I got brackets attached to my teeth yesterday so the Invisalign trays I’ve been wearing are even harder to pull off than before. Like, near impossible. I need to get both my hands in my mouth to yank them if I want to do any kind of chewing. Which, when you have an incredibly small mouth, which I do, a fact that my orthodontist remarks upon every time I see him, is no fun at all. It hurts my teeth, I drool everywhere, and did I mention I have a small mouth?

No word yet on the whereabouts of fellow Prep for Prep alum Avery Man, who has been missing since Friday, October 22. Please keep him in your thoughts, and get in touch with the police if you have any information or think you may have seen him. The number to call is 718-776-9090.

Announcement! Patrick is coming to visit in February. I am pleased. I got a room at the Essex Inn, which is more south than I would have liked but I can’t argue with $50/night (thanks, Priceline) even if there is no free wi-fi. At least there is a pool. The last time he visited we stayed at the Four Points for $40/night. That was pretty sweet. Maybe one day we’ll do it up and stay some place semi-fancy like The James (which I love) or theWit but until then we will somehow make do.

I am all packed for DC, but why does my bag weigh (or feel like it weighs) 50 pounds? I’m only going to be there for four days. That’s not including the 34 hours I’ll spend on the train, 17 hours there and 17 hours back. As the ride to DC is in coach, I’ve armed myself with ear plugs, sleeping pills, and a hooded sweatshirt to sleep in that should keep any light out of my eyes. I will not hesitate to throw an elbow, so there had better be a window seat with my name on it.

Last night, I hung out with Steve at Gapers Block‘s monthly get-together. The gathering was at Sheffield’s, which I’ve never visited before even though I’ve lived, um, three blocks away from it for the last 3 and a half years. I feel dumb. As Steve is a film critic, we talked about movies when I wasn’t ogling the brisket sandwich he ordered for dinner. I wanted to get food but getting the trays off my teeth was not worth it. Let that be the last time that I think that brisket or any barbecue is not worth the trouble of doing anything, because clearly it is and always will be.

So I just drank beer instead. Thankfully the trays can stay on for that. They did not block the tastiness of the beer. I’ve been wondering if flavored Invisalign trays would be a good idea. My tongue says “Yes, bacon flavored trays for Jasmine!” while my brain says “Girl, I don’t think… actually, that doesn’t sound like a terrible idea.” and the tongue replies “See! I told you.” and the brain says “I roll my eyes at you, tongue.” and the tongue says “Nah nah nah Nah nah nah!”


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