to March 2002
was the day: I got my lower braces. The worst part was the
bands they put around my lower molars. As I mentioned
previously, because those molars have fillings that protrude
to the outside of the teeth, they cannot glue brackets to
them. So, the teeth must be surrounded by metal bands. One
molar on each side of my lower jaw. Boy, do I wish Iíd
brushed better and eaten less candy when I was a kid. It took
Dr. Vogt a while to find the exact right fit for each molar.
At first it was incredibly uncomfortable, but soon I got used
to it. Or more accurately, I learned to ignore the weird
feeling of pressure. After that, they glued the brackets to
the bottom teeth and fit the wire on. Then the little rubber
bands. And it was done. It took a little more than an hour,
because of the trouble finding the right size of bands for the
molars. I was surprised that we needed to put metal braces on
the bottom. Because the bottom teeth are so crooked,
apparently metal braces will work better than the ceramic ones
I have on top. The ceramic ones are rather smooth and donít
really pinch me. The metal ones are just murder!
My first meal
was downright painful. I kept biting my cheeks and pinching
the gum inside my lips. I just couldnít chew! Everything
felt weird. Finally I gave up, brushed my teeth, and gobbed on
some wax. That made a huge difference. The only thing is: I
need to take off the wax before I brush my teeth, and put new
wax on afterward. What a royal pain! (If I donít take the
wax off before I brush, the toothbrush will dislodge it
anyway). Maybe itís only temporary. I sure hope so. Just in
case, I bought lots of yogurt, soft cheese, and more saltine
crackers. What a way to lose weight!
I decided to
re-do my younger daughterís room this weekend. I thought
doing that would take my mind off my teeth. I started by
pulling the old ďwallpaperĒ off her wall. Let me explain.
Itís not wallpaper; itís fabric, from the floor up about
36 inches. I knew there were a few staples. But I never
realized. The entire thing was stapled. Not stapled at the
corners and then glued. Just stapled. Do I need to tell you
what happened when I tried to remove it? You guessed it. The
fabric came off the wall, but the staples remained. The room
looked like a baseball. It took three hours to pull most of
the staples out of the wall (with a plain staple remover).
Tomorrow, I suppose Iíll remove the rest and then patch the
holes. What was the previous owner of the house thinking when
she stapled this stuff to the wall? Iím certainly no Bob
Villa or Martha Stewart, and even I know that you never do
exhausting day! I started by spackling the holes left from the
staples in those walls. Then after the spackle dried, I put
down the drop cloth and painted. The room will basically be
the same color it was: eggshell. But instead of flat paint, Iím
upgrading her to semi-gloss. I think a little shine is cheery.
It actually turned out pretty well. I even painted her door.
My hands are so sore from pulling out all those staples! I was
so happy to crawl into the spa and soak my aches away.
The teeth are
bothering me, but Iím trying to ignore it.
The paint was
dry in my daughterís room; so today I did the wallpaper. Not
the entire wall, just 36 inches from the floor, topped off
with that cute border I got online. It really turned out nice.
I canít believe I did it all by myself in one weekend! Iím
teeth are achy, but really it isnít so bad. I find that with
each meal Iím adjusting to having these braces on. I tried
to floss my teeth today, but it was just too painful on the
bottom. I finally got some floss threaders. They look like
large plastic sewing needles. You thread the floss through the
eye of the needle. The needle helps guide the floss through
the braces. It works pretty well, but itís still almost
impossible to get those last back teeth. It just takes
forever, and you have to be very patient. One thing about all
of this: you canít be squeamish about putting your fingers
in your mouth. With braces, youíre always in there, picking
out stuff, feeling around, shoving your entire hand into your
mouth to floss one tooth (well ok, maybe thatís a bit of an
exaggeration, but it sure feels that wayÖ)
the full set of braces is still a touch-and-go affair (is
there a pun there someplace?) Sometimes I seem to chew ok.
