Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Go For A Spin

A year ago, on a complete whim (and thanks in part I suppose to the marketing department at Church & Dwight Co.) I bought a Arm & Hammer Spinbrush. Ok, not a complete whim, I had been considering buying a Sonicare brush, the pricier older cousin (about $100 vs $10) to the Spinbrush when I realized it might be nice to test out a similar technology before I shelled out so much cash.

My initial reaction was not a positive one as all the vibrations gave me a headache, but my teeth did feel cleaner so I soldered on. After about 4 uses, I got used to it and had no more headaches. And most surprisingly, I noticed that it actually made my teeth whiter.

At my last 2 dental check ups the hygienist has remarked that my teeth have less tartar build up. Which means (much to my delight) the visits are shorter than usual. The hygienist did mention that the Sonicare brush would do an even better job, but for now I'm sticking with the Spinbrush.

NOTE: I you'd like to try one out, feel free to use this coupon I just found.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lust All You Want

I come from a long line of readers and happily visit the library at least once a week to get a new stash. On my way out the door recently I happened to see a book about books one should read. I was a little hazy from the allergy medication so I didn't pay much attention, but apparently I stored it away in my brain. Later on in the month when I was out of books to read (panic!!), I realized that the book I saw in the display might help me out.

Now, if only I could remember it's name ... "Book" and something naughty. Bookslut? Well, that is a online site that reviews books but I don't think it's what I saw. Hmm ... maybe if I rearrange the SLUT ... ah yes! LUST. Book Lust (or More Book Lust, to be exact).

Book Lust and More Book Lust are books written by Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl. Each has over 1,000 suggestions for any kind of reading you might be interested in. While I appreciate learning about new to me books, it is also fun to see familiar names. And in this case, to learn the name of one I fondly remember from grade school: The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene du Bois. Remember Krakatoa?

I've already added about 10 books to my library queue and I look forward to reading more. Crisis averted!

NOTE: Ok, technically my loving (and patient) husband searched for and found More Book Lust for me in the library with my oh so helpful hints of "it's about books" "it has the word book in it" and "something naughty" while I stood there and whined/complained about not feeling good/wanting to go home/being hot/hating people/being hungry/that my head hurt. But I did realize in the car that you can rearrange SLUT and get LUST, so that totally counts.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Start Again

Sorry for the radio silence. I came down with a exhausting case of sinusitis which was undiagnosed for a few weeks (I had to wait to get a CT scan scheduled). I am now on my second week of antibiotics and starting to feel somewhat normal. I even braved Target today to shop from a list I made over 3 weeks ago.

I am, of course, happy for the antibiotics but am also plying myself with any and all probiotics I can think of: yogurt, Sauerkraut, miso, etc. to stave off the dreaded yeast infection that usually comes with a round of antibiotics.

I look forward to healing up and returning to the pool (I was too exhausted to take the last 4 swim classes). And I look forward to having fun in the snow when it begins to fall on our mountains. For now I just have to focus on taking it one day at a time.