Thursday, October 31, 2013

Various & Sundry Thoughts on Halloween

Although Dr. M and I didn’t dress up this year, and it was cold and windy (I actually heard the wind WHISTLE at one point!), he still sat outside and passed out candy to the kidlets (and the not so kidly). It’s one of his favorite things to do so I’m glad he participated.


I got my tooth pulled today. It was quite reluctant, but eventually Dr. Ames was victorious. It came out in pieces, which just confirms the need for this entire procedure. 


I actually did take a picture of the hole in my mouth, but then I deleted it. You’re welcome. Instead you get a picture of the bowl of ice cream I fixed myself after I ate my bowl of soup. This is spumoni which, after Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, is one of my favorites.


Dr. M bought me a present on his way home from school today. Behold, Mavis Jr.! (You can see Mavis Sr. here.) Look – she does tricks!




Isn't it cute? It projects on the wall, has three colors, and has a 20 minute sleep setting. 

I’m going on a vestry retreat tomorrow evening (just an overnighter – but without my computer!!), and Mavis Jr. is going along to keep me company.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Forty-Three

Lingering summer flowers, fall foliage, & snow – we had it all this week!

Sunday, October 20th  
Our flowers were still so lovely on Sunday…




We had High Tea for stewardship Sunday at church. I wore one of my grandmother’s hats.


They used these glass votive holders with roses in them as centerpieces. Love them!


Monday, October 21st  
Morning moon…


Dr. M always sees plenty of wildlife on his commute.




Tuesday, October 22nd         
Dr. M took some pictures on his campus. I love sweet gum trees.




Campus squirrel getting ready for winter – ha!


Wednesday, October 23rd    
Today saw our first snow flurries of the season.



But by the time Dr. M headed home from school it had all melted.


I finished up some scarves that I put in the mail later in the week.


Thursday, October 24th
If you saw my Wordless Wednesday post you’ll be glad to note that the flowers seem to be doing fine the next day.



Dr. M saw more snow on his way home.


Friday, October 25th
It’s our Ohio…







Saturday, October 26th      
This juvenile red shouldered hawk was in our back yard this morning. As Dr. M said on Facebook, the hawk “made a bold effort to have sparrow for breakfast. Epic fail.” And we have plenty of sparrows to spare – ha!


It was a fire pit kind of night… 


Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!


Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

In Which I Fail My Root Canal and Other Medical Oddities

I had postponed my root canal because of pure cowardice, but today I finally sallied forth. And the doctor was really really nice and very gentle, and except for him having to numb me a few extra times (and feeling a little claustrophobic with his hands in my mouth & by my nose) it wasn’t that bad.

In fact, I spent part of the time grinning to myself because I was chanting a mantra during the claustrophobic  times and the only thing that came to mind was my Episcopal rosary prayers – “Jesus, Lamb of God…” and the doctor is Jewish. Ha! And I was really mad that I didn’t get my camera out to document the event. Do you think he would have minded if I had taken a few selfies while he was digging out my old filling?

Unfortunately he wasn’t able to complete the root canal because he examined the tooth & apparently it has two rather significant cracks in it. So it needs to be pulled. It’s my next to last molar on the bottom left. Sigh.

Ironically, the last time I had that tooth filled several years ago I told the dentist that I’d prefer if he just pulled it.

In other news, apparently I have experienced Exploding Head Syndrome! One night last week as I was just about to doze off, I heard a loud crash in the ear that was on the pillow. I startled up, but realized that nothing had made the noise – it was all in my head. At the time I meant to Google "loud crashy noises in your head" but forgot all about it until I read SouthLakesMom’s post today. So I immediately went to the Google & what do you know! It’s actually a thing! From Wikipedia:

Exploding Head Syndrome is a form of hypnagogic auditory hallucination and is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals, ringing, or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.

Who knew such a thing even existed! Or MAYBE, what exploded was my tooth!

You know, I think I liked it better when I had garden variety hypochondria & the doctor always said I was actually fine. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Project 365 – Week Forty-Two

This week is all about the moon, of course!

Sunday, October 13th  
Dr. M took the history club on their annual outing to the Renaissance Festival. He left at the crack of dawn so I didn’t get a picture of him in all his pirate glory. I may have another opportunity this next week… If you’d like to see more pictures from the festival (and read his hilarious tale of trying to get to the Willow Manor Ball) go here
They were wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Monday, October 14th  
The moon!


Our zinnias are still lovely…


The Great Banana Experiment, Day 1. You will notice that I left a control banana with its stem unwrapped.


Tuesday, October 15th         
Dr. M’s school took pictures for the NOH8 campaign.


Our tomatoes haven’t figured out yet that it’s October.


Wednesday, October 16th   
The Tax Time Pig is ready for Halloween!


The moon!


Thursday, October 17th
Dr. M took some gorgeous fall foliage shots!


I spent some time this evening organizing a sack full of Ellery Queen books – had to get them in the right order before I could start reading them.


Friday, October 18th
The moon!



Saturday, October 19th      
We’re babysitting a couple of houseplants for our neighbors. This violet made me think of my grandmother, who always had African Violets growing in her kitchen windowsill.


Great Banana Experiment, Day 5: the remaining two bananas. As far as I can tell they look and feel exactly alike. So maybe what really helps is just separating them & you don’t need to bother with plastic wrap & tape. Hmmm…


The moon!


Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!


Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask!