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I Feel Pretty

Boy do I know how to kick off summer vacation!

The last couple of days have been all about pampering.

On Friday, Barb and I had our nails done.  We had spent the evening before texting pictures of nail art back and forth to one another.

I wound up breaking three nails before my appointment the next day, so I opted for a new set of tips.  Although I usually keep my nails a little shorter because of all of the typing I have to do during the school year, I decided to keep them longer this time around.  Plus, keeping my nails longer would allow for a larger “canvas” for my nail tech to do her thing.

Boy did she do her thing!  Lookie…

Oh.  You might have noticed the ring.


It’s Sorrelli…Midnight Moon…to match the necklace, bracelet, and earrings I purchased on Thursday.


Please take a moment to admire the fine details…


I do love pretty things…especially when there’s sparkle involved.

Here’s a closeup of the nails…

Pretty, eh?

My toes were still sporting red polish from my last trip to the salon.

That simply would not do.  I am of the firm opinion that fingernails MUST match with toenails.

I made an appointment for a pedicure and took Chicky with me to give her some pampering time as well.

Linda, the sweet gal who did my nails the day before, was working again, and she expertly matched my toes with her masterpiece from the day before…

Oh yes, I think the following song sums up my feelings at the moment…

Wholly Surrendered


As I got ready for work this morning, adorning myself with a bit of new bling (pictured above), one of my favorite worship songs came on the radio. We sing this at church, and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes as I envision my Savior, finger crooked, calling me to draw closer to Him.

Who wouldn’t be moved by the following lyrics?

At the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered.


I’m feeling a little ADD with Christmas break right around the corner.

Hence, I bring to a few rambling thoughts and pictures.

That’s my main idea and supporting details umbrella.  The visual idea came from my friend, Barb.  I took the main idea my classes had pulled out from a reading passage, taped it to the top of the umbrella, and hung the supporting details from the spokes.  My students got spooked when I opened it inside the classroom.

I adopted two of my students for the duration of the basketball season.  On home game days, “moms” provide goodies to their “children.”  I decided to go with a Christmas theme and customized the stockings I bought at Walmart with both of my guys’ nicknames.  I’ll fill them tomorrow and present them during class.  What do you want to bet that they will be the only two guys toting stockings around school.


My newest knitting project.  I’m using yarn I purchased last summer in Alaska.  Ahhhh…the bliss that accompanies the feel of merino and cashmere as it slides between your hands.

Chicky came home on Saturday.  She’d almost forgotten about her long-dreamed-about ring until I presented the box to her.

She smiled but held her breath as she put it on.  It was a perfect fit, and you could not have wiped the look of joy from her face.  She admitted, though, that although she’s planning on wearing it every day, it’s going to take some getting used to.  She’s not used to wearing nice jewelry on a daily basis.

I’m just glad she likes it.  🙂

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