Found: my earring, dark purple teardrop with fishhook back. On colleague's backyard deck by firebowl, near where I was sitting.
Overheard (in Scotland):
Mother: Miriam, we need to turn the lights off when we leave a room. Electricity costs mommy and daddy money!
(sometime later) Mother, taking clothing off the line, singing to herself.
Miriam (possibly with clenched teeth): Stop singing! It costs us money!
[I'm thinking that anything even remotely irritating could be said to cost us money: dog hair (stop shedding! it costs us money!), fruitflies (stop swarming! it costs us money!), insomnia (stop keeping me up at night! it costs us money!) . . .]
New: inky, self-applied manicure in a color called "Moscow at Midnight." I am a big fan of these very dark fingernails. I am, in fact, enamored of my nail enamel. This, despite the fact that, while shopping for this polish, I dropped a bottle of it in the store and it shattered and splattered, dear readers, everywhere, including on my own ankles and knees.
Me: I'm so sorry! I'm so sorry! (meaning: I am utterly and completely humiliated by my shameful lack of coordination and propensity for shattering inky nailpolish everywhere).
Salesperson: It's no problem. Really. Bottles of polish get dropped all the time. You'd be surprised.
Me: I will pay for it, really. I'm so sorry.
Salesperson: No, you're fine. Really. It happens all the time. You'd be surprised. One time a customer dropped a bottle of polish and then got mad at me about it. Like it was my fault. You're being nice. That really helps.
[The customer got mad? As in, how dare you have nail polish that might drop and shatter? In glass bottles, I ask you! I should sue you for having breakable nail polish bottles that might splatter all over my ankles. And knees! My knees have inky polish on them! I should sue!]
Me: I'm so sorry, I really apologize.
Her: You're fine, really. Don't worry. It happens all the time.
And I walk away with splatters of dark dark dark nail polish. On my ankles and on my knees.
(stop splattering nail polish! It costs us money!)