Other times, I seem to keep biting my cheeks. In fact, my
cheeks are really beginning to hurt. The wax is the only thing
that keeps it bearable.
been going pretty well. This weekend, we all went up to the
mountains, so the kids could get ski lessons (they have never
skied before). Turns out, my older daughter took right to it.
My younger one, unfortunately, didnít have the strength or
balance to pull it off. In all, it was a very successful
weekend. One kid learned to ski, and she also skied with Hubby
(which was totally amazing for him; his dream come true to ski
with his daughter), and the other got to play in the snow.
This was the
first time I had to deal with my braces and eating out for
every meal. Was I glad to have that travel kit, and especially
that folding cup! After each meal, I made a beeline for the
bathroom to clean my braces. I had to; it was just too
uncomfortable NOT to clean my teeth after eating, because so
much gets stuck in the braces! I swear, you could fit an
entire meal under those brackets. I continue to be amazed at
how much gunk gets stuck in them. Meat and little flecks of
vegetables are the worst. The meat gets lodged under the
brackets. The vegetables lodge between the brackets and wrap
around them. You could wash your mouth out 10 times and still
have junk stuck in there. Those little wooden picks turned out
to be the most useful thing Iíd bought. Without them, I
never would have been able to get some of that gunk out of my
totally gross to have to rinse and spit about 10 times before
you brush, and still have to pick yucky stuff out of your
braces. But Iím getting used to it. After six years of
changing my kidsí diapers, this isnít so bad. Truthfully,
I figure if this is the price I have to pay for straight
teeth, so be it. Iíll get used to it. One thing I really
hate is going into a bathroom of questionable sanitation to
brush my teeth. I finally figured out that itís best to lay
a layer of paper toweling down on the sink.
become easier. I donít seem to be biting my cheeks so much
anymore. Iím not sure why. Either Iím getting used to it,
or my teeth have moved slightly.
written in a while because there hasnít been much to write
about on a daily basis. I think that from here out, Iíll
make this a weekly journal. On the home improvement front, the
lamp store had a huge sale, so I bought two chandeliers, which
Hubby and I hung ourselves (one for the kitchen, and one for
the dining room). They look so terrific, and I saved so much
money with that sale! We also finally got the owners manual
for our spa. The desk I bought online finally came and I put
it together. Now the room is complete. I found the perfect
curtains to match the new kitchen dťcor. I was just browsing
at a liquidation store, and there they were. And cheap: only
$3.50 a set (I needed two sets). Itís a rather common theme:
grapes and flowers, with a burgundy stripe that will match
those little burgundy accent tiles in the new backsplash. Not
too flowery, not cutesy. Hopefully I will find accessories
that match (at least the colors).
It has been a
rather uneventful few weeks up until today. Today was the
first ďadjustmentĒ for my braces. I wasnít sure what to
expect. I was surprised when, in addition to removing those
tiny rubber bands, they removed the wires, too. The dental
assistant asked if I wanted to brush my teeth. Of course, I
had brushed and flossed before I came to the appointment. But
I decided to do it again. Next time, I think Iíll bring my
Sonicare toothbrush with me, to get a really good cleaning.
Anyway, I was
so happy when Dr. Vogt told me that indeed, the top teeth had
significantly straightened already. It was hard for me to see
this, because the bottom teeth are the most crooked (and
easier to view). But when they showed me the photo of my ďbefore
bracesĒ teeth, I did see the difference. And the two bottom
front teeth are now in line with each other, which wasnít
the case last month. Itís so exciting!
When they put
the new wire on, it didnít hurt. But those new little rubber
bands Ė youch! Especially on the front teeth, jeez, it felt
like my teeth were going to come out. The pressure was
uncomfortable, but only for a few minutes. The appointment
only lasted about 20 minutes, and then I was on my merry way.
I felt good enough to go shopping. I browsed at the Bed and
Bath store, and unexpectedly found the placemats that almost
perfectly match my new kitchen curtain. Even though I really
didnít want to spend the money, I bought them. I have
shopped enough to know that when you find the right thing, you
buy it, because it wonít be there the next time you go
looking for it.
been feeling sick, so this is a very laid-back weekend for us.
