Friday, January 30, 2009

Winter is half over


I certainly don't have the photography skills that some of my friends have, but I thought this picture was too pretty not to share. It was taken from my office window Wednesday during our latest snowstorm.

Have a good weekend everyone! J is off to Columbus for a guy's weekend with theHoss and I am off to my sister's for a girl's weekend (plus kids).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Congrats are in order!

I was so busy wallowing in my "numbness" that I forgot to mention we attended a wedding on Saturday. Guess where it took place? In our living room!!! J's childhood friend, theBuddha, got married in Vegas and we watched the live feed. A first time for both of us, but it was neat to be able to share in their special day! We had party hats and noisemakers in their honor, so it's probably a good thing we were not really there ...



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The things I took for granted

I had a follow-up appt. with my oral surgeon who assured me that the mild pain I still feel will go away eventually, but he cannot be sure I will regain feeling in my lower lip and chin. It was all part of the surgery's risk, as I knew. I was thankful that I didn't lose feeling in my tongue, which was a strong possibility. I had visions of going to my sister for speech therapy. But my lip? I thought, how bad could that be. Well, I'm not going to lie. It's quite annoying.

Here's a short list of the benefits feeling in your lower lips provide:
*Holding the drool when you are looking down
*Giving you some indication on the temperature of your food before your sensitive tongue touches it
*Feeling a kiss
*Never getting in the way when you bite down on your food
*Letting you know if you have leftover food around your mouth
*Being able to put chapstick on properly (on a side note, I hate chapstick. But, my lips constantly "feel" chapped these days)

For now, I live numbly. I am taking a short course of steroids because the doc said maybe the area around the nerve is still too inflammed. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What are the odds?

The biggest difference between J and I is our luck. He has it all. I have pretty much have none. We balance each other out.

So last night we had a soccer game. My mouth is mostly healed, aside from the lingering numbness in my lips and chin (a story for another day). I felt good Wednesday. I decided I would play. J tried to talk me out of it. In the car on the way over there, I said to him, "I'm not so much worried about getting hit with the ball in the face, but just about exerting energy after I've been drugged and weak for the past few days. Besides, what are the odds that the ball will hit me in the exact spot on my face?"

Well, the odds, of course, were not in my favor. Because I got hit in the face with the ball. Not just the face, but the lower left side, exactly where the wisdom tooth was extracted 6 days earlier. The impact was so hard it took me off my feet. Funny thing about odds, huh?

I actually had one of the roughest games I've ever had. Not only did I get wailed in the face with the ball, but another player and I collided and actually rolled together on the field. J thought we were making out or something. My entire left side is bruised. Nice.

J, on the other hand, scored a goal. Played goalie for half the game and only let in 2 goals. You know, 'cause he has all the luck!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Generation I can only communicate electronically

I admit I am a little behind the times when it comes to the technology age. I don't have a Facebook account. I don't Twitter. I hardly text. But I do blog. And have a Myspace account (I know, how totally yesterday!). And a LinkedIn account.

But this NY Times story about sending an e-card to inform someone you may have given them an STD. C'mon. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

"The e-card . . . allows the sender to select the disease involved and includes links to public health sites and services."

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Life below zero

I survived my surgery and my first anesthesia experience. I'm recovering slowly. Don't really feel like talking about it, but I do feel like pointing out the temperatures we've been experiencing. In case you can't see in the picture, it says -18.2. The low was actually -20 on Friday. That's NEGATIVE 20. Apparently the lowest temps the area has seen in years. Seems like we like to hit records here in NH. Last year, it was a snow record. This year is for the frigid temperatures. I can't even begin to describe what it feels like to be in the negatives. If you have an exposed body part, it will hurt. It's insane. As J says, though, we are just preparing for Alaska ...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Crunch, yank, blood.

I have probably the biggest sweet tooth, but I absolutely abhor going to the dentist and always have. Ask my mom. I once ran out onto the street from a dentist chair when I was 6 or 7. I just always hated the cleanings and always ended up with cavities to be filled.

