July 16 08

i hate manicures and pedicures.


the entire experience. having someone massaging your hands and (ew) feet. that cheese grater tool they use…what the fuck IS that thing anyway? having to choose your colors without any guidance…there’s a friggin’ wall of choices, how am i supposed to pick one? from the non-english speaking…it’s straight out of that episode of Seinfeld…”The Korean women were talking about me. I think they were calling me a dog.” (hahaha) the sitting around and waiting.

the entire experience just skeeves me out. but, there are times when these things must be done. weddings. trips to St. Lucia. trips to San Francisco for blogher (especially when you are the only person showing up with a lovely head of roots and no new shoes)

so, i made a 4:45 appointment yesterday. i was going to pop a xanax and beautify my extremities. (being a woman seriously sucks sometimes)

i walked in. didn’t understand a word they said. finally figured out i need to go choose my colors. you can do this ali. finally picked one. it’s awesome. it’s called “met on the internet” (the irony? kills me…since i’m about to travel to San Fransisco to meet a whole bunch of amazing people that i met on the internet. i’m not linking. there are too many. but you know who you are.)

and then i sat. and sat. and sat some more.

finally, at 5:15 (keep in mind my appointment was 4:45. that’s half an hour) some dude calls me over and says


“yes. and pedicure too.”




and then all 50 people in there start flipping out and yelling at each other in an asian language? japanese? korean? hell, if i know. i was scared.

“oh, no, not you. you next. this woman first”

“but my appointment was 4:45″


“yes. and pedicure”


“yes, do you know when i will actually be seen?”


and that was when i walked out of the store. said gofuckoffee and left.

if there’s one thing i dislike more than manicures…it’s having to be kept waiting. yes, i understand that my OB is going to be late sometimes…because he does something like DELIVER BABIES. and i understand my friends are going to be late sometimes because they are my friends (all my friends are late)

but i am paying someone for a service. i called and made an appointment. i asked to come in at 4:30 and he said 4:45. agreed. i should not be seen any later than 4:55.

so, i’ve sworn off Infinity Nails forever. and i went home and hauled out a gift i once got that i was 100% certain i would never use and went to town…

it may not be the BEST pedicure in the world. and it may not be the color i wanted. but at least i didn’t have to wait for it. and there was no CHEESE GRATER involved. or any Korean. also, hello, FREE!

and now all i have to do is pack for this trip…

help me. i’ve since added another dress, pair of shoes, and little sweater.

and a light jacket…because everyone said i need one.

2 dresses. 2 cardigans.
4 skirts. 5 pairs of shoes.
2 pairs yoga pants. 2 t-shirts. 3 camis. one hoodie
2 pairs of jeans. one pair of pants.
8 shirts. 1 jacket.

too much for 3 days in SF???

  1. I would say that’s just right for 3 days. I always overpack because I hate being away from home with nothing to wear. I hope you have so much fun!

    kiridas last blog post..blogger without a cause


    Comment by kirida on July 16, 2008
  2. I can’t believe you don’t like pedicures – I love them. My honey and I go together once a month to get one!

    And yes – way to much clothes for 3 days – but thats how I roll too!!


    Comment by Shelly on July 16, 2008
  3. Don’t look at me; I’m the guy whose rule for packing is (n+1) t-shirts, gitch, and socks, plus a pair of shorts, where n is the number of days staying.

    SciFi Dads last blog post..Random Pregnancy Thoughts


    Comment by SciFi Dad on July 16, 2008
  4. have a great trip Ali!
    Your feet look lovely!
    just the right amount of clothes to fit in carry-on!


    Comment by Sarah on July 16, 2008
  5. I wanted to get a pedi too but I’ll be doing it myself today, too. You chose a nice colour!

    I have to pack for a week so I’m a little scared. Procrastinating, big-time.

    Assertagirls last blog post..Don’t get me started on the dismount.


    Comment by Assertagirl on July 16, 2008
  6. You don’t love the cheese grater? I – not joking – love it so much I bought one for myself.

