I was afraid of this. After the accident left her with a broken jaw which was repaired with a permanent plate and immobilization. I was concerned that her alignment may have suffered. I pushed her to see the orthodontist last year, but we let it slide. Her teeth are still pretty to look at, but she has been complaining of headaches and she can feel that her teeth are hitting incorrectly. It is so obvious to her that things weren’t right, she initiated a visit to her much loved orthodontist this week.
He retired. : (
The new orthodontist says yes, braces are needed. Real braces, complete with rubber bands! Invisalign is not an option for the fixes that she needs. They will cost $4500, but since we’ve already had braces through the office they offered us a discount…of $250!! That helps. Um, not really.
We might just have to defer this for a year or two until she is out of college.
Or live with headaches. Starr is in favor of this option at the moment!
Actually, I have been getting out. And it’s been good!
There is so much going on out there. Starr and I witnessed more than we planned when taking a minute to visit my friend Rosemary and her Afro-Brazilian drumming group practicing in the park Sunday afternoon. We were early. My bad, we had copies to make for the 5k and it really didn’t take as long as I thought. So in an effort to stall, we went to McDonalds and bought a water and some Sweet Tea. Sweet Tea has become my main source of caffeine since attempting to quit my Diet Coke addiction. I love it.
That stall didn’t help. Trying to find a parking spot at the park, we decided that we were still just too early. We decided to take a little drive, 10-15 minutes and come back. As I made this decision, I also took a drink out of my very large Sweet Tea. Suddenly tea and ice were all over my lap. Sweet. Tea. On. My. Lap.
Soaked and frustrated I now needed to go home and change. Thirty five minutes later, we parked at the park and walked towards the sounds of drumming. Walking past a bike polo game and even better a group of people dressed like cast members of Monty Python’s Holy Grail playing with swords. It was hot, we didn’ t think running around in full costume looked like fun to us, but we appreciated the sight!
The Afro-Brazilian drumming was a lot of fun. I wish I had that skill. Starr and I saw a djembe at the antique store a couple weeks ago. Ever since watching The Visitor, I have been wanting one. I was so tempted, but logic won out. If I wasn’t a card carrying member of The Poverty Party…oh well.
Last week I finally met Barb in person at a local Green meet-up. (Yay!) The gathering was at a local business that was trying to embrace green and spiritual or earthy philosophies. Large windows, bringing the outdoors in, calming colors, open and alternative work spaces. It didn’t hurt that the building backed up to a lovely lake. I didn’t bring my camera, as usual, but snapped a couple pictures with my phone.
A slide! I didn’t try it.
What you can’t see in this picture is the amazing cloud of cottonwood seeds drifting and being lit up by the sun. It was beautiful and magical
Starr visited my blog last night. I don’t mind, I have little to hide from her. She did suggest that next year for Father’s Day, instead of whining, that I should post some of the funny things that Grampa does.
Funny? Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I don’t see him as funny. Maybe it’s easier to step back and look at the big picture and laugh when you aren’t the daughter. I will have to give it some thought.
The first thing that popped into my mind was the bats. When we lived in Reno, one evening we went to watch the thousands of bats leave their resting place under a bridge and go out looking for food at sunset. The sight of this seemingly never ending flow of bats from under the bridge and the cloud of bats that you could see far into the distance was very impressive as were the sounds the bats were making. Starr and I were talking about the noise and my dad looked at us like we were crazy, “there is no noise,” he declared. When we disagreed, he insisted that we were wrong and he was serious. If it was outside his range of hearing, it quite simply didn’t exist. We were wrong. We still giggle at that memory.
My second thought was the cruise and then Starr reminded me of several more. Yeah, maybe by this time next year I will be able to think of several “dad” stories to tell.
Until then, thoughts of the cruise brought back memories of these doodles. During our days at sea, I found that I couldn’t read comfortably without succumbing to motion sickness. So if things were slow and there wasn’t a program or movie that I wanted to see, I would get out my notebook and sketch. Lined paper and a ball point pen. Awesome. I designed numerous stained glass panels. All of which still only exist on paper. I sketched the statue by the pool. Several times.
And I did a couple quick silly pictures of my traveling companions.
