Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm back!

Yep.  I took off a little more time than I originally planned, but I think it was worth it.

It was an interesting vacation.  My original plans fell through (seriously, this always happens, why do I ever bother planning anything?) but there was an unexpected silver lining to it all.  On one hand I feel like it was a waste of a vacation since I don't feel any more rested or refreshed than I did before I left and I didn't end up going where I wanted to go, but on the other hand, the time off seemed to flip some sort of switch in my brain that turned my creativity back on.

I've been writing purely for my own enjoyment, working on some old projects that have been gathering dust for years, learning to play a couple instruments I've never tried playing before, creating and imagining, and I've even scratched a few things off my bucket list.

Want to hear something else crazy about my vacation?  I didn't wear nail polish for almost two weeks straight!  I know!  It wasn't intentional.  I started off with an awesome Color Club glitter on my nails, but that chipped off on the second day.  I put on another glitter which also chipped, and after that my nails stayed naked because I was just too absorbed with other activities to pick out another color.

So, yeah, I guess it was nice to take an extended amount of time off from my usual routine even if things didn't go as planned.  The creative mental shift was both unexpected and very welcome.  We'll see how long it lasts.

But, now I'm rambling.  No one wants to read that.  So.... here's this picture I took of a duck scratching itself.



I didn't work on any blog stuff at all during my break so I'm way behind on swatches.  I might just do a few posts with either just photos or photos plus very, very brief reviews so I can catch up.  And it goes without saying that my inbox is completely insane right now (even more than usual), so if you emailed me something urgent while I was gone, you might want to re-send it because I haven't been monitoring my inbox.  Sorry about that :(


52 comments:

  1. Welcome back :) I wish I could get into writing again, too. I haven't written in what feels like ages when I used to love making up stories. Nowadays I just seem to completely lack the creativity and imagination of my childhood.

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  2. Hi welcome back! I hope your finger healed ok!

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    1. Thank you! It did, and I'm surprised, for how gross it looked when it happened, there's not even a noticeable scar. Yay!

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  3. Welcome back, I am so glad that you are back.

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  4. Welcome back, so happy to see you! And you've got your mojo back by the sound of it, so thats great! I can't work out how the pieces in that photo go together to make a duck, will just have to take your word for it, a holiday is always good for your mind x x x

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  5. Yayayaya!!! I've missed yer so much! I can totally relate to this entire post.

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  6. I'm with MASPOOASE, a duck scratching itself looks like a Mr. Potato Head with all its limbs rearranged (but, you know, in duck form instead of potato) Glad you're back, though and that your vacation turned out at least mostly OK!

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  7. Welcome back! I'm glad you were able to find a silver lining! I am also currently "on vacation." So far, that means being lazy at home and staying away from the office. This is nice, but so are beaches. :)

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  8. haha love the duck!! so glad you're back :)
    what instruments are you attempting to learn? I've been wanting to try the ukulele. I tried guitar a couple years back, but my hands are too small (or I'm just a loser) so I thought the ukulele would be easier. Two less strings! ;)

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    1. Ukelele and violin! I want to try banjo next, but those are substantially more expensive. I have pretty small hands and short fingers, so the trick is to find a guitar with a narrower neck- some guitars are just too big for me to play comfortably, but others suit my small hands much better!

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  9. Duck scratch fever ba bow da bowwww

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  10. So glad to see you back well even though not rested! :-)
    Nice touch with Curque du soleil la duck pic!
    xx

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  11. I have been going through Scrangie withdrawls! Your duck picture even gave me a little fix :)

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  12. that position was very unnatrual (talking to the duck) and can't wait to see more of your posts!

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  13. Welcome back :D, The Duck looks funny

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  14. Welcome back, Scrangie!!! Time for me to go back to checking your blog everyday :) lol

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  15. I'm somewhat obsessed with ducks so I am a very happy lady right now. ;) I love the randomness of it.

    Yay for getting a rush of creativity. Always nice when inspiration/motivation hits.

    Looking forward to seeing some swatches soon!

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  16. Two Weeks?!?! WHOA. Glad all is well though

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  17. yay! Glad you had a vacation! *hug*

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  18. Duck yoga! And welcome back.

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  19. Welcome back, I love the duck!

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  20. So happy yr back and happy :o). I've missed you !

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  21. welcome back! That duck is beyond cute!

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  22. Well it sounds like you enjoyed your vacation! Welcome back!

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  23. It's always good to take a break. I have to admit I had to look at that duck picture about 22 ways before I could see how he was twisted up haha.

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  24. I am glad you got a break from polish and blogging. Sometimes a human just needs to relax and enjoy life. That duck picture took me a bit of looking at to figure out what the heck was going on haha.

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  25. Yay so glad you are back! Can't wait to see your swatches of holiday collection nail polishes!:)

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  26. Welcome back, missed ya!! Glad to hear you had a productive and fulfilling vacay. :)

    That duck looks crazy!

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  27. The duck is interesting,lol... :)

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  28. Hey scrangie, nice to see you back! :) Btw, are you now on Instagram? There is someone with the user name @scrangie lol

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    1. I heard about that! It's not me, though! I've never tried Instagram before.

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  29. Welcome back, we missed you! I'm glad you made the most of your vacation, I hope you can continue your new and old interests. I think the lack of nail polish is a good sign for a nail blogger's vacation.

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  30. Welcome home. I'm glad, but not surprised that you managed to make the most of it anyway. I hope you can find time to continue with those interests. The fact you went polish free is a pretty good sign for a nail blogger on vacation :)

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  32. Yusss you're back lol I love your blog! Glad to hear that your vacation went well :)

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  33. Welcome back! The duck picture entertained me for far too long. I have so many questions.

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  34. Glad to have you back my first and best blogger love from Italy

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  35. Glad you are back my first and best blogger Love from Italy xxx

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