2001 to January 2002
Today I met
with Dr. Vogt for a first consultation. He looked in my mouth,
and sure enough, just like all the other orthodontists Iíve
seen over the years, he recommended four teeth be pulled, and
two years of braces. Iím not surprised. At least he didnít
recommend head gear, like that other doctor! I really like his
attitude. Heís young, not stuffy, and his staff has a really
happy, casual attitude. Heís also the father of a toddler,
which makes me like him even more. I felt very comfortable
friend Heidi has spent two years in braces with him, and she
speaks highly of his practice. I feel comfortable enough to go
ahead with it. I feel kind of sick about pulling those four
bicuspids, but I suppose if enough orthodontists tell me they
must go, then that must be the case. If I want straight teeth,
those bicuspids must go. I feel bad about it, but Iím
determined. I think Iím going to go through with it this
time. Iíve never been able to picture myself with straight
teeth. And they will only get more crooked as I get older. Itís
really now or never.
Anyway, I was
pleased to find out that I could eat almost anything I want,
as long as Iím good about my oral hygiene. I could also use
my electric Sonicare toothbrush (I was afraid Iíd need to
use regular ones, which I dislike).
The next step
is x-rays. I was able to schedule them for the day after
tomorrow. I want to move ahead with this.
electrician called this morning and said he could start the
wiring for the spa. A little unexpected, but great! He
measured some stuff, I wrote him a check, and he went off to
buy the materials.
electrician came back and upgraded our electrical box. He did
what he was supposed to, but then there was a big, unpleasant
surprise. He put a big hole in our stucco, outside where the
old breaker panel was. He needed to do this to accommodate the
new, bigger panel. I wish heíd have told me about that
beforehand, because it will probably cost me several hundred
dollars to get that fixed. I would have suggested putting the
panel in the different location that did not involve breaking
up stucco. Damned half-assed contractor! He told me he ďforgot
to mention that.Ē Yes, the fun beginsÖ.
And yet thereís
more. Later in the afternoon, the electrician called to tell
me that my credit union would not cash my personal check,
because my signature had changed. It took me a minute to
realize that this guy must be really hard up for cash. Who the
heck cashes a business check? Why didnít he just deposit it
into his own account like a normal person, instead of going to
my credit union to cash it?! I had to waste my time contacting
the credit union to assure them that I had indeed written the
check, and that they should cash it. I regret ever hiring this
guy. I got his name from a friend. Oh well, too late now.
I got the
x-rays taken of my mouth today. Uugh, I hate biting those
x-ray film things; they always make be gag. But I got through
it. They took 20 of those x-rays in addition to the panoramic
films. What a pain.
realized how truly crooked my teeth were until I looked at the
photographs they took. Yes, they not only took x-rays, but
photographs. I donít think the last place took photographs.
Now Iím more convinced than ever that I must get this done.
How have I gone through life looking like this, all these
years? Suddenly, I feel embarrassed.
happened today, but I feel really sick about pulling those
teeth. I feel like Iím butchering my mouth. I need to get
past this. I really want straight teeth, and I donít want to
chicken out again. Hubby is right; itís not very attractive
to have crooked teeth (disclaimer: he repeated that heíd
love me no matter how crooked my teeth were). Now that I
realize how crooked they truly are, it really bugs me. So Iím
at odds with myself: I want to have straight teeth very badly,
but I feel sick about pulling those bicuspids. I need to work
The spa came
today, and it took most of the day for them to haul it up to
the deck. But itís there. Now, we just need the electrician
to come and hook it up. He did the conduit work today. I canít
wait! We canít believe that we actually bought a spa, and
there it is, on our deck! After years of thinking about it, we
finally followed through! !
The guy from
the window company came out today to give me an estimate for
the windows. Unlike the other flaky companies, (which I met
with before I began this journal), he calculated a price right
then and there for me. Those other flaky companies too my
measurements and never got back to me.
Anyway, I was
very impressed. I liked his products and his professional
attitude. Iím going to call his references and if the
company checks out, I think weíll go with them.
electrician came back and hooked up the spa. I am so annoyed
that he is flaky about coming to my house and finishing the
work: one day heís here, the next day heís not. He says heís
coming, and then he doesnít show up. I was so excited when
he finally finished the work, and the city inspector gave his
blessing. I filled it with water, and then went to the spa
store to get the necessary chemicals after I picked my younger
daughter up from school.
