to July 2002
We took the
kids to Disneyland for a few days and lived to tell the tale.
Have you ever gone to a theme park with small kids for more
than one day? It's EXHAUSTING!! But we got to do just about
everything, and most of the time, it was fun.
little detail about Disneyland I never would have noticed (or
cared about) before. There are no mirrors above the sinks in
ANY of the bathrooms. Oh, there are mirrors, alright -- far
away from the sinks! Good thing I had my portable little
folding mirror. Yes, I had to pick yucky stuff out of my teeth
plenty of times during those three days. And each time, I had
to do it holding a little mirror in front of my face. I
suppose they built the bathrooms that way because mirrors in
front of sinks always get noticeably dirty, and tile doesn't. Well,
that doesn't help us wearers of braces, does it?
Disney, "Mirror mirror with no sink underneath, How do
you expect me to clean my teeth?"
I'd love to
write more, but I'm pooped. Tomorrow, the fence guys and the
painter are coming to start their respective jobs.
fences look great! One was leaning, and has been repaired.
Another has been enlarged vertically so we have more privacy
on one side of the house. In this area, our neighbor could
look directly into our living room -- not anymore! As soon as
I can get a landscaper to put down more bark chips, we can
place the new hammock out there.
company also fixed a gate that has been a thorn in my side for
years. The gate is wooden, and during rainy season, it swells
slightly and is impossible to get open. No more of that
nonsense! It's amazing how simple things can make life so much
began prepping the house by washing it with some sort of
chemical solution. He covered each of the new windows with
plastic, which I really appreciated. Tomorrow he comes back to
prime the gutters.
I want to get
started on the guest bathroom, but I think I'll need to wait a
week or two. School is ending next week, and things will get
busy. I'll probably start painting the bathroom when the kids
teeth, I keep getting these irritations on my lower gums from
the brackets. I'm not exactly sure what causes them; it seems
random. But when it happens, I gob a bunch of wax on the
offending bracket for several days until the gum heals, and
sometimes use Anbesol. It's a real pain in the butt.
agreed to write some information about headgear and rubber
bands. I hope to post this information to the website soon.
that we went to Disneyland last week. We drove there, and came
up with a great way to keep the kids occupied on the boring
journey. Hubby has a laptop computer with a DVD player. We
bought a power converter so the computer could run off the
cigarette lighter current, a splitter for the headphone jack,
and a couple of headphone wire extenders. Total price of
equipment: $80 (from Radio Shack). We mounted the laptop
computer on a plastic file box inside our minivan, secured it
all with bungee cords, and hooked everything up. Then we
rented some DVDs the kids liked. It worked like a charm! They
could watch movies with their headphones on and be
entertained, and Hubby and I could talk or just enjoy the
relative silence. The kids barely fought or complained about
being bored. So there's an idea for any fellow parents. If you
have a laptop computer with a DVD player, go for it!
something to remember: birthday cakes with vivid-colored
frosting will temporarily stain ceramic braces, not to
mention, your tongue. Today I had blue teeth, lips, and tongue
for a while. I should have taken a picture!
several gashes on my lower gums from my brackets. I don't know
why. This wasn't a big problem for the past 6 months, and
suddenly it's annoying as hell. Half my lower brackets have
wax on them. One gash is so deep that the bracket gets stuck
in it if I'm not careful. OWWWWWW! I really hate using the
wax, but it's the only solution. I hate picking it off before
each brushing, and then needing to re-apply it afterwards. How
does it feel if I don't use the wax? Well, it's akin to having
a small rock in your shoe, or a speck of sand in your eye:
Damn annoying!!! Downright painful when I try to eat. I
suppose my teeth must be moving forward a bit or something,
and rubbing on the gums. Otherwise, why would this be a
problem all of a sudden?
painter primed the new gutters and fixed a bunch of bad stucco
cracks. This coming week, he'll probably do more prep and then
begin painting. Later this coming week, the landscape company
will come and put down either bark or gravel on the side of
the house. Each material has its advantages: bark looks nicer,
but gravel is easier to clean tree debris from. (We have a
Maple tree on that side of the house).
just couldn't wait to try out the hammock, so he put it
together. He said it's like valium on strings. I think he
likes it :-) I tried it, too. Wow, with the new fence and more
privacy, it's like having a little park on the side of my
house. Once again, we shake our heads and ask ourselves,
"Why did it take us so long to do this?!" I feel
like we had our heads stuck in the sand for all these years.
