Thursday, November 24, 2011

31 DAY CHALLENGE -- Day 24: Inspired by a Book

Hey everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! Today is Day 24 of the challenge (ONE WEEK LEFT!!!) and that means INSPIRED BY A BOOK NAILS. Instead of going with a book I love, I decided to go with a choice that was much easier: the book I hate most of all.

That book, in case you haven't guessed, is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. It was required summer reading my freshman year in high school and I'm honestly surprised I still have the damn thing and never burned it. I hated it THAT much.

From the outside, it doesn't look that bad. I think it's like 90-something pages? I remember thinking 'Oh, cool. I'll get this done in a couple hours.' Um, yea.. no. It took me the entire summer to make it through that stupid book. It is sooooooooooo loooooooooonnnnnnnnnnggg and drawn out because the story goes day by agonizingly slow day... while the old man is stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean. And it's so boring. Ugh.

So, in case you've never read it.. I'll sum it up for you in 20 words or less:
  • Old man (Santiago)
  • Young boy
  • Boat
  • Baseball (Joe DiMaggio)
  • Ocean
  • Floating
  • Fishing
  • Albatross (?)
  • Marlin
  • Epic struggle
  • Sharks
  • Skeleton
  • Lions
And that's all I remember (in 19 words!) without having to consult Wikipedia or Sparknotes. I do, however, vividly remember that it was an awful book. But enough complaining about it.. let's get to the good stuff.

I painted my nails black because that's how my heart felt after being exposed to that miserable book. It's a black hole that drains your morale, brain power, and time. I remember spending a great deal of class discussion time on the albatross in the book... which is why I put it on my accent nail, but... um... I can't find any reference to it online. Maybe I've gone crazy? It's entirely possible. Plus, freshman year of high school was (eek!) 11 years ago. So.. yea. I'm either crazy or old. Great combination, right? Haha!

Sinful Colors' Black on Black and Snow Me White were all I needed for this one. Super quick. I didn't use top coat because I wanted the bird to have a texture.

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What's your favorite (and least favorite) book?


  1. Hahahahah this post cracked me up.  "I painted my nails black because that's how my heart felt after being exposed to that miserable book."

  2. Bahahahaha... I didn't even realize I wrote that til I read your comment and burst out laughing in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner... lol! (Ooops)