Iíve spent it mostly exercising my back and playing guitar.
Iíve been really lax about exercising, and I need to get
back to a regular routine, because my back is starting to hurt
expected my teeth to hurt after the adjustment, but they
really donít. Am I missing something? I thought they were
supposed to hurt for a week. Truthfully, they donít hurt at
all. I donít know whether itís because of the Sonicareís
vibrations, or just luck. (Apparently, vibrations help
increase blood flow to the teeth, resulting in less pain). In
fact, I was considering buying a dental appliance I had seen
on HGTV called ďGood Vibrations.Ē Itís basically a
vibrating mouthpiece you wear for 10 minutes after an
orthodontic adjustment. But if my adjustments wonít hurt
very much, maybe I donít need it.
the website for Good Vibrations, in case youíre interested.
Itís only $20:
be moving along shortly in the kitchen. The countertops will
be re-done later this month. I have a call into my new
electrician to put in some extra outlets. Iím anxious that
everything will happen on time, but excited that the work will
finally be done!
I came across
a nifty website run by the American Dental Association, which
has some downloadable videos about dental care. They are
called "The Dental Minute". They're relatively
completely different and slightly wacky note, check out this
website, which apparently produces a video called "How to
Kiss," including, of course, how to kiss with braces (and
even how to French kiss with braces, ooh la la!)
I don't know
about you, but I certainly don't think of my braces as
"mouth jewelry," as this website suggests.
Whatever.... Today I tried to chew some gum for the first time
since getting braces. Of course, it was Freedent gum, the kind
that's "not supposed to stick to most dental work."
Well, it lives up to its claim, but I don't think I'll be
chewing it again soon. For one thing, biting hard enough to
soften the gum stick was rather challenging. Then, just
chewing it at all wasn't really pleasant. The very act of
chewing gum just isn't as carefree and comfortable as it was
I used to
chew sugarless gum all the time, mostly to freshen my breath.
One more thing to put off for two years. No big deal, really.
By the way, I found a really nifty little product for breath
freshness. It's called Listerine Pocket Packs. They are little
turquoise-colored plastic holders, containing little thin
sheets of breath freshener. You put the thin sheet of stuff on
your tongue and let it dissolve. It does a really great job.
It's a relatively new product, but you can probably find it at
your local drug store. It's certainly better than trying to
roll a mint around in your mouth.
teeth have been doing just fine. Sometimes they are a bit
achy, but it doesn't interfere with my life. I really can't
bite anything from the front, unless it is really soft. Biting
in the front doesn't exactly hurt. How can I explain the
feeling? Somehow, my teeth don't feel secure, and they ache a
bit. I know it wouldn't happen, but it feels like they would
fall out if I bit into anything hard in the front!
I can bite
just about anything from the side, as long as it's not
terribly hard. This is how I eat cookies: I break the cookie
in half and bite it on the side of my mouth.
moving along on the home improvement front. The countertop
people will be here on Tuesday to demolish my old tile and put
in my new countertops. Then on Thursday, the electrician will
put new outlets on the backsplash. At that point, the
countertop people will come back and tile the backsplash of
the cooking area. Then the electrician will come back and
install the under-cabinet lights. Phew!
I was worried
about the timing of everything, because I had ordered some
special little decorative tiles, and the countertop people
have not been able to get ahold of the woman who makes them. I
was worried that she was flaking out, but fortunately, after
two weeks, she finally contacted the store and will overnight
my sample tile to the store today. Coordinating all of this is
a little stressful. I'm glad I don't have any other projects
I have been
playing my guitar more lately, which makes me very happy. I
had put it aside for a while because of all this home
improvement stuff. The calluses on my fingers had begun to
disappear! For the heck of it, I was playing a bunch of Paul
McCartney songs, including the solo part of "Maybe I'm
Amazed." It's such fun to play things you grew up
listening to. My barre chords are rusty, so I was playing some
Hendrix (The Wind Cries Mary). At this point, you probably
think I'm into classic rock. That's not really the case. I
like all types of music, particularly punk. For musical
inspiration, however, I listen to jazz or blues.
