November 11, 2012 | Posted in:Education, Family, humor, University, Weekly Round-up

Lady Bug Baby

I swear this was yesterday

But THIS was yesterday…

I’ve been thinking about how quickly time goes. I found out this week that my daughter will likely need braces, and while I wonder how I’m going to cover that, I also thought about how lucky she is that she will get them. I needed them also, but it didn’t happen for me.

My teeth aren’t horrible; I can smile without being self-concious, but I could use them and my dentist has recommended it on a few occasions. But do I want braces at 39? Is there enough time left to make it worth it? When does the time come that you just say “Screw it. I’m not paying for anything with an expiry date that could possibly exceed the time I have left.”

But then I take my Gramma shopping and she buys yogourt, so maybe this never happens?

Today is November 11, which is Remembrance Day in Canada. Last year I wrote about my Grandpa who was a tailgunner in WWII. When I call my Gramma today we will talk about him and we both might cry a little a bit. (We totally will.)

I miss him more the older I get. It makes me sad for my children, who don’t have a relationship with their own grandfather. But, so it goes.

Some other things that made me think this week:

  • On Friday I wrote about how my week hadn’t been a particularly good week. But no sooner than I hit “publish” I got some good news, and things turned around, at least halfway. They turned around enough that I could breathe again. So hey, if anyone needs a wish granted, let me know and I will take it to the WordPress gods. MAI BLOG IS A MAGICAL 8-BALL.
  • School is in full swing for the kids and I have to say, we’re lucky here in regards to homework. My daughter in grade eight has a manageable amount, and less than an hour or two a few times a week. It’s appropriately challenging, so far no one has cried yet. She is normally finishes her math and French at school and this is a good thing because I doesn’t do the math or Francias, cuz I ams a English majer. I read a funny blog post about homework this week by Alice Bradley (Finslippy.) It was excellent because – like the best humour – it is true. I had my kids read it and they agreed wholeheartedly. Thank you, Alice.
  • We’re in week two of Movember, and some twitter friends and I created emoticons to celebrate: highly irritable twitter

jackstrawlane twitterJennifer Lang TwitterAre We Married Twitter

Are you participating, or supporting someone who is? It’s not too late. When it comes to facial hair, it’s NEVER TOO LATE.

  • This coming week I am having lunch with some new friends, who I met despite that fact that adults don’t make friends as easily as 5 year-olds do. Ann at Ann’s Rants had me smiling all week thinking about what it would be like if we did. She is totally getting invited to my birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese.
  • If this post seems disjointed, blame these:Salted-Caramel

Seven of them in a sitting will give you the shakes, heybutchaknowhat? I don’t care.

This week I also wrote at MamaPop.com about the crazy-but-lovable-wait-no-they’re-horrible Jackson family, and I also have an article at iVillage.ca about one of the worst parts of being a divorced parent.

Have a great week. Or at least one that doesn’t suck.

  • http://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl

    Do you have a magic wand? I would love to borrow it. I could use some good news! :-D The WordPress gods don’t like me much.

    My daughter at four is already the poster child for orthodontia-I’ll be interested to see how that all plays out. I had braces for years, and after I got them off my teeth moved around in my mouth-I hated that so I quit wearing the retainer. Guess what-I have crooked teeth again, but at least they don’t feel like they are loose.They weren’t crooked like they were-I could have been a shark-I looked like I had two sets of teeth. I think the reason I had so many issues was because I was pretty old (like in 11th grade) when I got them. The sooner she gets them the better. Of course, braces are a far cry now than what they were like back when I was a kid.

    • http://highlyirritable.wordpress.com Jeni

      Yes, luckily they are different now. My daughter’s fear was “head gear.” ;) Luckily the dentist said they’ve pretty much gone the way of the Dodo bird.
      And kids are getting them so young, eh? There’s a boy in my son’s grade with braces, and he’s EIGHT!

  • Melissa

    I’m glad to hear that your week got a little better. I will be emailing you my list for you to offer up to the WordPress gods. :)

  • http://sendmetoparis.wordpress.com Chantal Saville

    Remembrance Day actually makes me think of my Dad… Not because he served, because he never did, but because he never met my daughter. And despite the fact that he and I didn’t have the best relationship, I have an odd feeling that he would have been a pretty good grandpa.

  • http://www.littlewoodenshoe.com Little Wooden Shoe

    Hi Love reading your posts, I am fan now!!! Just wondering….do you get invited to write these articles or you just write them and send them to the site? Keep it up!!!! Hugs

  • http://everydaycommotion.wordpress.com Everyday Commotion

    Go for the braces! I went for them at the age of 29 and had them for three long years, and there’s not a single day I regret the time, inconvenience or expense. I only wish I’d done it sooner!

    I’m going to need to get a job at the orthodontist’s now, though.

    Glad to hear you got better news. My grandpa was a “belly gunner” in WWII. Incredible to think about what they went through.

  • http://gravatar.com/wichiepoo wichiepoo

    Hmmm, I think you are my new best friend, aren’t those sweet, chocolaty, caramelly, salty thingies AMAZING? I think I may or may not have eaten a whole bag in two days!

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