By 3 p.m.,
after I had picked up my older daughter, the spa was already
75 degrees. I turned it on to run the pumps, and thatís when
disaster struck. I couldnít shut it off. Then I realized,
hey, I donít have an ownerís manual. So I called the spa
store. Soon a technician (the ownerís son) came out. I was
sure it was a simple fix. Well, it wasnít. Something very
strange was wrong with my spa. I was so incredibly
disappointed. Then, when I looked closely at the inside of my
spa cabinet, I noticed a laminated sign, which said, ďThis
spa shown with options.Ē My heart sank. This spa was a demo,
and maybe it was a lemon. I knew it had been ďin the factoryĒ
and wasnít made specifically for me, but I didnít buy it
knowing it had been a demo or on display anywhere. Thereís
something fishy here, and weíll need to get to the bottom of
troubleshooting the spa for almost two hours, the technician
concluded that the circuit board was cracked. How it got
cracked was anyoneís guess. Maybe it came that way; maybe
the stupid electrician cracked it when hooked it up. In any
case, they would need to order a new circuit board. With
Christmas around the corner, this was going to take a while.
What a royal pain.
In the mean
time, the technician pointed out more half-assed things the
electrician did. So maybe I have two lemons: a bad
electrician, and a bad spa.
I called the
references for the window company, and everyone gave them
glowing reviews. I think weíve found our window company.
I think Iím
coming down with a cold that I caught from one of my kids.
When I catch a cold, it usually turns into an exhausting
ordeal of coughing fits for weeks. Iím going to try to rest
more, and take zinc lozenges and Vitamin C.
at the beginning of Winter Break. For those of you without
kids, let me tell you, Winter Break is no break for us
stay-at-home Moms. We considered sending the girls to ďwinter
camp,Ē but decided not to spend the money (it was going to
be almost $500 for two weeks!) So now Iíll suffer with being
sick, and two kids messing up my house every day for two solid
weeks. Oh joy.
My cold and
cough are in full swing. I went to the allergist for a
nebulizer treatment. This is the only thing that cleared up my
cough last year. Hopefully it will work. I hate how jumpy the
Albuterol makes me, but what can I do? Those braces will go on
in a few weeks, and I donít want to be having coughing fits!
circuit board that LA Spas sent out does not work, for some
reason. Apparently it is the wrong board. Vern (the owner)
tried to hook it up, but the water stopped heating after a
couple of hours and now sits at 70 degrees. Iím at my witís
end with this already. I have a big expensive tub of cold
water on my deck. We probably wonít be able to get the
damned thing working until January. Iím so pissed off.
impressed that Vern from the spa place came back today and
jerry-rigged the spa so it would work. He decided to bypass
the 24-hour water management system and just hook up the pumps
and heater. Now we could use it tonight for New Yearís Eve!
I couldnít believe it was finally working, heating up the
water, etc. As midnight drew near, we slipped into that steamy
100-degree water, watched the clouds and stars, and smiled as
the clock stuck 12 and our neighbors honked their horns and
celebrated. This time next year, my braces will be on for
almost an entire year. How weird!
came and ran the new gas line for my new stove. I was
impressed with their work. They didnít leave a mess and did
a very professional job. It took about 4 hours. Iím psyched
to get those new appliances into my kitchen next week! Theyíve
been sitting in my garage for almost a month.
Today I had
the tooth molds made. It was really no big deal. Itís kind
of like having a big hunk of silly putty pressed into your
teeth for about 30 seconds. First they did the top, then the
bottom. You can even choose a flavor (I chose raspberry). The
whole thing was over in less than a half hour. Luckily, the
cough from that cold is almost gone, so I didnít have a
coughing fit during the appointment. I called the oral surgeon
and made an appointment for the extractions. Iíve come to
terms with it. I want straight teeth. This is the only way to
get them. I WILL NOT chicken out this time (I keep repeating
that to myself). Those bicuspids will come out next Thursday.
I went to the
dentist to get my teeth cleaned. Itís ironic that I set this
appointment up six months ago, without a clue that Iíd be
seriously considering braces again. The dental hygienist did
an extra good job to prep my teeth for the braces. I
appliance guys installed my new GE gas convection range and
Advantium oven! I canít believe that I finally got rid of
the yucky green two-in-one stove! I just sat in the kitchen
later in the afternoon and stared at them. The installers need
a different part for the Advantium oven and will be back
tomorrow to finish hooking it up. In the mean time, I have a
gas stove! Iím so psyched to cook with gas again after all
these years! And no more green stove!
roofers came and tore off our old roof. What a noisy
proposition that was. All day long, thumping and crashing.
