My nails look good.

20 Jul

You know how I know I’m on vacation (kinda)? My nails finally look like nails instead of transparent, chippy pieces of tape at the ends of my fingers.


For the last six months my husband has been working in western North Dakota near the Bakken Basin. He loves his job and is so great at it. It was the sort of thing we couldn’t pass up. I stayed home to finish off the school year with the three kids and he drove home to Minnesota as often as he could.


We’ve also been working on our house so we can sell it and make a full transition to North Dakota. Between painting and cleaning and fixing, my hands have been dirty, very often in the last six months and where there is dirt there is soap and water.


We headed west in June, mostly to be out of the way so the realtor can do his thing, and I’ve found in the last two months…I have nails again!


Living in a camper in the middle of a parking lot in the middle of oil country might not sound like every woman’s dream, but it’s been a blessing in disguise. I sit more and play more games and write more now than I have in months. The kids and I see my husband every single day and though things aren’t ideal, my stress levels have returned to levels unseen for many, many months.


I looked down today after I’d given all the kids a bath and put in a movie for them that I actually needed to trim my nails. That’s right, I hadn’t snagged them off or bit them off or anything like I have been. They really needed a trim.
That’s when it hit me: I’m not super stressed anymore and I really don’t want to go down that road again. I know in the next few months as we sell our house and move and find housing out here (it’s as horrible as everyone says as far as being able to find homes is concerned) but I’m going to hold onto this feeling of peace…and I”m going to put on some fancy polish!


All the best,

Stephanie J Grace


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