But to be fair, when you have a growing family, home
improvement isn't a high priority (unless your place REALLY
BADLY needs work). Our house was in great move-in condition
when we bought it. It just took us a while...ok, a long
while...to figure out what we'd want to do with it.
believe that we're considering this, but....you know how these
home improvement projects can begin to snowball...we're
thinking of ripping up much of the carpet and re-doing the
hardwood floors underneath. I'm having the flooring company
that did the kitchen give us an estimate. This surprises even
me. Whether we re-carpet, or re-do the hardwood, it will be
very expensive. But the carpet looks like total crap (when I
steam clean it, it just looks like clean crap). Something has
to be done about it. It is probably at least 15 years old.
I've realized that when I walk into a house with hardwood
floors, I always, deep down, think how great they look.
it's something I never thought we would do. When you live in a
carpeted house for so many years, it's difficult to see the
house any other way. But lately, with all the other great
changes, I can begin to see the real potential. The weird
thing is, Hubby agrees with me! The floor has been a very low
priority for him, but I think he is also starting to see more
potential in the house. Why did it take us so long to figure
this stuff out? Maybe watching so much HGTV has penetrated our
forget.....do you realize that tomorrow is Paul McCartney's
still hear him,
Praise him or jeer him,
When he's 64?
his birthday on a honeymoon with a wife half his age...as they
say in England....LUCKY BLOKE!
hectic couple of weeks this has been! Those of you with kids
know how crazy the last week of school can be. There are
end-of-year parties, special class projects, and even field
trips. Throw in a few birthday parties and Father's Day, and
it's enough to make your head spin.
week, the dust is finally settling, and my older daughter has
a slight cold, and my back hurts (my own fault for not
exercising regularly, shame on me -- really, it's very bad
that I've been lazy about keeping my muscles toned after all
the pain I was in last year from a car accident -- my physical
therapist would kill me!) This week, I had planned to do stuff
with the kids: museums, movies, play dates, etc. But with one
kid under the weather, the other one on the verge, and me
being super careful with my back, it doesn't leave much room
for fun. Next week they start day camp. Hopefully, before then,
we'll be able to get out and do something fun.
I have a
dental adjustment coming up on Thursday, and I expect that Dr.
Vogt will put a heavier arch wire on my lower teeth. At that
point, I plan to have another photo taken to post to the site.
As I've been saying, all those bottom teeth have straightened
considerably, and hopefully it will be as apparent to you as
it is to me.
those gum irritations have gone away, except for the very
front of the bottom. I have kept wax on those teeth for the
past few weeks. As soon as I take off the wax (it only takes
about a day), the irritation comes back and it really hurts to
eat anything! I suppose the stupid wax is a small price to
pay. I suppose I should be grateful that it exists; it would
be damn uncomfortable without it. But, I hate using the wax!
have moved away from those plastic floss threaders and have
preferred the Glide Threaders. This is essentially floss with
a very stiff waxed end. Now that I'm accustomed to flossing my
braces, I find that using the Glide Threader is easier than
threading a plastic needle.
home improvement front, things continue to move along. On
Saturday, the landscape company cleaned up the side yard where
the hammock is. They leveled the area and put down large
pebbles/gravel. I would have preferred bark chips, but gravel
really is more practical in that area. So Hubby got his
Father's Day wish: to use the spa and then veg out in the
stores are deeply discounting their lawn and garden stuff, and
I got a bunch of really nice resin stepping stones for $5.50
each. I even treated myself to a resin "garden
fairy." Hubby rolled his eyes. I'm not the sort of person
who goes for the likes of Hummels, but I really wanted this
little statue. Hell, it was only $6.00 on sale at Target!
spent several hours wandering around Home Depot and several
lighting stores. I finally picked out a couple of new outdoor
fixtures and towel bars for the bathrooms. And I found the
third faucet. Did I mention that we decided to replace the
faucets in our three bathrooms? We have always hated the
existing faucets. Once again, I ask myself, "why did it
take us so long to figure that out?!" At first I thought
we'd install the faucets ourselves, but the instructions are
quite daunting. And us, being the anti-Bob Villa and spouse --
well, we have absolutely no confidence in our plumbing skills.
