An Entirely Unexpected Occurence

No post today. Sorry. But it’s true.  Well, not entirely true  (clearly),   since you’re sitting, reading a post right now.  I suppose what I meant to say was the post you might have been EXPECTING has been postponed until next week.

I was supposed to have a plethora of pictures for you.  Pictures of the clothing you’ve all saved from your wild, wild youth.  Last Friday I asked you to send in pictures of any ridiculous, beautiful, interesting clothing that you’ve saved over the years even though you know you’ll never wear it again.  And you did indeed send in pictures.  Lots of them.

So why no post?  Well it’s an interesting story actually.

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this post.  Don’t ask me how because it’s all a blur but instead of writing a post today, I ended up getting my hair done and …



… had my  first manicure/pedicure in about 3 years.  I’m not one for succumbing to the societal standards of relaxation.  Or relaxation in general.

So when my friend Renee (who does my hair at her spa) offered to give me a manicure and pedicure  I said, no thank you, and tried to leave.  Soooooooooo 17 swear words, 12 adamant refusals and 1 Indian leg wrestle later … I ended up getting the manicure/pedicure.

It’s very unlike me to a) not write a post and b) be bullied into relaxing spa services.

But for women like me,  and quite possibly you, the odd time you need a friend to say Shut up, Sit down and give me your hand.


  1. amy mills says:

    that’s a good friend yo have! congrats to you on your relaxation, new hair and nails!

    • Karen says:

      Well thank you Amy. The nails are already a wreck, I dropped a MASSIVE tree stump on my big toe and I’ve been wearing a a hat all weekend. So … yet again I’m a mess. ~ karen

      • amy mills says:

        i worked in a salon/spa as a massage therapist, when i finally relented and let the nail tech give me a mani i was hooked! just having someone spend that kind of attention on your hands. even though they return to their natural state of teradactyl-ness within minutes:)

  2. Bols says:

    I am a big fan of pedicures – a must in summer. I am pretty self-sufficient when it comes to manicures so I usually do them myself. My favourite nail polish is OPI. Hey, how could anybody not love a nail polish the name of which is “I’m Not Really a Waitress” or “Teal Cows Come Home”. Imagine what a fabulous job it must be to get paid for coming up with such names.

    I wore gel nails one season and I loved them but I was apprehensive when I thought of all damage they (the manicurists) do to my nails with mini-dremel (I call it mini-dremel, what else, right?). But, I am too much into doing everything myself and home improvements and gardening etc. do not really gel with long nails … so it’s short nails and French mani for my hands.

  3. Holly says:

    Hmmm, today is Monday. No post from you. I’m not quite sure what to do now. I always start my day with you. It’s 1:22 pm and I’m still in my pj’s because I refuse to get dressed until you post. My husband would also like you to post something so that I’ll at least take a shower.

  4. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    I went to Calgary for the weekend in April to see my daughter and to treat her to a mani-pedi before she gives birth to my grandson in June. This was my first manicure/pedicure EVER. I don’t know. I felt a little weird with the whole process. I’m so used to doing it all myself. Must say that the pedicure felt really good. It will, most likely, be my first and last mani/pedi. It was in a spa in an old, very posh hotel downtown (can’t remember the name)that was very nice.

  5. kelli says:

    VERY nice Karen – lovely color too, very summery! All us wimmins need to sit down, chill out, and RELAX every now and then…going for a pedicure is one of the best ways, I think…having someone rub on parts of your body that get beat up the most, plus it makes us look purty in the process. 🙂

    And goodness if anyone needs to be pampered IT’S YOU! So glad you lost the leg wrestling! 🙂

  6. I’ve never had a pedi because I would absolutely fa-reak if anyone touched my feet. But I take really good care of my feet and have all the tools to do it myself so you wouldn’t know. I have friends who have feet that are a disaster because they do nothing inbetween pedi’s and it’s quite gross. Self maintenance is a good thing in between appointments.

  7. Julianna says:

    I have never had a pedicure or manicure or any other spa service. Ever. Weird. And my best friend is an aesthetician. weirder, still.. Although I DID let her give me a bikini wax once. Once. Wasn’t exactly an official spa service though, unless her bedroom counts as a spa. I’m thinking not.

