Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween from the Heavens

Best Witches this Halloween! This is called the Witch Head Nebula. Can you see the "bruja"? Look for her nose.


And this one is called the Veil Nebula.

Ahhhhhhhhmazing! What an impressive artist the Creator is. I l
ove the stars! Masterpieces of nature...

Am I just an idiot? Because I am confused...



Help me out here. Something really has been confusing me lately. Being a California girl, I have been hearing a lot about Prop 8. (Actually, we all have, but I get emails and stuff every day about it.) If you aren't aware, Prop 8 is about removing the right for gay marriage and it is on the California ballot this year. So, the thing that confuses me is that people are attacking the LDS Church on this matter and their temple marriage not accepting or recognizing gay couples or gay marriage. Tonight on KSL, they talked about a group of people who collected thousands of signatures on a petition and attempted to deliver it to the Los Angeles Temple Presidency (which by the way, the temple president is my former bishop and stake president, the amazing Grant Brimhall- I love you!), and they would not take the signatures or speak with the spokespeople for this group (Called Californians for Courage or something like that.) So then these people came out to Salt Lake and delivered the signatures to the leaders of the church. Someone did meet with the group and take the signatures. I have heard several other accounts of people challenging the church doctrine on this matter as well as frightening temple goers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. People standing outside the temple and protesting against the wedding ceremony and even threatening members trying to enter the temple. (Is this a sign of the times?)
So this group is offended by the doctrine of the church. What confuses me is why it matters to them and all the others. Are they going to go challenge the teachings and beliefs of every religion that disagrees with something they support? What confuses me is why they care? If they believe in
everything else about the church, then they have to accept this teaching or they can decide to leave the church and go get married somewhere that allows it. If getting married in the temple is their goal, then a few thousand signatures is pointless because there is no way that the leaders of the church are going to sit down and discuss this matter at all. I just don't get why these things should matter to the people who don't believe in the church anyway. Let's just let the Mormons believe what they do, as well as the Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Christian Scientists, Jehovah Witnesses, and thousands of other religions (as long as they are not hurting anyone else, of course). Why don't they just go join a Unitarian Church where no one cares what you really believe anyway. Just accept the fact that you will not get to be married in the LDS temple in a gay marriage ceremony. Never... no matter how hard you fight for it. It's not a democracy. It has nothing to do with Proposition 8. God is in charge whether you decide to vote for Him or not. (And if you really wonder if homosexuality is a sin or gay marriage is God's plan, check out what He thought about the homosexual folks of Sodom and Gommorrah.)
...Oh wow! What irony, I just heard Cher on TV and she was asked about the prop (her daughter is gay, remember) and she sa
id, "we don't have the right to tell people what to do. Even if you don't agree with it, it's none of your business." Okay, so I'm thinking that she didn't mean to support me, but that is what I am trying to say. If you don't agree with the LDS teachings, it's none of "your business" because it doesn't affect you if you don't believe it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Definition of a hero









I made it to Lehi safe and sound this evening at about 7:30. When I got here, I called to see if it would be a good time to come and visit Juan. I talked with him for a minute over the phone to let him know that we were coming. They are staying in Ronald McDonald housing and it was a neat set up. They have a small apartment for long term use. It was so great. He was so excited to see me and he looked great. His papa had shaved his head for his radiation treatments. He has lost a bit of weight and I could really tell it in his face which used to be really round, but he still looked good. He looked strong and not tired. He took the cards that I brought and devoured each one. He read them carefully and it was so cute. He had a pile and after reading each one, he would meticulously place it at the bottom of the pile and then pick up the pile and straighten it up, then he would read the next one. We read some of them together. I helped him with some of his homework that he was a little confused on. Mom, Kelly, and I talked with his mom and him and it was so nice. His mom said that the type of cancer is called medulloblastoma. She said that the MRI's he has had look good and the dr. said there is no evidence of any remaining cancer cells. He will be finished with his radiation treatments next week and they will be coming home. They hope to be able to do the rest of his chemo treatments in town, but return to Salt Lake off and on.