As I got older, I adjusted to being in the dentist’s chair, but was still uncomfortable. What started to bother me more was paying the bills. I was under the impression that dentists rip you off (and some do) and unless I had pain in my tooth, I would hardly follow recommendations for dental work.

My only good experience was with the dentist I dated. Yes, I dated one of my many dentists. He was nice enough, obviously not a big love interest (we dated only for a month), but he was a good, ethical dentist. Told me only what I absolutely had to get done. Of course, he didn’t make much on me that month because I got a lot of free dental work! But I digress …

Why this big rant about dentists? Because I have one of those dreaded dentist appointments tomorrow. Not just with a dentist, but an oral surgeon.

You see, I got all of my wisdom teeth removed except for one pesky tooth. The dentist I dated said I could wait until it bothered me to get it removed. That was 7 years ago. So I waited. And waited. The three dentists I’ve seen since him always said, “you know, you should get that last wisdom tooth removed.” I said happily, “but it doesn’t bother me.” And it still doesn’t.

I finally decided I should take advantage of the great insurance we have right now and torture myself. Because maybe someday the damn tooth will bother me. And with my luck, it will be the day I don’t have insurance, don’t have a job …

It’s a big deal to get it removed because of my age, apparently. I don’t know exactly what they said, but they scared me. Something about the slight chance they’d hit the wrong nerve. If you can remember, I didn’t have the best odds with my eye surgery and became a statistic. So we’ll hope for better outcomes this time. I think I’m more nervous about being “put under.” I’ve never gotten anesthesia for anything!

So this post is a plea for you to think of me while I’m in the “chair” tomorrow.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Death of the electronics

The good news is they can fix our TV and we may have it back in another week. After paying them $180 of course! As much as we didn't want to invest money in the TV knowing it will probably crap out in another few years, we also didn't want to invest double that in a newer TV. We are *trying* to watch our money people.

So, in keeping with our luck lately with electronics (did I mention our DVD player also stopped working recently), my wireless router decided to join the club today. It's a work router, and unfortunately I left our personal router at my parents' house and our other backup one at my sister's house, so now we only have Internet via the Ethernet cord upstairs. Talk about stone age, huh?

In J's words, "no TV, no computer, we might as well just turn off the power!"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yes, Beef, we do love FREE

You had to know we were all over the ad I saw that a local ski resort was offering free cross-country ski or snowshoe rentals, a free day pass, free lessons and free guided tours.

So Saturday, we headed up to King Pine Ski Area in northern NH. And for real guys, we rented XC skis for FREE! Then, they gave us lessons for FREE! Wait, there's more. We went off in a group of 4 on a guided tour of all the nordic trails! It was awesome!

There really were no catches, aside from the fact that J and I are now definitely hooked on XC skiing. We dabbled in it last winter using our landlords' skis from the 1970s. But as with every sport we've taken up, we rarely take the lessons before doing it and develop bad habits (i.e., kayaking). So the lessons were eye-opening and oh-so-helpful.

And we're not experts yet, but maybe after we buy our own skis and spend another winter here, we'll be close. Because I'm convinced, you really do need to take up a winter sport to survive the winters here ... we just got another 7 inches of snow today!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Prescription alert!

Just wanted to share the latest money-saving offer, if you haven't seen it on the news. A few food store chains are allowing you to fill your prescription for generic antibiotics for FREE. And with cold and flu season among us, I'm sure we will all be filling a prescription soon. You can already fill generic prescriptions at Wal-Mart and I think Target for $4, but free is better. Now this is just for GENERIC oral antibiotics, like amoxicillin, penicillin, ciprofloxacin and tetracycline. And this offer is only good through March.

So far, these are the participating stories, but I imagine there will be more:
Wegmans
Giant Food/Stop & Shop

Happy saving!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Single-self behavior

Let me start by saying, I love being married. But, I still love my alone time every once in awhile.

