Hello from Canada!

Hey everyone! Guess who’s in British Columbia, Canada? (I told you I would post once I was here, didn’t I?) Anyway, we’re staying in a hotel in Victoria. Although I’m being completely unproductive, I’m having a great time with my family. But that’s what vacations are for. Too bad we’re only staying for 4 days… Ok, I’ll stop rambling and let you see the pictures.

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That’s it for now! Sorry they’re all small and random sizes… I tried to fix that but I’m not good with those kinds of things. I’ll do better next time 🙂

-Buddy

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Mani… Thursdays?

My nails are in bad shape. Their surfaces are peeling a little, and they’re all pale and brittle, the poor things. And that’s not even taking my cuticles into account. The point is, they’ve been treated badly these last few months so I’ve decided to give them a break and only paint them once a week, and also leave them to be their natural selves once in a while. Also, things are getting busier around here (summer soccer practices which Buddy gets to skip because of her Canadian adventures, and flute competitions coming up, etc.) and I won’t be able to keep redoing my nails. Plus I’ve run out of ideas (suggestions are welcome!!) that I can do without special stuff like dotting tools, stripers, etc.

Anyways. Because “Mani Mondays” are too mainstream, I’ve decided to do Mani Thursdays! Today I did a polka dot thing (using a bobby pin! because dotting tools are too mainstream):

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And here are the NAIL polishes I used (see what I did there, Buddy).

– Rover

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Travels

Hey guys, it’s Buddy! Long time no post, right? Heh heh… I know, I’m a disgrace. We should just call this Rover’s blog. Anyway, I kinda sorta have an excuse for my betrayal. I am in Walla Walla!

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My dad’s side of the family lives here in Washington state, and we see them almost every summer. This year we only have 5 days to spend in Walla Walla before we go on some cruise to Canada (which sounds amazing, but I wanted to get to spend more time here.) Anyway, we have about 8 days away from home, which gives me a good excuse to not practice so much of my Fountain of the Acqua Paola.

Yes, I play the piano. Rover and I are currently working on a flute / piano duet. Or, I should say, Rover is working on it. (Sorry! I’ll get to it! Probably.) Well, I’m currently working on this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD0-bCXZVj0

It gets really weird, but I guess I like it. Okay, I’m getting off topic. As I was saying, I love it here in Walla Walla, but we visited at a bad time. I mean, I went to take a walk around a lake yesterday and it was NOT what I’d expected. My aunt told me she went there last spring and it was beautiful, but for me, the whole thing was pretty much like this:

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Yes, I took those pictures. Well, I should get back to practicing piano right now but I’ll try to post more later. You’ll hear from me when I’m in Canada, I promise. Maybe.

– Buddy

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Sunflowers, At Last

ImageMy sunflowers have flowered! They’re about 4 feet tall (not the 5-6′ height they say on the seed package, the liars) but at least their stalks are thick enough to support the heads this year (last year’s sunflowers were a MESS). Unfortunately, I’m at debate camp for a week, but I got my sister to take a picture for me. My flowers always bloom when I’m gone… maybe they’re trying to tell me something….

Now the problem is the moonflowers and morning glories. Apparently you have to stop watering them for a bit to get them to bloom, but it KEEPS RAINING! They’re quickly turning into bushy sort of things with lots of leaves and they’re trying to climb all over each other (I didn’t space them out well at all) but they still haven’t flowered… we’ll just have to see.

On another note: ahh, debate camp. We’re researching and writing cases on whether “unilateral military force by the United States is justified in preventing nuclear proliferation”. Realization: finding evidence on resolutions like that is very difficult.

– Rover

P.S. Buddy’s posting soon with pictures of her travels from Washington (state) and Canada!

 

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Beautiful Weeds

I was clearing away the really tall grass that shot up from my garden while I was away, and I found a rather nice-looking weed. It’s a vine, but not a choking vine; it has nice pale purple flowers and a very nice balance of leaves to flowers (unlike a lot of weeds, which may have the occasional nice flower but are mainly huge leafy monsters). It was really a nice-looking weed, so I just left it. I mean, roses are weeds, right? Why aren’t weeds perfectly acceptable? (says the person who was just spraying Roundup on the driveway…)

