to May 2002
here at 3:30 a.m. because I've had too much caffeine today.
Accidentally. At dinner, at my cousin's house, I agreed to
have a diet Coke. I assumed that it was caffeine free. You
know that old witticism about the word "assume"
don't you? It goes like this: When you ASSUME you make an ASS
out of U and ME." (ASSUME spells "assume," get
assumed wrong. And then on top of the diet Coke, for dessert I
had a piece of dense chocolate cake made out of strong
bittersweet chocolate. Well God only knows what the coffee cup
equivalent of the caffeine flowing through my veins is. All I
know is, it's 3 a.m. and I have enough energy to fold a load
of laundry. If Hubby wasn't sleeping in the room where the
laundry is.... But I'm babbling. At least tomorrow is the
beginning of Spring Break week, and I don't have to get up
early to take the kids to school. At least I have the web to
keep me company.
April 1st, which (for non-Americans who don't know) is
"April Fool's Day," a day when you're supposed to
play jokes on people. Well, I guess the joke's on me.
Hopefully I'll get some sleep soon and not be a complete wreck
been just great with my braces. I have been experiencing
absolutely no pain and very little discomfort. My teeth must
be shifting, because the alignment of two molars (top and
bottom) on the left side feels funny. But other than that,
there are no problems. I'm sure that this will change when
time goes on. My next adjustment is in two weeks. And then, in
a few months, rubber bands...what a joy I'm sure that
On the bright
side, I can actually see one tooth in particular straightening
out! The worst one on the bottom, which leans halfway into the
one next to it! The tooth it leans on has three little ridges
on top of it. The offending tooth used to lean all the way to
the last ridge. Well, in the two months I've had these braces
on, it has shifted, and now only leans to the first ridge! A
visible movement! OK, maybe I'm easily amused, but I'm very
excited about this! I find the whole process fascinating.
week will be challenging. I must clear out every single
kitchen cabinet, and take down all the window coverings to
prepare for my contractors (kitchen and window). The kids are
home all week, and I have that work contract to finish. (Thank
God for videos and computer games!) I hope to get some
much-needed exercise this week and play my guitar, in between
kitchen and window duties, work, and taking the kids to the
park, the movies, or whatever. But these two weeks are really
the worst. After this, I'm sure it will get easier.
I hope you
like the dental humor page I added to the site. Please submit
any jokes you have heard, or ones you make up!
keeping statistics on this site, which is quite fascinating.
Do you know that people all over the world are reading this
journal? And, do you know that most people who have emailed me
about the site (who have braces) are in their 40s? We baby
boomers must really want straight teeth! So, a hearty Hello,
Hola, Bonjour, Hallo, Shalom, G'day, Ciao, etc to all you
European, Aussie, Kiwi, South American, and North American
I woke up, and out of the blue, my bottom teeth were killing
me! I'm not sure why. They felt fine yesterday, and I didn't
chew anything hard. My best guess is that my tongue was
pushing against them in my sleep. Eating breakfast was
downright painful. I couldn't wait to brush my teeth and take
some Ibuprofen. I took three; that's how much they hurt! Now,
a few hours later, they feel better (although I'll know for
sure at lunch time). The only other reason they might be
hurting is movement: one of the really crooked ones hurts the
most. If this keeps up, I'll call Dr. Vogt.
I've got to
tell you about another braces dream I had last night. I
suppose I dreamed this because my teeth were hurting. In this
dream, the braces were not glued to my teeth, they were able
to come out of my mouth. I took them out and as a joke, was
putting them on a set of "chattering teeth" to make
my kids laugh. I put the braces on the chattering teeth, and
began to wind it up. Just as the teeth began to chatter, the
braces fell off, and disappeared under the seat of my car!
Suddenly I realized that I was driving, and couldn't look for
them. At every stop light, I got out of the car and feverishly
looked around under the seat of my car to no avail. I never
did find them!
have a heyday with me...
several emails from people who like braces, and currently have
fake ones. They are asking me if they should get real braces.
