Much like my life, this post is a work in progress. Or as Buffy Summers might say, I’m cookie dough; one day I hope to be finished, but for now, I’m just taking my time on my ride.
The quirks and quarks of this Canadian blogger:
I’m fairly local:
I’m a real homebody. I like my people and my stuff, and home is both where the heart is AND where the food lives.
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days:
I’m deeply nostalgic. Unlike so many unfortunate souls, I had a wonderful childhood and a near-Hughesian young adulthood. I’m increasingly aware of how very rare and precious a thing that is. I think the reason I look back so often on my life – and with such fondness – is because I don’t want to forget how very lucky I am to have been gifted with such a charmed one in the first place.
I’ll be holding on to you:
I was married on Halloween! To a hella great guy who’s the cheese to my crackers, the Jack to my Sally. I love him, and he knows. 😉
Some see a pen, I see a harpoon:
You probably wouldn’t know it, because for the most part I choose to eschew profanity on this blog, but I can, and frequently do, swear like a longshoreman crossed with a stevedore crossed with Samantha Jones. I love naughty wordplay.
Don’t trust a perfect person and don’t trust a song that’s flawless:
If I haven’t made it abundantly clear by now, I really love twenty one pilots. Three years ago they moved into my head and have enjoyed semi-permanent residency there ever since. I’m rarely without my TOP.
Music has kind of always been my thing, though, despite the fact I possess less than zero musical ability. I have over 1,700 songs on my iPod. I love musical acts ranging from Green Day (Always.) to Tom Jones to Sloan to The Prodigy with equal measure. I spent the majority of my teens in a mosh pit. And when I was 16, I was propositioned by the now-deceased lead guitarist of an indie band that shall remain nameless to hit the road with him and become his Penny Lane. Present circumstances being what they are, I think you can guess what my answer was on that score. 😉
‘Cause there’s a screen on my chest:
My favourite movies run an everyway tie for first place in my affections. Don’t ask me to rank them, it’s unpossible (and there’s also too many.) But cozied up next to my pop culture-loving heart you’ll always find The Goonies, Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block, the Birdcage, Bowfinger, Detroit Rock City, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Joe Dirt (shut up, it’s hilarious!) and Kingsman.
We don’t believe what’s on TV:
On the television side of things, I die for The Wire, The Good Place and Stranger Things. Steve’s hair is my everything; I’m so glad season 2 offered some crucial insight into its gravity-defying origins.
I will make you queen of everything you see:
Our kitty queen, Weegie, passed away at the end of 2018, and it has utterly destroyed us. You guys, I cry about her ALL. THE. TIME. We miss her so much, it’s sickening. She was such a chunk – not quite chonky, but definitely creeping toward the far end of the Chonk Chart. Our girl loved her food (and everybody else’s.) 🙂
I’m takin’ over my body, back in control, no more shawty:
About a year and a half ago, after a decade of near-reckless disregard for both my physical and mental health, I decided to stop being such an asshole to myself and get in shape already. Best line in the sand I ever drew. Ninety-one pounds of weight loss later (and through the desperately boring and unsexy means of just eating less and moving more) I feel not like an entirely new person (wouldn’t want that anyways, I quite like me!) but like an approaching-best version of myself. *Gasp* I’m becoming the Alpha Sandra!
I am on the run and go:
Also last year, following a 13-year hiatus from our favouritest place on earth, we returned to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for an impromptu anniversary trip. Then an impromptu Christmas trip. And then two more planned trips before the end of this calendar year. We’s got the Disney stoke REAL BAD (bad enough that I created a YouTube channel, Park or Perish!, to chronicle our extreme (and extremely fun!) theme park adventures.)
Also-also last year, during our Halloween trip, we checked off a top-3 bucket list item of mine that I’ve been carrying around since I was two years old – 13 runs through the Haunted Mansion, 13 times in one day. Which we DID, and on our 13th Halloween wedding anniversary, no less. Masters of the Mansion right here!
They say stay in your lane, boy:
Yup, this is a nail blog. I post the nail art designs I create here, as well as my dabbles in swatching and product reviews. But it’s also the place where I’ll spend an alarming number of words gabbing about our Disney vacations, the sleeping habits of my cat, the latest Stephen King book I’ve devoured, how friggin’ much I love twenty one pilots, my inherent Canadian-ness, my husband’s gaming obsessions and probably whatever candle I’m burning at any given moment. So pretty much a mixed bag! With a heavy emphasis on nail art – over 1,500 manicures, actually, across six years, and hardly a repeat in the bunch (and if you’d like to see my nail art efforts going all the way back to September of 2013, please check out the various monthly categories listed in the right-most sidebar. Some of the stuff in those early days is bah-AD!)
Now the night is coming to an end:
As always, thank you for stopping by my little corner of the virtual sky; it has been a pleasure to meet you! And if you’d like to contact me with your comments, questions or general gabbery, you can find me, Sandra, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hey, I Have nominated you for a Leibster award! 😀 http://adornedclaw.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/leibster-award/
I like the cool names you come up with for all your manis 🙂
Thanks! Nothing I love more than a good pun. The bigger the groaner, the better. 🙂
Hello gorgeous. i have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Award. Check out my blog for details.
Hahaha, you had my at “my truths universally acknowledged”. This Jane Austen reference is one of the reasons why I’m following you 🙂
Thank you for saying that! I love it when someone sparks to something other than the nail art. We have to get our literary references in where we can, right? 🙂 Thanks so much for the follow – glad to have you stop by to visit.
I nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! ❤
Thank you! That’s awfully sweet of you. 🙂 Just a couple of other posts to tend to first and then I’m all about the accolades!
Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award 🙂 No worries if you’ve already done it!
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Hi there! I love your blog and I’ve nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award here at https://paperbackdiscovery.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/that-time-i-received-a-nomination-for-the-blogger-recognition-award/
Keep up the good work! Apologies if you’ve already done it!
Thank you so much! I have not participated in this one, but hopefully soon. 🙂
Hi Sandra! Just hopping around the blogosphere, thought I’d say hey 🙂 if you want to return the favor, come visit me in my world over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and let’s be friends 🙂
Hi there, Jacob. I like the direct approach – let’s friends it up. 😉
Word! Some people are turned off, but, you know, you gotta reach out to get friends and followers sometimes.
I can’t believe i’ve never read this considering how long I’ve followed you! This is awesome! You are awesome. And to be married on Halloween makes you over the top awesome! You had me at nail art! I wish I were as talented! Your art amazes me! Peace to you, Koko 🙂
Aw, that’s seriously so wicked of you to say – you’re a doll. And yes, I frequently am wicked, although we might be thinking of different definitions…! 😉 Thank you so much for the kind compliments.
I love the people that dare to be different! And you deserve the compliments! 🙂
Hello! I don’t know where to put this, but I nominated you on a blog award! Here’s the link to it! https://honeycrunch321.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/blog-awards-real-neat-blog-award/
Thank you very much! I will try to respond to this as soon as I can. 🙂
I nominated you for a 3 Day Quote Challenge! Here’s the link to it! 😀
I’m embarrassed to say this is the 1st time I’ve checked your About page, probably because I’ve only checked mine once since starting, gonna have to revisit that soon. I can tell yours shows what you’re really all about, luckily I’ve gleaned lots of this knowledge through our bloggy conversations:) As you know by now, I’m also a nostalgic homebody who’s close to my family, with a freakin smart husband (though that doesn’t stop me from endlessly debating him). You’re aware of my thoughts on Green Day, certain love/hate teen defining books and movies such as The Lost Boys and Beetlejuice. Though I no longer love Beetlejuice as I did as a teen, there is still a teen-angst filled part of me that does and performs the “Jump in the line” song on occasion.
You may not know that puns make me happy, I’m a pop culture whore and chose The Birdcage and Shaun of the Dead as speech cuts (performance pieces). It’s my way of dabbling in pop culture interpretation. The way you express your pc love and send it out into the world is an inspiration.
The reason I’m responding here is to thank you for the generous smelly wax mail. I loved the homemade ard and nail polish, holy hell, I didn’t even know nail polish could be homemade! As soon as I opened it and sniffed the goodies, I giddily applied the glitter. I believe it’s the same polish that was featured in a hamanicure? If so, I’m honored, I felt spoiled and loved. I owe nearly all my fruity/bakery fabulousness to you.<3<3<3
PS. I nominated you for a blogger award!!!!!!!!!!! ;p
Oh my gosh, I’m so bad with my About page – I neglect the poor thing for ages and then lavish it with so much attention, I barely even know what I’m talking about any more! It’s kind of funny, though, I *just* created a new photo collage of some personal pics to put on my About page. Hmm, better get on that.
I’m SO super fascinated by all of your public speaking/drama/performance work. I was really into public speaking when I was about 12/13, but my urge to perform was largely satisfied by dance, so I unfortunately stopped (and never even tried debate, actually.) What scenes from The Birdcage and Shaun did you do? And is that what you “do”, “scenes”? I’m so confused and fascinated. 🙂
And you are most welcome for the goodies; I thought there might be a few things in there that were out of your wheelhouse, but hopefully not too far. And yes, that polish is homemade – it’s actually not as difficult as it might seem. You just need to have the proper ingredients, and Etsy’s great for that. I hope you enjoy the Ham – and I’m stealing that name for my next mani, by the way, “hamanicure.” I’ll give you all credit, though. 😉
Ha, at one point I actually created a “This is Not an Award Award” – I found the photo the other day while I was cleaning out some old files. There’s a lot of stars on it.
You’re blog is certainly award worthy to me. Maybe I’ll create the best damn pop culture nail art award!
I love it! I’m a shoe-in, I can feel it!
Thank you very much for the surprising (though not really at all because we are on the same wavelength and sent our packages so they’d arrive at the same time) goodies. I brought some of the fun maple candy fluff to my parents’ and it was a hit. Super strong too. The Bertie Bott’s beans are my first ever package of them and I will savor every single one, except you know, earwax. What an awesomely appropriate gift.<3
Oh my gawd, the mango, the mallow, the raspberry! I'm stoked to melt those pretties to say the least. Two freakin pies and custom wax cake~your generosity is beyond. I love each one, Oh, not that you'd have any way to know this, but YESTERDAY, I was looking up Rosegirl's Olive Branch blends and dreaming of one showing up in a pre-order list. It's not even a coincidence anymore. It's OWFs!
I gave some of that maple fluff to Julie as well, and her daughter said it tasted like coffee! I had a little bite off some we grabbed and it was goooooood. Glad you liked the Bertie Bott’s beans as well! I brought them on my first date with my husband as a kind of conversation icebreaker – he was totally into Harry Potter, and I thought it would be fun to bond over earwax beans (it was, but you’re right, the earwax ones are pretty awful!)
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Your personality is so fun and happy … I loved reading this! And the TØP references were amazing too :))) Can’t wait to read more!
power to the local dreamer ||-//
Aw, thank you so much for saying so (*blush*) Swear I could find an appropriate song lyric for just about any occasion! 😉