Sunday, August 25, 2013

Today's mani: the rusty skunk

OK, I know that's a weird name for a manicure. Just sit back and listen to my story, dear reader, and everything will become clear...

On Friday night the hubby and I were watching TV (Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days, if you want to know). Suddenly we smelled the familiar scent of skunk, but much stronger than we had ever experienced. The stench filled our apartment in a matter of minutes. It was so strong I thought something might be on fire outside...but no, it turned out our landlord's dog had been skunked just outside the house.

When it was time to take Trudy out for her evening pee, I figured the skunk would have left the scene of the crime. But when we came out, it was still sitting there, ten feet from us with its tail up! Naturally both of us freaked out, and I pulled Trudy behind the house. Back there it's just a little dead-end alleyway, but I thought we might be able to escape somehow.

While fumbling around in the dark, I stepped on an old board with some nails sticking out...can you see where this is going? Yep, a nail went right through my flip-flop and into my big toe. Now I was panicking and also gushing blood from my foot. I knew I had to make a break for it, so I grabbed Trudy and dashed for the door, right past the skunk. Luckily we didn't get sprayed--wouldn't that have been just perfect? I called my husband, who was a bit freaked out at the sight of my bloody foot, but he did a good job cleaning me up.

Naturally, we decided it would be a good idea to pay a visit to the hospital, where I got a tetanus shot and some X-rays. They found that the nail had actually nicked my bone, which apparently is a risk for some bad infections, so I got a prescription for antibiotics. For the past two days I've been pretty much immobile. But it's a fun story to tell at parties, right??

To commemorate my first visit to the ER, I decided to create a mani...and thus the Rusty Skunk was born.

See, white stripes like a skunk? And the dots are like...drops of blood? Yep.

Polishes used: Maybelline Porcelain Party, Revlon Stiletto, and Julep Minka. Minka is a matte metallic; I absolutely love this finish. On the nails where I used Minka, I did one coat of polish, one coat of topcoat, then another coat of polish. This is supposed to make matte polish last longer. I also used Revlon's matte topcoat on my accent nail.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the skunk was apparently sick or injured, because it lay in the same place for several hours, then mysteriously disappeared. It may still be out there somewhere...


  1. Oh my god, I'm sure that wasn't very funny at the time but now that you're okay it's a little funny to imagine the sequence of events!! Love the colors you used, too.

    1. Yep, I was kind of already laughing about it in the hospital. Like I said, it could've been much worse...I could've been bleeding AND reeking of skunk!!