Saturday, January 31, 2015

Teeth Torture

Friday I had my six month dentist appointment because my parents didn't spend thousands of dollars on braces for me just to have me mess my teeth up later in life. My gums on the top, front of my mouth have been red and inflamed for at least my past 4 visits to my dentist. They've brought it up every time I go and I always explain I breathe through my mouth at night and when I excerise and basically always because I'm a (somewhat normal) human being.

At this appointment the inflamation was brought up once again after my cleared x-rays, dental cleaning, and explaining that I've been following all their recommendations of stimulation pick sticks, flossing, and gentle brushing.

So when my dentist came in for my final exam this conversation occurred:

Dentist: I'm concerned about the redness of the gums and how it's not improving. Have you ever seen a gum specialist?
Me: Well no because I didn't even know they existed. Can you recommend someone?
Dentist: Yes we have one here. *picks up super pointy looking tool* I'm going to try not to hurt you

LIKE ANYONE EVER WANTS THE PHRASE "I'M GOING TO TRY NOT TO HURT YOU" SAID TO THEM IN ANY SITUATION EVER. He proceeds to take that super pointy pick and run it along my gum line and then across the super reddened parts of my gum.
It fucking hurt and in an attempt not to cry I imagined sticking that tool in his eye. Repeatedly.

Needless to say I have an appointment with the gum specialist this coming Wednesday. Is taking 4 shots of vodka before a dentist appointment frowned upon?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bottoms Up

One of my not publicized until this very moment resolutions is to drink at least a gallon of water (or more) a day. I bought this handy dandy 750 mL Camelbak bottle with straw to help achieve this.

1 gallon = approximately 3785 mL.
Divided by 750 mL = about 5 of these water bottles a day (also MATH).

Up side: it's surprisingly easier than I thought it would be to drink 5+ of these a day.

Down side: I am peeing every 30 seconds. Or so it feels like. My co-workers are beginning to think I have a problem. I do. IT'S CALLED ALL OF THE WATER.

Sort of positive upside - it's basically training future pregnant me for when this exact same thing happens only with a much bigger belly and a lot less water, right?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Car shopping

A list of things I'd rather be doing than car shopping and dealing with car salesmen:

1. Have my wisdom teeth removed....again.

2. Be stuck in a room full of cats with no ventilation or way to escape.

3. Stabbing my eyes with needles.

4. Being forced to listen to only country music on repeat.

5. Walking lunges times infinity.

Monday, January 5, 2015


2014 is over and good riddance. It was a rough year but all I can do is learn from it and focus on what's to come for 2015. 

The Huffington Post recently published an article about "8 things I Want to Be in 2015".

Which of course got me thinking about what to do for myself in 2015. And so it goes, I'm focusing on me:

Best time to date... but can be better!
Healthy - I swore that was my goal last year, and while I joined a gym in April and been committed to my running, spin, and lifting, I have a lot of room to improve. I've already stocked up on healthy food and outlined my schedule of what I want to accomplish in the gym. Little goals lead to bigger goals, and I need to stick with my program.

Present - Hi my name is Natalie and I'm addicted to social media. I need to take a step back. It really hit home for me when Goodreads told me I only read 6 books this year because that's not normal for me. I've been slack-a-lackin as I still have books from Christmas 2013 that I haven't read and a bunch more Santa brought me just 10 days ago. I need to stop checking social media when I'm laying in bed and pick up a damn book.

Trusting - I believe the saying goes let go and let God? Yeah, I need to stop stressing over what I can't control and as Elsa sings, "LET IT GOOOOOOOOO"

Creating - I need to write more. When I recently transferred a running draft of ideas I was saving as a 'composed' email into my Google docs, I found out it is 6 pages of material. All of which needs to be expanded on as these were just short clips to remember. PLUS I only wrote 7 blog posts this past year, as opposed to over 30 each of the previous 2 years. I need to keep up with writing because it's something I truly enjoy.

Lastly Grateful. I am going to keep a journal where I write down one thing I'm grateful for each day. No matter how tough my day is, I strive to find one positive aspect in all the negativity. 

I've set my resolutions to better myself in 2015 and I wish all of you the best for the upcoming year. 2014 can't say I'll miss you, but bring it on 2015.