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And then it struck me exactly how mean we humans are. We choose flowers, many times based purely on appearance. We exterminate the native plants and replace them with beds of luxuriant soil, into which we place plants that need to be watered, plants that wouldn’t naturally survive. And when the natives try to reestablish themselves? They’re re-exterminated. It’s like the plant equivalent of colonialism, except the plants the humans support will always win. There isn’t going to be a revolution.
But I still love my sunflowers, I love seeing their bright yellow faces turned towards the furiously strong sunlight despite the fact that those very faces have to be bombarded with chemicals a couple times a week to prevent them from becoming deer food. I guess if the native plants want to keep living, well, they had better develop weaponry to combat the gardened (machine guns, perhaps?) or become prettier.
– Rover

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More Tape Nails

I think tape designs are the easiest to do. Especially when you’re like me and you don’t have ANY nail art brushes! There are so many fantastic designs you can do if you have a striper/dotter/a couple of tiny brushes but sadly I am lacking all of those. I did just order a set, though — but they were only $1 so I’m not entirely sure they’re… real. (I ordered these)

But anyways, until they arrive, I decided to another tape design. The last one was kind of a failure. I guess I didn’t put enough top coat on or something, but the silver metallic part just peeled right off about 15 minutes after I applied the top coat (maybe it didn’t help that I use the cheapest top coat I can find, Sally Hansen Advanced Strengthening No-Chip whatever). I put two layers of top coat on these and I was careful to let them dry completely before doing anything, so hopefully they’ll fare better this time. They have to, because I don’t have time to do anything else before leaving for debate camp on Wednesday!

So here they are:

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And here are the polishes I used (I mean, NAIL polishes, sorry Buddy):

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They’re Deborah Lippmann’s Rolling in the Deep (the dark blue) and Bad Moon Rising (the gray/silver one). I really, really love Bad Moon Rising! It’s so silvery and wonderful and goes great with pretty much any color. I have a bunch of other metallics that I really need to try but I’m going to wait until I get my brushes and try some real nail art on top of them.  So I guess I’ll just have to wait.

– Rover

 

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Simple Gifts

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The base greenish color is Sephora Read my Palm, and the metallic silver is Deborah Lippmann Bad Moon Rising.

It’s been awhile since I’ve redone my nails, and I wanted to do something not-too-time consuming because I want to get a bunch of stuff done before I leave for debate camp on Wednesday (things like learning to code in Ruby, learning a movement of KPE Bach’s Concerto in A Minor, staking my moonflowers, etc.). So I decided on a very simple somewhat-French-tipped tape design! This mani took about 3 minutes to do after I had put on the base color, although that’s partly because I only did one hand. I’m not so sure about this color combination, though… hmm.

– Rover

P.S. I know, my cuticles are in terrible shape. Not exactly sure what to do about that.

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Flute Fingers

I also play flute (another of my many hobbies) and this past week I was at a band camp, along with 950 other people. We rehearsed about 4.5 hours a day for four days, and by the end my fingers were having problems. They’re all weak and weird and… bleh. Apparently, I’m double jointed and when I play flute I press kind of hard on my pinkies during fast pieces with lots of A and E flats (flutists, you know what I mean :P) and so by the end of the week my finger was stuck in this weird bent position:

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And I cannot straighten it, at all. In our concert today, during the piece with all the sixteenth note runs and D to E flat trills, I had a pinky spasm and made this strange noise (which I don’t know how to do on purpose). I’m just lucky it wasn’t during my solo! This hasn’t happened to me before, not even at clinics where it’s like 9 hours a day of rehearsal. Hmm.

And I just got the All District piece, which is Cantabile y Presto by Enesco and is THAT kind of piece… You know, that piece where you have to drill the runs OVER AND OVER AND OVER again so they won’t be all muddy and then when you audition you have a random finger spasm and fail. I’m still not entirely sure how I’m going to manage all this once school starts.

– Rover

And Buddy was supposed to post something while I was at camp, but she is a bad person and so she did not. Shame!

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The Ugliest One

Buddy (re)did my nails today, with the ugliest colors I have seen yet. Isn’t it endearingly hideous? Maybe I’ll wear it for Halloween, when I dress up as a zombie.

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The yellow-green, textured one is Deborah Lippmann “I Wanna Be Sedated” and the glitter one is Deborah Lippmann “Shake Your Money Maker”.
Don’t worry, I won’t keep it on for long. Soon I’m redoing music nails, for band camp!
– Rover

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Pink, with an Accent

I did Buddy’s nails today, and they’re pretty darn good (if I may say so myself). Nothing fancy, just a simple pink with an accent nail, but classy and better looking than a LOT of the manis I’ve done, sadly.

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The pink is Deborah Lippmann “Sweet Life” and the accent is Deborah Lippmann “Baby I’m a Star”.
– Rover

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