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Monday, January 16, 2012

I See What the Problem Is...

I've been feeling guilty about not blogging lately. 
Only, I didn't realize how long it's been until today.
Yeah, more than a month.

Well, I figured out what the problem is. And this post is a classic example.

I started this post more than an hour ago.
But, as I sat down with a glass of tea and a couple crackers, BabyD started yelling "Oh, no! Oh, no! Mom!!!"
So, I went running.
Yeah, the dog (that blessed 80+ pound yellow beast we all know and love) peed in the front room.

This is an extremely rare event. In the 6 years she's lived here, I bet this might be the second or third time.

So, I run to grab towels.
(I withhold the urge to slap my kid, who, instead of jumping into action, doubles over laughing at the size of the puddle. Is she really related to me?)
I soak it up the best I can.
Then I go fetch the carpet steamer out of the basement, which leads to moving around stuff that wasn't put away.
Then I have to make up cleaning solution and run the machine.
That moves me to run the washing machine so the stinky towels aren't sitting around until Saturday.
Only, it's not a full load.
So, I went from room to room, gathering up the single shirts and pants and such that were worn yesterday, after weekly laundry was done.
Only, when I get to the laundry room, I'm reminded of how badly the floor and rugs in there needs swept and cleaned.
So, I go fetch the broom and start that task. 
Only, the shoe holes in the cubbies need to be cleaned out. Yeah, there's still a pair of sandals in there, blocking the spot for winter boots.

And so it goes...
Now, an hour later, I'm finally sitting down to finish what I started.
I'm just too busy to break out the computer.

So, what  I started to blog about was the latest milestone in my life 
(insert trumpet blasts here)...
I got my braces off!

FINALLY! After 3 years and 2 months, I'm free of those horrible orthodontia!
Yeah, I'm stuck full-timin' it with a retainer for a few months, until I can shift to night-only.

Braces on...
Braces off...

Now, the Nut Binge has begun.
I'm loading up on almonds and cashews and peanuts to my heart's content.
Did I mention my family blessed me with about 6 pounds of nuts for Christmas?
I've been doing without for so long. (The one time I cheated, I broke a wire and got the corresponding lecture from Dr. B.)
Forget the sticky candy and taffy... I'm nuttin' it up!

Meanwhile, in my absence from the web, I've been doing a lot of sewing and knitting and cooking up tons of freezer meals for the kids to take to lunch at school. And, much to my family's regret, I've also been in purge mode. Yeah, I'm throwing stuff out left and right. 
So, all in all, my non-blogging time has been well spent.
And, the Christmas tree was actually down by New Year's! haha!


  1. Well, welcome back. I'm still rather gone from my blog. Sometimes I feel like the dog..... I just might want to pee in the living room, too, but so far haven't gone that route. (WOW that must be a big puddle from an 80 pounder).
    Good pictures of you and the teeth. What are your plans now that you are so beautiful? Are you going to run for some office? I'll be watching for that picture.
    Love to you and the family

  2. Welcome back! I always feel like blogging takes 3 hours when it should only take 15 minutes! You look great. Congrats on being braces free!!

  3. So "If you give a mouse a cookie" is the theme of your writing style right? DO you know the story? I can totally relate. WOO HOO about getting your braces off! Our youngest just went for spacers this morning to make room for an expander. They start so early now, but maybe it is a blessing??? I need to get into that purge mode. Send your vibes my way.

  4. P.S. I can also relate to daughters finding messes but not being able to take the initiative to clean them up! I swear I need a switch (light-type or one of Grandma's willow ones!) to get them better trained!

  5. Glad you're back. Congrats on getting your braces off. Isn't it such a weird feeling to feel your smooth teeth again?

  6. I have been decluttering of my house I need to clean the inside of the closets

  7. Congratulations on getting the braces off at last! I can tell just how happy you were to get that process done. How long did you have to wear the retainers? Do you still wear them these days? Easy on those peanuts! Just kidding!

    - Kristal Byrnes