Tomorrow they put on the new roof. Thank God it has finally
stopped raining long enough for this work to commence.
installers came back and finished hooking up the Advantium.
Wow, it does everything it says it will do. I actually roasted
a whole chicken in 24 minutes, and it was terrific and juicy,
and cooked all the way through. Absolutely amazing. It wasnít
as good with cookies as Iíd hoped, but they were still ok. I
think Iíll do most of my baking in the convection oven of
the gas range, anyway. I love my new appliances!
buzzzzzz. All day long. But the roof is now 95 percent done.
Itís amazing how quickly these guys work. Iím relieved
that we wonít have any more leaks this winter.
and crashing. Today the new gutters went on.
I had a
pleasant surprise today at my consultation. Dr. Vogt told me
that I probably would NOT need to have those bicuspids
removed! He said that he thought it might change my lip line
too much and mess up my profile. He wants to put on the braces
and see how things progress in about four months. He thinks he
can straighten out my teeth without pulling any (although my
bite will still be a bit off, but I donít really care about
that). Wow! Iím ecstatic! I had agonized over getting those
teeth pulled, and now I may not need to do it! I feel like Iíve
passed some sort of karmic test. It was like a leap of faith.
I will get
ďregularĒ braces on all the teeth except two molars on the
bottom. Because those have fillings that continue to the
outside of the tooth, those teeth must be encircled entirely
with metal braces (regular braces wonít adhere to fillings).
Since my molars are very tight, Dr. Vogt said he would put
temporary spacers between them, to make room for those
braces will go on next week, on Tuesday. The bottom ones will
go on about 10 days later. I can hardly wait!
called the dental surgeon and cancelled the extractions. Now I
want to go out and eat all the foods Iíll probably miss for
the next two years.
waiting and waiting for that new circuit board to come from
the spa company. Finally, I got fed up and called the customer
service manager at the factory. He told me he was going to put
an ownerís manual in the mail to me that day, and heíd
look into the problems weíd been having.
I finally got
to Armadillo Willyís for ribs, but wound up eating them at
home. I wanted to be sure to work out today, and by the time I
finished with that, and showered, I had just enough time to
run to the restaurant before picking up my daughter. Ah, and
what a feeding frenzy it was. Iíve probably had enough
protein to last me the entire week.
repair guy (who is the ownerís son), came over to install
the new circuit board in our spa, but only resulted in
frustrating himself. For whatever reason, he canít get it
working correctly. Iím worried that I have some sort of
lemon here and am preparing to get into a fight with the spa
manufacturer, if necessary. Itís ironic how quickly that new
circuit board came after I called the customer service manager
at the factory.
together with Hubbyís Mom today and ate pizza. Then we went
for ice cream. I ordered ďnutty coconutĒ with hot fudge.
It occurred to me that I might not want to eat ice cream with
nuts for a while. Then I felt stupid that I hadnít gone to
my favorite ice cream shop and gotten my favorite
coconut-macadamia nut-fudge. Darn it.
The owner of
the spa store came out and was able to install the circuit
board and get the spa working properly. Apparently a few of
the switches were thrown wrong or something (Vern has a little
more experience with this stuff than his son). What a relief!
Now the only thing I need is the ownerís manual.
I worked out,
then went to a smokehouse restaurant and had ribs and corn on
the cob. I want to get my fill of ďin your faceĒ food
while I can. The ribs actually werenít as good as Iíd have
hoped, but they still hit the spot. Now I canít imagine
eating ribs for a long time. Iíve kind of "ribbed
The kids were
home for Martin Luther King Day, and I didnít feel like
doing anything ambitious. The painter came over to prep the
fireplace for painting, and a neighborhood boy, who is my
daughter's class, came over to play for a while. Later in the
afternoon, the guy from the countertop place came over to take
exact measurements and give me a real bid. I was actually a
little less than I expected. Iím going to go ahead with that
part of the project, especially since their references were so
picked up my kids from school, I went to the supermarket to
hunt for ďsoft foodsĒ for tomorrow and later this week. I
chose canned tuna, some chopped meat for meatloaf, turkey deli
meat, yogurt, and wheat bread without seeds.
the day! I canít believe Iím getting braces put on!