  8. Anemone says:

    Hi Karen…ɪᴛ’s sᴏᴏ ᴄᴜᴛᴇ. Tʜᴇ ᴄᴏʟᴏᴜʀ ɪs ʙᴇᴀᴜᴛɪғᴜʟ.

  9. Laura Bee says:

    I think the last time I had a pro mani/pedi was for my sister’s wedding – in 1995. Enjoy the long weekend, it’s going to be beautiful.

  10. jojo says:

    After losing yet another Indian Leg Wrestle competition at the Spa, Karen determined that the muscle-men on the PJs don’t actually assist in the wrestling.

  11. Carole McGinnis says:

    Good for you – you deserve it with all the hard work you do. You hands and toes look so preeeetttty.

  12. White says:

    Er…um… “occurrAnce”? Blonde moment, was it? Surprising, coming from an experienced wordsmith such as yourself.

  13. Amy in StL says:

    If you could make your next post how to cook squirrel after they eat all your peas – and then break into the chicken wire enclosure around your pots to eat all the new growth… that would be swell. I think the same squirrel ate all my tomatoes and eggplants last year – he should taste pretty good by now, yes?

  14. Natalie says:

    Good for you! And you mustered enough energy to write about why you’re not writing? Pretty awesome. 🙂

  15. eszter says:

    Excuse me..what is this? Absolutely no relaxation..!! I’ve been looking forward to this could you let us down? I am terribly disappointed. Especially that red nails took precedence over me! Pfff!

    All I wanna say is that
    They don’t really care about us

  16. Maggie says:

    Love it! Enjoy!

  17. ev says:

    Good for you Karen! Fingers and tosies look good, as probably your hair does too. The pics will wait, as will we. Have a good weekend.

  18. SG says:

    Next time your friend wrestles you into the mani chair, ask her to buff your nails instead using polish. Nice look for a few days, without the chipping and peeling. You can even keep them shiny with a few swipes on your jeans now and then.
    Or you can get a buffer and look very 30’s movie star doing your nails while the Fella mixes your martini.

  19. SK Farm GIrl says:

    Love the colour Karen!!! One of the best things about polish on the toes is it hides the dirt under the toe-nails – LOL! K – I know some of you are freaking out over that, but seriously, do you clean every little bit of accummulation from under your toe-nails??!! As for Indian leg wrestling; last time I did that there was a blood-letting. Some city chick challenged me to an Indian leg wrestle. What was she thinking? I’m a farm girl who rides horses; I have legs of steel! Anyway, I kicked her ass and when she flipped over she smacked her foot on a weight bar and ripped her foot open – blood spewed everywhere! Apparently she needed stitches the next morning – once she sobered up! Moral of the story – never Indian leg wrestle a horse rider when there is a full moon!

  20. Patra says:

    I’m glad you took a break to be a LITTLE girly. 🙂 You work too hard and it makes me feel inadequate. *grin*

  21. hunter says:

    The gel manicures are awesome. I got one and then proceeded to spend a week on a craigy beach digging in the sand, climbing all over rocks and trees and otherwise generally acting like a 6 year old boy. I got bruised and scratched bloody and tore my clothes. But my nails looked *flawless*. Totally surprised me, but totally true.

  22. Traci says:

    Good for you, Karen! I usually have to talk myself into taking “me” time. And even after giving myself a stern talking to, my “me” time is spent browsing in thrift stores, refinishing some piece of furniture, tackling a new craft, or learning a new recipe….that counts as relaxing, right? Right???

  23. Sandy says:

    Don’t forget to wear gloves in your garden!! If your like I am over gloves that will last about 5 minutes and your manicure will be ruined and you will be cursing. So, no nail polish for me. They sure do look nice though. Forgot what hands are suppose to look like.

  24. Karol says:

    I have always had issues with people getting up close and personal with my feet. Not that my feet are gross, they’re actually pretty cute, but it kinda creeps me out to have strangers all up in my bih-ness, so to speak. Don’t get me started on the part when they shave off dead skin with what looks like a Ninja blade. I still get pedi’s, I just remind myself how cute my tootsies will be when I’m done.

  25. Barbie says:

    Good for you Karen! Spontaneity is the best thing in life! So glad you were leg wrestled into it!
    Just make sure you wear gloves in your garden! 🙂

  26. Jamiek says:

    Everyone deserves a little treat now and then. You should have asked Renee why there was no masseuse waiting in the wings! Have a great weekend!

