So Then I Got a Piercing

Before I write anything, I want to thank all of you for being the warmest, kindest people in the universe.  I can't even tell you how much I appreciate the comments, emails, kind thoughts, prayers, and love you've been sending my way.  Some people might think Internet friendships aren't "real" but clearly they don't know the truth.  I've felt the support from all of you and it means the world to me.  Thank you!

I'm writing this from a crappy, cheap, little hotel north of Santa Barbara.  I decided to extend my weekend by a day but I'll be returning home Monday evening.  Pure chaos is waiting for me at home.  I'll probably regret losing another day in my week by staying here, but ….

I thought about staying in one of the pretty oceanfront hotels in Santa Barbara, but they're pricey.  This trip was spur of the moment and not in my imaginary budget.  I figure a few days of breathing asbestos from foam ceilings won't kill me.  Or maybe it will?  Are any of you experts on asbestos because I'm pretty damn sure I'm inhaling it every moment I'm here.

There might be is black mold growing here too.

Hey, at least this place has wi-fi.

I woke up Saturday morning and threw almost nothing into my cute little overnight bag.

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I love this bag.  There's a little zippered pocket on top and a handle pops out and extends allowing me to roll it.  How perfect is that with my arm?  This picture doesn't do the bag justice.  It's a beautiful gold color and looks like an oversized purse.  I love it.  (I also got an amazing deal on it a few years ago!)

I never realized how "plugged in" I am.  I brought my iPod for the car, my Kindle, my camera, my Blackberry, and my laptop (and all of the necessary chargers or power cords).  When did life get to the point where I feel like I can't "escape" for a few days without technology?

On my way through town, I decided to stop in Santa Barbara and browse some of my favorite shops.  I was getting hungry by late afternoon so I met up with one of my Santa Barbara buddies.  We wandered into an Italian restaurant named Palazzio.  

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It was cozy and the food was excellent.  They have a variety of wine bottles stationed throughout the restaurant and an "honor system."  If you pour yourself a glass of wine, they ask you to pay $5 for it.  It was a charming place to stop and rest for awhile.

Afterwards I wandered the shops for awhile.  I really need to find a few summery things before I take off for St. Lucia.  Doesn't that make me sound like a world traveler? As if I take off for St. Lucia and other exotic locations on a regular basis.  Wouldn't that be nice? Maybe I'll get admitted into Money Town if I keep talking like that.

Think of all the writing material I'd have if I moved to Money Town!

By the way …. excuse me while I go off on (another) mini-tangent for a minute.  I was reading the St. Lucia travel guide.  It said not to worry "too much" about the boa constrictors.  

BOA CONSTRICTORS!  WTF?

Maybe I should stop reading the travel guide and travel to St. Lucia uninformed. Ignorance is bliss and all of that ….

So anyway …
I'm on the hunt for shoes to replace my beloved sandals.  (The ones I accidentally superglued onto my feet!)  Alas, my sandals are completely falling apart now, but I keep wearing them anyway.  So far, no other shoe will suffice.  I looked and looked, but I didn't find replacement shoes in Santa Barbara. 

Eventually I wandered past a store providing body piercings.  With absolutely no forethought I wandered in and within minutes found myself sitting in the piercing chair.

I already had double piercings in each of my earlobes.  I've had them forever.  Did you know having cartilage pierced hurts a lot more than having a lobe pierced?  That being said, it is absolutely nothing to worry about.

A few minutes later I left the store with this:

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Of course, those are fake diamonds.  (I wrote that because if I don't someone will email me and ask how many carats I'm wearing on my ears.)  Isn't it a pretty addition?  I only added the cartilage piercing to my right ear.

Jeez … that's a big ass picture of my ear, isn't it?  Do you know how hard it was for me to take a picture of my own ear?  I'm not kidding, I tried ten shots before I got this one. Also, my ear isn't shiny in real life.  It must have been the lighting in this craptastic hotel or something.  It looks like someone has been polishing my ear or something.  <insert nasty joke about ear jobs here>

In any case, it's amazing how something so little can be so liberating.  I got a little bling added to my ear, and it brought me joy.  Sometimes it's the little things in life that are so uplifting!

© Twenty Four At Heart 

63 Responses to “So Then I Got a Piercing”

  1. Kate

    24 I am glad you are taking some time to yourself. If bling in your ear makes you happy that is all that matters.
    Have you searched the internet for the brand of shoes your sandal is? Maybe some weird plae like overstock.com might have them. PSA if you find them buy a few pairs. I do this with shoes, buy them in black and brown or tan or however many colors they have. Take care
    Kate

  2. Kate

    24 I am glad you are taking some time to yourself. If bling in your ear makes you happy that is all that matters.
    Have you searched the internet for the brand of shoes your sandal is? Maybe some weird plae like overstock.com might have them. PSA if you find them buy a few pairs. I do this with shoes, buy them in black and brown or tan or however many colors they have. Take care
    Kate

  3. Kate

    24 I am glad you are taking some time to yourself. If bling in your ear makes you happy that is all that matters.
    Have you searched the internet for the brand of shoes your sandal is? Maybe some weird plae like overstock.com might have them. PSA if you find them buy a few pairs. I do this with shoes, buy them in black and brown or tan or however many colors they have. Take care
    Kate

