It is the week of the July 4th, and for those living in the US, the time for fireworks, flag Jello molds, and patriotism, is among us. I have to admit, 4th of July has never been a very exciting day in my family. The only real tradition that we have is that my dad and I have gone out for pancakes every 4th of July morning since I can remember.
In fact for the past four holidays, I have spent 4th of July trapped at my old job as a grocery store cashier. However, this year I actually have a paid holiday instead of spending 8 hours ringing up ice and 2 liter soda. Hurray for actual job benefits.
Anyway, since the 4th of July is on it’s way, I decided I’d dedicate a little nail art to the occasion.
1. Paint your nails with a nice red polish. I used Essie’s Hip-Anema, which if any of you have seen my last post, you will know I am a bit obsessed with Essie.
2. Dot your nails with a white polish. For dotting, I actually like to use the tip of a mechanical pencil. I just put a drop of the color I want to use on a index card, dip the tip of the lead of the pencil into the polish, and dot to my hearts content.
This way I can just break off the lead after I am done with the color, no mess. The trick is a very light application, otherwise the polish just gets funky. For these dots I used my Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in White On.
3. Apply a blue stripe tip. I used Essie’s Bikini So Teeny on the tip of my nail, and cleaned up the edges by drawing a straight line with my mechanical pencil tip dipped in the polish. Normally, I would have used the scotch tape trick, but I wasn’t confident that the red had set enough.
And there you have it. I ended up doing blue and white dots on my thumb instead of the blue tips because I am really bad at doing nail art on my thumbs for some reason.
Moving on, this weekend was such a blast for me. Becky stayed in the spare bedroom in my apartment, so we got to hang out for three days straight. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have saw that Becky took me to an indoor rock climbing center yesterday for the first time.
I am definitely glad that I am in shape because rock climbing is freaking hard so I feel like already having somewhat stronger muscles helped a little bit. Overall though, it was a super fun workout. My hands and forearms are so sore, but I love finding something new to push myself at, especially because I am kind of in a rut with running at the moment.
For the most part, I just attempted the easy routes while bouldering (climbing without a harness with a maximum of a ten foot drop on a crash pad), but Becky is a climber so she also belayed (controlled the rope, supported for repelling) for me when top roping (climbing with harness about four stories or 44 feet).
I will definitely be making a few more trips back to climb, even though it is a little bit costly. We’ll see. I only have five weeks left in the area before I head back to my parents place before school starts again. I might buy one of the cheaper packages to explore climbing a bit more until I have to go back to the nest.
Any 4th of July plans? Have you ever rock climbed? Do you coordinate you nails to holidays?