I had a wedding to attend on Saturday, so trust me, there was a mani/pedi in my future. It had been a long time, and they needed the attention, especially since I was wearing open toe shoes. I had the perfect color chosen for my toes, but my fingers were flexible. I wanted a deep, rich, true silver. And I know that the metallics are out there, so I was ready.
As I walked into the salon, I noticed all the workers were engaged, but I wasn’t worried. It was 1:15pm, and even allowing myself two hours, I had plenty of time. They waved me to choose a color, which I proceeded to do. And I discovered that finding that true silver wasn’t as easy as I’d thought. Fortunately, I had time to paint little swatches on my fingers to find the perfect shade. And I did. Yay! I even found a nail color that worked for what I wanted. After amusing myself choosing colors for fifteen minutes or so, they waved me to a chair that had the water running. Yay, I got the last empty chair.
That’s when I saw the other people waiting for service, somewhat hidden around the corner of the door. I wasn’t too worried, though – it was only two people sitting there. Plus, I was already in a chair soaking my feet. I picked up my requisite trashy magazine that I never read anywhere but at the salon and started to relax.
And I continued to read. Things I learned while reading that magazine? A) I read too fast. I finished the magazine before they were ready for me. B) It’s prom season, so all the girls not only want mani/pedis, but they want the flowers and other decorations painted on their nails and toes. Oh, and they also want to be waxed – all of which means they need more time. C) Apparently for prom, either parents now no longer require that their children go to school the day before prom or schools no longer have afternoon classes the day before prom. I sort of don’t want to know which. D) I’m not the only one waiting in the feet soaking stage. Two of the five chair – in addition to my own – were also awaiting pedicures.
Oops. I should have called for an appointment, but who knew?
When the guy was finally ready for me, he was hugely apologetic. It wasn’t his fault, but yikes! I would have appreciated the heads up. Although, I might not have gone home and come back later, since I walked there from my house… in my shoes that are oh so cute and perfect for a pedicure because they don’t even come close to touching my toes. The only issue is that they sort of rub in the wrong place on one ankle. And I wasn’t up for another walk at that point.
As he finished buffing and polishing my poor piggies, he pulled out the gorgeous polish I’d chosen and commenced work. After the second or third toe, he looked up at me apologetically. I’m so sorry. This polish is almost gone. There isn’t enough here to do your nails. Seriously? Well, yeah. Of course. I begged to see if we could do one coat with this polish and then a second coat with another polish to at least give most of the effect I was looking for. Nope. He tried finding another silver polish, but none of them were opaque enough, so I went back searching for my previous second choice. It took us awhile to find the right one, but eventually we found it. Phew.
When we got to my manicure, my polish had somehow disappeared. Apparently someone was a little too vigilant in the cleanup while we were figuring out what replacement toe polish to use. When my guy had first started working and apologized for the delay, I had joked that it was fine as I had until 4:15 before I had to be home for the bus. My final top coat went one at 3:55.
I did manage to get home before the bus by about five minutes, but so much for my doing my hair nicely for the rehearsal dinner. And my makeup was the quick regular day makeup, as we raced back out the door once the wee ones got home. The other things I’d planned to do after completing my mani/pedi? Yeah, they didn’t happen either. Forces were conspiring against me. Someone didn’t want me to get a pedicure. But I did anyway… and they do look pretty cool.
What is your summer foot routine? What colors are you into right now?