Hubby and I
jammed together for the first time in months. We played some
blues and then, for fun, did a duet of "These Boots are
Made for Walking." That disintegrated into some Ramones.
We have a GT-3 guitar effects machine and Jam Station
drum/backing machine. That equipment makes everything much
more fun. We kept increasing the tempo of the drums and
playing Ramones really fast. What was that Cheap Trick
song..."Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, They just seem
a little weird...." I guess that describes us.
By the way,
have you heard that Tom Cruise has braces? I saw a little
photo of him and his metal mouth in People magazine. Way to
go, Tom! Hey, is that a toothbrush in his pocket, or....
haven't noticed, I added a bunch of stuff today on the
homepage: Photos, a guestbook, and a poll! Go to the home page
to click on the links
The last few
days I've been busy preparing for the transformation of my
kitchen. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Bed and Bath
store and found the perfect placemats that match the new
kitchen valence curtain. I wanted a few more accessories, and
Macys was having a big Home Sale, so I went there the other
day and hit pay dirt! At 40% off, I got a locking lid
canister, a serving tray, and some small plates in exactly the
same design as the placemats! Come to find out, it is a design
called "Sonoma", and there are lots of accessories
in that motif. Check it out:
I really like
this design, because it's not cutesy. I don't like cutesy or
over-flowery stuff. Anyway, when I got home, I searched Google
and found the above websites. At Kitchen Etc I found the spoon
rest and kitchen rug I'd been searching for (the local stores
didn't have those items). I love shopping on the internet!
I had also
sent for samples of knobs for the kitchen cabinets. I wanted
something in brushed silver, to match the new lighting
fixture, etc. I found the perfect knobs at a website called My
Knobs. Did you know you could spend up to $10 on ONE knob for
your cabinets? I sure didn't want to spend that much, so I
searched until I found something that was nice, but wouldn't
break my budget.
Here are the
cabinet pulls: http://http://store.yahoo.com/myknobs/pnmedbrussat1.html
and here are
the drawer pulls: http://http://store.yahoo.com/myknobs/p8brussatnic1.html
I also spent
time this weekend trying to improve my home page for this
site, to no avail. Hubby showed me a few things about
FrontPage and I changed the site to look exactly the way I
wanted it to look.
frustrating for me, because I'm a technical writer and I know
FrameMaker and other graphical software like the back of my
hand. FrontPage is not entirely intuitive or (in my opinion)
as easy as it should be. It took a while to move things around
and make them appear properly.
everything Angelfire suggested for uploading FrontPage files,
but unfortunately, it didn't work correctly. Several icons are
not loading correctly and the page looks screwy. But soon, I
hope, I'll be able to change it. I want the Braces Poll and
other stuff to appear on the side of the splash page, so you
don't need to scroll to the bottom to find them. I'll get it,
eventually.... Hubby knows a little more about this stuff than
I do, being more of a programmer than I am.
Hubby, he is skiing in Salt Lake City this weekend with our
oldest. This is their first ski trip together. She is an
advanced beginner, and is starting to be able to turn in
parallel. So, Hubby gets some time alone with her, and I get
some time alone with the little one. Yesterday, she had her
first softball game. Afterwards, we had lunch at a retro diner
joint. We each had hamburgers and shakes, and listened to
oldies on the jukebox. She got a balloon. She was very happy.
ordered my burger, I made sure to tell the waitress NOT to put
the lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickles in it. I've found that
I can manage burgers pretty well, if I cut them in half and
bite from the side of my mouth. As long as the burger isn't
too thick, it works just fine.
response to this site has been much better than I'd ever
anticipated! I want to thank everyone who has been visiting!
If you have
visited my site recently, you may have gotten the
"suspension" notice from Angelfire. Apparently, I
have exceeded my allowable bandwidth. Well, you live and
learn. Needless to say, I think I'll be looking for another
have a web host you're happy with, which allows large or
unlimited bandwidth, could you please email me? I'd prefer
"free," but I'm willing to pay a low cost. There are
so many hosts out there, it's difficult to choose a reliable
about Angelfire shutting me down for a few hours. I thought
the 1G of bandwidth they gave me would be more than enough!
Hopefully it won't happen too often while I'm still on
countertops have been demolished! I spent a couple of hours
yesterday moving everything off my countertops and out of my
top drawers to prepare for the work.
came to my house at 9:15 a.m. They laid special blankets down
on my floor (they didn't have to, because I'm replacing it). I
covered up my new kitchen chandelier so it wouldn't get dusty.
They took out their tools, and I skedaddled out of their way.
The entire demolition took six hours. Now, my countertops are
The crew was
very neat, and I'm extremely impressed with their work. They
cleaned as they went, and even used their own vacuum cleaner
to get all the little pieces of debris off the plywood tops
and the floor. There is a fine layer of dust in places, but
otherwise it's pretty clean. Much better than I'd expected.
morning, my new Zodiaq countertops will be installed! If
you've never heard of Zodiaq, it might be because it is
relatively new. It is made by Dupont, the same company that
makes Corian. Zodiaq is 90% quartz and 10% composite
materials. I chose it over granite because it is non-porous,
does not need to be sealed, will not stain, is very heat
resistant, and is uniform in pattern (no weird swirls, and no
schlepping to the quarry yards to pick out "good
slabs"). It looks MUCH better in person than it does on
their website. It has depth, like granite, and looks very
beating up on the sample piece of Zodiaq they gave me: putting
hot pots on top of it, putting it near the fire, putting all
sorts of oils and liquids on it. No burns, no stains, nothing.
I'm impressed with its durability. Hopefully the countertops
will live up to the little sample piece. You can check out
Zodiaq at this link:
The color I
chose was Astral Pearl, because it picks up the light and
sparkles a bit. Really pretty. I'm so psyched!
backsplash in the cooking area won't be done for a couple of
weeks, but that's ok. Turns out, it would better for the
cabinets to be refaced first. It also allows extra time for
those special small accent tiles I'd ordered. I finally got to
look at a sample of the tile yesterday, and the color was a
little too light. The artist who makes them is doing a special
glaze for that burgundy color I wanted and she needs a little
more time. So it will all work out well. As long as I have
countertops and a functional sink, I don't really care about
the backsplash for a few weeks.
I only have
one concern at the moment: the wall adjacent to a few of the
countertop areas. The lower part of my kitchen wall has
paneling, which is stained in the same color as the cabinets.
Of course once I get the cabinets refaced, the paneling won't
match anymore. So I was going to have it painted. Well, after
they took off the countertops, I realized that in a couple of
places, the paneling had been routed out to fit around the
tiles. It's doubtful that the routing will fit perfectly with
the new edge of the countertops. That makes me a bit nervous.
I really don't want to tear off the paneling. I guess I'll
just have to wait and see tomorrow. I think I discussed this
issue with the countertop guy when he came to measure; I can't
remember! As Lucy would say, "uuuuuuuurrrrrrrr!"
countertops are in! My contractors did the installation
yesterday. They look great! So much better than the old tile!
