to November 2002
I hope you
like the fall colors of the site this month. Please visit the
special Halloween humor page. Hopefully, the link on that page
will work properly, and all the graphics will show up! The
animation link might take a while to load if you don't have a
fast connection. I would have placed the animation directly on
the site, but I think Angelfire would have a cow if I tried to
may have noticed that I haven't mentioned "work" in
a while. That's because there just isn't any. The bottom has
fallen out of the technical writing field. High-tech companies
are cutting back, and documentation (which is usually viewed
as "not crucial" anyway) is the first thing to go.
The money has evaporated. It used to be quite lucrative --
jeez, you could name your (high) rate if you had the skills --
but since the dot-com bust, things have changed drastically.
I've seen my hourly rate get cut more than half. After a lot
of soul-searching, I decided that it wasn't worth it. Will it
ever be as good as it was? Well, many jobs in the technical
industry are leaving and not coming back. So no, I don't think
it will ever be the way it was in the mid-to-late 90s. Maybe
that's not such a bad thing. I mean, honestly, did YOU buy
"Flooz?" You know, some venture capital company put
MILLIONS into that stupid idea. Alas, the glory days of
Silicon Valley...not to mention our stock market accounts
(yours as well as mine, I'm sure...)
So I'm taking
stock in myself and starting a little business that has
nothing to do with technology. In time I'll tell you more
about it. Let's just say that I have an interesting idea, and
I think it might work. And if it doesn't work, well at least I
gave it a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. At the
moment, I'm busy doing a lot of research and trying to lay the
groundwork for everything. It really is intense. At some
point, when I come up for air, I plan to continue painting
some of the rooms inside the house. But unfortunately, there
are only 24 hours in a day, even with caffeine...
nothing ground-breaking to say about my teeth, other than a
little pain I experienced last week. Out of the blue, the
upper left quadrant began aching. Since the uppers have
chains, I assume the ache was due to something moving. It only
lasted a day or two, and then disappeared. It didn't hurt bad
enough for pain reliever. It was just a dull ache. Like I've
said before, I don't mind these aches and pains, because it
means that things are happening.
By the way, I
want to apologize for the oldest Forum entries being deleted.
It's not me doing it, it's the Bravenet system. I had no idea
that I wouldn't be able to archive the posts. I wrote to
Bravenet, but they haven't given me the courtesy of a reply.
So when I move the site to a new host, I might change the
Forum host as well.
Posthumous Birthday to John Lennon.
I had an
incident happen last week that still has me cringing.
As I have
remarked lately, my front teeth are now touching -- something
they never did before. In a moment of pure hunger, I quickly
dove into a tuna sandwich on whole wheat last weekend, and SCREEECH!
My teeth scraped against each other! It was like fingernails
on a blackboard! I couldn't chew for about a minute -- I just
sat there, squinting my eyes, waiting for "that awful
feeling" to subside. Uugh!
seems to happen when I forget about my braces and try to bite
into something like "old times" with my front teeth.
So far, it has happened twice. The first time was when I bit
into a cookie about a month ago. At the time, I thought it
happened because I had bitten some weird way. Now, I know that
it happened because my teeth are aligned differently than ever
before. I HOPE TO GOD that the "final" alignment
will eliminate this problem! If it never happens again, it
will be fine with me!
busy as anything with the business I'm starting, the kids, and
trying to stay on top of all the mundane but necessary
housework. I also have begun re-designing this site (off-line,
of course). If the design works out, it will be really nice.
supposed to get an adjustment this week, but delayed it. I'm
going to dinner with some friends, and would like to enjoy my
food. Dr. Vogt removed the chains from my lower teeth last
time, and I expect he'll put them back on during the next
adjustment. Which undoubtedly will mean pain and discomfort
for several days. It's the first time I've postponed an
adjustment since getting my braces on.
you checked out the Humor page? Nobody has told me what they
think of that animation link. Which leads me to believe that
either it's not working correctly, or my sense of humor is too
bizarre for my audience. I'll admit, I like very bizarre
things. The stranger, the better. So, guys and gals out there
in cyberspace -- tell me if it's too over the top for you!