What a brave soldier! I know that he has faced some great fears. His mom shared some times when his fear was evident. I told him that I thought he was so brave and asked him if he was going to get better. He said he was and I told him that was the most important thing- for him to believe it. What a hero! He is fighting hard.
His mom is amazing. She shared with us that she had a hard time having children and had two other failed pregnancies. She said "God gave him to me and I feel like He is giving him back to me now."
She also talked about how he doesn't want to eat and has had a hard time holding down food. She said, "I make him tortillas and he won't eat them because he said they taste different. He can't taste them." I guess the radiation has affected his sense of taste. I kind of laughed inside and we talked about it afterward in the car . . . little Mexican boy who won't eat the tortillas. Kidding aside, I felt really bad for him. I really could tell that he had lost a lot of weight for a boy his age.
I noticed a guitar in a box under the coffee table and I said, "Juanito, did you get a guitar?" He kind of got red and said, "yeah." I said, "Can you play us a song?" And he said, "No, I don't play very good yet." I told him that I really wanted to learn to play the guitar.
As we were leaving I asked if I could get a picture with him and he said sure. Kelly took a picture and said, "Say queso!" We laughed and then I wanted a second one (I always need 2 "just in case"). So I said, "Okay, Juanito, let's say "Sponge Bob!" He thought that was pretty funny and I think I got a better smile that time.
As I left, I told him that I was up for a karate tournament and that I was scared. He laughed and I told him I would send him some pictures and let him know if I win any medals... He thought that was great.
What an awesome kid! My mom and sister loved him and his mamacita.
Keep up that fighting spirit Juan!







"Sponge Bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Did anybody see which way Mr. Wednesday went?

So today, I woke up thinking that it was Wednesday and I didn't realize until halfway through the morning that it was actually Thursday. During the morning announcements, the principal reminded the teachers that faculty meeting is tomorrow morning and how he knew we were all so excited to be there bright and early. I thought, "Since when do we have faculty meeting on a Thursday morning?" I seriously was confused all morning and expected to hear that he had made a mistake, but then I was doing something and looked at the calendar to see the date and ta-da! the light came on and I was so excited! Tomorrow is Friday! I love Fridays so much! I was sincerely happy and excited to the max!

Also, I finally was able to speak with Juan's mama today. I tried to call PCMC yesterday and found out that he is not staying as an inpatient like I thought. So I thought he must be at the Ronald McDonald House or something. I got the number for the translator and left her a voice mail explaining that I was coming up over the weekend and wanted to see Juan if it worked out for him and his family. She talked to them, but I ended up talking to his mom before she got back to me. I was proud of myself because I was able to use my Spanish really well and converse with her largely in her language. She actually is better with English than I remember, and so it was easier than I expected it to be. It sounds like the outlook is better than I had heard. He is doing a strong regimen of radiation almost every day and started a chemo cycle that is quite heavy too, but they are planning on coming back home next week and he will get treatment down here for a while, then go back up to SLC in a few months. I feel so much better after speaking to her. She did say that he is having a hard time, missing school a lot and that she has had a hard time trying to explain to him that all this is "for his good to make him get better." I can't imagine trying to explain that to an 8 year old. "This is making you sick, but it will make you better." So, she said it would be fine for me to come visit and I hope he is doing well.

The tournament is Saturday morning and I am still freaking out! I hope my nerves can settle down pretty soon or else I might just do something totally embarrassing and freeze up.

