Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cavity Anxiety

Every time I go to the dentist, I get what I call "cavity anxiety." I'm sure (I hope) most of you are smart enough to figure out what that means. I don't fear the dentist at all. I have no issue with their sharp little instruments and that scrapey sound they make on my teeth. No issue at all. What I fear is that moment, right at the end of the visit, where the dentist comes in and checks things over, then says "Yep, we gotta drill that one." For twenty-four years that has never happened. I've happily skipped out of the office with my little baggie of free toothy goods, beaming at the world as rainbows shoot out of my teeth. And then, I had my appointment today.
+the dreaded end of appointment time+
Hygienist: Ok! Looks good. Let me just grab the dentist.

I am beaming. I can practically feel the rainbows waiting to bust out of my mouth.

Dentist: Hey how are you? Any teeth bothering you?
Me: Nope! +I'm drumming the Monday Night Football music on my legs, giddy as hell+
Hygienist: We're watching whatchamacallit and this one and that one (I don't remember what the hell they're called. Something about an occlusal.)
Dentist: +pressing the steel whirligig into my teeth here and there+ Hmm..ok...that one's's that one...+long pause+ Well, I think we'll have to do that one.
Me: Whaddahuh?
Dentist: There's a deep groove in it. It isn't too bad though. You shouldn't need Novocain.

At the word Novocain I think my heart stopped and I was actually dead for at least five seconds.

Dentist: Yeah we'll just take care of it now. Might as well.
Hygienist: It's just a little one +sticks her lip out and clearly pities me+
Dentist: Oh no no no not now, we'll make an appointment...wait is this your first one?
Dentist: +waves hand at me+ You'll be fine.

Well that's it then. My pristine teeth have been sullied. I have a hole in my tooth. Even better is that I don't have dental insurance. I've been paying the hundred bucks each time for the cleaning. Can't wait to see how much it'll cost to fill all of my decaying orifices with silvery reflective crap. Maybe I'll just pretend it's unicorn blood. I mean unicorn blood is silver, right? It must be, if that's how it was depicted in Harry Potter. OBVIOUSLY. Yeah, yeah that must be it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Harry Potter-Themed G+ Circles, and Caturday's Mystery Cat

My Harry Potter Google+ Circles theme thus far:

Order of the Phoenix: People I'm good friends with. Mostly IRL or local tweeters.

Death Eaters: People I hate but still want to keep an eye on, incase an uprising may occur. Aka Sarah Palin, Brendan Fraser, or Luke Wilson's nose.

The Daily Prophet: News and blogs I enjoy reading.

The Library: Bookish friends and writers. I want so badly to think of a better name, but "The Restricted Section" just makes it sound like they're my porno friends or something.

The Quibbler: Geeky and amusing folks.

Quidditch World Cup: Sports-related news.

There's more I want to use, but can't seem to actually find a use for. Maybe I'll just make empty circles just because it doesn't look complete without them. Or I could always assign specific people to each circle for private conversation. Although I'm not sure if that many people actually want to have conversations with me.

Anywho, I found this pretty girl, Relish, on my usual glance through the listings at Animal Friends. Usually they have a little bit about what the shelter staff think of the animal's personality or history, but there was just a generic message about her. She's only two years old and I just couldn't help wondering what happened with her eye. She looks sort of like a big, luxurious Maine Coon, which I adore. I'm considering calling the shelter to ask about her. It looks like some of the other new listings don't have a personalized message either, which kind of irks me, because I'm usually more interested in their story than what they look like. Wonder if they need someone to write them up? I would gladly do that. I just know Relish probably needs a lot of love and somebody who will care about her. She looks like a kitty who loves being brushed. I bet that's something she would really appreciate. If I get ahold of Animal Friends I'll edit this with some more info. In the meantime, you could call them as well and set up an appointment to meet her! She's still a young girl with a lot of playtime years left. Call Animal Friends at (412) 847-7000 and ask for animal A007677.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