January 22 - THE DAY I GOT MY BRACES ON
was the day. I would lie if I didnít admit being a bit
apprehensive about getting these braces put on. But I want
straight teeth, and this is the only way to get them. I made
sure to eat a really hearty breakfast, because who knows how Iíll
feel by lunchtime.
dried off my teeth with gauze and air. Then they put nasty
stuff called ďetchantĒ on them. This attaches the brace to
your teeth. Itís kind of like Krazy Glue for teeth, and it
tastes like it, too. Bleck, I couldnít wait to rinse my
mouth! Youíd think theyíd find a way to make that stuff
taste good, like the stuff they use for the molds. Now thereís
a niche market!
It was over
in about 45 minutes, and suddenly, I looked like a teenager
with a few wrinkles. After putting on all the braces and
running the wire through them, they put spacers between two
bottom molars. This was necessary to make room for the
wrap-around braces those teeth will need. The dental assistant
put a comfortable rubber spacer between two of the teeth, but
couldnít get it between any of the other three. So Dr. Vogt
put some sort of hinged metal spacer between them. I was
afraid that they would hurt, but truthfully, they didnít
really. In fact, the entire procedure didnít hurt at all.
Well, it was a little uncomfortable when he first put in the
metal spacers, but only for a minute or two. The entire
process, including spacers, took a little over an hour. My
braces are the ďclearĒ type. You still see some metal, but
not as much as all-metal braces.
feels so weird. So far, it doesnít hurt very much. It just
feels like Iíve got stuff in and on my teeth Ė which I do.
Itís the weirdest feeling, having ďstuffĒ under your
lips and sorta in your cheeks. I keep wanting to run my tongue
into my cheeks to get the stuff out. I suppose Iíll get used
to it. Everyone tells me that you do; that you forget about it
after a while. I kept looking in the mirror and smiling all
day. I actually think it makes me look cuter. Iím glad Iím
married, though. I bet some guys would be really turned off by
a single woman my age having braces. Who knows. I suppose a
woman could always lie to a guy she met, tell him theyíre
coming off in a few months, and then say the dentist changed
his mind. Oh, enough of that!
felt so good after my dental appointment that I went shopping
for sheets for my daughter's room. I popped some more
Ibuprofen just in case.
thatís a subject I can sink my teeth into (NOT!) I was
starving by 3 p.m. and finally decided to venture into the
wild world of eating with braces. I had some turkey deli meat
and cheese, and found that I could eat saltine crackers, if I
broke them in half. I could chew the food just fine, but I
couldnít voraciously bite into anything. I took delicate,
deliberate bites. No problem.
For dinner, I
made myself some tuna salad. That was fine. Fortunately, Hubby
did not expect me to cook dinner for him tonight (I think he
had some leftover pizza).
As if by
strange coincidence, my older daughter's front tooth decided
to come out today, after months of being loose, and days of
hanging on by a thread. Dr. Vogt told me to just pull it out,
downward, but she wouldnít let me touch her. At 4 p.m. she
swallowed the tooth. I thought: ďHow ironic, my teeth are
being held in place by super glue and metal, and hers are
falling down her throat.Ē Of course, she wailed
uncontrollably, partly from fear of swallowing the tooth, and
partly from fear that the tooth fairy wouldnít come. It took
a good 15 minutes for me to calm her down on both accounts.
The day got
even weirder around 6 p.m., when the power suddenly went out.
At first I was afraid that it had something to do with the new
spa we put in and that bum electrician, but a quick call to
PG&E informed me that about 4,000 people in my
neighborhood were without power, too. It was out for four
hours! So Hubby first saw his metal mouth wife by candle
light. There must be something romantic about that.
I hope my
mouth doesnít hurt too much overnight or tomorrow. Dr. Vogt
said that the next day, you usually feel it more. Overall, I
am in happy disbelief that I FINALLY DID IT! I HAVE BRACES! I
didnít chicken out!
my teeth are definitely achier than yesterday. But itís not
a headache sort-of pain, or an unbearable ďget this stuff
out of my mouthĒ pain; itís more like somebody punched me
in the mouth and hit my teeth. A couple of Ibuprofen takes
care of it. I slept last night with no problem. It only
becomes a problem when I eat, so Iím eating very soft foods.
