's way faster and all that jazz.  I hadn't updated for years and it was time.

Now today's polish we have seen before but not in the sun, and it's still gorgeous.  Here is Chanel Emeraude.


Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
Now you get the stunning shimmer in this forest green polish.  I love this one big time!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?


Monday, January 9, 2017

Polish My Life Pom Pom Spice

It's 3F outside right now and I'm sitting here with Checkers on my lap listening to One Eyed Doll. It snowed yesterday, I got about five inches but it's the dry powdery stuff that's easy to clear.  Spent an hour cleaning off my car and shoveling with my authentic, straight from NY snow shovel.

Thanks Mom!

What's funny is, my mom flew to Florida to get away from the cold and snow in NY and ran smack into this snowstorm that hit the South.  It hardly ever snows here and it was so random that it's funny to me.

For those of you who are following my cat constipation saga, I have an update for you.  While I was in NY for Christmas, he didn't get his routine dose, which had been 2ccs of Lactulose Monday, Wednesday and Friday. When I got home, I started him back on his dose, but he really hadn't pooped, so this past Wednesday, I gave him 3ccs, which is what I was giving him when I first started him on this path.

Well, by Thursday evening, he had pooped a monster poop, which of course was a good thing, but then he started blowing out with diarrhea.  Yes people, the dam broke and the sh*t hit the fan as it were.  My poor Sam was going and going and I gave him extra food that he likes thinking if he's hungry, that's a good thing.

Not.

He threw it all up.

So it's coming out both ends now.  I went on the internet and it said don't give food for 12-24 hours, whoops, should have read that first.  I was up all night with him as he's not a cat who buries his poop. I did not want him to get it all over his feet and legs and track thru the house.  By Friday, it had all worked it's way through him and he's fine.

Now I'm thinking about what do I do now? I know he needs the laxative, but he just had a bout of too much medicine.  This situation is getting stupid.  I spent some time yesterday washing his butt as it was a mess back there!

Oh here's a funny for you.  My family (except my mom) loves the movie "A Christmas Story."  My nephew even has most of it memorized.  He got a leg lamp for Christmas and I have a picture of him just happier than anything with that gift.  Well, it seems that he decided he was going to 'triple dog dare' himself and licked a metal railing outside in the freezing NY winter.

People it really will stick! It's not a movie trick! Why my nephew thought it wouldn't when he's seen Flick get his tongue stuck a million times.  I got a picture from my mom with him with his tongue all bandaged just like the movie.

I'm trying hard not to laugh my a** off!

Now this polish for today is the closest I got to a Christmas mani.  I did do my niece's nails like I have in the past and stupid me didn't take pictures.  I gave her candy cane nails this year.  A base of white then I laid tape down and did red stripes.  It was pretty cool.

Here is Polish My Life Pom Pom Spice.


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I am in love with this color, but it stains like a b*tch.  We all know reds do that!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?


Monday, January 2, 2017

Liquid Sky Lacquer Black Opal

Damn people.  2016 had the lowest amount of posts here on my blog in its six year history.  I'm struggling here big time.  Went home for Christmas, which is always nice, but fighting the traffic is worse every year.  My brother had made us CDs of bits of video from Christmas's past of my Dad.

I told myself I wasn't going to watch it. I told myself I wasn't ready.  But then my hand pushed the CD into the computer and there he was. Alive again.  I watched it over and over, crying the whole time.  It is about two weeks away from the two year anniversary of his death and it still feels this raw.

I know someday it will be a nice thing to watch, just not right now.

So work stuff.......

While I was off for Christmas, I had asked Ms Princess and another random nurse to cover me.  I had all the work done, all I needed was Ms Princess to carry the stuff to conference and the other nurse to do nursing stuff to the FIVE patients on that day.

Well, it seems that the nurse "forgot" that she was going to cover me and for some reason, this set Ms Princess off big time.  I was told that she came flying into the office screaming the F word and carrying on how this was all my fault and that I should have taken care of this.

Um WTF???

Of course, when I got back to work, Ms Princess didn't tell me the part about how she blamed me to the other nurses, she just went on and on martyring herself and all the work she did on my behalf. Which by the way, she did wrong!  She also had gone to the boss and basically tattled on me so when I did come back to work, of course I had an email from the boss asking me to clarify if I had provided coverage for my time off.

I was only told by the new girl this information.  I cannot wait for Ms Princess to be out of my office and out of my face! Her replacement comes middle of January.

All right, for today we have Liquid Sky Lacquer Black Opal.  This is a gorgeous black holo with purple flashes.

Indoor Sun

Indoor Sun
How gorgeous is this???? I couldn't stop staring!

Let's hope 2017 is a good year!

Until next time people.  Any thoughts out there?



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