TACO and That Time I Thought it was 7 AM when it was 7 PM

Thursday's Amazing Clump of Obsessions (TACO), as promised. Firstly, an amusing story before the TACO. And since I for some reason don't feel like writing in paragraphs today, you get this:

I work weekdays until about 3:30 or 4 pm. I'm tired everyday, but I only take a nap in the afternoon once or twice a week.
Yesterday was a definite nap day. I was falling asleep for the entire first half of my day.
I got home and was literally in bed in a minute.
Two hours go by. It's 7:04 and my alarm goes off.
I stare at the time for two seconds, then my heart explodes and I launch myself out of bed.
I am positive that I hear a car running outside, which should be my dad since we drive into work together, but nothing is out there.
Sweet mother of god, it's 7 AM. Why the hell didn't dad call me if I didn't come out right away? Did he just drive off to work without me?
I get to the living room. My mother is snoring on the couch. She should have left for work at 6. I am freaking out. There seems to be a tear in the space-time continuum.
I run back to my room and grab my phone to call my dad.
As soon as I hit "Call," I see the little "pm" after the time.
I instantly hit the "End" button and smack myself in the face.
Of course the call went through for one second, and he calls me back.
Everybody somehow knows about it today.
Many laughs are had.


Google+ and the new Gmail design

I really think Google finally did something right with their attempts at a social network. I am just geeking out like crazy over the Circles, which allow you to share things with different groups of people instead of everybody at once. Now you might be saying well, I could just send those other people a message in Facebook, couldn't I? This is far more innovative. Not only can you choose which Circles to share with, but you can actually view your own profile as any one person might view it. Just incase you're wondering whether a certain someone might be able to see something or not. But say you REALLY like rock climbing, but you are fairly certain that most other people on your profile don't really give a damn about it. Instead of bogging down their feeds with your ecstatic rock-filled posts, you can have a Circle of fellow rock-climbing enthusiasts from all over the world. And share your rocky adventures with them as much as you please. AND, in the case of someone else being interested in said adventures, you can choose your Rock-Climbing Circle, then type in the name of the other person you want to share with. It's so versatile I can't even think straight. I just start rambling.

Also awesome is the new Gmail design, which I cannot stop gazing at for the life of me. You can preview it from a web browser. I'd love to post a screencap but I have terrible fears of people stealing things from screencaps of my personal accounts, so you'll just have to investigate for yourself. But it's incredibly classy, and I adore it.


Tiny Tower on iOS

Firstly, it's free. There are no ads. It's just a cute little management game where you build more floors on your tower and move new folks in to do some work. I don't know why it's so addictive. I think most of its charm is the graphics. It was also the game of the week last week, which is awesome for a free game.


Architecture Books

I just stumbled upon some architecture books on and fell in love. I bought this one because it concerns architecture for the public good that isn't only efficient, but environmentally sound. I still haven't received it yet but I am immensely excited. I like the idea of architecture that's isn't just about the prettiest or most expensive design, but about the best way to build in that space in order to help people. I'm almost positive this one was a textbook, but I'm not below reading textbooks for pleasure. I'm already seeing more of these that I'd like to buy, but we'll see how I feel about it after this one.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Google+ Geeking

Wow what the heck happened to me? I mean I was here one week and wait. It was...vultures. Vultures detained me, but now I'm back.

Just a quick post letting you know that I've succeeded in getting into Google+, and I pretty much love it so far. The Circles feature is absolutely brilliant. It makes sharing things with specific people SO simple. Say you are a huge food lover but you don't need to share your foodie gossip with every single person on your account. You can have a Circle of foodie friends and simply share it with only them. And those foodie friends can be in multiple Circles, such as if one of them is one of your really good friends and you want them to be in that group as well. The design is nice and simple and gloriously free of Farmville, but it's only a matter of time.

In other news, I'm thinking of taking a vacation in the fall, all by me onesie. And if I don't put this in here I may forget about it tomorrow, because it's 11:15 PM and I feel like a child whose bedtime is 8 PM. I am way too tired to be awake right now. But tomorrow I assure you there will be a TACO post. It might be short, it might be late, but there will be one.