I respect everyone's fetishes and such, but truthfully, having
real braces is no picnic!
you must pick gross bits of food out of your teeth 4 and 5
times a day (often in yucky public bathrooms), and carry
around a dental kit. You have some pain (as I did this
morning), and often some degree of discomfort. Your gums get
raw from the little hooks, and you can't eat some of the foods
you like. There is also the very real risk of root resorption
-- in other words, in some rare cases, your teeth could
actually fall out because the roots get weak.
looks cute, but believe me, it doesn't FEEL cute! If you like
the look of braces, and your teeth don't NEED straightening,
I'd strongly suggest that you stay with the fake ones. Why put
yourself through all that if you don't need to? Besides, it's
I hope I
haven't offended anyone with what I just said. Remember,
fetishes are part fantasy, and believe me, dealing with real
braces on your teeth 24/7 is a hunking dose of reality, none
of it particularly erotic for you, the wearer! Of course, you
may have a different opinion and that's ok. That's just my 2
cents on the subject.
On the home
improvement front, I'm fighting laziness. There is so much to
do, and I just can't seem to motivate myself to do it.
Yesterday, I emptied some of the kitchen cabinets. Today I'll
do more of that. I also need to clean up the office, which is
a big mess, and begin taking down some of the window
coverings. The kids have been home all this week, and I've
been fighting the usual messes that they make, while pleading
with them (and in some cases threatening) to stay as neat as
possible and "pick up your toys after you're done with
them!!" There's a lull in my tech writing work while the
client reviews the first draft changes, and I know I should
take advantage of the free time. But the lure of laziness is
strong. Maybe I'm getting a little burned out.
looks like such a wreck on the inside! The entire contents of
the kitchen (except for major appliances) is in the adjacent
living room. Upstairs, furniture has been moved and window
coverings taken down. Stuff is everywhere. Somehow, there's
comfort in knowing that it's only temporary.
far things have been going really well. The kitchen contractor
has so far taken off all the old doors and is refitting the
openings for the new drawers and doors. I'm surprised that all
the work is being done by one guy. He's very nice and quiet,
except when he's using the electric saw. He told me, "For
the next week, this room isn't a kitchen; it's a wood
shop." OK, I can deal with that. At least my refrigerator
can stay in place (probably) and the stove doesn't need to be
disconnected. Those are some of the advantages of having
things refaced, instead of gutting the kitchen to remodel.
windows are going in slowly and methodically. Again, there is
only one guy doing the work. It takes about two hours per
window. What an improvement to have these double-pane vinyl
windows! There is so much less noise! In the upstairs
bathroom, I had some pretty obscured glass in the window. It
looks fabulous; too pretty to cover up with a curtain!
oldest daughter is home with a fever and a slight cold, so
I've been hanging out watching HGTV and Animal Planet with
her. It's cozy to sit with her, under a blanket, and comment
on how great or horrible some of the interior decorating
On the braces
front, I made a good discovery recently: I can eat sandwiches
again. As long as they're made with relatively soft bread and
aren't piled too high with meat -- and are slightly squished
flat -- I can eat them. I thoroughly enjoyed a homemade roast
beef and cheddar sandwich on lightly toasted whole wheat. I
haven't had one of those in months! I still don't feel
comfortable biting something like a sandwich with my front
teeth. Strangely, it feels like I'd pull them out if I did!
But biting from the side works, and that's ok.
the past few days creating some new web pages for this site,
called "Braces 101." The suite of pages is mainly
for people new to braces. I also created a forum, called
"Metal Mouth Forum." I hope you'll post to the forum
with some constructive advice, comments, or questions for
other adults who wear braces. As I mention in the forum intro,
please don't write fetish postings there. No offense, but
there are several fetish forums that exist already, and that
is not really the purpose of this forum. Thanks for
So much has
gone on these past few weeks, I literally haven't had time to
write at all! Between the house, the kids, and that work
project, my time was completely spoken for, and I've been
Before I talk
about the house, I'll talk about my teeth. On the 11th, I had
another adjustment. Dr. Vogt was amazed at how quickly several
of the teeth have straightened up already. In fact, one tooth
on the bottom previously overlapped the other and leaned quite
significantly. Would you believe that it doesn't overlap now
at all, and both teeth are straight, next to each other?! Over
the past few months, I've watched it become straight, which is
adjustment went well, and afterwards I only had a minimal
amount of discomfort. It didn't even feel so bad when they put
on new ligating modules (those little rubber bands). Dr. Vogt
said that on the next visit, he'll probably replace my arch
wire with a heavier gauge. This will put more pressure on the
teeth. So, after next visit, I expect things to be sore.
