“The Road Goes Ever On and On…”

When we last met, summer had just begun and I was closing in on my one-year anniversary of bracedom.

Today, there is snow on the ground, and spring is lurking nearby (probably behind the Bradford pear at my folks’ house).

I still have braces. My metal mouthwear and I have had several exciting adventures during the past few several almost-year, including (but not limited to):

  • Power chain action
    • Because my teeth developed the Gap of Rohan on more than one occasion
  • Rubberbands everywhere
    • SO. MANY. TINY. RUBBERBANDS. Surprisingly, I lost only one (and found it a few months later…).
  • Wire gone awry
    • The entire bottom wire somehow slid just enough to come out of my farthest-back right molar bracket (the buh-looooood!).
      • Don’t worry; the ortho was able to set up an emergency appointment (thank you, Dr. B!). *whew*
  • O-ring severance
    • Chips will indeed do a number on your rubberbands, yo. (But my love for Kettle-brand crinkle-cut potato chips lives on!)
  • Tooth shaving
    • Sometimes you’ve gotta give a little to get a lot (i.e., give a little bit of tooth to get a lot of movement in the right direction).

I really, really wish that I had been able to keep you all up to date on the latest happenings in Orthodontialand, but it just didn’t happen. The past ten-ish months since my most recent post have been difficult. (I have been able to take only two vacation days during that span: the day after Christmas and the day after New Year’s, if that gives you any idea of the insanity that has been my life outside the blog.)

To compound that craziness, over the past year or so, my life goals and priorities have been shifting, and my compass slowly swung in a different direction than the one toward which I was so dutifully heading. The greatest evidence of this change is that I am quitting my job (don’t worry; my employer already knows 😉 ). If you know me, you know that this is a hecka big deal, and not just because of the financial implications.

But all of that is a tale for another day and a different blog.

Returning to [Bracketed Brackets], I have continued to take photos of my braces journey, so I plan on at least having a grand finale of sorts, as well as a few spinoffs. 🙂

For those of you who have hung around, thanks for continuing with me on this adventure! We’re in the home stretch!

“Young lady, if your teeth get any more perfect, we’re just gonna have to take those braces off!” –Dr. B

Now I’m Back! From Outer Space!

In the holy-cow-nearly-three-months since I last posted, I have, in no particular order:

  • Purchased an abode (!!!)
  • Visited 12 states over a span of two-ish weeks (holla atcha, Onward, Indiana!)
  • Started drinking the CrossFit Kool-Aid (BRING ME YOUR JARS, FOR I CAN OPEN THEM NOW)
  • Cut my hair (twice)
  • Saw a cousin graduate (eyyyyyy, Bulldogs!)
  • Witnessed a dear friend get hitched (“Toast to the bride: a fairytale ending”)
  • Had a miniature adventure on an old joint reserve base with one of my BFFs (we found a bonfire and a four-wheeler and a lawn mower)
  • Worked from my phone more than at the office (O technology, how you doth save my vacation time and PTO)
Adventurers we!

Adventure is out there! Due south, in fact!

Actually, most of that was within the past month-point-five. (I haven’t gotten much sleep, and I’ve been home for only about 24 hours at this point. I don’t sleep in cars, for some reason, and I’ve been banned from eating peanut M&M’s for the foreseeable future.)

Anywho, my braces adventure continues, and, with a little help from InDesign, I hope to have another photo collage ready for your viewing pleasure soon. *fingers crossed* In fact, I have another ortho appointment this week, which will bring with it more pictures (huzzah!).

What have y’all been up to? Any marvelous adventures? Any fantastic frolics? Find any lawn-care machines in wholly unexpected places?

An Update About an Update

When I mentioned in my previous post the work had been crazytown, I apparently didn’t know what I was talking about, because Monday the 14th arrived with an unsettling amount of maniacal laughter when it came to my hopes and dreams of having a couple of minutes to breathe between projects/assignments/what-have-you.

Eep.

And so, as my next ortho appointment is pretty imminent (<– fabulous grammar right there), the next rundown will feature not one but TWO visits! Twice the toothy transformation! Dos times the band colors! Are you stoked?!

But for now, I’m off to see if I can make a dermatologist appointment. #aintnorestforthebusy #unnecessaryhashtags

Work/Life Interference, Whuhhhhhhht?

I have traveled just over two weeks into the future since my last ortho appointment and…

…I have yet to write about it.

‘Cept for what I just wrote. But I’m going on record and saying that that doesn’t count.

We’ve had a coupla crazy weeks at work (not quite February Frenzy or July of Doom, but close). Marry that to a number of post-work commitments and necessary keep-life-going biz-nass and you have a wedding reception of busy, which leads to a honeymoon of having no time to add text to pictures or type up a rundown of the most recent orthodontic experience.

Talk about the blogtastic back burner. *facepalm*

But that’s OK. I don’t feel too guilty about neglecting the blog, since more important things have come up. (That was part of my promise to myself when creating this blog: not to feel pressured to have every post follow a perfect schedule and mentally self-excoriate if I broke the pattern. In the words of a great philosopher: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”)

So! I am still alive, and my teeth are still intact and metal-encrusted. I even eat chips now (*clutches pearls!*). I feel kinda like a braces BA (and I don’t mean Bachelor of Arts).

More to come soon(ish)!

P.S.: I apologize for the ads you may be seeing. I don’t receive any money from them (I’m not even sure what they’re advertising on my site as of this moment), and I’m just not gonna drop $30/year to “upgrade” out of it. *sigh*