Personally, I walk around singing, "Baby-ba-ba-baby-Baby
Ruth, Baby Ruth" at various times of the day. The music
and sampling in that animation are really great. Kinda reminds
me of Devo on Beck.
that I haven't written much in the past few weeks. Things will
adjustment, and more pain! As I guessed, Dr. Vogt put the
elastic chains back on the bottom teeth. But he also put a
heavier arch wire down there. Between everything, it's really
painful today! Even after three Ibuprofens, it still hurts!
I've been treating myself to lots of ice cream and have been
drinking my Atkins shake for breakfast, because I can't even
chew a waffle. Yogurt for lunch. Uugh, I can't wait to eat
solid food again! I know that the pain will pass in a few
days, but in the mean time, it makes me very cranky!
brighter note, Dr. Vogt said that the gap in my top teeth has
closed by one third. I had originally thought that the gap
would be closed by December, but I think it is going to take a
bit longer than that. The bottom teeth will take longer,
especially since they didn't have any chains last month.
Nevertheless, he was very pleased with the progress of my
teeth in general.
going to try a different color this time. I asked for the
teal. But after they put on the teal chains, I looked in the
mirror and couldn't stand it! I looked like a silly kid. The
teal was just too bright. So I changed back to light blue. I
suppose I'll just stay with the light blue from now on.
good thing that I stayed in the general area of Dr. Vogt's
office the morning of my adjustment. I had lunch at a local
hamburger joint, and afterwards, one of the wires began poking
my cheek. So, back to the 'ol chair for a clip. I had learned
my lesson about THAT a few months ago. If a wire begins poking
you, get it clipped ASAP. Otherwise, it will begin to feel
like barbed wire.
I received a very nice email from a husband and wife who got
braces together! The wife, named Chris, wrote a really
interesting story, which I am going to add as a separate page
in the next day or two. Thank you, Chris, for taking the time
busy lately cleaning up my house. If you have kids, you know
how fast clutter can accumulate. Well, I'm hosting a Brownie
meeting at my house tomorrow evening. I'm not trying to be
Martha Stewart, but I like my house to have a certain level of
cleanliness when people come over -- especially people who
have never been to my house before. So the past few days, I've
been dusting, sorting, consolidating, vacuuming, and mopping.
Such a glamorous life I lead! But it has its hidden benefits
-- my birthday is soon, and I get to enjoy a clean house. I
even got the kids to clean up their rooms (a minor miracle --
FAO Schwartz has nothing on my house....). Nothing like a
little Mommy Birthday guilt to get them motivated! Heh heh heh!
think I'm coming down with something. Either that, or my
thyroid is out of whack again (I have hypothyroidism which
acts up sometimes -- particularly when I get sick with a cold
or whatever). Well, my throat is a little sore. Last night I
was sitting with my older daughter at about 8:30 p.m.,
watching a really cool documentary about planets narrated by
Patrick Stewart. I nodded off and slept like that until almost
midnight! Hubby put the kids to bed; I was out of it! I got
up, brushed my teeth and stuff, fell into bed, and slept all
night until the alarm woke me up at 7:30 a.m. 10 hours
of sleep, total!
morning, can you believe, I was STILL tired and feeling kinda
dizzy? After breakfast, I crawled back into bed for an hour.
After lunch, I got out and did some light errands. But after
picking the kids up from school, I felt really exhausted
again. I slept on the couch for 3 more hours, from 4 until
almost 7! Thankfully my kids took pity on me and left me alone
and were really quiet. Hubby had come home early from a
meeting, so he held down the fort while I dozed. I have such a
nice family! I haven't felt this tired since I had Strep two
years ago. (I had it for 3 straight months, it was awful!)
