Sunday, December 2, 2007

Just Not that Kind of Girl

I'd like to be a regular manicure and pedicure kind of girl, but I just don't think I have it in me. To me it's like sitting through a dental cleaning, with the added twist of picking a paint color. I just don't find it relaxing or enjoyable. I do concede that it is considered necessary to pull off that Polished and Professional and Well Kept Look in my world, so I'll probably keep up with it while interviewing for my next job, because I am way too lazy to do it for myself. I do admit that it looks nice when done, and I feel more "finished" with my extremities all smoothed and painted, but I can say the same about getting my teeth cleaned. High end chi-chi-poo-poo spa or walk-in Vietnamese shop, doesn't matter, I just can't see the mani-pedi stuff as something I'd get into regularly. And to top it all off, they screwed up the booking and didn't put me down for the aromatherapy or paraffin, not that I really cared while I was sitting there because Sweet Jesus how long would it have taken if they HAD? The standard treatment pushed my patience envelope. My inner brat was rolling on the floor screaming to go home by the time it was all over, I wasn't about to ask for anything that would prolong it. So I'll get a credit on my account for that, no big deal.

I did laugh when I got outside and realized that the toenail polish color I selected is the same red as my Subaru, right down to the pearl finish. I do like it, it's fine. I match my car. The finger color was meant to be a beige-y neutral, and in the shop light it did look that way, but in daylight it is like "flesh" Crayola. You remember that color, the color unlike any human flesh on the planet? Not what I was going for. Didn't know this was how it would look until the sun hit it. Indoors it's not so bad. But still, this was not cheap and I'd like to have something better than "not so bad" to show for it.

French manicures only for me. I am not girly enough to be competent at nail color selection.

5 comments:

caroline said...

oh, girl, the best corporate neutral nail colors are: Essie brand Ballet Slippers or OPI Bubblebath. People you didn't know cared will compliment you/ask you what color it is. heh. I wasn't into it either till I moved back to Miami. Now I would KILL to have someone do a full spa pedi...

Catherine said...

The corporate neutral on my fingers is an Opi color, I don't know what it is called. Speaking of Miami, are you permanently relocated, or just on an awesome sabbatical?

caroline said...

semi-perm. I'm keeping the house in Miami but will hopefully be renting it out come Feb/March rather than a partial roommate situation as it is now. I'll be out here most of the time now with some time off for good behavior in the winter when all here is shut down.
will be back in MIA on the 13th till the 31st.

ellen said...

I know just what you mean. I grudge the time it takes and virtually never take time out to have it done. The only thing worse than sitting around for what seems like hours with some stranger grabbing my extremities is having to make conversation with said stranger. UGH. Guess I'm not very sociable.

Catherine said...

Yeah, Ellen, the chit-chat with a very young woman I'd never met before was tiring, like a command performance at a business function. Not my idea of relaxation. Fortunately she wasn't an overly chatty type either, I suspect she was grateful to have a client who didn't need to be her friend. We talked a little and then lapsed into silence. ;-) All in all, not something I'd schedule for fun - but I do admit I like the way my nails look when it's over.