So our plumber will be installing them for a total of about
$350. I know...we're home improvement wimps...I openly admit
it!! My talent is limited to simple painting.
getting a few estimates for the floors. I have a feeling that
re-finishing the hardwood will prove too costly. I'm also
trying to get a door expert to come out and tell me what to do
about the pocket doors in the kitchen.
painter has continued to prime the house (not every single day
-- he works a few days per week, but that's ok). I think that
this week he will actually begin painting.
of paint, I went to the paint store last week and finally got
a few quarts of the colors that the color consultant
recommended. All of them look great, except for the kitchen!
We had both thought that a sage green would look good. But
when I put it on the wall, my first reaction was
"Uuugggh!" The lower wall (paneling) will be green,
and the upper wall will be an off-white. Well anyway, the
color has grown on me a bit, but frankly I don't think I could
live with it. So back to the drawing board. I called her, but
she hasn't gotten back to me yet. She may be on vacation; I
know she has young kids, and school just ended, so I'm giving
her the benefit of the doubt.
gotten quite a few emails, and some comments on the forum,
about this site being helpful. I am honestly SO GLAD, because
that's why I created it! I think we adults are the overlooked
minority. In many ways, we probably need more "hand
holding" than kids or teenagers. We have so many
questions, and I think being in braces/elastics/headgear makes
us go through that "awkward stage" of life a second
time. Lord knows, we'd rather forget what that was like. Not
to mention, we're paying for this ourselves. Even married
people, who have "nothing to lose" by the process,
are anxious about what their peers will think.
I get so
mad when I read about spouses/significant others who aren't
supportive. This process is no walk in the park; it's
expensive, cumbersome, sometimes painful, often
stupid-looking, and sometimes downright embarrassing. You need
that important person in your life to be on your side! It's
difficult NOT to be self-conscious and anxious about dental
appliances, as trivial as it may seem.
color will the kitchen walls be painted? Will we decide to do
hardwood floors, new carpet, or nothing? Will my back stop
hurting soon? (Music swells up) Tune in next time on....As
The Tooth Turns.
six months since I began treatment, and the news isn't
I went in
for my usual monthly adjustment. Dr. Vogt looked in my mouth.
"Hmmm," he said in a concerned voice. After about
two minutes of examining and "Hmmmms" I finally
asked what was wrong. Seems that the gums under my bottom two
front teeth aren't as pink as they normally should be. They
are, in Dr. Vogt's words, "blanched" and in danger
of receding. "I think we've pushed the limit of what we
can do without extractions," he said. Damn! I was hoping
it wouldn't come to this. But he's right, the gum tissue is
more white than pink, and it definitely looks different from
the picture that was taken before treatment began.
nutshell, I have two options: 1)Get those four bicuspids
extracted, or 2)Have some skin grafted from the roof of my
mouth to the problem gum line (OUCH!!!). Neither option is
wants me to get another x-ray to see how the top teeth have
moved. From that, he will be able to make a final evaluation
for further treatment. I have a feeling that extractions will
be in order. Frankly, I've been surprised all these months
that I seemed NOT to need the extractions. All the other
orthodontists I've seen over the years have recommended it. I
appreciate that Dr. Vogt tried to straighten my teeth without
taking any out. But the simple truth is, that my teeth are
very crowded, so those two front ones apparently can't bear
the strain of movement without more leeway (or something like
getting the x-rays done early next week, and will see Dr. Vogt
later in the week. In the mean time, he took the wire off the
two bottom front teeth (to take the pressure off of them). So
my braces look a bit weird on the bottom -- there is a wire on
the left, and a wire on the right, and no wire in the middle!
I'm not happy about the latest development, but it is what it
is. Next week I'll know what my orthodontic future holds.
it's bye-bye bicuspids. In fact, I had them removed today.