My dad, who was constantly seeing spots and birds that weren’t there. He kept forgetting to clean his glasses:
My mom, who spent all of her free time on board playing bridge:
And Starr, who refused to go the ice cream bar alone:
She looks a little mischievous in my sketch, probably because she knew that if I went with her to the ice cream bar, I wouldn’t be able to resist getting some of my own. And I didn’t. Resist that is.
The honest truth is that while a majority of the staff were wonderful people, not all of them were. Starr was 15 and kind of cute. I think it was a combination that and the fact that 90% of the cruisers were senior citizens that caused some of the male employees to pay special attention to Starr. Making comments and staring uncomfortably at her. The ice cream guy was one of them. She loved ice cream and wasn’t willing to give it up, she just needed company. Protection. My ass and I were happy to provide it!
I received a nice email this morning from Alick of All Mighty Whispers thanking me for posting their song here. Nice.
I did a quick search and see that I have posted their song “Love Revolution” three (now four!) times! My favorite post featuring this song is Hope Revolution which I posted almost exactly one year ago. I’ve posted this song repeatedly because I like it! It makes me smile and that’s a good thing.
I don’t have much to say about this desk. I bought it for $15 at a garage sale in my neighborhood. The question was, what was I going to do with it? I pushed it here and there for a while. It lived in my office for a short time, but two desks in this tiny room were just too much. No matter where I put it, it was just too big and in the way. One day it just hit me.
The desk would make a great TV stand!
Fitting better than I thought, it no longer seemed out of place. I bought a couple baskets from Pier 1 and we have been happy with it ever since! I turned the middle basket upside down to create a place for the components to sit.
The desk is older, I like that. The previous owners children wrote on the insides of the drawers, I like that. It wasn’t passed down from my family, it isn’t fancy, it isn’t worth a lot of money, but it is a favorite!
The mirror above the T.V. is a favorite too. My dad brought it to me along with a bunch of furniture and miscellaneous things from my grandmother’s house after she passed away. The truck was stacked with a couple antique vanities, a box of old hats, old records etc. There was a box filled with thousands of recipes hand written on 3×5 cards, she didn’t do it, I don’t know where they came from! As well as several jars full of buttons–she did do that! And I wasn’t the only one to be gifted with buttons galore! I think she bought buttons at garage sales, no one knows why.
When I first looked at the mirror, I turned up my nose and stuck it in storage. I don’t ever remember seeing it at her house, it wasn’t a sentimental piece for me. A year or so later, I gave it a second chance.
The blog is taking shape. A change here, an adjustment there. Things are coming together, a little bit at a time (consisting of hours and hours of work!). If you notice anything looking or behaving wonky, please let me know. Please?!
I did take a break last night to watch So You Think You Can Dance with Starr. We love that show…so much! I wish I could find a video or two to post, but Dick Clark Productions keeps a tight reign on what’s available…and it isn’t much. I understand protecting your property, but it makes me sad, plus they are missing out on the power of fans spreading the awesomeness of the show to those who haven’t had the pleasure. Oh well.
We also caught the Real World Road Rules Challenge the reunion show. Oh the DRAMA! Next week Real World Cancun starts. Starr says MTV’s choice of Cancun was probably a huge mistake. We shall see. The previews look very much like she’s made an accurate prediction.
Before you get the wrong idea, I wouldn’t watch these shows without Starr around. I like watching with her…it’s fun! I am more of a CSI, Lost type person. I know that if Starr, Skye and Sunny weren’t hanging around here their junior year of high school, I would have missed out on So You Think You Can Dance altogether. Looking back, I am really glad that they turned me on to it!! The MTV stuff I could live without, but keeping up with it gives us just one more thing to laugh about.
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Name? Kelly. Mysterious? Not really. Passionate? Yes. Lazy? Sometimes. Outgoing? Not a bit. Trusting? Mmhmm. Artistic? On good days. Crazy? Could be. Trustworthy? Absolutely. Graceful? I wish. Sarcastic? Often. Deserving? You bet. Forgiving? Yes. Religious? No. Spiritual? Yes. Uncertain? At times. Confused? Sure. Distracted? Daily. Silly? Yeah. Talkative? Not. Punctual? To a fault. Breakable? Quite.
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