For breakfast I had yogurt, a scrambled egg and some saltine
crackers. For lunch, the rest of that tuna salad and some
turkey deli meat. For dinner, I made meatloaf; with garlic
mashed potatoes and some sautťed greens. I ate it with no
problem. But then again, meatloaf isnít difficult to eat.
thing is sudden tooth sensitivity on a couple of the top
bicuspids. I can brush my other teeth with no problem. When I
get to those bicuspids, on either side of the top, yowza, what
horrible nerve sensitivity! I figured maybe it was the strong
pulses from my Sonicare toothbrush. So the next time I brushed
my teeth, I used a regular toothbrush for the top sides. Same
thing. In fact, just touching those teeth with anything gives
me a nerve pain. I decided to go back to brushing with
Sensodyne toothpaste. I think if I just donít rinse with
Plax, it will not make my tongue feel weird. Dr. Vogt said
that these sorts of sensitivities could come and go, as the
root of the tooth is disturbed. Since my teeth are cold
sensitive, I hope Iím not more prone to it than normal. That
would really suck. I canít imagine feeling those nerve zings
every time I brush my teeth for the next two years!
came back and finished painting the fireplace, so I stuck
around and did the complete domestic thing, and cleaned the
house all day. Wow, the fireplace looks incredible! Why didnít
we have it painted years ago?
are so much better today. I actually ate some cookies! Even
yesterday I couldnít have imagined biting into anything even
remotely crunchy. I canít bite directly in front; my front
teeth are still kind of sore. But biting on the side is no
problem. No pain at all. Iím amazed how quickly my teeth are
recovering. I had expected at least a week of pain and
discomfort. I was even afraid of headaches. But none of that
roasted a chicken for dinner, and included some potatoes and
carrots. Although the chicken wasnít quite as soft as tuna
salad, it was ok. I just made sure to choose pieces that were
rather soft, and cut them into small pieces.
taking those metal spacers out of my lower teeth. It will be
nice to have the more comfortable rubber ones.
I finally got
those metal spacers out of my mouth. Itís interesting how
much easier the rubber ones fit in today. I had no idea that
teeth could move so much in such a short period of time. The
dental assistant got the rubber spacers in with very little
trouble. They are much more comfortable than the metal ones,
but the one on the bottom right sticks up a bit, and feels
weird, like Iím chewing on something.
pain is starting to go away on one of those top bicuspids.
Thank God for that! The other one still zings me, but is a bit
better. I can use my Sonicare all the time now.
realized that I didnít take any Ibuprofen at all. Thatís
amazing. It has only been three days!
I went to the
Countertop Store and ordered those Zodiaq countertops and the
limestone tiles for the backsplash. Iím still confused about
what kind of sink to get, but it will all work out. Iíve
narrowed it down to two faucets, and I think Iíll wind up
buying them online.
I also went
to Organized Living for the first time and fell in love with
that store. They have anything and everything for closets and
organization! I sat down with one of their planners, and
decided to buy some bracket shelving as a solution for my
daughterís closet. It was on sale at 25 percent off, and
didnít cost that much. It is so rewarding to get in there
with a tape measure, get some measurements, and then DO
The guy from
the window/door company came back and drew up the contract. He
was here for almost three hours. I was itching to install
those shelves in my daughter's closet, so after he left (at
5:30 p.m.), I started that project. Being so basically inept
at home-improvement, I was able to do it by myself, so Iím
gloating. I even used a drill properly and put the brackets up
straight. By 10 p.m., the shelves were not only up, but the
toys were re-organized in them, and Iíd re-arranged some of
her furniture. Tomorrow, to Target!
Not much to
report today, except that my lower right molar seems to hurt.
Iím not sure why. It could be the spacers they put in. Or
the way my teeth are hitting. I notice that I clench my jaw
more than Iíd ever imagined. I need to make a conscious
effort to keep my jaw relaxed and my teeth apart.
I spent the
better part of the day online searching for an appropriate
desk for my daughter's room. Itís so challenging. Her room
is rather small and I donít want to sacrifice floor space,
but she needs more storage and a real desk. I had looked in a
couple of local furniture stores, but the pickings are slim in
my price range and color (white). I finally decided on a
Sauder assemble-yourself desk and hutch that were in my price
range. After all that, I took the kids to Target, to buy more
organization stuff, including the alarm clock my daughter
wants (the same type as her sister). Who would think a little
kid would get so excited about a clock radio?
kids were in bed, I continued going through all the stuff I
had taken out of the top of my daughterís closet (mostly
baby clothes I want to save). I put them into several large
plastic storage containers and labeled them. Iíll move them
to the storage place at some point. Iím also donating more
stuff the kids have outgrown. I knew there was a reason to do
this now: I now have a bunch of cardboard boxes for
temporarily storing my kitchen stuff when the cabinets get
It has been
10 days, and I still havenít received the ownerís manual
for my spa. I called and left a voice mail with the customer
service manager at the factory. I seriously donít understand
what their problem is. I believe that LA Spas is a good
company and makes a really good spa; thatís why I chose that
brand over others (after many hours of painstaking research).
