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People, Piercings, Painting and Sleep

Last week felt like a long week. Not that much went “wrong”, per se…it was just crazy busy and chaotic. Didn’t help that the week before I’d spent 5 blissful days in my own little “bubble”, and then last week had to jump back into being around *people* all day, every day. Kind of a shock to the system.

A lot of things moved forward though, which is kind of exciting, and this next week is going to be a very busy, people-y week as well. Such is life, I suppose. Unless one were to decide to go be a mountain person and get snowed in for several months out of every year. Sadly, I’m too lazy to be that person. I suppose it would be a good way to tap into those latent survival skills in a big hurry, eh?

In any case, Saturday after I paid yet another bill and went to the comic shop (had a gift cert from Christmas!), I went to my friendly local piercer, Becky Smith with Cin City Tattoo & Piercing. I give you her full name/shop because I like her, and I like the fact that she’s super quick, and no-nonsense, but will also talk jewelry and piercing placement all day. She’s also got some really nice tattoos…

In any case, I told her I wanted my rook pierced, and a helix piercing, and what I was planning to wear in them, jewelry-wise (curved barbell in the rook, ear cuff in the helix eventually but starting with just a stud). She talked me into hoops for the initial healing of both (couple of months), and while I wasn’t fond of the hoop in my rook to start with, it’s growing on me. She pointed out that the hoop would be easier to sleep with in my helix, and she was right, which is why she’s the expert, of course. Though I do have a “donut pillow” to sleep on that keeps my ear off the pillow and pressure off my piercings. Nifty little invention, that.

After I had those done, the hubby and I headed off to a local art studio (Candi’s Art & Party Studio), and took a Bob Ross painting class. Hubby really likes to paint, and of course we love Bob Ross, so that was fun. Much harder than it looks (painting is definitely not my forte), but it’s not something I’m dying to get good at. We were just having a good time and trying something new. It’s good to stretch your creative side into something you don’t normally do once in awhile.

When my mother saw the post about it on Facebook, she was crazy-curious about if we were taking a long class, and didn’t know I was interested in painting, etc. My mother, the perfectionist. She doesn’t do anything without the end goal being to perfect whatever it is she’s doing. I had to explain to her that it was just a one-off thing, and I really don’t have an interest in painting as a hobby. That’s a pretty foreign concept to her, but she was definitely more enthusiastic about that than she normally is about new piercings/tattoos, so there’s that.

As for my new writing plan, it went…okay. There will be more on that on the writing blog tomorrow (I know, I said that last week and obviously lied, but it’s happening this week), but I’m going to have to shift my long-term goals a bit because I just can’t make what I thought was going to work, work as far as writing time goes. Ce’st la vie, though. Live, learn and keep moving forward. I’m over the pouting, and ready to just keep swimming. Or writing, in this case.

One of the disappointing things is – I need more sleep than I used to, which means I need to get to bed half an hour earlier, which cuts into my already short writing time. I resent that more than I can tell you – the need to sleep when I could be doing other things I want to get done. But sleep is so tied into our health and mental/physical wellness…it’s just smarter, I think, to listen to the old(er) body and give it what it needs. *sigh*

And now, it’s that time, so off to bed I go. May your week be productive, but in the most fun way possible!

On Piercings, Goldfish, & Eye Drops…

A friend I’ve never met in person asked me last week if I had pierced ears. I thought it was an interesting question, because it was unexpected. Partially because I don’t know many people who don’t have pierced ears in this day and age. But also because I consider her a close friend, which means I don’t often think about the fact that we’ve never actually seen each other in person, and thus wouldn’t know the answer to things that normally we’d find out via sight, rather than conversation.

Like, for instance, the fact that anyone who looks at my left ear will see one pierced earring in the normal spot, and six more marks running up the side of my ear where I use to wear a sparkly assortment of rhinestone studs on a 24/7 basis (and a titanium hoop in the very top hole). My right ear has three holes in it, though I’ve only used the bottom one since I cut my hair short. Because I wore earrings constantly for so many years, most of those holes are still open, and could still be used if I had a mind to. Cartilage is fun like that.

Yes, it was really cold in the winter. Yes, I slept with all those studs in my ear. Maybe that’s why I normally sleep on my right side, eh? The thing is, piercings were something I could get without parental approval after I was 16 or so, and I used it as a way to express my creative side. Of course for my 18th birthday, I got my navel pierced, and had that particular piercing until it grew out just a few years back. When I was 22 or so, I went and got a piercing in a somewhat more sensitive part of my body. To read more about that, check out alter-ego Trinity’s post on Thursday… 😉

No, I have no plans to get anymore piercings. Unlike tattoos, that’s not a compulsion for me. I’m content just using my two original ear piercings at this point in my life. Most mornings I don’t even have time to change those, though I would like to make more of a point to do that. I have some really great earrings I never wear because I’m just too lazy. Which is silly.

In other news, I’ve finally decided to get my fancy goldfish a tankmate. I’ve struggled with this a long time as his 20 gal. tank is really only large enough for one and I really don’t have room to upgrade, but I think that all things being equal, he’d probably prefer a shorter, more social life to a longer lonely one. So next weekend, I’ll be picking out a buddy for him (and hoping they get along!). We’ll see how it goes…

And in even better news, I’ve finally found a brand of eye drops that really helps *a lot* with my watery, rebellious eyes. After trying nearly every supermarket/drugstore brand and ending up with an infection for my trouble (and no good solution for my problem), I stumbled across a homeopathic brand (Similasan) at our local health food store, and I can’t tell you how great it is to just be able to see again. It doesn’t stop the problem completely, but well enough that I can function pretty normally, and that is worth the bottle’s weight in gold. So…hooray for homeopathics!

Little o’this, little o’that today, I know, but that’s sort of how my head’s been running lately. And now it’s telling me to get some sleep, because tomorrow’s bound to be an interesting (as almost all Mondays are).

If you have a few minutes and are so inclined, do tell: Are your ears pierced? Do you have a goldfish? Do you have a favorite brand of eyedrops?

Inquiring minds, and all that…


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