What Keeps You Up at Night?

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What keeps you up at night?

For me there are a few things: the pets wandering around, worrying Affie might have another seizure, pain, tossing and turning to find a more comfortable position, the scratch of the fan spinning about but, the most annoying one of all, needing to crack my right ankle every few minutes.

If you’ve ever had to crack your knuckles, you know there is this feeling of empty space inside that joint. I never experienced this until my Rheumatoid Arthritis got a little worse. In fact, anyone who knew me back in high school would tell you I had a severe phobia of the sound of cracking knuckles. Once my joints freaked out, I got over it. I had to or I would go crazy.

Everyone has mixed opinions on cracking joints. Many say it’s not good and weakens the ligaments and tendons over time. Other say this is not case and there is only an air pocket trapped inside.

When I first noticed the sensation I cracked my ankles and experienced and extraordinarily sharp pain. As I continued the motion the pain ebbed away.

Now, I crack my ankle every few minutes, especially at night, thankfully with no pain. I try not to but the feeling keeps building and building until it is actually painful. I’ve never heard of this type of pain in people who habitually crack their joints. Is this a by product of my chronic illness or does everyone get this but they just crack their joints so frequently they never get to the point of pain?

 

What keeps you up at night?

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Frozen Bubbles Inspired Water Decal Nail Art

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I rely on Pinterest (my profiled linked here) for the last seven days of the 31 day nail art challenge because it holds of plethora (this word is not used nearly enough in every day language) of inspiration. For today’s artwork-inspired look I used an nature photo of frozen lake bubbles. And, of course, in arthritis-friendly fashion I also relied heavily on bubble water decals!

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Frozen Bubbles in Lake Abraham Lake (image from Pinterest)31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017 - #31DC2017) Frozen Bubble Inspired Water Decal Nail ArtBases: Zoya Saint (blue), essie Blanc

Water Decals: Born Pretty Store

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Pillow Pattern Inspired Dry Brush Nail Art

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I am very proud I’ve kept up with the 31 day nail art challenge this year but yesterday I legitemately had no intentions of posting to the blog. I knew I had to so it made me even less inclined to do it. Pretty much I was in a mood and did not feel like being productive. That’s okay, we’re all entitled to a them and as a spoonie we’re even more so!

I once again scoured my Pinterest (link here — you should follow me because I seriously love Pinterest!) and found this pretty cool pillow. Well, it’s a normal pillow with some very cool colors!

This dry-brush look took less than five minutes (yes I timed it) including fussing and perfecting but excluding base dry time. It’s so arthritis friendly because it takes minimal wrist effort and the more abstract the better which means less painstaking details.

I hope you like this look as much as I do!!

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Teal to Purple pillow (image from pinterest)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Pillow Pattern Inspired Dry Brush Nail ArtBase: Barry M Lychee

Details: Barry M Cancun (teal), American Apparel Neon Purple, Chanel Fantastic (light green)

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Missoni Poncho-Inspired Waterfall Nail Art

I scoured my Pinterest boards (profile here – follow me!!) for a simple design to reproduce. The Missoni poncho jumped out at me quickly! I thought of doing a gradient but for some reason I’ve been avoiding them like the plague. This is odd given that I usually love gradients! Anyways, I hope you enjoy today’s 31 day nail art challenge look! Waterfall looks are not too arthritis-friendly as it’s quite difficult to keep the lines straight. I still love doing them, though!

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Missoni Asymmetrical Poncho (photo from Gilt)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Missoni Shawl-Inspired Waterfall Nail ArtBase: essie Blanc

Details: Zoya Saint, Pahlish Le Bijou du Roi, butter London Scuppered, OPI Pale to the Chief

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) JRR Tolkien Watercolor Inspired Nail Art

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It is also not possible for me to get through the 31 day nail art challenge without paying tribute to JRR Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. But, with my arthritis, there is no way I can do any intricate artwork so I took a page out of Alan Lee’s (the illustrator for most of the books) watercolor book and created my own. In good arthritis friendly nail art fashion, this look took me no more than ten minutes to perfect! Nifty, huh?

I used similar colors from the cover art of the Fellowship of the Ring. I dropped polish onto my nail then used acetone to fade and spread the color around.I have to say I really liked the final result. And, of course, because I couldn’t help myself I added a few dots for good measure.

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Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Cover Art (from Google)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Fellowship of the Rings Inspired Watercolor Nail Art31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Fellowship of the Rings Inspired Watercolor Nail Art31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Fellowship of the Rings Inspired Watercolor Nail ArtBase: Zoya Charlotte

Details: Sephora by OPI Metro Chic (grey), Pahlish Sunless Sea (seafoam), Color Club Twiggie (bright seafoam), OPI Never a Dulles Moment (yellow), Stay off the Lawn! (green)

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Mean Girls-Inspired Abstract Nail Art

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How could I not do a Mean Girls inspired look for today’s 31 Day Nail Art prompt? Sometimes, it really confuses me that it turned into a global phenomenon but then again, I guess teens across the world relate to the themes.

I may be going color blind but I’m pretty sure Purple Panic (the base color) is not purple but a neon pink, right? Ah well, it’s still a fantastic polish that I will repurchase when I finish this bottle.

I hope you enjoy this look! I dropped blobs of polish on my nail then used an artist’s brush to swirl them around. I repeated the process until I was happy.

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017 Mean Girls Movie Inspired Nail ArtBase: China Glaze Purple Panic

Details: OPI Freedom of Peach (tan-peach), Madam President (dark pink) Milani Fast Fuchsia (bright pink), essie Blanc (white)

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Inspired by the Song…”Look What you Made Me Do” Blood Splatter Nail Art

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This may not be good but Taylor Swift’s new single “Look What you Made me Do” reminds me of blood and homicide. I wish I could tell you why but it does. So, for today’s 31 day nail art challenge I chose a splatter paint nail art. Those are just too fun to pass up.

I hope you enjoy today’s 31 day nail art challenge look!

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Bloody Splatter Paint Nail Art Inspired by Taylor Swift Look What You Made Me DoBase: Zoya Anais

Details: Color Club On the Rocks (silver), Zoya Cheryl, China Glaze Pop the Trunk, SinfulColors Secret Admirer

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.