Hopefully this will pass soon and I'll get my energy back
again! I PRAY that is isn't strep!
the tooth front, things are fine. My teeth stopped hurting
about 5 days after my adjustment, and now I can eat steak
again, or whatever I want. No pain at all. I did have one more
incident of that tooth-scraping-nails-on-a-blackboard thing a
few days ago. Really unpleasant. I hate that!
it's just my imagination, but my teeth FEEL straighter than
before my adjustment. Is that possible?
check the forum, you'll see that reader Gary wrote a really
nice review of SuperFloss versus Glide Floss Threader. It got
me thinking that I'd like to add a page where you guys can
write your own reviews/opinions of orthodontic products. For
example, I had come to the same conclusion about SuperFloss as
Gary had. I'm sure we each have our own favorite products, or
perhaps are looking for products. Dental companies are always
coming out with new stuff. Personally, I think that we adults
with braces are an overlooked market.
of the Forum, there seem to be more pop-ups than ever on
Bravenet. It is so darned annoying! I promise that in my next
incarnation of this site, the forum will NOT have ads! So bear
with it for now...
been so busy that I hadn't picked up my guitar in a while. For
whatever reason, I decided that I wanted to play Willie
Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." Hubby has
an MP3 of it on our computer. I looked it up online, but the
chord notation was wrong, wrong, wrong. So I had to figure it
out myself (it's in the key of E in case you were wondering).
I figured out all the chords and even the nifty little solo
(for the most part). I did all this on Rob's steel string
acoustic. My fingertips were downright shredded after 2 hours
(if you don't play guitar regularly, the calluses disappear
and you must build them up again). Uugh. But it was very
satisfying to sit down and play that song along with the MP3
track and sound almost exactly like Willy. Almost. Close
thing will be to learn some Django Reinhart and those
interesting triad chords. Something I don't currently know, so
I have a new goal. There are some great resources for Django
stuff on the web. If you like that type of music, you MUST see
the film "The Sweet and Lowdown" with Sean Penn. It
is a really great film! When do I have time to do all this
stuff? I don't. But I try. A little here, a little there. It's
amazing what you can accomplish in an hour if you put your
mind to it.
I have so
much to tell you. First of all, my teeth are fine. One of my
molars was aching last week, but it stopped after a couple of
days. Obviously, something was moving. The gaps are noticeably
smaller. It's taking a lot longer to close them than I'd
expected, but it's coming along. Soon I have another
adjustment -- more pain to look forward to. I can't believe
that it has been almost a year since I had the braces put on!
spent the past week glued to my computer. If you've been
reading this journal, you know that I had an idea for a
business. Well, now I'm ready to tell you about it. My
business actually has to do with braces! A few months ago, I
was talking with a couple of friends who have kids in braces,
and they wanted to put together an orthodontic travel kit like
mine. That got the wheels in motion. From a tiny idea, a
product arose. I have been doing tons of research on dental
products, and the result is a kit that I'm going to sell to
people. I call it DentaKit (simple, straight-forward
a lot of careful planning and research, and a really good
spreadsheet. I ordered product samples from all types of
dental companies. Some products looked great in the package
but then didn't pass muster. Others impressed me. I put the
best that I found into the kit.
know, I'm not a whiz webmaster (although I've come a long way
this year). A friend who has a jewelry business on the web
told me about Yahoo Stores. That's how I created my retail
site. My experience as a technical writer really came into
play as I designed the look of the pages. And my past
experience in marketing and corporate communications certainly
helped in the copy writing.
moment, the site isn't set up to take orders. That will happen
later this month. It's still "under construction"
until then. I am set up to ship to the USA and to Canada, but
as soon as I get ahold of Fed Ex, I will try to set up
complete international shipping. Click HERE
to be taken to www.dentakit.com and see my new product line!
idea is out there on the web, and I have a room full of
DentaKits in my house! Will they sell? Well I sure hope so,
but only time will tell. Anyway, I will NOT push my product on
this site. I'll have a link or two to it, but I don't want to
push it in your face. That's not my intention. This site will
continue to be as it always has been -- a place for people to
connect and get information.
