I have kind of a love-hate relationship with my fingernails. On the one hand, they're usually pretty strong and will grow reasonably long, which are good things. On the other hand, they're kind of wide, on the end of my stubby fingers, so not exactly the epitome of elegance. My mom looked at my hands once - like, within the last 10 years - and exclaimed, "You have spatulate fingernails!" I wanted to say, like they look any different from the way they've looked all my life? Conversely, when my sister was born, my father looked at her fingers and said that she would grow up to be a violinist, and it's true - she has long, tapered, elegant fingers and nails. Of course, she also works with horses - after playing piano for years - so her nails are kept short and polish is kind of pointless.
Recently I've started playing around with nail polish, just because it's something fun and self-indulgent - and a bottle of nail polish is pretty cheap and has no calories. Even painted, my nails still look pretty stubby, but shiny fun colors are cheerful regardless. Usually I stick to cremes, either really dark or quite light, nearly nude, but for the last few days I had fun with a sparkly bright raspberry red. Right now, my nail polish is a kind of mushroom-y taupe-gray - okay, not perhaps what you'd call a "fun" color, but I like it. In fact, I kind match my cat (her dark bits):
I can't keep my nails that long, though - after a certain point, they start to annoy me. Maybe a few millimeters past the end of my fingers. Too short, though, and I go insane - how do you open things with short nails?? Or scratch an itch? I have to have some length.
So, what about you? Short nails or long, or in between? Polish, or no? (And if yes, what kinds/colors do you particularly like?)