    Although, I have to admit that one time I got a bit overzealous right before bed… and woke up with a bit of *pink* in the sheets. At my feet.

    Am I grossing you out yet? Ok then.

    Love the toes, am absolutely jealous of the fabulous clothes (and trip).

    Can’t wait to hear about all the cheesecake you eat!!

    Sarahs last blog post..Crowd Favorite: Mexican Rice


    Comment by Sarah on July 16, 2008
  7. I got my first pedi over the weekend and…yeah. There was a reason I don’t let people touch my feet. Lets just say she caused pain and drew blood. B*tch.

    I think you should send all those clothes in a box to me so I can, you know, help you choose outfits. Its only fair I get to try them all on too…..(what i’m trying to say is I LOVE YOUR WARDROBE)

    Ashleys last blog post..Sunny, With a Strong Chance of Wind


    Comment by Ashley on July 16, 2008
  8. You pack light.

    Im going to have to re-think what I am packing. LOL. So far, I have four pairs of heels.

    ohmommys last blog post..A Baby, Jewelry Box, and some Legos


    Comment by ohmommy on July 16, 2008
  9. I think you’re a little light on the shoes (and I’m not joking…)

    Teris last blog post..Ladies.


    Comment by Teri on July 16, 2008
  10. FIrst, LOVE the color.

    Second… your feet look just like my good friend’s… we tell her she has Flintstone toes.

    btw… you’re feet look freakin’ tiny! I wear a 7.5 and your tiny ones make mine look like sasquatch!

    everything about me is midget…including my toes! ~Ali

    Kristis last blog post..Lonely


    Comment by Kristi on July 16, 2008
  11. I’m so jealous that you are going to blogher! And you are actually rooming with one of my real life friends, slynnro, she’s totally cool by the way. I hope you guys have fun… ehh I know you will.

    Lissas last blog post..Classic Melissa… The Underwear Edition Part 4549837


    Comment by Lissa on July 16, 2008
  12. WAY too much for 3 days…you don’t love a pedicure? You haven’t been to the right place yet. I NEVER let them use that cheese grate thing – gross! There’s a spa at Markville Mall – they do great pedi’s, although slightly over priced. Have a great trip!


    Comment by Maria on July 16, 2008
  13. Man, You crack me up!

    I haven’t gotten a pedi in years becuase the last time I got one I got an infection. Had to go to the Dr. and he said he sees that infection more than he would like too…Thankfully it went away with antibiotics!

    Good for you for leaving..I would have left too!


    Comment by Ruby on July 16, 2008
  14. Awww, poor you!

    I get a manicure/nail job at the same place my mother-in-law does (here in the SF Bay Area by the way), and they do pretty well. Usually I do fine with things like this because I and too inept to do things like this myself. Except for detail work on the nail paint.

    The infection thing, for Ruby up above me, is VERY common EVERYWHERE. Of course, for a LOT of people they know I’ve out their own personal set of tools. That way only ONE person’s feet touch the tools.


    Comment by Mari on July 16, 2008
  15. nope. nope. looks like the perfect amount to me :-)

    Hey, have a great time at BlogHer! I wish I was going,too.


    Comment by GHD on July 16, 2008
  16. Holy shit, I thought I overpacked. ;-) Kidding!

    And I was going to get a mani/pedi yesterday, too! But I was feeling icky so I used my own cheese grater and nail file and polish and did my own feet and hands. They look pretty professional if I do say so myself.

    See you tomorrow I hope!

    Kristies last blog post..I suck at a lot of things, but I suck the most at packing.


    Comment by Kristie on July 16, 2008
  17. what no bikini?


    Comment by LAVENDULA on July 16, 2008
  18. OMG I LOVE pedicures!!!!!

    Beccas last blog post..Can’t do it.


    Comment by Becca on July 16, 2008
  19. Sweet toes!

    I’m at the airport 2 hours early, so I’m playing on the Internet.