speaking of THIS site, did you notice that the ads are gone? I
finally forked over some money to Angelfire to take the ads
away. I may eventually re-design this site and I might move it
off Angelfire (as I had been planning) but for now, paying to
remove the ads was the most convenient option. Think of it as
an early Holiday gift from me to you! Personally, if I NEVER
see the ad for "World's Largest Casino" ever again
in my life, it will just fine with me!
on the Forum said that they saw a picture of Tom Cruise with
metal uppers and lowers. Just a few months ago, he had ceramic
uppers. This is very curious. Now I'm more determined than
ever to interview him. Maybe if I do my best Barbara Walters
imitation, his publicist will patch me through to him.
Seriously, I'm going to try again. Nothing ventured, nothing
adjustment recently, and more aches and pains.
(and rather stupid/embarrassing) thing happened to me last
week. I had eaten a meal that contained shredded chicken. A
couple of days later, one of my molars on top began to ache.
At first I thought it was just pain from movement. Then I
realized that the pain was coming from between the teeth. I
used a dental pick to see if anything was stuck between the
two molars. Sure enough, a big hunk of shredded chicken came
out. Shame on me for not flossing more regularly. I was very
surprised! Nothing has ever gotten stuck like that between
those teeth. So I tried the pick on the other top molars (on
the other side of my mouth). And sure enough -- same
I came to
the conclusion that my molars have moved from the chains, and
now there is more space between them than before. I'm not used
to anything getting stuck between THOSE teeth because the
contacts had been so tight before. So now, I make sure to
floss more regularly and use a dental pick between those teeth
after every meal to ensure that nothing remains stuck.
I told my
plight to Dr. Vogt, and he decided to put the chains all the
way to the last molar. I hadn't noticed before, but I guess
the chains stopped on the first molar. Now they are on all the
teeth. Hence the pain I'm in. Time to break out the Ibuprofen.
went for their semi-annual dental checkup last weekend. No
cavities in either kid -- I owe that partly to my Gummy-Bear
ban. But my oldest daughter still has a thumb-sucking habit
which we must now break. Her permanent front top teeth are
coming down, and now's the time when damage could be done. Do
you know how hard it is to get a kid to stop a finger sucking
habit? Poor kid. Maybe I've been too good of an example for
her. She said, "Mommy, if I need braces it will be no big
deal!" I replied with, "Honey, it can really be a
pain, and you don't want them if you don't really need
them!" Kids can be so funny. Despite the finger-sucking,
she might need braces one day anyway. We'll know for sure in
the next year. My younger daughter still hasn't lost any of
her baby teeth, much to her dismay.
doing a lot of work preparing my other site, Dentakit.com, to
take orders. I think it will be all set up by the end of this
week. All major credit cards will be accepted. Working on that
site (and this one) has been very frustrating recently,
because my ISP (AT&T cable modem) has been very spotty.
One minute it's working, next minute it's out. It's no use
calling them, because they're a bunch of parrots reading
scripted troubleshooting guides. So we just have to wait and
wait until the cable modem is back up in an hour or two. This
has been going on for the past two weeks. We're thinking of
switching to DSL. It has taken all my self-control not to
throw the cable modem box out the window! Before AT&T took
over, the service was great. They bailed out the other
bankrupt ISP, Excite(at)Home, last year. Almost immediately
the service went to hell and hasn't improved much. That's what
happens when the mega-corporations run things, I guess.
I read an
interesting thing on the forum last week. A reader remarked
that his teeth were hurting, but after 2 glasses of wine, they
were numb. Well, there's a benefit from being an adult in
braces, don't you think? Maybe we could start a new product
line: "Lynn's Teeth Coolers" (in white, red, and
blush). How about a mixed drink? A "Bloody Gumline"
(no, that's too gross). Hmmm... A "MarTEETHni"?
A "Slow Grin Fizz"? OK, I'd better quit while I'm