  4. Lori

    How nice for you to have this time away from the chaos and ordinarys that life brings. I am green with envy as I dream of escaping like this. I hope that you go back more refreshed and ready to take on the chaos once again! Hugs, Lori

  5. Lori

    How nice for you to have this time away from the chaos and ordinarys that life brings. I am green with envy as I dream of escaping like this. I hope that you go back more refreshed and ready to take on the chaos once again! Hugs, Lori

  6. Lori

    How nice for you to have this time away from the chaos and ordinarys that life brings. I am green with envy as I dream of escaping like this. I hope that you go back more refreshed and ready to take on the chaos once again! Hugs, Lori

  7. sometimessophia

    Lovely piercing on a lovely ear. Maybe you should become an ear model 😉 (Only have someone else do the photowork. You’re right. It’s tough to photograph something you can’t see. Your shot is marvelous, however…)
    Glad to hear that your little retreat has been restorative. Good luck on the homefront.

  8. sometimessophia

    Lovely piercing on a lovely ear. Maybe you should become an ear model 😉 (Only have someone else do the photowork. You’re right. It’s tough to photograph something you can’t see. Your shot is marvelous, however…)
    Glad to hear that your little retreat has been restorative. Good luck on the homefront.

  9. sometimessophia

    Lovely piercing on a lovely ear. Maybe you should become an ear model 😉 (Only have someone else do the photowork. You’re right. It’s tough to photograph something you can’t see. Your shot is marvelous, however…)
    Glad to hear that your little retreat has been restorative. Good luck on the homefront.

  10. Alan

    Up next…the belly-button! And then you are on your way to a mid-life crisis!
    But it DOES look pretty cool! 😉

  11. Alan

    Up next…the belly-button! And then you are on your way to a mid-life crisis!
    But it DOES look pretty cool! 😉

  12. Alan

    Up next…the belly-button! And then you are on your way to a mid-life crisis!
    But it DOES look pretty cool! 😉

  13. Jan

    I was SO hoping to see the piercing in a more, er, exotic location.
    And while I am jealous you can just up and take off for the weekend, I am also THRILLED that you got to get away. I’m even more thrilled that you are feeling better.
    Hugs and kisses, my friend. You deserve them.

  14. Jan

    I was SO hoping to see the piercing in a more, er, exotic location.
    And while I am jealous you can just up and take off for the weekend, I am also THRILLED that you got to get away. I’m even more thrilled that you are feeling better.
    Hugs and kisses, my friend. You deserve them.

  15. Jan

    I was SO hoping to see the piercing in a more, er, exotic location.
    And while I am jealous you can just up and take off for the weekend, I am also THRILLED that you got to get away. I’m even more thrilled that you are feeling better.
    Hugs and kisses, my friend. You deserve them.

  16. Linda

    Awesome that you are recharging, splurging and enjoying yourself!
    Buying shoes on the internet is not nearly as much funa s shoe shopping but try shoebuy.com. You may even find some similar to your ole fav’s.

  17. Linda

    Awesome that you are recharging, splurging and enjoying yourself!
    Buying shoes on the internet is not nearly as much funa s shoe shopping but try shoebuy.com. You may even find some similar to your ole fav’s.

  18. Linda

    Awesome that you are recharging, splurging and enjoying yourself!
    Buying shoes on the internet is not nearly as much funa s shoe shopping but try shoebuy.com. You may even find some similar to your ole fav’s.

  19. Lo

    yay! i totally want to re-piece mine now. after i quit my job next month i’m going to get my nose re-pierced. i miss that little diamond!!!!

  20. Lo

    yay! i totally want to re-piece mine now. after i quit my job next month i’m going to get my nose re-pierced. i miss that little diamond!!!!

  21. Lo

    yay! i totally want to re-piece mine now. after i quit my job next month i’m going to get my nose re-pierced. i miss that little diamond!!!!

  22. Sarah

    Well all that was going through my head was a drunken night and nipple piercings so I am relieved it was only an ear : ) Looks great!!

  23. Sarah

    Well all that was going through my head was a drunken night and nipple piercings so I am relieved it was only an ear : ) Looks great!!

  24. Sarah

    Well all that was going through my head was a drunken night and nipple piercings so I am relieved it was only an ear : ) Looks great!!

  25. ballerinatoes

    Yay! That’s cool. When I got divorced about 8 years ago, I wandered into the local piercing shop and got my belly button pierced, which is to totally unlike me, especially since I hate for anyone or anthing to touch my belly button. But it was a time of transition and I was super skinny due to divorce stress and it made me feel cool. I removed it a couple of years ago. And evidently left it out longe enough that I couldn’t get another one in. Whatever. I have the memory.

  26. ballerinatoes

    Yay! That’s cool. When I got divorced about 8 years ago, I wandered into the local piercing shop and got my belly button pierced, which is to totally unlike me, especially since I hate for anyone or anthing to touch my belly button. But it was a time of transition and I was super skinny due to divorce stress and it made me feel cool. I removed it a couple of years ago. And evidently left it out longe enough that I couldn’t get another one in. Whatever. I have the memory.

