Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Good Teeth

One of my childhood regrets is that I didn't take better care of my teeth. I remember being scared of my dentist and often skipping appointments because of it and the many needles I needed to freeze my mouth. There were a number of years I didn't visit the dentist at all.

When I was about 18 and working in a camera shop I suddenly developed pain in the front of my mouth. So much so a co-worker dragged me to her dentist which happened to be in the same mall. It turned out I had an abscessed tooth. They had to open it up to let it drain and I had to go back for a root canal. When they told me the price I started crying again. I didn't have any kind of insurance but because I was with my friend and worked with her they let me set up a payment schedule. Thank goodness for nice people.

One of the things I often worried about was losing my teeth. Like my mean Uncle Keith who would stick his false teeth out at me during family suppers when I was little. Or my other Uncle. Or my Aunt. Bad teeth genes run in my family. Bad habits all around.

Anyway, it took a long time and a whole lot of fillings before it sunk in that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing a minimum of 3 times a week really makes a difference. I still have my teeth and I haven't had a cavity in about six years (they ran out of room). It's become such a habit now if for some reason I can't, it becomes all I can think about.

So my point? Brush your bloody teeth and floss already!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Haley on Drugs

To further my previous statement that I was old and blaming it on Haley (yes, I like to blame others). Here is a news/gossip piece about him being charged for drinking and driving and possession of the big M. Now I really feel old. Calgon, take me away.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Seems Like Yesterday

While I was entertaining myself with some mindless surfing I came across a face from my past. The cutest little face one can see, Haley Joel Osment. Remember that cutey? Now Haley hasn't fallen out of Hollywood like some child actors he just fell out of my radar since The Sixth Sense/Pay It Forward.

This is how I like to remember him:

This is him now (not bad, just not little anymore):

Today, I feel old.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Night Sky

I love the night sky, especially when the moon is at it's fullest. I spent the afternoon playing with a new (for me) paint program from Corel. I also have a Wacom tablet (love) which makes drawing somewhat easier. Someday, when I'm rich and famouse I'll have one of those laptops that the screen twists around and you can write on it. Ok, now I'm dreaming.

Anyway, I wanted some easy step by step painting instructions to get used to using the tools. I came across this older page that actually uses Adobe but I thought what the hey. My first attempt wasn't the greatest and I honestly gave up before it was done. The second attempt was a night. I think the clouds especially turned out well.

Have a looksie.

Topic Links
* Art School Online

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Land Forms

Jeff and I are home from visiting the in-laws in our birth city, Thunder Bay. It was a busy hectic week and a bit. We tried to fit in a lot of sight-seeing while we were there. Two things followed us around town that we took for granted growing up: The Sleeping Giant and Mount McKay. We had strong feelings about seeing them again and found we had really missed them.

I'm sure after seeing the pictures some people would think them quite minuscule but we love them. I virtually grew up with Mt. McKay out my window and we (Jeff and I) spent many a hour camping or picnicking at the Sleeping Giant, a.k.a. Sibley. Here's a few pics of our favourite landforms.

Topic Links
* The Legend of Nanabijou (Sleeping Giant)