P.S. Happy birthday, big brother! Michael is getting old!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Is there a Red Bull for Confidence?







































I
have a karate tournament coming up on Saturday and I am starting to really freak out mentally. It is the first time I will be competing in one for karate. I am really nervous that I will completely blank when the judges call my name and completely forget what I should say and do. . . and that I will just totally suck at sparring. My mom and Kelly will be going up there with me and will be there to support me, but I am not sure if they will be that impressed. I need to figure out how to boost my confidence really fast!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Weekend fun

So I made my pirate pants and you will be impressed to know that they fit and they look spectacular. I also made a pair for a friend so that we can both be "piratas" for Halloween! I am excited...
I also helped paint the karate studio. What a job! I was there helping for about 10 hours on Saturday and then they went back on Sunday to finish up. It looks awesome though! We painted below the chair rail jet black and then above the chair rail is a sort of greenish brown called "Harvest Brown." The colors look awesome together. They are going to paint around the yin yang red and that will look so cool. It was hard work because the part we painted black is textured really heavily to look like rock so it is really bumpy and took forever to just edge it . . . which was also compounded by the fact that I am super perfectionistic and meticulous and the second I got a drip on the baseboard I had to wipe it so that it was completely smooth and straight. But it pays off because it is beautiful!!!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I crave adventure!

Well, this isn't really what most would call an adventure, but it was my excitement for the evening, I suppose. It is 2:10 now and I can finally sit down and blog about it.
Tonight, as I was leaving my karate class, I called Kelly to see if they were back from Vegas yet. As I was talking to her on my cell, I tried to start my car and realized that it wouldn't start. So I hurriedly said bye to her without telling her why because I had to catch the other people before they took off to see if they could give me a jump ... it was already after dark and I wouldn't be able to find anyone else. So Jennifer, a girl from class, and my instructor, Marc, were looking at it with me and we didn't think it really was the battery because the lights all came on and the ignition was dinging and everything else seemed to work. Also, the sound the engine made wasn't like a normal dead battery, so we didn't even try to jump it. I decided to call for roadside assistance because it is still under warranty. So they all stuck around with me for a while since it was dark and then the Wilsons went home to drop off the family and Shalynn was going to come back to take me home- which I didn't want them to have to do since I live 20 minutes away on the other side of town, but it was the only thing I could do. Well, when they left, I started to think it probably was the battery anyway and that it just had enough "juice" to run the lights because things just didn't seem to be working to their normal power. Finally, I realized that the light on the very back inside the door that lifts up had been left on. My bow staff, which is 6 feet long, must have hit the little switch from it's normal position and made it stay on killing the battery.
So when the tow guy got there, he told me he thought he could jump it and give it a good charge, which I was hoping would work (in fact, my exact words were "please work, please work, please work! Yeah!!!!") because I hate having to figure out how to get a ride... and hoping that it would be fixed by Monday was sending me into a melt down. (As you can tell, I don't deal well with car failure- that is one of my greatest stressors because of all the crap we had to deal with growing up with cars that were run into the ground.) So, anyways Mr. Bracken's Tow Truck Guy saved the day and jumped my car and brought it back to life and I didn't have to give him a penny because I have my lovely warranty. And Shalynn didn't have to drive 40 minutes out of her way. And I have a car for the whole weekend and don't have to think about that anymore. And I don't have to worry about whether or not I will have a car for Monday. And . . . I am very happy.
If only we had jumped it anyways to begin with...



Tomorrow (or shall I say, later today, since it is now 2:30 in the am?) I will attempt to sew.
Yes . . . me . . . sew. . . (Methinks I hear laughter!) with a machine, in fact! A pair of PIRATICAL, red, stripey pants for Halloween. I appreciate your vote of confidence...

Friday, October 17, 2008

A very needed long weekend and evil irony

I have been so excited for this long weekend and then I got sick. Very sick. I had to get a sub on Tuesday and Wednesday. I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad cold. My head literally felt like it would explode and I thought I might die. Okay, maybe not that bad. But then we had been planning on doing something fun for the weekend and since I was sick I decided to stay home. Mom and Kelly went to Vegas and had tons of fun. But next week, I am going up to Lehi for a karate tournament and I also plan to visit Juan at Primary Children's. I am excited for that trip. I am excited to see Juan, not in the hospital, of course, but I want to see him and give him a big hug. Anyways, I need to be feeling better by then.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dedicate yourself to preserve our freedom!!!!