Here I sit, with four big gaps in my mouth.
was fast, wasn't it? I saw Dr. Vogt the day after the x-rays
were taken. My teeth had actually moved 4 millimeters in 6
months. Based on a comparison of the old and new x-ray image,
he thought that my lip profile would be essentially the same
as "pre-braces" after treatment if the 4 teeth were
extracted. He thought that extraction would be a better bet
than gum surgery.
to get the whole scenario over with ASAP, and I was able to
see the oral surgeon at the end of the week -- today, that is.
Hubby arranged to work from home to help take care of me,
which was very sweet of him.
extractions took place under local anesthetic. I could have
been "put under," but I don't like to do that unless
it's absolutely necessary. FYI, getting bicuspids extracted is
NOT the same as wisdom teeth; it's very easy. So, 6 or 8
Novocain needles later (I lost count), my mouth was completely
numb. The oral surgeon had a really great technique. Usually,
when I get Novocain for a filling, the needle hurts and burns
like hell. This guy did it very well, with minimal discomfort
(although, my fingers were sure gripping the armrests pretty
hard anyway)! Needles in your mouth are never pleasant, but it
was over quickly. As needles go, these weren't too bad.
giving the Novocain a few minutes to do its magic, he and an
assistant got to work. One thing I can tell you -- fillings
take longer, and are more involved, than these extractions
were! He took a pair of dental pliers to each tooth and said,
"OK, when I push down on the tooth, you push up (or
vice-versa)." 1-2-3, the tooth popped right out. I was
totally amazed. One after another, like popping apart Lego
pieces. Only one top bicuspid made a slight crunching sound.
The rest was totally silent. Incredulously, I asked, "Are
they all out?" Yes indeed, they were, all four of them.
So I sat there, my mouth packed with gauze, my stomach doing
flip-flops from relief. The whole thing took about 20 minutes.
drove me home, and suddenly I was overcome with emotion. I
tried to say, "You know, sometimes it's hard to be
brave," but my mouth was packed with gauze and I just
wound up sounding like a sincere, but mentally challenged
woman! Hubby got me laughing by asking me say all sort of
phrases that were impossible. After a few minutes, all the
tension melted away and I took a big deep breath. When we got
home, I took a nap.
surgeon gave me some generic Vicodin, and so far I've taken
one. I feel a little woozy, but I'm not in pain at all, which
totally amazes me. So, the thing I've been dreading all these
years is done.
you sit there, possibly thinking that I am a very brave
individual, let me put this all into perspective for you. If
you're a Mom, you know where I coming from: after childbirth,
practically NOTHING medical is a big deal anymore. Childbirth
has been, by far, the most terrifying thing I have been
through, and I have been through it twice (both normal births,
thankfully). Have you ever read the book, "The Man in the
Grey Flannel Suit"? It's about a guy who is a paratrooper
in the war, and then becomes an advertising executive. This
guy is terrified to jump out of airplanes, but he has to do
it. Once he is out of the military, he finds the cut-throat
advertising world difficult, but no matter the situation, he
always rationalizes, "It could never be worse than
jumping out of an airplane."
next time you need dental extractions (or even just braces),
remember: at least you're not giving birth or jumping out of
my "free" time this week working on the upstairs
bathroom, and it's 99 percent done! It is really an incredible
transformation. The bathroom has a decent and nice vinyl
flooring and a very nice white tile sink. But the walls around
the toilet are sheets of something like Formica (yuck) in
white with silver sparkle flecks (double yuck). The Formica
stuff goes from the floor up the wall about one-third of the
way. So, I used this as a natural break. I painted the upper
wall off-white, and the lower wall (and Formica areas) a taupe
color. Then, I put a border between the two areas. I'll be
darned, it worked so well and looks so great! I was sure to
put a double coat of primer on the Formica, and so far, I
think it will be ok. No more cheesy sparkle walls!
plumber came earlier in the week and put in those new faucets,
and they look very good, too. The only thing that remains is
the light fixture over the sink. Hubby and I will put it up
this weekend (I really couldn't handle that by myself).
