After a particularly deep and heavy post on Wednesday, I thought I would lighten things up around here.

These topics don’t warrant individual posts, so I’m lumping them all together in one and calling it…

…Books, Nail Polish, and a Scary [to me] Story.


I came across this article about Amy Poehler quotes the other day and am now pumped to read her new book Yes Please. I love her no nonsense attitude and sense of humor. If you don’t watch Parks and Recreation, I highly recommend you binge watch the show. SO funny!

Yes Please

I took a mini break from my SLR camera this summer. And trust me, it’s not because I don’t love it or don’t want to use it. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to use it more. As a way of getting back into photography and more importantly learning about my camera, Vishnu suggested I read a few books. I took his advice and bought The Digital Photography Book: Part 1. I did quite a bit of research and this one was on every single list of photography books I came across.

The Digital Photography Book Part 1

If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide for how to use your camera and take pictures, this is not for you! What I recommend you do is take a class or two and then buy this book. It will make much more sense as it’s more of a ‘tips and tricks’ kind of read for how to capture specific shots.

Nail Polish

When I met my co-worker Thea, one of the first things I noticed were her impeccably painted nails. During my first week with the company, we got to talking about nail polish, and when she mentioned that she paints her own nails, I asked all kinds of questions. Before this, I’d never attempted to do my own nails for many reasons, one of which was pure laziness. Thea assured me that I could do it and do it well.

Ever since, I’ve been doing my nails at home (with a few exceptions for weddings and longer work trips). Thea advised that I buy the Seche Vite Top Coat to help my paint jobs last longer. We never got around to talking about base coats though. About a month ago, I took it upon myself to research which ones are the best because I wanted to get even more longevity out of my polish. I mean, if I’m going to put effort into doing my nails, they better last more than three days!

OPI base coat
I decided to buy the OPI Natural Nail Base Coat purely because of the rave reviews on a number of different sites. And I’m very happy I did. My last two nail jobs lasted a week (a week!!!) with very minimal chipping. In fact, any chipping that did occur was my own fault because I didn’t wear gloves when washing the dishes. Would it be obnoxious to bring my own base coat to the salon the next time I go in for a pedicure?!

A Scary [to me] Story

I’m just going to preface this story with a simple statement. I’m a huge scaredy cat!

Ok, so you know how I mentioned a few times that Vishnu’s rotation this month involves shift work? Well, on Wednesday afternoon when I came home for lunch, I asked him if his attending would let him off early. He said that it was unlikely and that he would be home around 1:30 am.

Fast forward to 11:00 pm when I’m getting ready for bed. I go through my routine – brush my teeth, wash my face, etc. – and jump into bed. About five minutes later, I hear the bathroom door close. My heart starts beating really fast as I pull the covers tightly over my face and start praying. I think about locking the bedroom door but convince myself it was nothing and stay put instead.

THEN about three minutes later, I hear someone open our bedroom door. I quickly sit up and scream (not knowing if it was him), “VISHNU!!!” And here’s what happened after that…

Vishnu: Par, it’s me!
Me: OMG!
Vishnu: What? Who did you think it was?
Me: Not you! You said you wouldn’t be home until 1:30, and I didn’t hear the front door open.
Vishnu: Who else would it be?
Me: Well, I heard the bathroom door close on its own and thought…there was a ghost in our apartment.
Vishnu: A ghost that wanted to use the bathroom?
Me: Whatever! You scared the crap out of me. I’m going to sleep now.
Vishnu: Just call me next time!
Me: How about you text me to let me know you’re coming home early!!!
Vishnu: Ok, fine.

I know it sounds ludicrous to think there was a ghost in our apartment. But when you’re not expecting your husband until 1:30 am and you hear a door tightly close, it totally makes sense!

And with that, Happy Halloween and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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By Parita

10 thoughts on “Books, Nail Polish, and a Scary Story”
  1. If it makes you feel better, I get scared when my husband unexpectedly comes home, to 🙂 I also freak out when I’m in the shower and I hear something in the backyard (we have a window that looks out onto the backyard lol).

    I’m going to check out the top coat you posted. I started using Sally Hansen DIY Gel (doesn’t require a light but hardens with sunlight) and I think it works pretty well. I also like the Sally Hansen stick on nail wraps. Those last FOREVER. They’re popular for parties too – have you heard of Jamberry?
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    1. I’m always freaking out too! Every little noise makes me jump. 🙂

      And Thea actually told me about Jamberry. Will definitely check it out!

  2. Lol I had a similar experience recently. I was just coming back from the toilet for a 5am-ish wee and had barely snuggled into bed when I heard this massive bang and a rattling sound. In my sleepy haze, I literally jumped and sunk back under the sheets (it’s summer in my home country right now and it’s super super hot and humid!).

    Hubby: What?! WHat? Why are you jumping?
    Me: That sound! Is it a thief?
    Hubby: …….. no…it’s the garbage people.
    Me: Oh…
    Hubby: Yeaaaahhhhh….It’s Wednesday.

    1. I have zero patience in life but for some reason I find doing my nails a really fun/creative/calming activity. Try it once – you may get hooked!

  3. Haha that scary story made me laugh- I would have freaked out too! I am SO bad with painting my nails. Truth be told, I tend to leave my nails naked even when I go for a manicure- the chipping after a few days stresses me out haha! I should try this top coat- I miss having polish on my nails sometimes :)!
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    1. It stresses me out too! But at least when you do it yourself, you know it only cost pennies. That helps me from feeling like it was a total waste!

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