All Up In My Grill

Posted By on June 2, 2015

It is no secret around these parts that I murdered a dentist in my former life and have been paying for it ever since. I even have a category on here for my multiple posts about going to the dentist and how awful it is and how my mouth is the most expensive thing I own.

It’s about to be worth a hell of a lot more!

I’m a grinder. I have been since I probably got teeth. I never did anything about it until I went off to college and the dentist told me to wear a night guard when I slept. Talk about sexay.

By this time, the damage was mostly done. The night guard was to prevent further damage. Because at this time I had basically ground down all my molars and needed them crowned. I think I currently only have one molar that isn’t crowned, but I’m sure it is a matter of time.

In addition to my back teeth, my front teeth are in bad shape. They are really worn down, the enamel is gone and they are basically see through, they are so thin. Every new dentist I’ve gone to has delicately tried to ask if I was bulimic, since the wear on my teeth is typical of someone who pukes a lot and/or has a lot of acid reflux. And every time I tell them “no, they’ve just always been like this”.

Every new dentist always tries to get me to fix it, too. But because insurance is stupid, they only think this is cosmetic and not necessary so they won’t pay for it.

I got it priced out once when I was just out of college, probably 23 or so. It was going to be over $5,000 out of pocket. This was 15 years ago and I was making about that much a year, so I laughed in her face and said no.

I’ve always known in the back of my mind that it needs to be done. I mean, I’ve had my front teeth get chipped twice recently, over very innocuous things, so I know that I’m like one drunken fall from losing my teeth. (Although, if that happened, insurance would pay for it!)

So I have decided to bite the bullet and get it done. It’s happening on Thursday. I’m super nervous about it. All I keep thinking is I’m going to end up looking like this:


I know I won’t. I mean, I HOPE I won’t. I’ve told the dentist to make my smile the exact same, minus the chips in my teeth and the whole “so thin you can see through them” thing. But she mentioned that they have to make sure they are OK as far as talking goes. Like this could eff up my speech? I’m going to have a lisp???

Thankfully they will be temporary crowns. So if I really don’t like the look of them, it is back to the drawing board. They won’t even start to make the permanent ones until I’ve OK’d the temporary ones. But then I’m still stuck with ROSS TEETH for 3 weeks until they fix it!

It’s a four-hour procedure. I’ve downloaded an audio book to listen to. Keep me in your thoughts on Thursday.

And don’t worry, I’ll be back on Thursday to show you a before and after.


Posted By on November 12, 2014

Thank God for Miss Zoot and her daily prompts because I was at a loss today. This one was from a few days ago, but I had zero other ideas. Thanks Zoot!

(Dislaimer: I’m writing this assuming I have unlimited funds to make this year/month/week EXACTLY how I’d want it to be. And that when I came back my job is waiting for me.)

If you could spend ONE WEEK anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This is an interesting question. My first thought was somewhere in the States to visit friends. But then, if I have unlimited funds, I’m bring y’all with me! I think I’d want a beach location. Maybe Fiji? Somewhere where there isn’t much to do but lie around and drink and soak up the sun and eat fresh food. I think a week is about all I could handle of that. Then I’d be bored and want Netflix and Taco Bell.

If you could spend ONE MONTH anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Australia. I think that would be a good amount of time to explore all that it has to offer. Plus then I could take a side trip from there to New Zealand.

If you could spend ONE YEAR anywhere in the world, where would you go?

This is going to be a cop out answer because I’m going to just say Europe. I would start in countries I haven’t been to, probably France or Italy or Greece. And then from there I would take amazing side trips to all the other places I want to go an explore – Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England, Turkey, Germany, and, and, and….

So tell me, where would you go?


Will Run For Chocolate

Posted By on November 11, 2014

Last year around this time, I signed up for the Soldier Field 10 miler race that was taking place in May 2014. At the time, I knew I had plenty of time to get in shape and I knew this would be a good challenge and get me back to running.

And then I did nothing. I bought some shoes and that was about it.

Around February of this year I got an email asking if I wanted some help in training for this 10 mile race. Boy did I ever!

So I signed up with a running training group and it was the best decision ever. Not only did I run that 10 miler, I ran a half marathon this summer and next week starts our winter training program that will end with a half marathon in Austin.

I also met some awesome people. Awesome people who I could run with outside the training group. And awesome people that would run 15k with me when none of us had done any running at all in the last two months.

But we did it! We did our 4/2 intervals for the whole 9.3 miles of the race. We weren’t fast, but we ran the whole thing. And none of us died or had appendages fall off. We did it! I am so proud of us! It’s such an amazing feeling to see how far we’ve come. In March, we struggled on the first group run, which was 3 miles. On Sunday, we hammered out 15k without having really trained. It’s amazing what we can do!

I’m now really looking forward to this winter training to push myself some more, and hopefully have a way better time in a half than I did in August.

Plus, I really only did it for the medal, which you have to admit is kind of amazing. The chocolate fondue at the end of the race wasn’t half bad either.







Hot Chocolate

Posted By on November 9, 2014

I ran a 15k today, what did you do?


I want to actually write about it because it was kind of a feat of physical and mental toughness, but I’m so tired from having to get up before 5 AM that I need to get to bed.

So I’ll fill you all in tomorrow when I can move from this spot without wincing.

Sun Devil Saturday

Posted By on November 8, 2014

Feels awesome to be a Sun Devil today! Even after they almost gave me a heart attack.


sun devils win