All this election nonsense frustrates, overwhelms, confuses, and worries me. . . but the following words from almost150 years ago inspire and motivate me. I hope they do the same for you. I feel that these words are reflected in the events of our America and our world today... We are in a civil war and these crazy elections with all the insults, lack of answers or accountability, and fingerpointing and mudslinging feel like the battlefield of Gettysburg, in which we are fighting against our neighbors, brothers, and fathers. Forget, Barack Obama and John Mc Cain, where is Mr. Lincoln when you need him???? We DEFINITELY need him today ... If only men today could be so straightforward, honest, and simplistic. In these few words, Lincoln was able to call the nation to a renewed dedication and self consecration for the good of all.

Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate it as a final resting place for those who gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us here, to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion- that we highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that this government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The House by C.S. Lewis

Okay, so a friend was asking me for this quote and I could not, (of course, who could) remember exactly how it went. I found it finally in my collection of "quotes and stuff." Awesome, awesome, aweeeeeeeeesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Mr. C.S. Lewis... someday I want to talk to him.

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what he is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on. You knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently, he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is he up to? The explanation is that he is building quite a different house from the one you thought of- throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage, but he is making you into a palace."

Don't Blink- Kenny Chesney

I turned on the evening news,
Saw an old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today
Asked him "What's the secret to life?"
He looked up from his old pipe
Laughed and said, "All I can say is,"

Don't blink,
Just like that, you're six years old and you take a nap and you
wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife.
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads, next thing you know your "better half"
of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead.
Trust me, Friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think,
So, don't blink.

I was glued to my t.v. , when it looked like he looked at me and said,
"Best start putting first things first.
'Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand,
you can't flip it over and start again.
Take every breath God gives you for what it's worth."

Don't blink,
Just like that, you're six years old and you take a nap and you
wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife.
Don't blink,
you just might miss your babies growing like mine did
turning into moms and dads, next thing you know, your "better half"
of fifty years is there in bed
and you're praying God takes you instead.
Trust me, Friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think,
So, don't blink.

So, I've been trying to slow it down,
I've been trying to take it in,
In this here today-gone tomorrow world we're living in.

Don't blink.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I love quotes!

One I remember seeing somewhere at some time...

"A face without freckles is like a sky without stars."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Freaking Fun

I had so much fun tonight! Shalynn, my karate instructor's wife, and I decided to get together at Pebbles and scrapbook. I have not done any scrapbooking for several years, but I have so many good pictures from this summer to do. It was so cool. I have been in their "Creating Room" before, but I have not sat down and used it to do any work. She and I were there for several hours until they closed and I loved it. It is so much better than working at home because you can go get the paper and other junk that you need right there!!! Plus, all their punches, paper cutters, special scissors, and other tools are there for you to use.
Then we went to Jimmy John's. She has never had a sandwich from JJ, but I was telling her the other day how much I love them, even more than Subway, and she loves Subway. So she wanted to try it. She loved it.
Finally, we hit Deseret Book. What fun! We were there for more than an hour and a half just looking at EVERYTHING and saying, "Look Shalynn, this is so cute!" "Oh, Anne, I want this!"
"Oh my gosh, this is so amazing!!!" I bought two prints by Simon Dewey that we both were loving. They are of Christ with a little boy and the other with Christ with a little girl. Both paintings have Christ holding a lamp and the flame lights their faces. They are called, "Ye are the light of the World" and "Let Your Light So Shine." I have been wanting to get them both for a while because I want to hang the pair together in my room. We were looking at candles, quilts, Halloween and Christmas decorations, picture books, Willow Tree figurines, music. . . I don't think there was anything in the store we didn't touch!!!! The coolest part was that all she bought was a small bag of chocolate covered pretzels and she used her bonus points so she got them for free and even had a dollar's worth of bonus points left... haha. She was like, "My husband probably thinks I'm dead." We
were gone for quite a while. It was also funny because at one time I was standing by the pictures or candles or something and she was in another area. There were some shelves between us and she was trying to say something to me. I was like, "huh?" "What did you say?" So I went to go find her. She left and was going to find me. Then she was like, "where'd you go?" "I'm trying to find you... where'd you go? "Don't move! Stay where you are!" we were laughing hysterically and we were nearly the only people in there. The cashier was laughing and commented about how funny we were together because we were trying to figure out how long we had been there and I said, "Well, we left Pebbles at about ten to 7 and now it is about 9... well, precisely 8:52ish" (like in Toy Story 2) and we both started laughing, so the cashier thought that was pretty funny too.
Well anyways, I don't know if that all made much sense, but the main idea is that I had a bunch of fun n' stuff. I haven't had anyone to just hang out with like that for a long time. All my friends have gotten married, moved, or whatever, so it was great to have someone to spend some girl time with.

