For this I used two coats of Essie Marshmallow (which I find so difficult to work with and unbearably slow to dry), two coats of China Glaze Party Hearty, and another coat of Marshmallow. I love the way it turned out, and I was delighted by how subtle yet festive my nails looked for my last final and my subsequent binge-watching of the first season of American Horror Story.
On Christmas morning my mom woke up and felt not good. She thought she might power through, but in the end she was vomiting all day and couldn't get out of bed. She caught some sort of stomach bug, and now I think I'll get it, too. I was bringing her ginger ale and water and ice chips and jello, so I kept breathing in her air and stuff. I'm just waiting to start puking myself. With my mom out of commission, that left me to make banana french toast and bacon for my dad, grandma and fiance. I rushed Ben out of the house after breakfast so that he didn't get sick, because he has a work thing where he'll be out of town for seven days and neither one of us wanted him to miss a day with work. With my mom incapacitated and Ben out of the house, my grandma, dad and I sat around doing nothing. It was actually pretty nice. We watched Brave, which I think is such a cute movie. Not an ideal Christmas, but it was okay. Ben and I both wanted our first Christmas together to be amazing and perfect, but clearly it wasn't meant to be. Here's hoping that New Year's Eve can be something special (although he'll probably be working until 10:30 or 11pm; we can't catch a break).
A few pictures from my few days at home so far.
at the airport finally waiting to board the plane
Ben with everyone's favorite Christmas decoration at his place. Did I ever tell you guys the story about how I'm pretty sure he and I are banned from the Christmas Story house in Tremont, OH? The movie was filmed in Cleveland and we visited the house this past June--maybe that's for another day. But here's a picture from that day anyway (so strange to look at it now and remember how hot it was when we went):
Okay, back to current events.
We went to Melt Bar and Grilled, and their special was "Mommy's Little Piggy Melt," which is of course Christmas Story-themed. The actor that played Randy in the movie was stopping by every Melt location that day to sign autographs. We didn't stay for that because I wasn't willing to wait. Also, that sandwich was $17 (I didn't get one). Oh, and my [Christmas] nails here are China Glaze Phat Santa layered with one coat of Shimmer Polish Eva.
I had a few Christmas Ales. If you're from the Cleveland area you know this is a big deal beer here. Comes out in October, and people obsess over it until January or so. Right after Halloween my Facebook Newsfeed was full of my Cleveland friends posting about Christmas Ale, and I couldn't wait to sit down and have one.
Here's my best kitty friend, Alley, who was totally zonked out on Christmas Eve. She didn't move from this position for several hours and I was (and continue to be) jealous of her cat life.
Mmkay, that's all for now. For the next day or so I'll be lying low, trying to determine whether or not I'm going to catch my mom's stomach bug. After that I'll be meeting Ben in Columbus for New Year's. I hope everyone had a good holiday--if you celebrate that sort of thing--and if not, I hope you had a good Tuesday.