What we do for our professions

I really don’t like feet. I think they are ugly (at least mine are), and I have foot envy of some ladies who wear cute sandals with their long, slender toes, moisturized heels, and bony ankles.

My feet are not pretty. They haven’t been pretty since … I don’t know if they ever were. Take post-Quassy:

I’ve got a hole in my toe, my three of the five nails are going to pop off, and I have this weird bruise under my big toenail that doesn’t hurt but doesn’t look pretty.

But I can’t just accept this. I mean, I could… but only if I stay hidden in my office/lab with socks and wornout running shoes to cover them.

Since I am at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Summer Bioengineering conference this week in Naples, I can’t wear wornout running shoes all the time (although, according to some of the gentlemen, I could still wear socks, even with sandals). I am also in the process of looking for a post-doc position, prepping for my first podium talk, and of course (more importantly?)- spending time by the pool. So, I bought my first bottle of nail polish since high school, and dolled up my toes:

Sure, I still have a long way to go before my feet are pretty. But, this simple red nail polish covers up a good majority of the bad and the ugly. Now for working on that tan…

Naples skyline at night


About megankillian

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. I love biomechanics!

Posted on June 16, 2010, in academia, ASME, grad school, travel. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. nice toes!!

  2. Wow. And I thought MY feet were ugly….

  3. Okay, girl. Here’s my cinderella toe tip. You gotta check out gel toes. You can get a pedi that will last 6 weeks without chipping or looking bad. The color covers up the bruises and there’s no chipping or peeling – not even in the pool. I discovered it last summer. Although it’s more expensive than a regular pedi – it lasts sooooo long and looks amazing. Check it out!

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