December 1, 2010

I Am Thankful For ...

I lost track of this initiative, so much so that I couldn't remember if I was posting things to be thankful for on Mondays or Tuesdays.  Then I remembered it was Thankful Mondays and Tackle It Tuesdays.  Sad to say I haven't tackled anything lately and the main thing I've been grateful for this week is that I'm not still sitting in a dentist chair.

Following Wednesday afternoon's check-up, I made an appointment for a filing (which she said may need a root canal) for Monday morning.  I showed up at my swanky new dental office for 9 a.m. and was shocked when handed a full page list of network TV shows to choose from.  I got a shot of novocain to the top left side of my mouth while I watched 30 Rock.  How wild is that?  Forty-five minutes later she said I needed a root canal and an 11:30 appointment was made with a specialist out in Brookline.  I forgot how much I don't miss taking the green line.  So out to Brookline Village I go.  Two hours and 15 minutes later I'm done.  The procedure wasn't painful at all.  But it was tiring.  I definitely got impatient toward the end.  The reasons people dread root canals are plentiful.  Here are a few:
  • the name - could they think of something a little less threatening?
  • the noises - drill, drill, deeper, deeper
  • the smells - like a hot glue gun
  • the aftermath - two days later and I still resemble a chipmunk
Tony asked me if I was going to share nuts with him this winter.  My Mom told me not to smile at Jill because I looked like a stroke patient and might frighten her.  Fellow T riders stared at me like I was a domestic violence victim.  I still have a visible bruise on the left side of my face.  Now if only I had sick time so I could hide out at home and ice my face!

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