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Manicures and Pedicures -- Movie: Hidden Figures 
Marilyn and I actually DID get up this morning and go directly over to our nail salon to get our manicures and pedicures. We're always proud of ourselves when we just jump in and do that. We tend to put it off because it's such a pain to have it done.

This time we did something totally NEW! For the first time ever, we got gel on our toenails, as well as for our manicures. What that should mean is that our pedicures will last the way our manicures do -- without chipping. I always end up stubbing my toes or being rough with my pedicure in some way. And it ends up looking pretty bad after several weeks. Hahaha. But this might mean that doesn't happen. Or so we hope!

Marilyn is never quite as hard on her pedicure. It reminds me how I was always harder on things as kids. I'd bang up my knees and elbows, for example (though that might partly be due to having psoriasis, which Marilyn didn't have). But I was also harder on toys when we were little (which might partly be due to my being left-handed, which Marilyn was not). Anyway... Marilyn always seemed more dainty and feminine than me. I was such a tomboy, with my big 'man hands.' And such a klutz. Hahaha.

I just looked at my manicure and felt delighted by the color. I need to share a photo (when I have one). We both did matching, manicures to pedicures, for color. She got a blue shade, and I did a sort of bronze that is orange-ish. I selected mine to match our Brilliant. festival theme for 2017.

Directly after that, we drove straight to the office. We considered going home first, as we could now have PUT ON SHOES, something we normally can't do the day we get a pedicure! Gel nails cure immediately and can't be spoiled the way other pedicures can. But I said I didn't mind being in sandals, so off we went.

We got to the office at just past 1:00 and stayed until just past 6:00. So we got a good five hours of work done. Marilyn was working hard on timing the Grand Floral Parade (more complicated than it sounds -- there are several versions of the lineup). I spent some time moving all the files and folders that were on my jump drive over to my NEW external hard drive. I knew that would be a huge pain, as well as a time suck. But now it's done, thankfully! And I was working on getting my email down and some other projects.

I had the email report for the entire office, and decided to just go on the Server to the Exchange and up the quota amount for both Steven and Jeff. They were getting up there, and I didn't want any bouncing during this season... That's an interesting process, actually. And I was doing the math to make it a reasonable jump up, without making it as high as Carol is set, for example. (Actually, once I'd done that, I lowered Christie to the same number -- I had had her at the same as Carol, which is WAY TOO HIGH for most staff.)

The day was chilly again, and rainy -- but not nearly as bad as it could have been! I actually saw a bunch of blue skies and sunshine.

I was trying hard at work to walk less than usual, but I don't think I managed all that well. There's no way to avoid the up and down stairs because of where my work station is located. Oh well.

When we got home we had some leftovers to eat.

After dinner, we decided to get a movie to watch. Originally Marilyn tried something we'd both agreed on that ended up being HORRIBLE. (sigh) But then she suggested the 2016 film "Hidden Figures," the most wonderful, feel-good movie. For those who don't know, it's about three amazing black women who were involved with work at NASA, Katherine (Goble) Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan -- and you just have to love all three incredible women. And talk about BRILLIANT! These women have WONDERFUL minds. I know I'm being effusive, but it's totally warranted. These are names we should all know.

As an IT person, I just marvel at the knowledge of these women. I envy their mathematical abilities (I'm really pretty bad at math, even now).

By the way, if you don't already love the recently deceased John Glenn, this movie helps make you an even bigger fan.

Marilyn frequently sends me notices about inexpensive books that I can purchase for my Kindle. She just sent me "Clan of the Cave Bear" (which was published in 1980), and I immediately bought it. Of course I had read it right after it was released. The author Jean M. Auel is a Portland native, and I got to meet her years back at book signing where I was buying a couple of her hardback books that I had signed for my Mom (who was also a big fan of the series). It's been some time since I re-read it, though, and now I'm really enjoying starting the book all over again! (smile)

Well, time for bed (it's 1:30-ish). My plan for tomorrow is to take it pretty easy, if I can. I'm still having a reaction to my recent shots -- and I'm not supposed to be doing as much walking as I have since Friday...

Tuesday I'll be training Queen Grace (an intern for 2017). She's not quite my last for this year, but certainly getting there! I have training with Tashae (from last year) on May 24. (Strange, as I don't usually train on a Wednesday. But oh well.)

Donn will be in tomorrow setting up Grace's Profile! I'd better send him all the info soon! Hahaha.

Good night and sweet dreams, dear friends.
May 15, 2017 (Monday) 10:58 am (UTC)
Have you two always lived together? I can not imagine living with my sister, but that is a totally different story. I wish we could now. I hope you are not too busy to answer.
May 19, 2017 (Friday) 12:51 am (UTC)
Yes, we always have.

In fact, we've only ever been separated for a few weeks in our entire lives. And we've always been best friends.

We have only fought a very few times, too...

Most people around us envy our closeness, I have to say...

May 19, 2017 (Friday) 10:15 am (UTC)
I, too, envy your closeness. Such wonderful support for each other.
May 15, 2017 (Monday) 05:23 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a pedicure in forever, reading this really made me want to do one soon. :-) I've only had a manicure done twice. I liked it but I'm so hard on my hands that it never lasts long.

I helped someone time a parade in my hometown once. It's so much harder than it sounds! Until then I had no idea someone even did that sort of thing. lol

Clan of the Cave Bear was one of my Mom's favorite books but I don't think I've ever read the whole thing.

Happy Monday. :-)
May 19, 2017 (Friday) 12:59 am (UTC)
Seriously, these new manicures LAST FOREVER! I'm not kidding! They want you to go every couple of weeks, but we've gone as long as eight weeks (!!!) without a new manicure. And the gel is like Superman -- nearly indestructible! Haha.

It can be painful, but is well worth it. We're required to keep a certain level of appearance, so...

I can clean house, type, jam my hands in file drawers, plant floers or whatever and they hang in there great!

That's why I'm excited about the gel on my toes!!!!!

Yes, parades are more work than people know. But keeping that from spectators is part of the job!

May 19, 2017 (Friday) 12:42 am (UTC)
Hidden figures was great!

They were truly amazing people!
May 19, 2017 (Friday) 12:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, a real feel-good movie!

It's interesting how much wasn't factual, though. Like the segregated bathrooms. That wasn't the case at NASA...

But who cares? We need to remember what it was like (or learn it, for those who didn't live through it).
May 19, 2017 (Friday) 12:50 am (UTC)
I know.
And, they actually accomplished many of their things before the movie showed.
But, it's still good. Their story should have been told and I'm glad it was.
May 19, 2017 (Friday) 12:59 am (UTC)
Agreed, Frank!!!