I swear, itís always something!
bottom molar still hurts, but itís bearable. I just need to
remember not to bite too hard on that side. Today I actually
ate a few corn chips with salsa at a Mexican restaurant;
albeit delicately. I can understand how some people might lose
weight when they get braces: you can no longer stuff your face
with wild abandon. You must be deliberate and careful about
each bite, making sure pieces of meat arenít too tough or
too large. Making sure there are no little crunchy things
(like nuts or seeds) hidden in foods.
meal, we went next door for ice cream. I really wanted Jamoca
Fudge or Snicker Bar ice cream, but those nuts Ė I just didnít
want to take the chance. Instead I had coffee flavored ice
cream, but I made the mistake of ordering my favorite hard
sugar cone. This was my first attempt at eating an ice cream
cone since the braces went on. I never realized how ďfront
mouthĒ eating an ice cream cone is. I kept feeling as though
I was dribbling ice cream on my chin. I finally gave up and
got a spoon. Then came the cone. No way could I bite into it,
so I broke it into small pieces. I ate about half before
giving up. I suppose it will be ice cream cups, or soft wafer
cones for the next two years. A small price to pay, I suppose,
for straight teeth.
This was the
first time Iíve eaten out since getting the braces. Iím so
self-conscious about it. I have a toothbrush, etc, in my
purse. Brushing after the meal is not the problem. Iím
afraid of grossing out anyone Iím eating with during the
meal. I know the day will come when I have some big piece of
bleck stuck in my braces and donít know it. I figure the
best way around this is to surreptitiously swish water in my
mouth when Iím eating. I usually only drink water with my
meals, anyway. But itís usually cold water, and my teeth are
cold-sensitive. So swishing cold water is not pleasant. But I
suppose itís better than smiling and seeing a huge piece of
black bean or chicken stuck to my bicuspids. Yuck! Maybe that
Sensodyne toothpaste will make my teeth less cold-sensitive.
definitely anxious about getting the lower braces put on next
Friday. After what Iíve gone through this week, Iím not
afraid they will hurt. Iím just wondering how it will be to
eat with two sets of braces. Well, I suppose I will revert to
tuna salad and yogurt for a while until I adjust. I keep
reminding myself that lots of kids, teenagers, and adults go
through this every year.
I also remind
myself of the 10-year-old boy from my kids' school who, last
year, tragically choked on a chicken burrito and died shortly
after getting his braces on. He apparently didnít chew a
large chunk of chicken, and it got caught in his throat.
Incredibly sad but true. So, I suppose thereís only one way
to eat with braces on your teeth: carefully and slowly.
brushing my teeth this morning, I realized that the nerve
sensitivity is almost completely gone from that upper tooth.
Now I can use my Sonicare brush with very little trouble. I
donít know if the Sensodyne has helped, or if my tooth has
just ďrecovered.Ē I suppose it doesnít matter; Iím
just glad it has stopped feeling sensitive.
I am gearing
up to re-do my younger daughterís room this coming weekend
(if I feel up to it). I bought the wallpaper at Home Depot,
and that border I bought online finally came.
was Hubby's birthday, but we couldnít go out because he
wanted to go to his Chinese language class. (You must
understand something about my husband: he loves to learn new
and challenging things. Heís studying Mandarin). Anyway,
tonight we went to the theater and saw Evita. At intermission,
I wanted a cup of decaf, and those biscotti sure looked good.
Why hadnít I ever noticed that biscotti have nuts? Probably
because it never mattered before. I had assumed that nuts
would be impossible to eat with braces, and now I found out
the hard way. Fortunately, the biscotti itself became soft in
the coffee. But the nuts didnít. They got stuck in my
braces. I spent the second half of the show trying to
discreetly dislodge pieces of hazelnut from my upper teeth. Iíve
got to get a traveling kit together and keep it in my purse.