  27. ballerinatoes

    Yay! That’s cool. When I got divorced about 8 years ago, I wandered into the local piercing shop and got my belly button pierced, which is to totally unlike me, especially since I hate for anyone or anthing to touch my belly button. But it was a time of transition and I was super skinny due to divorce stress and it made me feel cool. I removed it a couple of years ago. And evidently left it out longe enough that I couldn’t get another one in. Whatever. I have the memory.

  28. Kristan

    Aw, it’s way cute!
    I used to want a cartilage piercing, especially so I could get a little earring with a chain that connects to the earring in my regular ear piercing. But then I got reeeeally lazy about my jewelry, and now I’m glad I only have the two holes to worry about, lol.
    Glad you’re feeling a little better!

  29. Kristan

    Aw, it’s way cute!
    I used to want a cartilage piercing, especially so I could get a little earring with a chain that connects to the earring in my regular ear piercing. But then I got reeeeally lazy about my jewelry, and now I’m glad I only have the two holes to worry about, lol.
    Glad you’re feeling a little better!

  30. Kristan

    Aw, it’s way cute!
    I used to want a cartilage piercing, especially so I could get a little earring with a chain that connects to the earring in my regular ear piercing. But then I got reeeeally lazy about my jewelry, and now I’m glad I only have the two holes to worry about, lol.
    Glad you’re feeling a little better!

  31. mama llama

    Good for you, 24!
    Last year I got my piko pierced. Belly button. And I bought myself a nice gold diamond ring for it. It made me feel alive again…but I am now done with body piercings. Three in each ear, and a piko pierce.
    But I feel sexy. That’s what counts.
    Be well, 24.

  32. mama llama

    Good for you, 24!
    Last year I got my piko pierced. Belly button. And I bought myself a nice gold diamond ring for it. It made me feel alive again…but I am now done with body piercings. Three in each ear, and a piko pierce.
    But I feel sexy. That’s what counts.
    Be well, 24.

  33. mama llama

    Good for you, 24!
    Last year I got my piko pierced. Belly button. And I bought myself a nice gold diamond ring for it. It made me feel alive again…but I am now done with body piercings. Three in each ear, and a piko pierce.
    But I feel sexy. That’s what counts.
    Be well, 24.

  34. Kelly

    Oh so pretty! Love it! I like your overnight bag too. I want to go on a vacaton now too! Glad your having fun!

  35. Kelly

    Oh so pretty! Love it! I like your overnight bag too. I want to go on a vacaton now too! Glad your having fun!

  36. Kelly

    Oh so pretty! Love it! I like your overnight bag too. I want to go on a vacaton now too! Glad your having fun!

  37. Krystal

    Enjoy the bling – I did that while in England and it only lasted me oh, let’s see – 3 months – after that it just bothered too much when I slept!

  38. Krystal

    Enjoy the bling – I did that while in England and it only lasted me oh, let’s see – 3 months – after that it just bothered too much when I slept!

  39. Krystal

    Enjoy the bling – I did that while in England and it only lasted me oh, let’s see – 3 months – after that it just bothered too much when I slept!

  40. Elixa

    Good for you!
    You are way braver than me, OUCH!
    P.S. Black mold and asbestos???
    Run, don’t walk!

  41. Elixa

    Good for you!
    You are way braver than me, OUCH!
    P.S. Black mold and asbestos???
    Run, don’t walk!

  42. Elixa

    Good for you!
    You are way braver than me, OUCH!
    P.S. Black mold and asbestos???
    Run, don’t walk!

  43. Stepping Thru

    Ow – Ow – Ow! I don’t think I want any more piercings but I know I would like to have a tattoo. I need to just take off and spend some time by myself too but there aren’t any beaches close to me. Guess I’ll just have to dream about it.

  44. Stepping Thru

    Ow – Ow – Ow! I don’t think I want any more piercings but I know I would like to have a tattoo. I need to just take off and spend some time by myself too but there aren’t any beaches close to me. Guess I’ll just have to dream about it.

  45. Stepping Thru

    Ow – Ow – Ow! I don’t think I want any more piercings but I know I would like to have a tattoo. I need to just take off and spend some time by myself too but there aren’t any beaches close to me. Guess I’ll just have to dream about it.

  46. Jason

    I thought for sure it was going to be a nipple piercing or something further down south….

  47. Jason

    I thought for sure it was going to be a nipple piercing or something further down south….

  48. Jason

    I thought for sure it was going to be a nipple piercing or something further down south….

  49. Debi

    I thought you’d have a ring in each nipple and maybe one in your belly button too! Very pretty!

  50. Debi

    I thought you’d have a ring in each nipple and maybe one in your belly button too! Very pretty!

  51. Debi

    I thought you’d have a ring in each nipple and maybe one in your belly button too! Very pretty!

  52. LPC

    If a little bling helps in the let’s enjoy life project, go for it.

  53. LPC

    If a little bling helps in the let’s enjoy life project, go for it.

  54. LPC

    If a little bling helps in the let’s enjoy life project, go for it.

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