    My suitcase is HUGE and jammed FULL. I need options.

    Angellas last blog post..Three Years To The Day


    Comment by Angella on July 16, 2008
  20. you know what i love? how we all want to look so pretty for eachother. it’s so true. we want to have our nails done. our toes done. cute clothes. great hair. we all want to look PRETTY. why is that?!?! really. i mean, i want to look pretty too- but WHY?! lol I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

    jennsters last blog post..message for gramps


    Comment by jennster on July 16, 2008
  21. you made me write a post about BEING PRETTY FOR BLOGHER! GO READ IT FUCKER! lol

    jennsters last blog post..blogher= who is the prettiest?


    Comment by jennster on July 16, 2008
  22. Ooh. Yes. I would have left too.

    And – just the right amount of clothes. I think the most important thing when you’re packing to go away is to pack so you have options. If you only pack exactly what you know you’ll need, you’re SOL if the weather changes or you feel like wearing something different. If you pack more, and you do it sensibly, you have options!

    I like options. ;)


    Comment by mamatulip on July 16, 2008
  23. They are talking about you…they all do. I have been going to the same place for years and I come right out and ask what they are talking about. They always sound like they are yelling at each other. Don’t they?

    Oh- and I think it is weird that there are men who are mani/pedicurists… like they are the mani/pedi pimps and push to upsell you to a brazillian wax….eeewww.


    Comment by swirl girl on July 16, 2008
  24. i think that is just the right amount of clothes and shoes. last year, i didn’t bring enough. shoes that is.

    you didn’t go last year, did you?

    wish i was going….have a super time!


    Comment by gorillabuns on July 16, 2008
  25. I should have know there was a foot picture coming. Still, I was not prepared. You will pay.

    heathers last blog post..Stow Away


    Comment by heather on July 16, 2008
  26. Don’t forget the FAB NEW CAMERA! It will take up space but is well worth it. Have a great time and take lots of pics.

    Jen Maiers last blog post..My Top 5 – Paris


    Comment by Jen Maier on July 16, 2008
  27. So you just left! Awesome. I love pedis – not so much manis but a foot massage = great. I hate it when I have to wait or when they have clearly OVER BOOKED. Almost as much as I hate when they speak in another language and I wonder if they can see my underwear, if my toe nails are weird, are they making fun of my hair?

    Lindzs last blog post..The Pros and Cons to long island iced tea before flying (on a plane)


    Comment by Lindz on July 16, 2008
  28. I’m sorry, I can’t type because my head just exploded.

    Heathers last blog post..Does This Outfit Make Me Look Fat?


    Comment by Heather on July 16, 2008
  29. I have a head full of roots! And no new shoes! AND NO PEDICURE EITHER, HOME-MADE OR OTHERWISE. Luckily, half a glass of wine will make me forget all matters of grooming.

    See you soon!

    Mooses last blog post..I Really Hope I Paid PG&E


    Comment by Moose on July 16, 2008
  30. You may NEED a few more items and probably should take an additional suitcase. Think how much was packed for the “three hour tour” and THANK GOD because that turned into a bit longer then expected. Not that I think BlogHer will hold you hostage and you will be there for years involved in a crazy TV (maybe reality show) where you are trying to escape while decorating island huts and putting on shows on bamboo stages, but I am just sayin’ it can’t hurt to be prepared.

    Oh, and someday I need to write about my second pedicure experience (I am a low maintenance girl too) and how the lady was being fired in a foreign language DURING my pedicure and that she was mad and… hmmmm, I think I will work on that and save some of the details for my blog since it appears I have hijacked yours.

    I think it is because I am so jealous of the trip and wish I was meeting you there.


    Comment by HRH on July 16, 2008
  31. At every nail salon I’ve ever been to, they’re all Vietnamese. Not Korean, not Chinese, not anything else. Every single one, Vietnamese. That’s so strange … what about Vietnam lends itself to skills with acrylic powder and foot cheese graters?


