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ST4S — T is for … OUCH!

Orthopantomogram of my teeth, showing an impac...

Orthopantomogram showing an impacted wisdom tooth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a cavity in one of my wisdom teeth.  This tooth has been impacted for years and even had a filling put in it about ten years ago.  This Spring, the tooth broke a bit and my dentist and I discussed the possibility of getting it extracted, but there had been no pain, and a glop of (what I thought was going to be) temporary filling material kept things that way.

In fact, I forgot completely about the tooth until this week when I went in for my annual cleaning.  The hygienist, with the best intentions, I’m sure, removed most of the filling material, and now….

I’ve taken one of every pain reliever I have in the house, so I can soft-chew the ravioli soup my husband made for me.  It’s working…somewhat.

Tomorrow I’ll be calling my dentist to see what can be done.  I had hoped to hold off on getting the tooth extracted until January when the next round of insurance kicks in, but we’ll see what happens.  I may not care how much it costs us to deal with the pain by morning (last night it kept me awake).

My little KIA, an accident waiting to happen

My little KIA, an accident waiting to happen

And on top of this, tomorrow is also “Teeth-Clencher Extrordinaire”…  or in simpler language “the day I take my car to get the brakes done”.  It sounds simple enough, except we live in the Heldeberg mountains, and there really are almost no brakes.  I have a new bottle of brake fluid.  I expect it to be gone well before I reach Albany.

So that’s the excitement in my life.

So here’s my brief….

ROW80 Check-in

Well, it’s NaNoWriMo time and I’m behind.  I could say it’s because I’m not feeling good or because I had family visits to do on Friday or any number of reasons, but really it’s because I always start National Novel Writing Month slow.

Vintage National Pressure Cooker, Eau Claire, ...

Vintage National Pressure Cooker, Eau Claire, Wis. 12 (Photo credit: beautifulcataya)

It’s just who I am and how my ‘process’ works.  Sometimes I don’t write anything for the first three or four days (not the case this time, but close–I have 1370 words written at the moment).  Then, as if my mind has been slowly cooking away… a little creative pressure cooker…  suddenly in the second and third weeks I burst out with days of 5K (average) only to slowly fizzle on the last week with a word here or there.

I’m not sure it’s a good system, but it seems to work for me to get the word count in.  Whether it creates anything worth polishing for publication….  Well, that’s debatable.

It also allows me to (mostly) keep tabs on all the other things I need to do for the month.  The field trips, the holiday shopping, the family visits, the…  well, I’m sure you all know because you’re doing all that too.

And in that, everything is on track.  I am writing, and I am getting to my sponsor duties, and I am…

Well, I am just doing the best I can.

How about you?