I took a
trip to KMart and a bed and bath store, and got some nice
towels and matching accessories. I put up a new window
treatment and some new towel bars. Viola! The only thing that
is still yucky in the room is the stall shower, which could
really use replacement. It works fine, it just looks really
dated inside. Can you guess? White fiberglass with silver
sparkles! But the glass is completely opaque, and since you
don't see the inside of the shower unless you ARE inside of
it, we decided to leave it alone. Ripping it out would be
costly and complicated, and we just didn't want to spend the
money, since that shower is only used occasionally by guests.
I'll take a break from painting next week, but I would like to
get started on the TV room next. This is a little tricky,
because we have a heavy upright piano, a sofa, a TV media
unit, and a large oak wall unit in that room. All will need to
be moved. And since I think I've learned my lesson about
moving things (my recent backache), it may take longer to get
things accomplished because I'll be relying on Hubby and some
friends to move these heavy objects.
might paint the downstairs bathroom first. That would
certainly be easier. I'm not replacing any fixtures in that
that's the latest and greatest.
I see Dr.
Vogt and the oral surgeon next week, and the braces will be
put back on. I'm looking forward to closing those gaps and
my mouth is fine, but my back is KILLING ME! I had stopped
taking my prescription anti-inflammatory meds for the
extractions (because they thin out your blood and can prevent
it from clotting). My back had actually stopped hurting
completely last week. I thought everything would be fine, but
last night it started killing me. Today, I can't sit, stand,
or even lay down without pain. Doing the back exercises and
stretches makes it feel worse. In fact, I'm on my knees at the
computer writing this so I don't have to sit down. Hopefully,
my meds will kick back in soon and I'll be out of pain again.
I have an appointment with my orthopedist later in the week,
thankfully. What the hell did I do to myself to get into such
regarding the mouth...no swelling, minimal bleeding. The only
pain I feel is at the points where they gave me the Novocain
needles yesterday, so my jaw hurts a bit from that. It's
totally weird to look in my mouth and see 4 spaces where teeth
used to be.
I needed to eat only soft foods, but today I can eat normal
stuff if I want. I think I'll still stick to a soft diet for
another day, just to be safe. Chewing feels weird when food
gets into the holes where the teeth used to be.
tells me that the gaps close up rather quickly when the braces
are put on, so I expect that the "holes" won't be
there too long. Truthfully, I'd be feeling pretty good today
if it weren't for my back.
note, I want to apologize if the website doesn't get updated
until later next week. I need to put up a new July Braces
Poll, a new Humor page, and some photos, but I can't really do
any of that until my back gets better. So if the site seems a
bit stale for the next few days, you'll know why. Sorry about
I got my
braces put back on today, and I have one thing to say: "OWWWWWWW!!!!"
I'd failed to
mention that before the extractions on Friday, I saw Dr. Vogt.
He took off the top and bottom arch wires, and removed the
brackets from the 4 teeth that were to be extracted. Removing
the brackets just took a minute. Somehow he just clipped them
off. That was different than I'd expected (I thought perhaps
he needed some sort of solvent to break the chemical bond).
So, I've spent the past few days recovering from the
extractions without any arch wires in my mouth. Except for the
brackets glued to them, my teeth were "free."
I knew that
it would probably hurt a lot when the arch wires went back on.
It's almost like getting the braces again for the first time,
but believe me, it's worse, because my teeth are being pulled
by CHAIN ELASTICS! Orthodontics is somewhat Medieval, dontcha
elastics look just like those little rubber bands (ligating
modules) that hold your arch wire to your braces. They fit in
the same place as the ligating modules (on the center of the
brackets), but the elastics are chained together, forming a
continuous band. I suppose they help pull the teeth together.
Well OUCH, *$#!!&* and other explicative!
I will have
Hubby take a photo of my mouth with the chains on and post it
in the next day or two, so you'll know what I'm talking about.
