I’m keeping it short and sweet this Friday because I’m not feeling so well.
I did manage to get my mani-on this week and after being inspired by several different versions of this particular style, I wanted to try it myself.
With my own spin, naturally.
Let me start out by saying Pinterest is evil. And I mean that in the most time-suckingly amazing way. It’s chock full of all sorts of stuff and, as a digital pack rat, it’s my go-to spot when I need a little inspiration.
I’ve seen the newspaper manicure floating around the intertubes for a while now, but never really tried it myself. So last night, while meandering the ‘Net, I stumbled across this picture:
Now, I know that in the current new 52 iteration, these two aren’t together. But they have been a classic (and hilarious) love story for decades. And I thought to myself, what would Lois, Ace Reporter for The Daily Planet, do with her nails on her wedding day to the man she’s loved forever?
So I started playing with ideas, and I realized that the newspaper manicure would capture the essential heart of their love story. But here’s where my twist comes in: Instead of cutting up newspaper and using that on my nails, I did something a little different and decided to use a printout of my all time favorite love poem:
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
BY E.E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
So, I set about gathering my tools:
Now, the premise of the manicure is basically this: You paint your nails a light color (white, grey, beige, pink) and let that dry completely. Then you take your alcohol, put it in the dish, and there are apparently two different ways to do this part: you can either dip your nail directly in the rubbing alcohol and then lay the newsprint on top of the wet nail, OR, you can do as I did and soak the paper in the alcohol before applying it to your nail. Either way, you keep that paper, print side down, on your nail for about 10-30 seconds and then peel it off, leaving a transfer of the ink on the nail.
I decided that, though it looked fabulous on its own, this *is* a Lois love mani, and decided that a few glittery red heart accents couldn’t hurt:
This has got to be one of my favorite manicures to date. It’s simple (all things considered) and yet striking. Even Dragon thought it was pretty brilliant, and as he’s the one whose heart I carry in my heart, well…
So elsewise around Hus af Snark, we’ve watched a couple of movies (one of which is on right now), played a game or two, and caught up on the boob tube enough to keep us rather well occupied.
I’m not a huge fan of cyberpunk but the premise of the story was intriguing enough to capture my attention. Meet Nilin. She has amnesia. And a whole bunch of people around her telling her who and what she supposedly is. She also has the nifty ability to be able to get into peoples minds and fiddle with their memories like a DJ remixing beats.
I haven’t finished the game yet, but it’s surprisingly fun. The graphics are certainly jaw-drop worthy and the game mechanics, while taking a few minutes to get used to it, are a little more intuitive than expected. It’s nice to see a female protagonist in a game who actually *can* kick ass…and do it well. And the mental mashups are, so far, really intriguing.
I also played a little more GR this week. As the story progresses, it gets better, but I can still only play this in short bursts. It’s not that I get motion sickness or anything, but man, all the twisting and turning and floating and falling… well, it takes a toll on my equilibrium and makes my brain cramp. But it’s still an interesting premise and though I am far from a fan of anime, the graphics are pretty sweet. I’m sure as the game goes on, I’ll have more to report.
On our Silver Screen:
This was…interesting. Visually at least.
Basically, corporate branding has taken over a distopian future, leaving the world’s population disillusioned and compliant. Misha (Ed Stoppard) can literally *see* what’s happening (and trust me, it’s weird as hell) and sets out to wake society up to the danger while attempting to take down the corporate big wigs that have caused this complacency.
It is…I don’t know. It’s not the greatest movie I’ve ever seen. And to be honest, up until Misha started seeing the “creatures” everywhere, it was sort of boring for me. Even then, I can say I’ve seen this movie before… in the guise of They Live. And it was better then. But maybe it’s just because I happen to have a crush on Roddy Piper. Who knows.
This one surprised me. I was fully expecting to hate this movie. But I didn’t.
Stallone plays James Bonomo a hit-man in N’awlins who, along with his partner, take out a corrupt cop. Things go sideways when, afterwards, Bonomo’s partner is taken out by Keegan (Momoa). Kang plays a DC detective, Taylor Kwan, who comes to town investigating the death of his former partner. He teams up, albeit reluctantly, with Stallone and mayhem ensues.
There is blood, lots of it. Bullets, a ton of them. Snarky comebacks and humorous moments abound. Violence. Lots and lots of violence.
And Jason Momoa, playing one of the most ruthlessly gorgeous baddies I’ve set sights on in a while.
It’s basically a straight-up, classic revenge tale and there are plenty of funny moments, and really well choreographed fight scenes. It’s worth a look, in my opinion.
This was a Dragon pick.
Look, I love me some Gerard Butler, no lie.
And I’m a HUGE Morgan Freeman fangirl.
But neither of them could save this movie for me. I suppose it’s because, deep down, I’m not all into the whole “omg! save the president from the bad guys wanting to blow up important landmarks!” sort of movie. It’s not about being unpatriotic, necessarily, I just… don’t get into these movies.
It’s Die Hard. In the White House.
Do with that as you will.
We watched a ton of Justice League on Netflix, caught up on So You Think You Can Dance, cheered at the first episode of Face Off, stared confusedly at the first episode of Heroes of Cosplay, and continue to fall in love with Motive (Louis Ferreira, *sigh*).
That’s it for now. Time for bed!