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Thursday, August 26, 2010
What do you notice when you see this picture? Maybe you see the colorful umbrella, the fact I'm wearing a hat or just plain being silly for a photo. But I want you to notice is this:

I have beautiful fingernails.

I can say that because they're not actually mine. Yes, they're fake. It's only the second time in my life that I've had a real manicure. My husband bought a gift certificate at the nail salon for me. Come to think of it, I wonder why he did that.

Anyway, you know how the past six months have been for me. It's hard to be feminine when you're--dare I say it--bald. It might work for the national bird (bald eagle in case you're not up on your history), but I'm just not into it, you know?

So I loved getting my nails gussied up. But for you pros out there who have been around the block, so to speak, with your nails, I just have to know: "Why do those nail techs talk in their native language to each other right in front of us????

I was convinced these two guys were laughing at my nails. I wanted to bop someone with chop sticks or at the very least throw a bag of rice.

Have you ever noticed they do that? Does it bother you? Do you act like you know what they're talking about and join in with English? Do you pretend you don't hear them? Read a book? Stare? Call your mother and tattle? What?

One more thing. The last time I had my nails done, I had to take them off two days later because they hurt like the dickens (throbbed and all that). These haven't bothered me at all. Don't know if they used something different or my calcium is finally kicking in. Have you ever had any problems with the stuff they put on your fingernails?
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:58 AM  
  Comments (19)
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At 10:21 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

They're beautiful, Diann. How long will you be able to type with them, though? I have to keep my nails short or I can't type--keep hitting the wrong keys, which I do a lot anyway. I LOVE a pedicure, and the polish lasts forever, and I moan out loud when I'm getting a foot massage, but my fingernails never match my toenails.

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I love your nails! I love getting my nails done, but it's a hassle to keep up, and irritating to type with so I stopped getting my done.

But now a pedicure.... that's worth every penny!

See you soon!

Love lots!

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, yes! My daughter and I are getting a pedicure before conference! Can't wait!!! I can only imagine what those nail techs will say once they get a gander at these toes! :-)

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

That was the first thing I noticed when I saw this picture somewhere else. "Diann has beautiful nails!" Your hands look so pretty here. With all the typing we do, I think having nails of any sort are tough. I remember seeing Dolly Parton's nails (waaaaay long) and thinking, "How in the world does she play guitar??" (I've played guitar. Give me a break. Must dub it in.)

Anyway, I used to chew my nails so when I could get the fake nails, I had soooo much fun, but they began to take on a life of their own. I felt like my nails had a separate life and schedule and a "do and don't" life. So I was sad the day I gave them up because I have a disease on my hands that peels my nails and skin off. Beautiful hands. I don't have them. I hide my hands.

I think if you love the nails, you should have them if you can. Or at least get a pedicure and manicure periodically. They are so common place now and yours look gorgeous.

I love this photo, but I always love photos of you!

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Beautiful nails, Diann. When I was working I used to get my nails done every two weeks. Can't afford it anymore. Besides, I've developed a severe allergy to all the products they use. Nail glue? Last time I tried to mend a broken nail, the whole nail lifted right off the nail bed. Talk about painful. Now I just keep them short.

Never had foreigners as manicurists, though. I think that would bother me, too.

BTW, love the umbrella, love the hat, love the shades, too.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow, Crystal and Peggy, makes you wonder what they put on our nails that can cause so much trouble doesn't it?!

My real nails are horrible. They peel, they are so weak and thin. I've NEVER had good nails. So I keep looking at my hands, thinking they belong to someone else. :-)

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I totally thought that was a professional picture you got off the internet! So cute! Love the umbrella. The fabric was the first thing I noticed! I had my nails done in "pink and white acrylic" for 3 years! I loved my nail salon and still go back from pedicures and manicures. I never had pain from my fake nails. And my salon, although they were all asian, they were very careful to not speak in their native tongue unless they were giving eachother direction for something. Your nails look great!!! Now I miss mine!

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Abby said...

Oh, and I forgot to add... I always got my fake nails filed down to my finger when I would get them filled in so they would stay short because I worked on a computer all day. So you can have pretty nails and still type perfectly well!

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I absolutely LOVE that picture of you! Amber is a fabulous photographer. It so clearly captures your personality!

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Beverly said...


Love the picture! And YES!! It seems that wherever I go in my city, the techs are from Asia, and chatter up a storm. It always makes me think of a Seinfeld episode they did on this very thing, lol! I think Kristin put it one of her books, of the Spa Girls?

I didn't like it so much when it was just me, but now that I take my daughters for a tiny pedicure treat here and there, I am EXTRA paranoid, wondering what they are saying about me as Mom! I tried to create a diversity moment when my daughter said out loud, Mommy, they are speaking Spanish, and the lady said it was Philippene. I had her teach my girls how to say hello in their language, but the moment didn't really take, lol!

Glad to know I am not alone, lol!

At 3:54 PM, OpenID Robin Lee Hatcher said...

LOL! My nail tech speaks in front of me but since she is a native of Idaho, like me, I understand everything she says.

At 7:24 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

You look adorable! I can't say I relate too much with the nail thing since I only get pedis (moms of little boys don't have nails that last :), and at my place they speak English almost all the time. Usually without an accent. It almost feels like they're local, which I kind of strange...

At 6:30 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Laughing about throwing a bag of rice! You are so bad in such a good way! :) Seriously, I could not handle the FIGHTING in Vietnamese or whatever that would go on in the nail salon I used to go to. It was not a relaxing experience at all. And because "I'm so vain," I really did think the fight was about me, hahaha.

Now I hang out in nursing homes, where I try to be popular with the staff but don't always succeed. I wish I'd studied harder in Spanish class. Because I KNOW when I'm traipsing down the hall toward Mom's room, all those gals are talking about ME!!!!

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Katy! I was praying for you and "the Moms" just last night. Hang in there, friend!!

Thanks for all the comments on nails. Though my nails aren't all that long, I agree they are hard to type with. But until my hair grows out, I'm keepin' them! It's a great release for my feminine side. :-)

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

The only thing you need to know: Pick Color -- which sounds like pikkullah.

You got that down, you don't need anything else. Let them laugh at you. They have to touch your feet, they deserve a giggle. I go to the same place every week because I'm twitchy and they laugh at me for being ticklish. I'm comfortable there and when I was up all night on a deadline one week, they said I looked tired and gave me an extra long massage.

I love my girls. Some guy just took a picture of me and my laptop in the coffee shop. I guess he's never seen a pink laptop. LOL

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I didn't even recognize that was you, Di. I thought it was a stock photo. SOOO cute!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm with Cheryl. I adore a pedicure, and I actually purr when they do the massage part. But when they start talking in Vietnamese, I close my eyes. Let 'em think I'm asleep.

BTW, I see eyebrow hairs!! :D And the first thing I noticed was you were chuckling.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Jenny B. Jones said...

What a beautiful picture! You look sassy!

At 3:49 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

Many years ago, I got my first set of fake nails put on. It was for my best friend's wedding. The lady filed my right ring fingernail too thin, and then the glue and the plastic nail pulled and pushed and BURNED through that thin nail. That finger hurt for the two weeks the nails were on, and for probably a month after they were off. I swore I would never do it again.

Well, that lasted only a few years. But I found these nifty new nails that are built for flat nail beds. KISS brand, and you can buy them in a ready-to-go box in Wal-Mart! I haven't had any troubles like the first time ever again.

Your nails look great! And I like the hat, too. :0)


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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