J is at one of his famous recreation director conferences. You know, the ones where he plays wiffle ball, drinks beer and complains about budget cuts. Except this time, he is northern NH, so they are drinking beer, complaining about budget cuts, frolicking in the snow, then hitting the jacuzzi. Plus they had a super cool hypnotist on Tuesday night and J was picked for it. Believe me, I’m hoping to get my hands on that video and I will share it!

In any case, I am loving my 2-night hiatus from being married. I get to lay out all my scrapbooking supplies and scrapbook the night away. I get to watch chick flicks to my heart’s delight. I get the bed to myself (okay, shared with Mr. McKinley of course). The most important part to this bed thing is that I can be a “Mexican jumping bean” (as J calls me) all I want and not worry about disturbing anyone. Overall, it’s been a glorious time. Oh, and it’s been snowing. That’s my recipe for perfect!

2008 in review

I saw this on some other blogs and thought, why not?

Did anyone close to you give birth?
Only 11 of our closest friends …

Did anyone close to you die?
My grandma. Sadly, two other friends of J’s family also died, but I wasn’t close to them.

What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 16 – my surprise 30th birthday party!

What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
We attempted (and failed) to build an igloo

Any big accomplishments?
The blog you are reading! Plus, I had hoped to read more, freelance write outside of my full-time job and rid ourselves of some of the crap we own and don’t need, all of which was accomplished.

What was your biggest failure?
I didn’t participate in any road races and to me, that’s a failure. I at least like to do one per year. Even J did one this year!!!

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Thankfully no. But J seems to aging faster than I because he is always complaining about something hurting.

What was the best thing you bought?
My new eyes, although half was paid in 2007. Second best would be dancing lessons for J and I. We are having so much fun with them! Next up would be my new kayak paddle. It makes a world of difference.

Where did most of your money go?
Got me. I’m still scratching my head on that one but I’m going to guess to bills and our ever-increasing “toy” collection (see above). Although this year we really did scale back!

What countries did you visit?
Unfortunately, I did not travel of the country this year, but did travel a great deal within the US.

What song describes 2008?
“Let your troubles roll by” by Carbon Leaf

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Hmm, probably a little sadder
b) thinner or fatter? Probably a little thicker
c) richer or poorer? Richer only because we've paid down some debt and really built up our savings!

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Running, kayaking, camping and rock climbing. I can never do enough of all that.

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying and stressing.

What was the best book you read?
I just like the fact that I read a lot of books this year. It was a goal of mine and I made it a point to fit reading into my day. I finally read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and "The Last Season," all of which I loved. But I am so far behind the times in terms of popular books I want to read. I’ll probably read “Twilight” in 2010 or something.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
To self: “Am I leaving the house today? No? Good. Then I can wear whatever I want.”

What kept you sane?
J. Exercising.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to work

12 days off from work - very, very awesome

returning to work after 12 days off - not so awesome

But still, I'm thankful for having a job for now.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Shock to the heart ...

Our 2-year-old flat-screen LCD TV (the one we bought with the gift card my bridesmaid gave us for my bridal shower!) is in the repair shop right now because of static electricity.

The other day, J went to turn off the TV and touched the on/off button, only to receive a nasty shock. We noticed the TV on/off indicator light was blinking after that. We couldn't get the TV to come back on either! Hopefully the prognosis will be positive and it can be an easy fix. But they estimate 2 weeks before we will hear anything!

I suppose the lesson in all this is to be careful what you touch!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!

We returned from our 1,100-mile+ road trip to the tri-state area, which seems to have become an annual event around Christmas! In any case, we visited 3 new babies, a very excited niece and nephew, my mom, dad, sis and bro-in-law, High Point State Park (that was just something we've wanted to do for awhile, so we squeezed it in), 2 grandmas, a few aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. We rang in the New Year by playing indoor soccer early in the eve, then dancing the night away at a holiday ball! Lastly, we visited J's dad today at a beautiful resort in Portsmouth. I think we hit pretty much everyone, but sorry if you were missed ...


Happy 2009 to all!