On to the
The week that
both the window and cabinet guys were here was noisy and
challenging. The entire house was turned upside-down. After
they left, MY work began! First, I had to wipe out all the
cabinets, because they had lots of sawdust and remnants of
grout from the old tile. They were filthy! Then I put new
Contact paper down in many of them (because the old shelf
liner was totally awful and, in many cases, torn up). Believe
me, I'm no Martha Stewart: lining shelves with Contact paper
isn't my idea of a party! But it had to be done. Two cabinets
(near the kitchen table) now have glass doors, and it was
apparent that the insides needed to be painted. I was up until
3 a.m. one day doing that.
the cabinets were finished being prepared, we moved all the
stuff back into them. This is both a blessing and a curse. On
one hand, you get to re-think where you want to store stuff,
and how you want to organize it. On the other hand, you just
want to get things back into your kitchen as fast as possible.
It took almost two days just to get everything back where it
the cabinet guys cleaned up after themselves, there was quite
a bit of sawdust and dirt everywhere. Anything that hadn't
been covered (for instance, the top of the refrigerator) had a
layer of sawdust. I had opened the dishwasher a couple of
times and forgot to latch it tightly, and, you guessed it,
there was sawdust in there, too!
So, was it
worth it? Wow, you bet! The refaced cabinets are so beautiful!
Those guys did such an incredible job, I have to keep
reminding myself that they aren't new cabinets, just the same
old ones with new veneer and new doors! The glass doors in the
eating area look fabulous!
the countertop people came back and put in the tile backsplash
around the stove area. This was an adventure, because the
little decorative tile wasn't placed as high in the design as
I'd have liked. But unfortunately, because the main tiles
(which are large limestone squares) are so big, it worked out
that way. At first I wasn't happy about it and wondered if
they should change it before attaching it to my walls. But
after some debating, I decided to let them put it up the way
they'd planned. I'm glad I did, because it looks terrific
(even though the little decorative tiles are in the middle,
not near the top).
electrician came out to wire up the under-cabinet lights and
finish the new outlets and switches. And I had to go to the
flooring store to pick out the type of flooring they will
this was going on, every single window in my house was
replaced. That took a week and a half. We also replaced the
front door and two sliding patio doors. I hated the old entry
door and sidelights; it had absolutely no character. It was
plain flat wood, with sidelights of plain glass. The new one
looks so much better, with six panels and two pretty
sidelights made of beveled glass!
thrilled that the window guy didn't find dry rot in one window
frame that had always leaked. Phew! But, just when I thought
we were out of the woods...the city building inspector came
over. (Ominous music, please....)
inspectors in my town are notorious for being assholes. In
this town, if you sneeze, you must get a permit to blow your
nose. The inspector came over to inspect the windows, and
began citing me for things in my kitchen! He also tested every
single smoke detector to see if they worked! Well, my
countertop people told me that I didn't need a permit to put
in the new sink. Wrong. The electrician told me that I didn't
need a permit to put in new electrical outlets. Wrong. And
then, this guy tried to tell me that my cabinets and my
dishwasher were all new! I had to show him the insides, to
prove to him that they were just refaced. I volunteered to dig
up the two-year-old receipt for the dishwasher. Finally, when
he got to the windows, he found fault with one of them: an
upstairs window which doesn't meet "egress." That
means, it isn't low enough to the ground for fire safety.
Fortunately, the window company is owning up to the fact that
they screwed up, and they're fixing it for free. They must
tear out a small portion of my wall and make the window lower
and larger. More dust and noise in about a month, oh joy!
In the mean
time, the electrician is giving me a hard time about getting
the permit, and I'm just plain getting worn out!
been going throughout the house to decide on paint colors.
Picking paint colors sounds like a lot of fun, but after doing
it for a week, I've found it to be more of an ordeal. You
think it would be easy to just pick out a tan color. You'd
think that finding a peachy beige would be a snap. The color
looks one way on the little card, and another way on the wall.
It's maddening! And I'm not even very picky!! If I have to go
to Home Depot one more time, I think I'll scream!
project involves cleaning out the garage. Yes, things have
certainly snowballed. We looked around and realized that we
didn't need this or that book, or those baby things, or those
old papers. And before you know it, we're tearing things off
the shelves and out of the drawers of all the other rooms to
"clean out" stuff and re-organize. This all started
in the office. We want to paint it, but it's a mess of old
papers and books. Some of that stuff can be thrown out, and
some can be moved into the garage. But first we need to make
room in the garage! Like I said earlier, it's a blessing and a
curse. I have so much stuff to donate to the Salvation Army
that I called their truck to come pick it up! And then, in the
next breath, I called the local garbage company to schedule a
"clean up" date for all the junk we're throwing out!
