Mani Monday: Finger Paints Artist’s Sapphire & High Kicks in a Quarry

 

Happy Monday! Today I am wearing a beautiful royal blue from Finger Paints called Artist’s Sapphire. I only have two Finger Paints nail polishes, but both are well-pigmented, non-streaky, and long-lasting. (See Finger Paints Psychedelic Pop here.) Okay, this manicure did have a few chips after trying out a ropes course this weekend, but I think that is to be expected. Usually, I get a full five days from this nail polish, which is why I am surprised that I don’t have more Finger Paints colors. I guess it is because I don’t live close to a Sally Beauty Supply.

So why was I at a ropes course? Well, we went to an event sponsored by our Alma Mater, Regent University. Our alumni association sponsored a Georgia event at Stone Mountain Park. It was pretty fun. We climbed through ropes, rode the train, played mini golf, rode the gondola, climbed part of the mountain, walked the Sky Hike. I don’t have pictures of most of this because we were too busy having fun. However, I do have pictures of me running into an old Quarry site.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to star in a  best-selling YA dystopian novel that is turned into a multi-million dollar movie franchise? I have too! Well, I think that running through a granite quarry is the closest I’ll ever get to being a star.

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If I get to the top of the hill, I can save the world!

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I better get started. 

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Which way should I turn?

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I’m the only girl who can save the world!

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Must. Run. Farther.

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I made it!

High Kick!

  

Take that, Capitol/President Snow/W.I.C.K.E.D./all bad people who stand in between me and freedom!!!!


 

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Leap Day

Happy Leap Day! Today is a special day that acknowledges that science cannot dictate that which it studies. Nature does what she wants! Nature is not beholden to humankind!

I’m celebrating Leap Day by watching the movie Leap Year while wearing green and gold on my nails. Apparently, it is tradition for women to ask the men for their hand in marriage on a leap year in Ireland, so the green on my nails is for Ireland and the gold for wedding rings.

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I have never watched this movie before, so I have no clue whether it is any good. However, it is on Netflix and does have Matthew Goode in it, so it can tide Downton Abbey fans over while we wait for the season finale to be aired. I would like to note that this movie was released in 2010, which was not a leap year. Someone really missed the mark on that one.

My mani today is from Zoya’s PixieDust line. I really love how the texture brings out the sparkles. The emerald color is called Chita, and the gold color is Solange. Both are two of my favorites in my vast collection. They both have really good wear time of three to four days with no chipping. I wear Solange a lot in the summer while pretending I am lounging in a cabana.

How are you celebrating Leap Day? Are you wearing green and gold? Are you watching Leap Year? Are you going to ask your boyfriend to marry you? (Get it, girl!) Let me know in the comments.!

Day 8 & Weekend Watched List

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Here I am stylishly enjoying some good movies.

 

During the holidays, Jono and I try to watch as many Christmasy movies as we possibly can. I love classic films, so Jono surprised me this weekend by renting Christmas in Connecticut (1945). We really liked Christmas in Connecticut, but I’m going to save a full review of it for after we watch the remake.

Christmas in Connecticut came with a special bonus, the short film Star in the Night. While Christmas in Connecticut was an enjoyable movie, it was not as well made as this little gem in the DVD’s special features. I happened to marvel at the brisk pacing for an older film at the same time Jono, a film editor himself, remarked upon the cutting edge editing techniques which seem quite modern for a classic.

Of course this piqued my interest, so I did a little Internet sleuthing about the movie. Star in the Night was made in 1945 and won an Academy Award. It was directed by Don Siegel, the director of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dirty Harry. Don Siegel was formerly an editor, and it’s clear from the filmography of Star in the Night’s credited editor that Don Siegel was the mastermind behind the cuts.

I think that we may add Star in the Night to our regular Christmas rotation. What about you? What are your favorite Christmas movies? Did you watch any this weekend? And, more importantly, did you watch them while wearing a Christmas sweater and fuzzy socks?

Weekday Watchlist for Cinco de Mayo

Hola, mis amigos! You may have noticed that I did not write a Mani Monday this week. That is because I cut my nail on a sharp corner and tore it through the middle of the nail plate. (I googled “fingernails” to see what that part of the nail is called. I am not a genius.) This means that I can’t paint my nails until the tear grows out. I am trying not to sink into “the depths of despair,” but it is quite a trying time for me.

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Let’s not dwell on my horrible nails any longer. It’s Cinco de Mayo! We are celebrating at home this year, but that does not mean there will be no fiesta. I will be making delicious taco salads and maybe painting my toenails. (Painting your toenails is festive, right?)

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In honor of this Mexican celebration, I suggest that you watch The Book of Life. Yes, I know that it starts out on el Dia de Muertos, but I really can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about this movie. Last year, I couldn’t believe that people went nuts online over The Lego Movie while saying nothing about this colorful-concoction of animated goodness. It really is a shame. The Book of Life is a classic narrative of rivalry and romance set in a vibrantly animated old world Mexico and voiced by an all-star cast. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Happy watching!

Weekend Watchlist: Happy Pi Day!

Today is a very special Pi Day. The month, day, and year are equal to the first five numbers of pi, which are 3.1415. I hope that you are celebrating with mathematical joy by solving some geometric equations. Or perhaps you like to take the “punny” route and bake a pie on Pi Day. Whatever floats your boat is fine by me.

I know I could easily pick Life of Pi or Pi for my Weekend Watchlist, but I’ve decided against both since neither is on Netflix streaming. (Also, I’ve never seen Pi.) I know you people like instant gratification. Therefore, I choose I.Q.

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The story of I.Q. is by Andy Breckman, the man who gave us Rat Race and Monk among other comedic gems. (He also wrote for SNL and Letterman.) He shares writing credit with Michael Leeson who has written for just about every classic show on Nick at Nite. (Sidenote, what’s the deal with all the new shows on Nick at Nite?) I.Q. was directed by Fred Schepisi who directed Steve Martin’s huge schnoz in Roxanne. This is a good start right?

In I.Q., Meg Ryan plays Catherine, granddaughter of Einstein (who is played by what looks like his twin brother AKA Walter Matthau). Tim Robbins plays Ed, the car mechanic who has no chance with Catherine because of his average intelligence. Hijinks ensue. This is not a complex movie. This is a sweet rom-com that’s perfect for a lazy weekend.

“But, Molly!” you protest, “It’s days away from St. Patrick’s Day. Shouldn’t you choose a film based on an actual holiday?”

First of all, how dare you?!

Second, I have picked another movie. Hold your horses.

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The Secret of Kells is a spirited, fictionalized account of how the famous Book of Kells was made. (The Book of Kells is an illuminated book of the four gospels. It is stunning. Google it after you read this post posthaste.) The animation is beautiful, and the story takes it time weaving around old myths and faeries. I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil the plot. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 and an Annie in 2009. Its is also available on Netflix, so you don’t have to wait until the 17th to watch it.