I got the
arch wires put on this morning, and now it's post-dinner. I
made spaghetti and meatballs. Would you believe that eating
the spaghetti hurt? I tell ya, the next week or two are going
to be a laugh riot. I suppose I'll just have to stick to all
soft food for a while. So much for a July 4th BBQ. Maybe I'll
put my hotdogs and burgers in a blender and suck them through
gaps where the extracted teeth used to be, Dr. Vogt said that
generally they fill in at a rate of about one millimeter per
month. So, in about 6 months the gaps should be gone. The
front teeth will move slightly back, and the back teeth will
move slightly forward.
this movement is taking place, the arch wire will be displaced
at the corners of my mouth. So, from time to time, it will
poke me, and I will make an emergency trip to Dr. Vogt to get
it clipped down. Oh joy of joys...
back, it still hurts. In fact, I've been at my knees using the
computer instead of sitting in a chair. The prescription
anti-inflammatory has kicked back in, so I feel good enough to
drive and shop (not carry anything heavy). But I'm limiting my
sitting when I can. In case you're wondering, yes, all the
updates I've done to the site these past few days have been
done while on my knees. I see the orthopedist tomorrow.
me is that my teeth still hurt so much, despite all this
medication I'm on. It's pretty powerful stuff. I hate to think
what it would feel like without it!
I just hope
it stops hurting soon! One thing for sure, I can't change my
mind and have the braces taken off, with these gaps in my
mouth. If I wasn't committed before, I sure am now.
teeth have stopped hurting, for the most part. I have a little
trouble with crunchy foods like cookies, but I can eat them if
I break them into small pieces, first. Phew! I thought for
sure that I'd be in pain for a much longer time. I'm relieved
that it was only about a week.
whatever reason, the end brackets on the top right are
irritating my gums, and that really hurts. I need to keep wax
gobbed on them 24/7, or it's incredibly uncomfortable, and I
can barely speak.
trying not to be upset about the teeth I had extracted. I know
that if I had the choice again, I would have made the same
decision. Still, it's hard to look in my mouth and see these
gaps. They are so big, it seems almost impossible that they
will close up. I worry about my bite -- that it will be ok. I
feel like this has been a huge leap of faith in my
orthodontist. Once the teeth are gone, they can't be put back!
I have to trust him, and what others have told me, about
having the teeth pulled, and that it will be ok. Truthfully, I
try not to think about it too much. Because if I do, it really
makes me feel a little sick. I kinda mourn for my pulled
teeth. Yeah, maybe it's a little silly, but they have been
part of me for most of 40 years. I feel like I've
"betrayed them." OK, slap me; I know I'm just being
weird about this. But I bet others have felt the same way.
Poor little teeth....
is getting better slowly. I saw the orthopedist, and he said I
have "facet syndrome," which is a clinical way of
saying that I tend to sprain my back a lot. He prescribed more
of that anti-inflammatory and 4 weeks of physical therapy. I
start the therapy this week. Anyway, the doctor agreed that I
probably hurt my back this time when I was lifting something
heavy. So, no more moving furniture for me. At least I can sit
in a chair now instead of kneeling.
painting on exterior of the house is almost finished. It
really looks great! Now, if I can ever figure out what color
to paint the kitchen...
don't hurt at all anymore. I'm back to where I was before the
extractions, and I'm quite relieved. I can bite into a burger
and eat chips, if I want to. The thing is, chewing is a bit
more difficult. I'm not exactly sure why. I suppose those four
missing teeth, and the gaping holes they left, are technically
interfering with my ability to chew. Not much. Just enough to
be a pain in the butt.
I can't stand people who chew with their mouths open. I have
to remember to take small bites of food; otherwise, I need to
open my mouth slightly when I chew. And all the time, I'm
thinking, "Eeew, gross, don't do that!" Well, I take
solace in knowing it's only temporary.
bottom teeth have un-aligned themselves, but I expected that
to happen. The two front ones are not tied into the arch wire.
