Monday, October 24, 2005


I had to go to the dentist this afternoon. Turned out I was in the chair for two hours. For someone like me who's pretty squirmey to begin with, being confined in a chair for two hours was near torture - without any dental work happening.

Fortunately, my dentist and I have an understanding about dental work - I don't do pain, I do drugs. Please, bring them on. In quantity. A variety, please.

Today I had a shot to numb me so he could work on a tooth that has had a root canal. Yes, that's right - a tooth that has no nerve left. You do it your way, I'll do it mine.

Of course, four hours since I left the dental chair I'm still numb in places, but it's a small price to pay for two hours in the chair with absolutely no pain.

I've had a lot of dental work done. When I was a kid, my childhood dentist's theory was, "dental work is painful... you just have to buck up." Screw you, you old sadist. Thank goodness, today we have better living through chemicals. And I have a dentist more than willing to administer them.

Late Night

It's almost 2 a.m. and I'm just now crawling into bed. I've been working on the house. I installed some doorknobs and painted some in the library. I'm to the point where I'm going to have to spend a lot of time on the ladder. I hate that. But it has to be done, so I'll do it. Ironically, I'm going to put shelves in there for cookbooks so no one's probably going to see the walls I've worked on.

I painted them a pale pinky-peach, then sponged over a funky olive green, then five different kinds of metallics on top of that. It's pretty cool looking - at least I think so. I'll try to take some pix when I get a chance.

I am doing the ceiling in the pale base color since I have it handy. Seems as good a reason as any.

I've got to get another gallon of paint for the downstairs sunporch. Maybe I can do that tomorrow. I have to be in that area of town for the dentist so maybe I can do it all in one trip.

We're getting frost tonight. I went out and covered up the flowers in front of the house. I don't care so much about how they look now - they're pretty shaggy after I took most of the vines for Taylor's wedding. But, I want to give them as much chance as possible to go to seed. I planted with the idea that things would come up on their own in the future so I want to do all I can to make sure that happens.

I have some daffodil and tulip bulbs to put in later. I think I'll put them in the front, too, where they'll get lots of sun in the spring.

I'm watching the coverage from Florida. They're saying Wilma will hit shortly. I'm supposed to go to Florida for a conference next year. I'm guessing that may get moved. Two years ago this conference was in New Orleans. The world changes quickly.

They're showing a guy out in the ocean now with these winds hitting. I've been taking photos off and on for a year, and making notes for a "Don't be an idiot" file on my website. That guy belongs on there. Maybe one of these days I'll get a chance to do that. Not sure when that will happen, but maybe one day.