Mother-Daughter Convergence

January 17, 2007 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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These are my Mom’s teeth. Her front teeth, the two that are protuding a bit, are capped. She’s been having them for at least 30 years now, probably more, which is why they’ve never looked unnatural to me. This is just they way they are and always were.

My Mom's teeth

The reason why I am looking at this now is that I’ll probably have to have my teeth capped too. They’re disintegrating, literally, and there doesn’t seem to be much I can do. The incisors have become thinner and thinner, and shorter and shorter over the past years. Pieces of enamel have begun chipping off, and where they did, the dentine is not only showing, but beginning to darken. The overall result is enough to discourage me from smiling (since I’m not exactly a Cheshire cat, that isn’t a great hardship for me).

I’ve got an appointment at a Dental Health Clinic tomorrow morning, and I am already determined to squander some of my savings for the reconstrucion of my pearly whites if necessary – I am really worried that they might just collapse in front of my eyes one day. Anyhow, if they have the side effect of making my upper lip bulge they way my Mom’s does, I won’t complain 😉

Shunning the bed

January 17, 2007 at 12:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I cannot really explain why, but lately I’ve been shunning the bed. I’m obviously tired right now (spent the evening grading papers until midnight), but the thought of getting ready to go to bed seems unbearable. Is that some new strain of insomnia?

Yesterday it was exactly the same – came home at 11:30 and was reasonably tired, but still played another round of Sloppy Sokoban (still stuck on level 29), drank a tea, and continued reading Nick Hornby’s A long way down, eventually went to sleep at 1:30 because it would have been stupid to stay up any longer.

And I’m actually still in my office – going home just seems too much of an effort, in the same way as having a lunch break and organizing some food sometimes seems too much of an effort. Also, I am not too keen on going to bed right now. But while I think that cutting out a meal every now and again can do me no harm, I’m not so sure about missing night sleep…

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