I began to realize that if I only threw out a bag of old stuff
for every bag of new stuff I bought, I'd never have to clean
things out again: it would stay even! Well, in theory,
I swear, I
don't know how people live with remodeling chaos for months on
end! I've only been at it for a few weeks and I'm beginning to
lose steam. But at least my kitchen is back in place. There
are only four things that need to be done to it:
1. The light
valance (little wood pieces) must be installed under the
2. The floor
must be done.
3. The pocket
doors might be replaced.
4. The room
must be painted.
The first two
items will get done next week. The last two, probably sometime
next month. That is, if I can ever figure out what color to
paint the walls! After the light valances are installed, I
plan to take some "after" pictures and post them, so
be ready to ooh and aaah in about a week!
believe that April is almost over! Where did the month go?
I've been so
busy, it makes my head spin. Granted, most of it is my own
doing, but it's still a lot of work. We finally picked a color
to paint the office, and I've spent the past few days doing
that. In case you're interested, it's Glidden paint color
"Sea Drops," which is a muted pale green. A relaxing
color. Good for a home office where you go to either: a)take a
break to surf the web, b)try not to stress out about a work
project, and c)pay the bills and do the taxes!
The room is
about 3/4 done, and it takes longer than usual because we
can't just move everything out of it. So I painted one wall,
then moved the stuff back, painted the next wall, etc. This
room was the worst of the whole house; it needed a paint job
when we moved in 8 years ago, but it was ok, so we never got
around to it. It's so nice to see the office looking fresh.
And of course, we're going through the shelves and closets,
throwing out stuff we don't need anymore. We donated a ton of
stuff to charity, and had a huge pile of stuff for the garbage
company, too. Personally, I loathe clutter. I'm not anal about
things being "just so," but I don't want piles of
stuff falling over all the time, either. I'm big on
organization. I spend a lot of money on organizer thingies
that you get at Target or KMart.
think I'll be done painting the office by tomorrow. Just in
time for my kitchen floor to be done, and the guest bedroom
window to be replaced. Yes, they're replacing it on Wednesday.
That was fast! After that, the guest bedroom will be my next
mentioned that every wall in my house is off-white? Well, it
is. Or was. Now the office is green! I have ideas for almost
every room in the house. I don't want any strong overwhelming
colors, but pale colors that blend and just give a
"feeling" to a room. The guest bedroom is really
small and is done in a sort-of Southwestern motif. Pale
pinkish peach is a perfect color for that room. It took a few
tries, but I finally found the right color.
We have a
small "TV room" off the kitchen which is also, of
course, just off-white. I have a dark blue sofa in that room
and the stuff on the wall is golds, greens, and blues. I'm
painting that room a soft golden yellow, a cozy color for a
cozy family space. Can you tell that I've been watching too
much HGTV and reading too many decorating magazines?!
daughter is home sick for the next two days. Over the weekend
she developed a throat infection, and it might be Strep. We
went through a terrible battle with Strep last year. My kids
and I had it for FOUR straight months! Finally we pinpointed
which one of us was the carrier (and that fact that the Strep
we had was resistant to Penicillin), and we finally knocked it
out. Hubby never got it. Needless to say, I never want to go
through THAT again -- four months of feeling like ca-ca all
the time and constantly being on antibiotics! So, today the
painting had to wait until I took her to the doctor, then the
lab, then to the pharmacy for antibiotics...
talking about health issues, I want to mention that two of my
female friends in their 40s have just been diagnosed with
breast cancer. Did you know that there is a genetic test to
determine if you have a certain mutation that makes you prone
to it? Apparently, people with Ashkenazi Jewish backgrounds
are much more prone to have this mutation. If that describes
your ethnic heritage, and any sort cancer runs in your family,
you should have this genetic test! Also, did you know that an
MRI scan of your breast can detect tumors that a mammogram or
ultrasound can't? Doctors don't often mention this because it
is an expensive test that many insurance companies don't
cover. Anyway, I thought I'd pass along the information.
Please pray for my friends. They both have young kids and are
much too young and full of life to succumb to this terrible
floor is almost done. It has taken a bit longer than expected,
because the installer scratched some of the planks when he
moved the refrigerator, and he had to order more and then
replace them. At my polite insistence, of course.
