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Ugh, what a week. That little Pica dog looks so cute...until she wakes you up for no reason at 2am! I'm going to spend this weekend catching up on my sleep.

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(I am! I am!)

It's been so nice and toasty here in Albuquerque that I thought we might get to skip winter this year. Unfortunately, the temperature right now is in the 30s. So much for wishful thinking!

Have a fun - and WARM - weekend, everyone!

My Year of Stupid (Take One!)

After getting my braces off the other day, I decided to treat myself to a little shopping at Cost Plus. It was chilly outside, but warm in the store, so I took off my coat. After meandering through a few aisles with it tucked under my arm, the coat made its way into my shopping hand basket.

One of my favorite things about Cost Plus is the little section with coffee and tea samples at the back of each store. I poured myself a cup of scaldingly hot black coffee and continued browsing. There are so many unique items at Cost Plus. At the end of an aisle, I stopped to look at a selection of Sticky Fingers scone mixes. There were so many yummy-sounding flavors, like blueberry and cocoa chocolate chip, and they all looked easy to make. I was entirely distracted, balancing my coffee in one hand and my shopping basket in the other, imagining the impressed look Sexy Nerd was going to have when I served him up a batch of freshly made scones. I was going to knock his socks off!

Well, I may have been a little too distracted. I looked down at my shopping basket. While absent-mindedly daydreaming, my coffee sample hadn't quite been upright.

I had poured most of my free coffee right onto my white coat, right in front of everyone.

And this is no exaggeration - I had washed my coat just the day before for the first time ever. Of course!

Braces Before and After Photos

My braces are FINALLY off!!! I actually finished up a few months ahead of schedule. When your orthodontist tells you to do something, like clench your teeth, it pays to do it! Here is my 'before' photo, courtesy of my awesome orthodontist:

OMG, they were soo funky!

Here is my glorious AFTER photo:

 Note the midline, in all its symmetrical glory.

Although my teeth look better than before, I'm not done yet. I still have to wear retainers for a while (24/7 - I was expecting them to be at night only!) There's a tiny bit of spacing on the side that is driving my orthodontist crazy (it's so tiny that I couldn't figure out what he was talking about until I saw the photo above), which he plans to fix. There's a little cosmetic work to do (nothing major, probably). Most exciting of all though?

"Crown lengthening" has been recommended for me, which is the less-scary way of saying that they want to slice away the gum from above teeth 6-11 (upper canine to upper canine) so that more of each tooth is visible. Hmmm...I think I'm happy with my results as they are, thankyouverymuch!

Happy Anniversary

Have a great weekend, everyone. Sexy Nerd and I are off to celebrate our TEN YEAR anniversary!

The weekend is off to a good start. Sexy Nerd got up early to pick up surprise Duke City donuts and McDonalds breakfast burritos for us. Now, if someone would just drop off a surprise Frappuccino for me here at work, that would really be perfect.

(Hint, hint, Sexy Nerd.)

You Know You Have a Serious Case of Writer's Block When...

...you say "I know! I'll dig out my old Littlest Pet Shop toys and use them to act out my novel!"

That's Kara in the center, surrounded by Kevyn (boo!), Brett (yay!), Scott, Lily, her parents, Herman, and Candice.

Actually, Kara and Lily's dad isn't in the book. I just like that blue kitty.
 
It's all coming together.

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I'm basking in my last few days of Christmas Break freedom before returning to work on Monday.

Really, the transition back into the real world shouldn't be very hard. I'm off on Tuesday.

Now, let's link up! Remember, the blog hop from today will be back next week, featuring the best posts from this weekend. It gives you extra exposure for your time spent sharing links - and it's another opportunity to check out great posts you missed.
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