My braces are off! When I started with Invisalign last February, I thought those 13 months would take forever. But it actually wasn’t that bad. It’s so weird to be sitting around with nothing on my teeth. They feel different. Like sharper or something.
It’s also weird to see my teeth perfectly straight. My front tooth had been slightly crooked since I was about 13. I had a retainer in junior high. It killed. The wires dug into my gums and my back teeth always ached where the wires wrapped around them. Maybe that’s why I kept accidentally throwing my retainer out at lunch. I never finished with the retainer, my front tooth stayed crooked, and the pattern of my teeth settled into this V shape instead of a U shape. Which made my bite a problem. When I bit down, my teeth were meeting at an angle. That would cause enamel rods to break off over time and eventually might lead to teeth loss later on. I decided the proactive approach would be best. It’s always better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to your teeth.
There was no way I’d be able to handle old-school braces. I seriously would have clawed them out of my head. A BIG shout-out to those of you kicking it old-school. I hear those braces are super painful. You are way more courageous than I am! I’m just happy to have my braces off in time for my book tour in May. Touring with Invisalign was challenging. You have to take them off to eat. Then you have to brush your teeth before you put them in again. Which was not fun times on planes, let me tell you. There would always be turbulence right when I was hunkered down over the little airplane sink, trying to rinse my mouth without soaking my entire shirt. But I do like the habit of brushing after every time I eat. Which is pretty easy to do since I work at home – I have no excuse. I’m going to try and keep that up. Although I just had some corn nuts and totally didn’t brush my teeth. Attempt fail!
Corn nuts always make me think of that scene in Heathers where Veronica asks Heather what kind of corn nuts she wants at the gas station. Heather whips herself out the car window all like, “BQ!” With this attitude like, What other kind of corn nuts would someone even eat?
Ah, the 80s. Era of big hair and bigger fashion catastrophes. Who decided that angular new-wave shapes on everything was a good idea? I do not know. What I do know is that I was never a fan of big hair. So having big hair is kind of a problem. Japanese straightening to the rescue! I’m going in tomorrow for my touchup. Twice a year I sit in a chair for five hours and let technology mellow out my hair. It is so curly and frizzy and puffy in its natural state I can’t even. I’m so immensely grateful that I get to have straight hair now.
Everything about the 80s wasn’t heinous, though. I’m all about the nostalgia. Although my nostalgia is more for times I didn’t experience, but still. You may know that I have an addiction for graphic tees. I have way more graphic tees than necessary. Does this stop me from getting more? Not remotely. I just scored these awesome 80s tees online and I can’t wait to wear them:
I’ll probably wear the Reading Rainbow one at my New Jersey Library Association conference event. I adored that show. In fourth grade, my best friend’s mom’s book was on it. I thought she was the biggest rock star. The Simon shirt is awesome because I played that game obsessively. And the Atari one brings me right back to my Atari 2600 days when I ruled at Pac-Man. As for the Bueller one…well, some things need no explanation. You will rock on in our hearts forever, John Hughes.