Sunday, April 29, 2012


Hey all!

So this post is less crazy nail art, and more chat. It's been a busy week! This past weekend, our friends Rose and Jason came to visit from the US, and brought us some much-needed goodies. I got 2 BIG bottles of pure acetone (a godsend!!), a set of the Sephora for OPI Bohemian Brights minis (awesome!!), and the pièce de résistance—all the fixings to make a real, genuine Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. Seriously one of the best surprises ever!! (I've had one every single day this week!) I'm talking the Starbucks Expresso Roast, the Vanilla Syrup, the caramel, even the Starbucks CUPS! All I supply is the milk! :)

They even brought a battery-powered milk frother from IKEA and an Aeropress- this awesome french press that utilizes air to force the coffee THROUGH the paper filter and into the cup. Amazing. Gifts aside, I'm glad they're here. Although this is my first time meeting them, it's been nice to have some familiar faces around, not to mention, they're superfun and hilarious at Draw Something!! (as evidenced below)

Having them around has given us the opportunity to get out and do some of the stuff that we have yet to do, as well as some stuff that we do regularly. (like ride in Autos- which was hilarious to see their reaction) Rose and I bought fabric to be made into Kurtas and Saris (or sarees, depending who you ask), I had my first tailor experience, and just walking around the city has been fun! This weekend, there are hopes to go to Mahabalipuram or Pondicherry, and also get some Mendhi (or mahendi) done. (Rose is a tattoo artist, and has half sleeves already, so I think its going to look super rad on her.) During the week, Rose and Jason went to Kerala, and got to ride and get blessed by an elephant—which is high atop Chris and I's list to do next! :-P Sunday night, after the tailor left, we all had dinner and hung out with our friend Sheba- and us girls decided to do manicures! The thing that spurred us to do it was that Rose mentioned a super sweet tutorial her brother told her had seen on tie-dyeing your nails- known to us Nail Nerds as Water Marbling. I insisted that it was easy, and we decided to do it. Sheba went first, and chose Zoya Trixie, Zoya Indigo, and American Apparel Mount Royal. Rose went next, choosing American Apparel Cotton, Finger Paints Cordur-Orange, and Finger Paints Catwalk Queen.

Here is the result:

The colors they chose ended up looking like they represented Night and Day! :) This was Sheba's first time getting nail art (she never even paints her nails), so I was really excited that she let me do it. She seemed pretty excited about it when she left, too! :D Made my night!

The next adventure happened last night.

I was just sitting down to do this simple design- a copy of the nails Effie Trinket sports at the Reaping in the Hunger Games movie.

 Then I get called to the back porch by Chris... I figured he was going to show me another lizard (he loves the damn things, so do I), but when I got to the door, he posed the question 'How do you propose I kill this?'. I looked up, and THIS is what I saw...

You can SEE the fur on its legs from HERE!! (also, see the mosquito for size reference)

Mind you, this picture does no justice, as there is nothing to judge it's scale (except the mosquito I suppose), but trust me, I'm not afraid of spiders, and I wanted to scream like a little girl. This thing was HUGE—its legspan was easily a few inches across, and you could see the fur from the step (the spider was right above our heads). We had no idea if it was poisonous, and Chris decided not to wait to find out- he didn't want it to fall on us or Homer and cause any damage. I suggested bug spray, since it had a straw that would concentrate the spray to a precise location. (I also suggested a lighter in addition to it, but that's another story–torch the sucker!!) As soon as the spray hit it, it dropped (luckily on the ground) and started running away like a crab! It was SO fast, and the hilarity of Chris running after it spraying will not soon leave my memory banks. After a minute of spraying (and about half a bottle of spray- the damn thing wouldn't DIE!), this is what it looked like- with a quarter for comparison:


After some research, I feel confident in saying that it is just a Hunstman spider- relatively harmless. Eats geckos, skinks, cockroches, and other pests. Leaves a painful bite on humans, but not deadly.  I feel a little guilty that Chris killed it, but I respect that he didn't want to take a chance this time since we don't know the spiders here yet.


So yeah, that's my some of my life recently! In the next day or so, I'll be posting a tutorial for my 'Shut Yer Pie-Hole!' nails, and a poll to to mention and vote on which tutorials you'd like to see. :)