I love having a solid surface instead of all that grout.
they installed my shiny white Kohler sink and my new Delta
faucet and soap dispensers. Previously, the sink area was
cluttered with bottles of hand soap and dish soap, plus
sponges. Now, I have one built-in dispenser for hand soap
(antibacterial, of course), and one for dish soap (that new
Dawn with a fresh apple scent). After my cabinets get re-done,
I'll also have a tilt-out tray in front of the sink, where I
can put sponges and scouring pads. No more clutter on my sink!
faucet sits higher than the old one, so it will be easier to
fill large pots. It's also that new pull-out style, so I don't
have a separate hose cluttering the sink, either.
contractor really took his time making sure everything was
level. Turns out, a couple of places weren't level, and a
couple of walls were bowed slightly. Apparently, that is very
were done, they took the time to clean the countertops well,
and sweep up after themselves. Despite their effort, there was
still a fine layer of dust on everything. It took most of the
evening to put stuff back in my drawers and clean up all that
moment, the new electrician is in my kitchen, cutting holes in
the walls for new electrical outlets. My kitchen, being built
in the 1950s, does not have enough outlets. It will be
wonderful to finally have the convenience I've been missing
all these years.
Here's a link
to the faucet I chose. When I started shopping for faucets, I
couldn't believe how expensive they could be! Some European
brands are hundreds of dollars! I got a European style faucet
from an American manufacturer, which was still expensive, but
at least somewhat reasonable:
I plan to
post a few pictures of my kitchen soon (I have to get them out
of the digital camera).
On the dental
front, I believe that my bottom teeth have moved a bit. My
back left molars seem to be touching differently. I suppose
this will happen from time to time during the course of my
treatment. I also think I'm developing a canker sore on one of
my gums. I'd better break out the Anbesol, darn it!
I was a
really bad girl and forgot to floss last week. OK, I was lazy.
So I made sure to floss today. Of course my gums bled. Uugh. I
have to force myself to be better about flossing...
people have asked if I'm into the erotic nature of braces.
Sorry to disappoint you, but no, I do not have a fetish for
braces. However, I really appreciate you guys telling me how
good I look in them; that makes me feel a lot less
electrician installed the boxes for the new outlets and
switches in the kitchen yesterday. He also did something that
made me cringe -- he cut several very large rectangular holes
in the kitchen walls! I thought he would only cut holes big
enough for the outlet boxes. Apparently, he needed to open up
sections of the wall to be able to run the new wiring
properly. As you can imagine, I was surprised by an extra
expense. Now I must pay my painter a couple of hundred dollars
to patch the drywall.
today's home improvement tip for you:
ask if they will need to cut any big holes in your
did everything he was supposed to do, and then he fixed a
couple of outlets in my kids' rooms. Now, he is back today,
installing an exhaust fan in our bathroom. The bathroom has
terrible ventilation and always develops a mildew problem; it
just never dries out! In the eight years we've lived here, the
lighting fixtures and towel bars have rusted. After pondering
the situation, I realized that if we just increase the air
flow and vent out the steam from the shower, the problem will
improve. In addition, we are getting a new window for that
room, which opens wider and will let in more fresh air.
I suppose my
next project will be re-painting the bathroom and replacing
the fixtures. I might ask my painter to give me an estimate,
as long as he's here looking at the holes in my kitchen walls.
The bathroom is small and I'm sure I could paint it myself.
However, my painter is terrific and I know he'd do an
excellent job, which may be worth spending a few hundred
I am so in
love with my new countertops! They are so pretty! I will post
some pictures soon, but I don't think they look as good in
pictures as they do in person. That Zodiaq is such beautiful
I had the
weirdest two dreams the other night. One concerning my
kitchen, and the other concerning my braces!
Have you ever
had a dream that there was a "wing" of your house
you just had never discovered? Or a door you had never opened?
Well, I've had a couple of dreams like that lately. A few
weeks ago, I dreamed that there was a door in my kitchen that
I'd never opened. Finally, curiosity got the best of me.
