ugh ugh ugh ugh

i am so nervous to go see the dentist, i am on the verge of tears/hyperventilating.

i HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE going to the dentist to get teeth drilled/filled.

stupid idiot dentist in austin when i was 6. NO NOVACAINE for four fillings!!! scarred me for life.

HP thoughts

i’m rereading HP 7 because i was slightly distracted by the reuinon the first time and i figure there were a few things i missed as well.

what i didn’t absorb first time round:

the first time i read it, i thought griffindor’s sword had basilisk venom in the hilt somewhere, deliberately put there by the goblins when they made it, but upon second reading, i realize the sword soaks up all that makes it stronger, so when harry stabbed the basilisk in book 2, the sword absorbed some of the venom. huh!

and, snape’s patronus is a doe, which i assume was also lily’s patronus, which was the complement to james’ stag (which i assume is what form his took, since harry’s is also a stag). awww. that made me smile.

the many references to aberforth and goats. they are all over. i have to find the first time he was mentioned and read about this magical misdealings with a goat that he did. hmmm.

i realize that yes, hermione had just opened her bag when she mentioned “forest of dean” so that nigellus could hear where they were and inform snape.

and, i had thought, wow, dumbledore must’ve been an awesome wizard to have conquered the elder wand, but i somehow missed that grindelwald had stolen the wand, which meant that the power was never really his. so the power structure was gregorovich, dumbledore, draco, harry, while the ownership was gregorovich, grindelwald, dumbledore, voldemort.

and i am only in the middle of rereading it, so i am sure i will have more revelations. 🙂

and i must say, i am especially appreciative of her conjunction use between two independent clauses this book (in the past, she has notoriously spliced her commas,  which drove me absolutely bonkers).

i'm an idiot

so i havne’t had dental insurance for the past 4 years. i figured, eh, no big deal. i’ve gone 7 years before with no dentist visits and had no cavities.

the day i left for the reunion, i woke up with my jaw/gums aching. uh oh. now, for about month i’d gotten food stuck between two of my molars, but i thought it was just due to my molars shifting apart. but the ouchy ouchy said, go see a dentist.

so this morning at 6:30 a.m. i haul myself out to my car to go to the dentist. first, i have tartar buildup up the wazoo on my lower teeth. then the xrays came out.

guess whaT? i have 6 cavities. and two might need root canals.


(mostly they are due to my lack of flossing. all the cavities are between a couple of teeth. so floss. and ask me if i am every time you see me.)

yay summer

this weekend is my family reunion, yay! i checked the weather last night and it was perfect – 85 each day with nightly lows of 60. i check again 10 mins ago and now it’s 95 each day with lows at 70. yuck! too warm for sleeping and fires. up until last year we set up the tents so they were even with the lake, so it was nice that the wind from the lake breezed in the tents in the morning, but last year we tented up on a hill due to a fire at the resort, and it was stiflingly hot. yuck! we were up every morning at 7:30 because it got so hot in the tents. i hope the spots down by the lake are open this year.

so i’m looking forward to boat rides and swimming and eating grandma’s donuts and hanging out by the fire and drinking beer with my cousins and the smell of sunscreen and getting sunburned and OFF and wearing sunglasses and swimming and seeing my siblings (minus liz 🙁 ) and eating decent food and not wearing shoes and laughing and did i say swimming and the smell of lake and the sun and the breeze in the trees and riding in the boat and not working and hey, swimming and my toes in the sand and nummy drunken sandwiches and the anticipatory drive there and watching the trees turn from oaks and maples into birches and pines and swimming….

i am not looking forward to not seeing my cat for 4 days, not seeing nate for 4 days, and having to be in the company of anthony and sam for 4 days.

oh, and HP is sooo coming with me. i don’t care if people look at me weird. it’s BOOK SEVEN. get over it.

did i fail to mention…

the large tv nate came home with the week before he quit OD???

yes, a 40″ LCD tv no less.

and that is the tv. please excuse the mess of shoes and hercules on the floor.

notice, also, the computer that has now taken up residence in the living room. WoW on 40″. i can hardly contain myself….

your input or else

i’ve narrowed it down to 4 fairy tales to rewrite for NANOWRIMO.

1) rapunzel. long-haired maiden is stuck in a tower until prince rescues her.

2) rumplestiltskin. little elf dude helps out damsel in distress in return for her first-born unless she guesses his name by the prescribed time.

3) 12 dancing princesses. i really like this one. a stranger is boarded at a king’s palace and solves the mystery of why the princess’ shoes are worn through each morning. go read a short version.

4) donkeyskin (rewritten by R.M. as deerskin). the original fairy tale is a lot different from what robin mckinley wrote, so it has a lot of leeway. a princess tries to get out of an arranged marriage and ends of disguising herself as a hag, and falling for the prince of the far-off land she escaped

of course, rewritten, i may have to get rid of the whole “damsel in distress” issue in whichever i choose, but that’s to be expected!

so, vote!


you know, besides going swimming at st john’s with jane, the fourth was kinda lame. the big st.joe fourth fest that everyone makes a big deal out if is NOT a big deal. sheesh. NO MINIDONUTS!! next year it’s spicer or mandan. enough dinking around in st cloud.