Monday, January 30, 2012

Facebook Official

Teenagers know that a relationship is not official until it has been publicly announced on Facebook. Well, I am proud to announce that as of a few seconds ago, my blog and I are Facebook official and I guess I can't stop posting things now that the whole world (919 people) are now about to find out about this blog via my personal page. 

But... I do have one confession. Being that this blog is mostly so that I have something to do after school other than paint Post-It notes solid colors, I deleted the announcement of my new relationship on my profile. Wimpy, I know. But I wouldn't go up to the hundreds of my "friends" that I never talk to and tell them about this little project so why should I do that online? Sure, I would love to be one of those super cool blogger girls who gets invited to things that famous people go to but for now, I'll stick to developing this idea and giving it little more personality. Because I'm not about to go around handing out business cards with my blog info on them. 

How did that happen?

Hmm.... I'm not sure what is happening but it seems that internet users in Ukraine and Germany have found this blog. How you (no one) ask? Really, I don't know. Considering that I've posted two things so far, an intro and a nail tutorial, I don't see why or how anyone could find this interesting. Well, if you are reading, hello from America!

I'm not going to get ahead of myself and call it overnight success but I think that if this map isn't lying, it's an interesting look at how the world is changing. Just think, a girl from suburban Pennsylvania has posted a few paragraphs on the internet and now some map provided by the wonderful services offered by Google is highlighting two countries that I don't have a connection to. Assuming that the map is telling the truth— although I'm not sure if maps are known for intentionally lying— I'm curious to know how these people came to click on this blog. My guess is that they were looking for nail art tutorials because I highly doubt they were wondering why I started this little thing. It is so strange to think that before my parents got married, they weren't using the internet every time they forgot the name of a celebrity or wanted to learn more about the native species in Peru (not that these things are particularly necessary in most situations) and now, about 20 years later, I can look up whatever I want and so can almost everyone else in the developed world. For example, yesterday I went on the Wikipedia page for the Powerpuff Girls episodes, searched the page for certain key words, found what I was looking for, looked up the episode on Youtube, found it, and posted that link on a friend's Facebook wall. Why would anyone need that specific PPG episode? I'm not sure. But it connected me to so many things. Maybe someone in Europe searched something, found it, and shared that with a friend, who shared that with a friend, and so on.

I know that these ideas about how the world is now so connected and available aren't anything new but this way of applying it so personally was really eye-opening. Because people half way around the world have been connected with me without me knowing about it until now.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Blue/Green Swirled Nails!

So one thing about me— I love nail art. I'm not sure if it's because of that whole thing about how economic recession increases nail polish sales or because I think my nails are tiny canvases but I really enjoy the colors and the images that can be translated and worn. While my collection isn't very large or flashy, there always seems to be some new and exciting design to try.

My most recent nail design is this one. It is a swirl of the four colors shown (the tiny picture in the bottom right corner only shows three colors because my fourth color— the one on the left— was running out by the time I got to that finger).

How I did it:
1. I painted my nails gray
2. I put large blobs of each color on my nail
3. I swirled the colors together!
              Tips for this step:
                -When doing this, it is important to push the polish along the edges of the nail to get a complete look
                - Use a pencil or toothpick to do the swirling
                - If the swirling leaves areas without polish, tap the swirling device over the area to cover it up
4. I finished it off with a top coat

First Post

I have no idea what this will turn into. I've been thinking about starting a blog for some time now and I guess this is it. Really, I don't know what it is supposed to be or what I will focus on but I figured it might be a good way to document my post-pixie hair growth and nail art— the two things that I spend most of my time thinking about. Will people read this? Probably no. But my mom has been bugging me about this for a while so... let the fun begin!