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You’re so vain
I bet you think….
Sorry. When I came up with the title for this episode I instantly had Carly Simon singing in my head. And if you’re too young to get that you can check out what I’m talking about here. For those who get the reference I should probably apologize for the ear worm…. #sorrynotsorry
Anyway, vanity. I’ve never really had any. Like any. Ask the tribe, they’ll tell you I took them to school in my pjs way too many times to count. I also don’t wear makeup, hell I don’t own any! I didn’t own a hair dryer until the tribe bought me one for here because they wanted to use it when they visited. For a few years I went without a hair brush because I use a wide-toothed comb when I condition my hair and never really needed anything else.
I’m a comfort over fashion girl too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got some nice clothes that I wear but I wear them because they’re comfy and I like them and don’t care what anyone else thinks about them. I own less than ten pairs of shoes and I have two handbags, one for everyday and one small one for if we go out and I don’t want to cart the big one around.
I keep telling Mr.C he should be grateful I’m so low maintenance.
Well, I’ve blown that low maintenance label big time!
I’m spending thousands of dollars on how I look. Or a particular part of me anyway.
I’ve always, ALWAYS hated my teeth. I have a top tooth that’s actually sideways which has f*cked up my bottom teeth. I had a couple of wisdom teeth pulled when I was a teenager to make room and straighten my teeth and it worked. Until I grew more. Yep, that’s right. I’m the proud producer of 6 wisdom teeth.
Who needs that much wisdom?
Not me. Which is why I now have none! I had 1 removed about 10 years ago and then the last 3 went about 4 years ago.
Once they were all gone I actually noticed a shift in my teeth because there was more room now all that wisdom had been pulled out of my head. 😀
Unfortunately not enough movement to straighten out that sideways tooth.
And I was okay with that.
Then I got cancer.
And I was not okay with it any more.
It blows my mind that I could be perfectly content to keep smiling my crooked smile and then my boob tried to kill me and now I’m not.
So now I’m spending thousands of dollars.
But you know what? I don’t think it’s because I’m vain. Sure, I’ll no longer hate having my picture taken, well not as much anyway, but that’s not why I’m doing it.
I just hate that it’s hard to brush my teeth and floss because my teeth are all jammed together. I have issues with my gums because I tend to scrub the crap out of my teeth to get them clean but of course that’s not easy with them all overlapping and crooked and that leads to more issues and multiple dentist visits each year.
I hate the dentist.
Probably because I hate needles. And even though I don’t get a needle every time I go to the dentist I still get anxious. And now I’m going to be going every month. 🙄
Having Invisaligns also means this is now in my handbag every time we go out.
Because you can’t eat or drink anything other than water with them in and when you take them out you have to clean your teeth before you put them back in. AND you need to have them in for 20-22hrs a day.
Let me tell ya, it’s seriously cut into my tea addiction. I have to have 2 quick cuppas first thing in the morning then I get another one in at lunch and maybe another in the afternoon and one with dinner.
I’ve gone from a billion-trillion (aka: 10) cups a day to 4 or 5.
It’s cut my consumption of tea (and milk and sugar) by half. Also food.
I can’t snack!
I’m such a snacker. Like all the time I’m nibbling on something. And I never really noticed it until I couldn’t do it.
It’s crazy. But it’s also maybe helping with that weight gain I’ve talked about.
I’ve lost a kilo since I started wearing them. (Three weeks, so not a huge loss, but still.)
I haven’t had any real pain, just discomfort when I first wore them. And it took me a few weeks to get used to taking them out and putting them back in.
Mr.C said I talked a little funny for the first few days but now I’m sounding like I always have.
This first pair last for 4 weeks then I get my next ones and I change them every 2 weeks from then on.
It’ll take 3 yrs to complete.
I’ll be 56. I can’t believe I’ve waited over 30 years to straighten my teeth. Better late than never.
If cancer taught me one thing it’s this –
Make the most of every day, every second, because we’re all going to get to the point of never being able to do something we want to and none of us knows when that will be.