    Comment by Gwenn on July 16, 2008
  32. The cheese grater makes my teeth rattle. Hate it.

    You can never have too much IMHO. You just never know . . . better to be over prepared than under, I say! If it fits in the suitcase, keep it!

    Have a safe trip!

    LaskiGals last blog post..I’m so embarrased and unworthy . . . .


    Comment by LaskiGal on July 16, 2008
  33. I am so damn jealous of you and you going to blogher and then those cute shoes you are going to wear. Darn it……

    Hey, if you have a moment go to my website and look at my challenge. I think your choice of pretty toe color would work perfectly.

    Have fun! Hmphhh!


    Comment by krissy on July 16, 2008
  34. Holy cow, that many clothes would do me for a month long trip! :)

    amandas last blog post..Pilgrims, Pilgrims Everywhere


    Comment by amanda on July 16, 2008
  35. Nah, you can never pack enough I say! LOL I’m going out of town on a girlie weekend and found out that my usual salon will be closed for a week. Aargh! just as I was plucking up courage to amke an appt with a salon much like the one you visited, I read your post and it makes me think it best to just do my own!

    Karens last blog post..Where Mum lets them play games at the dinner table . . .


    Comment by Karen on July 16, 2008
  36. I loathe pedis, too! They TICKLE! Your feet look gorj!

    Haley-Os last blog post..Laaaah! Biggest Yoga Class Ever Taught


    Comment by Haley-O on July 16, 2008
  37. I love pedicures … someone massaging my feet. Yes!

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on July 16, 2008
  38. Too much for 3 days of partying in SF? Not too much at all. Especially since you’re by yourself and don’t have any kids (or DH) to worry about. Go for it! Bring that other pair of shoes you were thinking about, and the cute shirt that matches, with the skirt. Really.

    I only get pedicures, I’ve had 3 in my life and I Love A Pedicure! I feel pampered and taken care of and lovely. Must have to do with my shoe problem. Tho I really dont think its a problem. My MIL does tho – heh-heh
    I love shoes…. yay!

    monstergirlees last blog post..Jumping on the Bed – Day 3


    Comment by monstergirlee on July 16, 2008
  39. Aw sounds like you got a bum salon. I do love me a pedicure, I’m absolutely terrible at painting my own nails. Try a new place next time.


    Comment by skiplovey on July 17, 2008
  40. I hate picking a color! Hate it! I finally went for a pedicure after months of doing my own toes and … I was the only one there. Trust me, the one thing worse than a full shop is an EMPTY one. If I didn’t think they were talking about me before… oh man.

    I quickly picked a color and I hated it. It’s the same exact color as my feet. Wonderful.

    And if you don’t get a manicure? While they’re giving you a pedicure they’ll say: Are you SURE you don’t want nails done, too?

    Sorry. Venting.

    Your toes look fab… I hope you have an amazing time. I know you will. :D

    marys last blog post..Six years, but who’s counting


    Comment by mary on July 17, 2008
  41. Mark Twain said “the coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco”

    Seriously. Take a warm jacket.

    (although part of me wants you to be miserable because I’m not going)


    Comment by Matthew on July 17, 2008
  42. oh my lord!!! that sounds absolutely horrible. I enjoy manicures & pedicures. Haven’t had a major issue before.
    Oh once I was sitting in one of the massage chairs having a pedi when a cockroach jumped into the chair beside me.. ewww!!! thank goodness they weren’t feeding me!!

    But the service of that place sounds crap. I would’ve left too!!

    Have fun in SF!


    Comment by Bronnie on July 17, 2008
  43. I can’t talk to you right now since you are going to that conference I won’t talk about. Have fun, though!

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    Comment by Burgh Baby on July 17, 2008
  44. Have fun!! Yay for free pedicures :)

    (and I am not jealous at all. NOPE.)

    Nadines last blog post..Juggling


    Comment by Nadine on July 18, 2008

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