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You can’t handle the (missing) tooth!

Here’s something good that happened in the last few weeks…

Back in September of 2015 I bit into a cheesesteak spring roll (I love Philadelphia) at a lunch meeting with my manager and my tooth broke. Back in September 2015, back when I was young and naive, I believed — REALLY BELIEVED — that the dental implant process would take 7-9 months. MAYBE a year, if things went slowly.

These pics are out of order because I am vain and don’t want the other pic to be the thumbnail on Facebook.

Twenty months later, I finished the process. What took so long? Because of 20 years of problems with that one tooth, the surrounding gums were shot. I needed two separate bone grafts (cadaver bone, thanks donors!) to rebuild the area enough to support the implant, which is a titanium screw/anchor thingy. My oral surgeon wanted to wait 4 months after each step to make sure the grafts took. And then it always took an extra month to 6 weeks to actually get an appointment each time.

In the meantime, I’ve been wearing a flipper. It clips onto my upper teeth like a retainer. While it did the job to fill the embarassing gap, I always felt self-conscious about it. I lisped when I was tired. I had to take it out to eat, because certain foods (frosting, thick breads, etc) would stick to it and pull it out of my mouth. And other foods (rice, granola, etc) would work its way beneath it and just be gross. I haven’t eaten in my office lunch area since September, 2015.

The first porcelain crown that was cast looked awful, so it took a week for the second try to come in (plus 2 more weeks to wait for an available appointment.)

Finally, on Wednesday, July 19, I got my smile back. I won’t lie, I cried with happiness to finally be past it all.

And if you’re curious what I *really* looked like for the past 20 months, here you go.


Sunday 5: Let’s get physical

One of the myriad reasons I’m not a book deal blogger is because if someone tells me not to blog something, I don’t. Otherwise I’d have so many delightful stories.

Suffice it to say there’s been a bit of a cloud hanging over us for the last 2 months. Work is busy and I can’t seem to catch up.

This dingus turned 6 months old on July 15 and already is Ollie’s size!

Life is stressy. I haven’t been to the beach yet this summer and the way things are going, I probably won’t. Virginia Beach isn’t happening — we cancelled it in favor of another trip that also isn’t happening. And WWE Battleground is in Philly tonight and I’m not there. Boo! Hiss! Blah!


So lets pretend its Friday, and I’m not failing at everything. This is the Friday 5, and the theme is Let’s Get Physical.

1. How confidently could you turn a cartwheel right now?

Not, since I never was able to turn a cartwheel. Even as a skinny kid, I never could figure out where to put my arms and legs to make it work. Yes, I was a developmental gym kid.

2. How (physically) flexible are you?

I’d say I am more flexible than you’d think I would be for my age. I still dabble in yoga. I wish I was this flexible though.

3. How are your Frisbee-throwing skills?

I have a pretty decent frisbee throw. Murphy is shaping up to be quite a little frisbee dog, unlike beloved dogs that shall remain nameless.

4. Which carnival game do you have the best shot at winning?

I am VERY good at the competitive ones. My favorite one is the squirt gun one, where you shoot the water into the clown’s mouth to blow up a balloon. All that requires is a steady hand. It also helps if you play against children.

5. How good are you at toss-the-paper-in-the-wastebasket?

I have a 50% success rate.

Tomorrow is my work from home day, so I’ll wake up with my fingers crossed that I can re-reboot and get rid of this cloud.

Fancy #coffee Friday, an attempt to salvage my week.

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Anniversary gifts

Today is our fifth wedding anniversary! Who knows where the time goes…

To celebrate our 10 years living together and 5(!!) years married, we bought some gifts.

The the modern gift for the fifth anniversary is silverware. It just so happened that WM bought me a silver locket!

The picture on the left is from our Disney trip last November, the one on the right is the day we got married.

It’s a lovely piece and when I wear it, it’s difficult not to open it and say “SEE HOW CUTE WE ARE?!?!?” to everyone around me. I resist, though. I’ll leave the weird, gloaty stuff to another embarrassing blogger in her 40s.

The traditional gift for the fifth anniversary is wood. Of course, paper is a derivative of wood, so without even knowing it, I nailed the theme. I had a star map made of what the the night sky looked like on the day we were married!

I figure we’ll hang it somewhere in the upstairs part of the house, where we hang our classy stuff. Downstairs is where we put our Funko Pop figures and WM’s growing collection of Indiana Jones posters.

Disclosure: None of this is sponsored because I suck at blogging. It must be because I don’t have “a corona of golden curls surrounding” my head. (hork)

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