Quotes I love!

Narnian:

"What's this? It seems familiar. As if from a dream . . . or a dream of a dream!"Pevensie kids

Professor: "I don't think you'll get back in that way. You see I've already tried."
Lucy: "Will we ever go back?"
Professor: "Oh, I expect so. It will probably happen when you're not looking for it. All I'm saying is to keep your eyes open."

"I'm not a dwarf! I'm a girrrl..... and actually, I'm tallest in my class!!!" Lucy Pevensie to Mr. Tumnus the Faun.

"No matter what happens, Lucy Pevensie, I am glad to have met you. You have made me feel warmer than I've felt in a hundred years." Mr. Tumnus

"One game at a time Lu, we don't all have your imagination." Peter Pevensie

"Can you make me taller?" Edmund Pevensie to the White Witch

"If she's not mad and she's not lying then you could assume . . .
logically. . . that she's telling the truth." Professor

"Don't worry, I'm sure that it's just your imagination." Lucy to her brothers and sisters upon enterning Narnia for the first time together.

"Well, I ain't gonna smell it . . . if that's what you want!" Mr. Beaver to Peter

"I think you've made a mistake. We're not heroes. We're from Finchley." Susan and Peter to the Beavers.

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person that you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw now, you would be strongly tempted to worship . . . There are no ordinary people. . . Your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses." C.S. Lewis

"Obedience without love is slavery. Love without obedience is a lie." C.S. Lewis

Potpourri:

"It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him." Abraham Lincoln 1862


"Thee lift me and I'll lift thee and we'll both ascend together." John Greenleaf Whittier

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The test, then, of our soul's greatness is rather to be sought in our ability to comfort and console, our ability to help others rather than our ability to help ourselves and crowd others down in the struggle of life." Joseph F. Smith

"Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop.
The Lion and the Mouse

"There is no substitute for hard work . . . Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration." Thomas Alva Edison

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

"The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prince Caspian and HP and the HBP

Caspian is coming out on DVD December 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But my heart is heavy for the fact that I have to wait nearly a whole year to see Half Blood Prince...
That's all...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Juanito