Dr. Vogt did this to take the pressure off of them so the gums
could recover. Remember, the reason I had those four teeth
extracted was because my gums were beginning to get stressed
(lack of room to move). I expect that on my next adjustment
visit, he will tie the two teeth back in, and the bottom row
will re-align itself.
pain-in-the-butt inconvenience lately is gum soreness. First
my gums are rubbing against the brackets here, then there,
then another place. One area heals, then another one gets
irritated. I've gone through a lot of wax lately, and I really
hate it. One reader emailed and suggested Listerine. She said
that if I swish with Listerine a few times per day (and hold
it in my mouth for as long as possible), it will help the
irritations heal. I'm going to try it. Thanks for the
suggestion! Actually, I've gotten a few suggestions about
things lately, and I'm thinking of adding a page to the site
with those sort of "helpful hints."
some cool news: this site has been mentioned in a couple of
newspapers recently. Of course, the articles start off talking
about Tom Cruise and his braces, then go into detail about how
other adults are getting braces now, too. So far, this site
has been mentioned in the Toronto Star and The State of
Columbia, South Carolina. Which got me thinking. I wonder if
'ol Tom himself would be willing to talk with me about his
experiences in braces? Or, would he not want to emphasize it?
Either way, I'm going to contact his agency and see if I can
get an interview. Wouldn't that be something? I'm not going to
hold my breath. But what the hell, I'll give it a shot.
taken a small break from all the home improvement stuff to let
my back heal. Instead of painting, I've been shopping for
accessories and stuff. I wanted a new side chair for the guest
bedroom and didn't want to pay much money for it. I found a
great one at a thrift shop. I love thrift shops. They are like
treasure hunts. I copiously donate to them when I'm in a mood
to purge unneeded possessions.
a lot of movies this week, because my husband was on a
business trip. Watching movies kept me from compulsively
wanting to paint. It was nice to watch a movie, and at the
same time, do my back exercises and get some aerobics in on
the exercise bike. Have you ever suddenly realized that you
like the acting style of a certain film star (or the work for
a certain writer or director), and that you haven't seem much
of his/her work? Then you get curious, and rent a bunch of
their movies. So this week was the John Cusack film festival
at my house. I've done that over the years; rented a bunch of
movies starring Tom Hanks or films directed by Alfred
Hitchcock, for example. The folks at Blockbuster must think
I'm obsessive. A few months ago, I rented the entire Godfather
series because I realized I'd never really seen it (I usually
don't go for violent films). When you watch several films at a
time, you get good feel for the artist's work. Then, when a
new film is released, you can judge it better.
back, I realized that I'd seen the "2001 Space
Odyssey" movies, but had never read the books.
("2001" freaked me out as a child and I never really
understood it). So I read the books, and then saw the movies
again. That was lots of fun.
said, if you have never seen the film, "Being John
Malkovich," then rent it. It is one of the most bizarre
movies I've ever seen.
my back is getting better. I'm off the pain meds completely
and getting stronger. This time, I promise myself not to
backslide. I used to exercise religiously, because my kids'
preschool was at a community center with a gym adjacent. Now
that the "gym" is at my house, it takes a bit more
motivation to forget the damned breakfast dishes and dirty
laundry and get my butt in gear on the bike or Nordic Trak. At
least I haven't gained any weight from being too sedentary. I
have a mid-life philosophy: use it or lose it. If you want to
look good and feel good, then take care of yourself. Two years
ago, when I was in a wheelchair for 6 weeks because of foot
surgery, my calf muscle began to degenerate from lack of use.
It totally freaked me out. I doesn't take much for the body
(or the mind, for that matter) to drift and settle.
said, I'm still trying to find time to play my guitar. I
haven't touched it in a long time (lately, because sitting or
standing with it would hurt my back, damn it). But this week
will be the week. I have a new song brewing inside; I can feel
it. So maybe taking a break was good and will renew my
creative process. For one thing, it will hurt: the calluses on
my fingers need to be built up again!
been a rather uneventful week, and I don't really have much to
have been fine; the usual inconveniences. Although I've had
the arch wires in for several weeks, the gaps don't seem any
smaller. I suppose the movement is in small increments. Still,
it would be motivating if SOMETHING visible was happening.
I got in
touch with Tom Cruise's publicist. Unfortunately, Tom is on
vacation and will then go to Asia to shoot his next film. So
he isn't available for interviews until the end of the year.
Darn! Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I'll try again
in November or December. I have to wonder, though, if I was
from the New York Times, would I have gotten the same answer?
I suppose I'll never know..