The floor is
a laminate engineered floor called "Uniclic." It is
similar to Pergo, but does not need to be glued. Both Pergo
and Uniclic (as well as Alloc) come in various wood grains,
and look very much like real wood. In fact, the top layer
(under the laminate) is a thin layer of real wood. We decided
on this type of floor because it is durable, not too
expensive, and easy to install. The existing ucky green
linoleum did not need to be removed, although the coving
needed to be taken out. I chose a light oak color. My first
thought was maple, to match the cabinets. But then I realized
that it would be just too much of the same color. A slightly
darker wood floor looks better.
I think that
in my heart, I would have wanted a chic tile floor, but it had
several disadvantages. For one, it would have been much more
expensive and would have taken longer to install. Tile is also
hard to stand on for long periods of time. And grout can stain
and crack. In addition, it's very hard on dishes you drop!
Another choice could have been real hardwood, but again, it
would have been very expensive, and the upkeep would be more
complicated in a kitchen.
kids who still like to scoot Hot Wheels around the floor, a
durable, forgiving surface was our best choice. Who knows, if
we're still in this house 15 years down the road, maybe we
will take up the Uniclic and put down tile. Probably not.
Uniclic feel like to walk on? Well it's different than a solid
wood floor. It feels kind of like a dance floor -- slightly
springy. Some people might hate it. I think it's ok. It looks
another "unexpected expense" this week. The floor
guy had mentioned that the pocket doors might need to be
shortened slightly. What he didn't tell us was that it might
be impossible to get the doors off without ripping out the
an hour of stress, the "door guy" who works with the
floor guys came to our house to give us the verdict.
Fortunately, we have the only type of pocket door hardware
that easily comes off. Phew! Fee for shortening two pocket
And in case
you're in the market for a new career, here's one for you:
that guy ONLY shortens doors for a living! That's all he does.
His card says, "Doors Shortened." Can you get any
more specialized than THAT?!
of the doors isn't quite flush since the tile on the adjacent
countertop was replaced. Turns out, according to the door guy,
the countertop people shoved the wall in a speck when they
installed the new countertop. There's nothing we can do about
it. I have a feeling that we will NOT be replacing those
pocket doors, just painting or refinishing them. It's a
Pandora's -- er --- doorframe, if you will.
painting the office, and if you don't mind my modesty, I think
I did a damn good job for a beginner! I took my time taping
off various things, and it was worth it. My next project is
the adjacent guest bedroom, which will be painted in a light
peach to match the Southwestern decor. I also have plans for
the adjacent guest bathroom, but let's not get ahead of
ourselves. I could wear myself into the ground with ambition.
Hubby keeps saying, "Honey, pace yourself!" He's
right, but it's hard to sit around when you WANT to do this
stuff so badly!
guy came back the other day and enlarged the window in the
guest bedroom. The city inspector cited a violation on that
window because it didn't meet egress. Now it's five inches
lower to the ground. Good thing I didn't order any window
coverings for it earlier. Anyway, the electrician and the
countertop people got their respective permits and I scheduled
the city inspector to come back Monday. Cross your fingers for
me! I hope the same asshole -- I mean inspector -- comes back
and passes me. What a pain!
By the way, I
do plan on posting some new photos of all this stuff. It's
just a little complicated and I need the time to do it. I
Ya know, I'm
really looking forward to sleeping late on Sunday and having
no workmen in my house.
teeth, nothing new to report. My mother-in-law, unfortunately,
isn't so lucky. All her top teeth are infected and will need
to be removed. She'll need full dentures on top. How in the
world does THAT happen to a person? Is it just age? I can't
really ask her, but I think I'll ask Dr. Vogt next time I see
So you see,
take care of your teeth, or soon you'll be paying more
attention to those Efferdent and Polygrip commercials!
I think my
daughter gave me her virus, because each day, my throat has
been getting progressively more sore. I also feel really
tired. Fortunately, her lab test showed that she does NOT have
Strep. Today I was so beat, that after taking the kids to
school, I had a little breakfast and got right back into bed.
I slept for three hours and still felt tired! No fever, no
obvious infection, no swollen glands. So antibiotics won't
help. But I'll keep an eye on it and see the doctor later in
the week if I don't start to feel better. Lot of fluids, extra
vitamin C, etc.