Inside was an entire huge, beautiful wing, completely
furnished, with all the amenities I could have wished for. But
last night, I just dreamed about the kitchen. I was giving
someone a tour, and suddenly realized that I had a huge brick
fireplace hidden behind a cabinet. Then, when I looked
further, I saw an entire "kitchen wing", with
several cooking areas and sinks. I kept remarking to my guest,
"Gee, I've lived here all these years and have never
noticed these before!"
dream, now that was downright scary. I dreamt that one of my
upper fillings was starting to come out. I got some tweezers
to pull out the rest of the filling. But instead of pulling
out the bum filling, I pulled off my braces. When I looked at
myself in the mirror, I was not only missing my braces, but
several teeth as well! I began hyperventilating and looking
feverishly for Dr. Vogt's card, to call him for advice. Then I
back to reality. My painter, the gem that he is, came over
Saturday morning to give me an estimate for fixing those huge
holes in the kitchen walls. Would you believe, only $100? He
fixed them right then and there (went to the store first, of
course, to buy some drywall). He needs to come back once or
twice to put another coat of the stuff on the wall. He's such
a perfectionist, and I am so lucky to have found him!
sore I mentioned a few days ago is in full swing. How
annoying! It's right near one of those hooks. So I need to gob
that hook with wax. I've also been using a lot of anbesol. I
can't wait until it heals. Canker sores were annoying enough
before braces, but with braces, they're downright unbearable!
After all the
commotion in my kitchen, life has returned to normal for a
short period of time. Although, as I write, the painter is
back in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on those
All hell is
going to break loose the week of April 8. Not only will the
cabinets be refaced, but all the doors and windows will be
replaced. The window/door company called this morning to
cheerfully inform me that my order is in. I tried to stall
them off a week, but unfortunately, the week of April 8th is
it. I'd better get my rest now to prepare for the mess. My
living room will be filled with the contents of the kitchen
cabinets, and all the wall coverings must be taken down, as
well. Oh jeez!
But when they
finish, and everything is put back, it will be so nice. I
probably haven't mentioned my crappy windows and doors to you
yet. Oh God, how I hate my doors and windows. The windows are
aluminum frame, single pane crapola from the 1950s. They leak
air like a sieve. The front entry is entirely charmless, and
the lighting fixture near the front door is an ugly 50s
us a small fortune to replace every single window and exterior
door, but it's worth it. For one thing, we won't be able to
hear the garbage trucks, barking dogs, revving motors, or
anything else while we're trying to sleep. And everyone tells
us that our gas and electric bills will be cut in half. I'm
just looking forward to a nicer-looking house! The windows
will be vinyl double-pane low-e glass. The front door will be
a nice raised-6-panel paintable fiberglass with pretty beveled
glass sidelights. The sliding French doors will be wood frame.
I don't have
much to say about my braces today. It occurred to me that I've
really gotten used to them, even the frequent annoying
cleanings. I get a kick out of observing my teeth and
realizing that they are actually moving and straightening out!
In fact, one of the lower front teeth has really visibly moved
and straightened (although it still has a long way to go). So
far, I can honestly say that having braces isn't a big deal
and doesn't interfere with my life too much at this point. On
the upside, they stop me from eating foods I shouldn't eat too
much of, anyway!
I'm going to
be rather busy for the next couple of weeks, working on a tech
writing contract. A small software firm asked me to help
update their manual a few months ago, and the work has finally
come through. It's nice to step back into the workforce from
time to time, make some money, keep up my skills, and make new
contacts. When you've been out of the full-time workforce,
especially in the technology industry, it's hard to wedge your
way back in. This contract is especially good, because the
company just wants me to do the work at home and
electronically send the finished project to them. It's the
kind of project that we work-at-home Moms dream about! If I do
a good job, I'll be the writer/editor on future updates of
downside to working is trying to balance everything else in my
life, especially now with all this home improvement stuff
going on. Something always suffers, and it's usually one of my
"optional" activities, like playing guitar, or
exercising regularly. Doing my Mom stuff is never optional, as
any parent will know. Whining children must come first, dishes
must be washed, and unfortunately, the laundry will not clean
and fold itself. Hubby helps during these times, but there's
only so much he can do, since he works a regular job and is
away from the house most of the day. I am lucky, because he is
a real "hands on" kind of Dad, and can do most of
the household and child-oriented tasks as well as I. Except
for cooking; that's just not his "thing."