  27. calliek says:

    Does this mean I can still send you photo of my clothes then? Because I’ve been dragging around a suitcase full of bad 80’s rocker clothes for years and if I’ve missed my one and only chance to actually do something with them because I didn’t see that post, I will probably cry.

    Also I find mani’s are waste of money because I wreck them before I get out of the door but I swear by monthly pedicures. It’s like getting a massage and with pretty feet, all for under $25!

  28. Woohooo!! Hot looking nails. I bet you really would love the shellac tho. You may want to rethink that one. It lasts for at least two weeks. Keeps your nails strong and doesn’t chip. Low maintenance for busy gals. Easy sneazy peasy.
    You may just feel like a Queen for a day. Or two weeks. xx

  29. Gayla T says:

    No one is going to take care of you but you! You have to call a halt, sit down and have some Karen time. At least you showed up to tell us where you were. Can you imagine the uproar if for once you didn’t show up at all? I’d be calling those hunky guys in the red coats who would show up at your door to find out if the domestic abuse had gotten out of hand once more and the fella had pushed you down the stairs again. Of course they wouldn’t find your body becuase you are at the spa getting a massage from that other hunky guy you were planning to run away with. Can you see where this is going? So, it’s great that you at least checked in before the fella ended up in the electric chair. The nails look great although I can’t imagine that’s going to last long with all the gardening going on. Do we get to see the hair do? I hope it’s not going to be vampire black like my DIL’s was when she came for Christmas. Yikes!!!

  30. marilyn says:

    i had a pedicure yesterday too! love todays alliteration, onw of my fave words ..plethora..just rolls off the old tongue..a plethora of pictures..awesome!

  31. Absolutely. Sit down, shut up and relax. Check Spiral Style today for a photo of my pedicure!

  32. Susan says:

    Ha! My one bit of relaxation is my nails and toes! Both my feet and my hands work hard for me so I figure I should look after them!! I started getting my nails done years ago when doing occasional shots for TV and wanted nice nails. It’s also hard to sell a loaf of bread with chipped grungy nails! My feet got pampered once and now because it feels so damn good not to mention I find it too hard to reach that far for any length of time, I get them done once in awhile. I love my ” look” and and my 2 hour retreat once a month. I work hard and have earned it. After all men sit on the toilet more than that in a month! 🙂

  33. Reg says:

    Awwww. So girlie girl. Pretty. Do you think it will last the weekend? *teehee*
    Good decision to forego the gel nails. The cost can add up quickly.
    Better to sped the money on you garden.

  34. Katie says:

    I completely agree. And i wanted to point out the non-sequitor of and ad asking me if i wanted to get rid of ringworm right below this post. How does google know that I’ve been meaning to deworm my chickens? Is this its version of an intervention. Creepy. And gross.

  35. Jan says:

    My sister-in-law was both a fashion model as well as a hand model. You would not believe how much they make! But she babied her hands almost constantly. . Lots of hand cream and manicures. A scratch or cut could ruin her day.

  36. Amanda says:

    really?? No cars… what about a convertable??? Damn it… where are me and the Beau going to do now when we go necking at lovers lane?? LOL just kidding this is Kansas… there’s no scenic cliff make out spots here… but this might just work on my driveway… which has bad concrete and has been divided naturally into part driveway part patio LOL

  37. Chris v says:

    Even if it only lasts a minute, the color sure is cute and matches your personality! Yay for Indian Leg Wrestling! 🙂

  38. Carla Barnes says:

    Change is gonna do you good! You’ll probably wreck that manicure tomorrow in the garden….

    • Karen says:

      I know. She tried to make me get gels or shellack, but I told her I’d never, EVER maintain it and get it filled every 2 or 3 weeks. NEVER. So … we kind of compromised. ~ k

  39. Laura says:

    So it turns out you are not good at leg wrestling?

  40. Amanda says:

    Sometimes you just got to relax… and that is what I tell myself as I lock my self away and indulge in my list of DIY blogs (which really is yours and then randomness off of Pinterest) Enjoy yourself!! Now I’m going to look for your portable fire pit blog… finally got a place where that could be useful!!

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