I really had
to force myself to rest today. I wanted to start painting the
guest bedroom so badly! But the walls will still be there
tomorrow and the next day...
inspector came back. Damn, there is still a problem with the
electrical. I won't go into detail, but one of the solutions
involves cutting a big hole in the foyer wall (which is behind
the kitchen). Sigh. Well, at least I know that my painter can
come and drywall it for me inexpensively. I want to get these
inspectors out of my house already! By the way, he passed me
on the window, so that's not a problem anymore.
Today I want
to write about one of the readers of this website. I won't
embarrass him by mentioning his name. He is in his 30s and
just got braces a few months ago. His orthodontist wired him
for headgear. I get the impression that he was NOT told that
he would need headgear, and that it was a complete surprise.
This guy was
told to wear the headgear for 14 hours per day for several
months (how many, I'm not sure). Well, he is having a very
hard time with it. He is mortified to wear it in pubic. The
braces alone were a huge adjustment for him, but the headgear
is just pushing him over the edge. He is very angry and
asking any other headgear wearers out there to offer some
advice to him. I suggest that, if you have any suggestions for
him, you place them in the Metal Mouth Forum in a topic called
"Headgear Help" or something similar. He could
really use some support from you guys! Please! Thanks a lot!
for not writing for so long, but things have continued to be
very busy. In fact, I updated my journal the other day, but
then, just as I was about the save the file, there was a
computer glitch and I lost my entry. No, I hadn't backed it up
I saw Dr.
Vogt yesterday for another adjustment. This time, he put a
heavier arch wire on the top teeth, but the same gauge wire on
the bottom teeth. He explained that because one tooth on the
bottom is still crooked, he can't put a stronger wire there
teeth are indeed sore today. I have that "hit in the
teeth with a baseball" feeling. Not as bad as the very
first time, but still uncomfortable. Ibuprofen is once again
my friend, and I'm back to eating soft foods. I suppose the
feeling will pass in a few days.
the top teeth to be sore, but not the bottoms. Strangely
enough, that one crooked tooth, in particular, really
hurts. I think it is finally beginning to straighten out. I
don't know if it's my imagination, but it looks straighter
than it did a few days ago. I don't know if Dr. Vogt did
anything "special" on the bottom to help that tooth
turn. Previous adjustments didn't really hurt, so perhaps he
did something a bit different.
don't really mind the pain. It means that things are
happening, and that I'm closer to my goal. If you look at my
photo, you'll see that my teeth don't align very well
vertically -- some are "shorter" than others. I
asked Dr. Vogt if they will be aligned at the end of the
treatment, and he said "yes." I can't imagine it!
I've never thought that I could have great looking teeth that
were all even with each other. The whole science of this
really fascinates me -- the physics involved, etc.
On the home
improvement front, things are continuing to move forward. I
painted the guest bedroom that nice shade of peachy beige. It
looks much nicer now. I've decided to paint the doors, as
well. I really don't like any of the interior doors in my
house. They are plain, hollow core, and finished with a yucky
mousy brown stain. I've decided to paint them the same color
as most of the trim -- off-white. A small change, but it makes
a big difference. And it's cheaper than getting new doors. The
rooms I've changed look so fresh now.
project will be the adjacent guest bathroom. It has a very
nice slate blue and white linoleum floor. I decided to
continue the blue and white color scheme. I found a really
nice border at Home Depot, and a new lighting fixture. This
bathroom in particular, will have a good transformation. I'll
have to take "before" and "after" photos
and post them. The existing lighting fixture is really yucky,
and the walls behind the toilet are one-third Formica-covered
(very strange)! I plan to paint the Formica and put the border
above it. Yes, I know that it would be better to just remove
the Formica, but I'm trying to keep costs down. If we had more
money, I'd change out the stall shower, but there's only so
much we can do on the budget we have set.
I plan to
start on the bathroom next week, when I get another burst of
ambition and energy. I have noticed that I can't just dive
from one project to the next. When I'm busy painting, I don't
do the laundry or any of the other household stuff. So, when I
finally come up for air, there are bunch of things to catch up
on. And I'm tired! Painting isn't hard, but it is a lot of
work. I'm not complaining. Actually, I've been enjoying it.
It's very satisfying to see positive changes in your
environment, and know that you did it yourself.
In the mean
time, Hubby is very psyched about the new hammock we recently
bought at a "close-outs" liquidation store. We got
Pawley's Island $125 double-sized hammock for $40! The fence
company will come in the next few weeks to improve the fences
and sink a post for the hammock (the other end will be
attached to a tree). Our goal: on Father's Day, Hubby wants to
relax in the spa, then hang out in the hammock reading a book,
and doze off. Let's hear it for simple pleasures!