My heart is hurting so bad for Juan. Our principal made a formal announcement of his illness at an after school meeting today with the teachers. I guess one of Juan's neighbors has made some tins to set out in locations to collect donations for his family. Although he is at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, which treats all children regardless of their ability to pay, his father is not able to work now because of the situation and Juan's vigorous treatment. I guess the form of brain cancer that he has is so aggressive that they are treating him with chemotherapy and radiation at the same time and they do not send him home at all because of the chance that the treatment alone could kill him, so they keep him there to constantly watch him. I have spent much of this afternoon in tears and full of pain. The whole situation is so overwhelming to me and I just break down every time I think of his beautiful face and huge smile and bright mind...
So the principal made a "challenge" for us teachers to encourage our students to donate to the tins for Juan. I would like to extend this challenge to my friends. I know you don't know Juan, but if you see a tin with his sweet grin here in St. George, please drop in your extra change. If you aren't here in St. George, I would challenge you to donate to the Pennies by the Inch campaign for PCMC to support their ongoing treatment for all children who need it. My brother was also a patient there as a young child and I believe that all of their staff are angels, as well as anyone who supports them. I don't do a lot of campaigning for causes but this one has always been close to my heart and definitely is today...

Some facts about PCMC and Pennies by the Inch . .

- Your donation, large or small, will help Primary Children's Medical Center continue to care for children in need.
- One hundred percent (this is the part that makes me feel the best about donating to this cause) of your contribution to Pennies by the Inch is used for charity care.
- No administrative or fundraising costs (again, this makes me feel good about helping) are taken from your donation.
- Devoted to caring for children regardless of their ability to pay.
- Cares for children from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada, and Montana; the largest service area of any children's hospital in the United States.
- One of the top ranked children's hospital in the United States.
- Treats children with diabetes, birth defects, cancer, and many other complex injuries and illnesses.
- Grateful for donations that combine with hospital funds to provide over $8.6 million in charity care annually; covers nearly 11,000 hospital visits by needy children.
-Dedicated physicians donate their services for charity care patients.

Visit the PCMC website at this link. You can click on the "Pennies by the Inch" link or "Giving and Volunteering" (in the green section on the left) in order to make a donation.

http://intermountainhealthcare.org/xp/public/
primary/

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Frog Prince?



















Setting him free!

















Trying to catch the little bugger can be tricky!




















































So I have had a frog living near my classroom. He is really little and pretty cute. Last
week sometime, the kids had put him in a bucket on the ramp that had accumulated a pool of water. I have not seen him since then until this morning when he hopped in the classroom as I opened the door. It freaked me out and I called in some tough boys to do the job for me. Enjoy the pics. Should I have kept him and tried to kiss him????

Sunday, October 5, 2008

some of my artwork

Sorry that these photos are not so great, but I thought I would share some of my favorite drawings.









I drew this portrait from a photo of myself at 6 years old for the district Reflections competition last year. I won 1st place in the teachers' entries.





This is my most recent drawing. I just finished it. It is my karate instructor's son. I love the contrast of light and dark. I also think I did a pretty good job on his hand which are always a nightmare for me.

for my friends and family

I bought a new set of scriptures the other day. I have not bought one in about 6 or 7 years and I wanted a large one. So as I opened my brand new set yesterday, I unintentionally opened to the words of Paul to the people of Philippi. I love the words of Paul and I had these exact words highlighted in my last set. This is one of my very favorite verses in all of the scriptures. I thought of all of you as I read these words again. I love you!

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ.
I thank my God upon every rememberance of you.
Philippians 1: 2-3

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Swiss Days Slideshow

video

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gotta love modern health care . . . sort of . . .

I have had a slight toothache the past couple of weeks. I have been dreading having to go to the dentist. I hate going to the dentist more than anything else. I hate to say it, but I haven't been in over two years. The last time I went was right before I moved from Page back to St. George. So today my tooth was bothering me more and I decided I better get to the dentist sooner rather than later. So I started calling around this morning on the way to school and was able to get in this afternoon. I was there for three hours and the news wasn't so good. I had a cavity beneath an old filling in my wisdom tooth and a cavity in the tooth in front of it. I also have a ton of old fillings that he said are wearing out and need to be replaced. So he did four fillings today, including the wisdom tooth. Having to have my mouth open for that long and the fact that they were in the very back- the most difficult area- really left me in horrible pain. I chomped my cheek pretty bad too right after I left because I was so numb. Needless to say, I am hatin' life right now...
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