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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Adventures in Gabi Land

So, in January I got my ears pierced. The Claire's lady marveled and asked "How have you gone 18 years without getting your ears pierced?" To which I responded: Fear. A deep, terrifying fear of things like needles and pain.

Then she laughed at me when she asked for my ID and I handed her my Driver's Permit.

I still don't have my licence.

And, apparently, I'm the last person in my graduating class to not have one.

I still really, really, really suck at driving. But my driving skillz are not the point of this blog post.

Anyway. So I love wearing earrings. For a while it was a pain to change them, because it HURTS when you don't do it right. Like, it has to go in perfectly straight, and if you hit the side of the hole it STINGS. And sometimes, it BLEEDS.

But now it's all good. Mostly.

Claire's had a big promotion before school started, buy 2 get 1 free, and then a spend $20 get $10 off. So I stocked up on earrings. My favorites were these cute butterflies, all blue and beautiful.

I'd had the butterflies in for a while (because I'm still nervous about changing my earrings . . . I don't like pain! ) and they got a little gunky, as earrings do. So I dropped them in some rubbing alcohol to clean them up.

I had done this before, on my mom's advice, with the posts I got my ears pierced with. It works wonders! All the gunk floats off and they're all shinny and new-looking!

Um. Apparently, there's a difference between putting high-quality earrings and putting cheap butterfly earrings in rubbing alcohol. Also, it's not a great idea to leave said cheap-quality earrings in rubbing alcohol overnight.

Here's why: today I pulled my gorgeous butterflies out of the alcohol and they were, um, no longer gorgeous-looking. The jewels were falling out, and their was this white film over the earrings, and just, yeah. They're ruined.

But the metal was all shinny and clean!

So folks, learn from my mistakes. Don't put your cute, cheap earrings in rubbing alcohol overnight. just don't.

(And on a completely unrelated note, my brother just told me he wants to get new jeans. So his butt can be eye-candy. Um, ew?)


  1. Congratulations on getting your ears pierced!
    I got mine pierced at Claire's too when I was 12.
    I've never bathed earrings in alcohol, but if you dip a cutip in it, you can use that as a little brush to clean the stem of the earring. Hope you find some equally cute earrings to replace the butterflies!

  2. You brave, brave soul. When I was 12 I had to be held down on the table to get my shots. There was no way I'd voluntarily get my ears pierced.

    Next time, I am definately using a cutip! Thanks for the tip. :]