My teeth hurt
for about four days after my adjustment last week, and now
they feel just fine. I had expected to eat soft foods for a
week or two, but that's not the case. I can once again eat
tortilla chips with no problem.
I did have a
little incident with my braces the other day, however. I had
dinner with some friends and I think a piece of crusty bread
caused the arch wire to slightly slip out of the last bracket
on the bottom. At the end of dinner, I kept feeling as though
I had a huge piece of food stuck over there. When I finally
got home to brush my teeth, I realized that the arch wire
wasn't straight, but bulging out! There was a lot of yucky
food stuck over there, too. When I finally got it all cleaned
up, I gently pushed on the wire with my finger, and BOING!
it popped back into place.
Just to be
safe, I called Dr. Vogt the next morning and went in to have
it looked at. Fortunately, it popped back into the right
place. I suppose it happened because the wire isn't very
heavy, and that bread or whatever must of pushed it out.
assistant changed my upper rubber bands, because some curry
I'd eaten had stained them yellow. That's one annoying
drawback of this stuff -- sometimes, a powerful seasoning can
stain the little rubber bands. I eat Indian food a couple of
times per month, and it takes a few brushings to get some of
those spice stains off the braces. I suppose tea might stain
them, as well.
up to get the exterior of the house painted. Our painter will
start prepping the week of June 3rd. We decided to spend a few
hundred dollars on a color consultant for both the interior
and exterior. I don't mind doing a few rooms myself, but the
"common" areas of the house (the living room,
kitchen, etc), should look nicer. I have a halfway decent
sense of color and design, but I'd rather get a professional's
opinion, especially since most of the walls are just
off-white. She's going to give us advice on the exterior
colors, the kitchen, the living room, the TV room, and
probably the master bedroom/bathroom. I'd also like her
opinion on the rooms I've just painted, to see if they need
"something more," or for opinions on window
treatments. I am also wondering whether certain rooms would
look better with a faux finish on the wall. It's so hard to
get a good "vision" on your own space! The
consultant charges $95 per hour, which isn't bad. Other people
charge more. Not a bad business to be in, eh?
company came out to revise the estimate on the fences. Turns
out, sinking a post for the hammock wouldn't really work. So
we bought a hammock stand for it, instead. The fence work
should begin within the next week or two.
painting the upstairs guest bathroom. I decided to wait until
the color consultant comes, and show her what I intend to do.
Maybe she'll have a better idea. Why do all that work, only to
find out I could have done something nicer?
Day draws near, it's important to realize that the holiday
holds special significance this year. After the events of
Sept. 11, and all that has happened overseas, let's take a
moment to remember the innocent victims of violence and
hatred. I wish there was a simple solution to end terrorism
and aggression. So whatever country you live in, fly your
flag, celebrate your freedom, and say a prayer for world
consultant was incredible! Wow, I highly recommend somebody
like this if you're going to re-paint your house. She was here
for three hours (at $95/hr), and we picked the colors for the
exterior, the kitchen, the living room, and several more rooms
inside. She came up with great ideas I would have never
expected. And in some cases, she just confirmed my original
ideas about what color this or that should be.
I also got
her opinion on what I was going to do in the guest bathroom
(she liked it). She has her own interior design company, and
does more than just color. So maybe one day, when I decide to
buy more furniture for the living room, I'll call her. She
came to my house with a complete pallet of paint colors, and
really took the time to match or accent certain things. She
also told me something I'll share with you. You know those
$25/gallon Ralph Lauren paints at Home Depot? They're not very
good. She said it takes a minimum of three coats to make a
wall look decent with them (they don't cover well). So there,
price does not necessarily indicate quality in paint!
If you ever
want to work with a person like this, you can find one in the
yellow pages under "interior designers." Or, call
your local chapter of the ASID (American Society of Interior
Designers). That's how I found this woman.
breathe a huge sigh of relief, being able to visualize what
the house will look like in the next few months, and knowing
that I won't screw it up with weird colors. Ooooh, it's going
to be so NICE! I just can't wait!!!
regarding the braces, things are fine. My mother-in-law is
moving ahead with her dentures. My husband accompanied her to
the appointment with the oral surgeon, and told me that he has
a full set of braces!