Sunday, November 30, 2008


I'm pretty sure I cracked a tooth.

Calling the dentist tomorrow; stay tuned.

Update: they can't fit me in until Thursday, so I'm hitting up the Advil pretty good. Didn't hurt at all this morning, though. They did say I may have bruised a tooth ligament. Teeth have ligaments?

Second Update: Pain went away on Monday during lunch. I have no idea what is going on. The gum is still a little tender, like I cut it. I'm still going to the dentist, though, because I want to know for sure what the H is going on.

Final (?) Update: We're going with inflamed tooth ligament, so that's good. No unpleasent procedures.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Six random facts about me

Tim tagged me, so here's the scoop. I really don't have anyone to tag, but if YD wants to take this and run, she can be my guest.

Random fact #1

I wanted to be an archaeologist from the time I was 3. I made it through until I was 20 and in college decided to change my major from Anthropology to Sociology. Anthro just seemed to be too voyeuristic. I was raised as a white middle-class female in the most affluent country in the world. You can’t sell me on the possibility of me going to (for example) Papua New Guinea, spending 2 years there and then suddenly proclaiming ‘I understand why they do that!’ Nope. Sorry. Not buying.

Random fact #2

I have a half sister. Somewhere.

Random fact #3

I had 3 of my wisdom teeth removed with only local anesthesia. I was awake for the whole thing. I wouldn’t recommend it, but every time I get scared about something I just say to myself: If I could do that I can do anything.

Random fact #4

I took horseback riding lessons for 6 years when I was a kid. I never really did anything with it. Two interesting things happened, though. I got kicked in the face by a horse once. A car backfired and scared the horse as I was leading it out of the ring and it reared up and his left front hoof caught me on the back swing. One inch higher and it would have taken out my right eye. I was very lucky it didn’t break my cheekbone, but I had only a black eye for a week or so.

Got kicked in the head by a horse. It explains a lot!

I also fell off a horse a few times. The one that still amazes me was the time the horse stopped dead right in front of a jump. I flew over the horses head and landed in front of the horse….in front of the jump…….with the reigns still in my hands…….and…….wait for it……..….I landed on my feet. I wish I had it on tape, it must have been incredibly funny. Then again, Christopher Reeves did the same thing but had another outcome.

Random fact #5

I spent about 3 years of my childhood on rollerskates, at least while I wasn’t at school or in the house. Sometimes in the house, too. I was pretty good at it, and fast. I attribute my leg muscles to that and horseback riding.

Random fact #6

I have a habit of collecting quotes. Right now on my bulletin board at work, I have the following:

Anger blocks intelligence
Superheros are disastrous for humankind. – Frank Herbert 1980
Marshall’s Generalized Iceberg Theorem: 7/8ths of everything can’t be seen
Beware of the left, for they will bankrupt you; beware of the right, for they will kill you.
When people start looking for the perfect life they end up miserable.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

New blog...

...which means I'll probably be spending more time there in the next few months. Please visit it, link to it, send people to it, etc etc. I'm trying to drum up business to the


I KNOW!!!! How exciting is that? So anyway, go over and look, tell me what you think. Be honest, I really want to make this work.

I am adding Etsy links to all my blogs but I am NOT adding links FROM my jewelry blog TO this one. My personal life is the business of people I know, or those I met on here (that's you, YD). In other words, I don't want my coworkers, etc, reading some of the things I write here. =O

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It is a new day, America.

It must have been about 15 years ago I was home at my parents house and Oprah was on. I don't know why I was watching, but this particular show (IIRC) was about the beauty industry and how stringent it was with what was considered 'beautiful,' meaning tall, thin and white. I remember a slew of models coming out and none of them were what was considered to be the ideal: they were either 'flawed' by eyes too close together or something equally stupid or they were ethnically non-white.

The part I remember most vividly was Oprah standing on the runway with an African woman who was very tall, her hair was cropped into a tight cap, and she was so black that her eyes and teeth almost glowed. She was smiling and laughing, and Oprah said to great applause: "It is a new day, America. A new day."

This is a new day.

We have the opportunity for the first time in the history of this country to really do some healing. This is the first time we, as a country, can finally work through some of the race issues we've been carrying with us for 200 years. It is an incredible opportunity, and one I hope we don't screw up.

This is the right person in the right place at the right time, and he has an ability to bring people together that we need after 8+ years of tearing this country apart.

As much as I think he is a hipocrite, it was moving to see Rev. Jesse Jackson crying last night, and I knew he was thinking about his time spent with Dr. King. The scene at Ebenezer Baptist Church last night was equally moving. McCain's speech was also eloquent and gracious (no matter what he must have been actually thinking), and I thought it very crass the way the crowd was booing him.

It was time for this to happen, and we have a lot of work ahead of us. I know in my own family not all is happiness and light right now. My father voted yesterday for the first time since Kennedy, specifically AGAINST Obama. Not FOR McCain, but against Obama. My FIL is convinced that Michelle is going to persuade Obama as president to make it so blacks in this country basically get a free ride. Nevermind the fact that our government doesn't work that way, the president does not have a blank check even when the congress is stacked in his favor.

Fear and anger can make even the smartest person ignorant.
Don't let them get away with it: call them on it. Take them to task, make them back up their beliefs with fact, not opinion...not 'I heard someone say...' Do it nicely. Make them think, really THINK about what they are saying and believing. Don't let this opportunity pass. The torch has been passed, and we're the ones holding it.