3 day weekends rock

and two of them in a row rock even harder.  and when they sandwich a 3 day school week they rock the hardest.  at least that’s how i’m envisioning this week.

no school today in observance of his majesty king bhumibol adulyadej’s 83rd birthday.  and friday the kids are out for constitution day.  (a holiday that does not require fire works – fingers crossed.)

so, what do we do on the monday of a three day?  head to the ortho – i’m a good planner like that.  i did follow it up with a trip to starbucks for a peppermint mocha for me and a peppermint signature hot cocoa for the one whose mouth is gonna be hurting soon.  pain that is totally worth it because – wow – her teeth look so straight. and i’ve been freed from the 24/7 wearing of the retainers.  the orthodontist said i was obviously a model patient.  heh, heh, heh.

other things we’ve done over this three day?  we’re trying to get our festive on – a few more decorations have gone up, the jesse tree is in progress (f.y.i., if a jesse tree is in your future, the instruction to get a small tree should include the words “but not too small”), i’ve even put some spray snow on a few windows. saturday night we watched rudolph the red nosed reindeer – the claymation version.  and i’m positive there’s material in there for an amazing mashup of hermey, the elf who dreams of being a dentist, and orin scrivello, dds (steve martin’s character in little shop of horrors.)

this evening c16 has play practice.  he has a performance on saturday night and needs a tan.  our people don’t tan and i’m pretty sure the chance of finding self-tanning lotion in a country where whitening is the thing is pretty much nil.  thankfully a friend had some she’d brought with her from the states.  looks like getting his tan on is gonna be project numero uno for the next three day.  well, that and a13’s birthday party.

Another Word Up, YO! post. This week’s word is “festive.” You can join in, too.

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naked no more

saturday morning i got my braces off. and my mouth felt weird. odd. naked. good.

i left the orthodontist office with freshly clean teeth and set out in search of sticky candy, popcorn and peanuts. the things i wasn’t supposed to eat, but now could. (okay, so i totally ate popcorn and peanuts with the braces on, but always felt a little naughty doing it. now i could do it with a clear conscience.)

sunday i had a lovely anniversary dinner with the man. made all the more romantic because i wasn’t having to dig food out of my braces and make sucking sounds and all that stuff that’s really attractive. and then we saw a movie. killers – i enjoyed it, the man didn’t so much. but i had more popcorn. cuz i could.

monday i had a great lunch with some great girlfriends (see, i am making progress) and headed home to pick up #2 so i could get to my follow up appointment and #2 could get her braces adjusted. my follow up appointment included getting my retainers. and being the thorough person that i am, i had no idea of what instructions might come with my retainers. like the one that goes wear them 24/7 for 6 months. and after 6 months wear them every night and every other day. and after that. wear them every night for the rest of my life. and i’m fairly certain that the ones made for me are made out of like 7 guage wire. because they are big. i remember making retainers out of paper clips when i was in elementary school – because i thought they were so cool and i had to have me some. turns out, i was wrong.

she only thinks she knows me

actual conversation that happened on the way home from school

a12:  “i don’t think this bite plate is doing anything other than annoying me.”

me:  “well, the orthodontist said you have to wear it, so you have to wear it.”

a12:  “if the orthodontist told you that you had to go naked through the neighborhood to fix your jaw you would.”

me:  “i wouldn’t be so sure about that one.”

a12:  “oh, you might struggle with it, but you’d still do it.”