* Today when I got out of my car, my gloves dropped to the ground. I must have taken them off and set them on my lap while I was driving, then forgot about them. I didn't notice that they had fallen. I wouldn't have realized it until much later, but when I got back to my car after my dentist appointment, someone else had picked them up off the ground and stuffed them into the door handle of my car so I couldn't miss them. See? There are good people in the world.
* I love going to the dentist. We have the best dentist. She's a woman and her husband works as her receptionist. She's incredibly nice and she always praises me for flossing. Today she said I've been doing a great job, and I told her that my cousin works for a dentist office and she recently gifted David and me with a top-of-the-line Sonicare toothbrush. The Diamond Clean one. That shit is fancy! My dentist was very impressed and raved about what a fabulous gift it was. Another year cavity free!
* Speaking of Sonicare toothbrushes, we all remember back when I got mastitis. Ugh. Well a few months later... Octoberish? My boob felt uncomfortable and I realized I had a plugged duct. (I never noticed a plugged duct when I got mastitis, but I know they are usually related). I was freaking out about it because I didn't know WHAT I would do if I got mastitis again. Anyway, I called a local La Leche League leader I'd met at a meeting who was really awesome and most of the tips she gave me I had already found via Dr. Google, BUT then she asked me if I had an electronic toothbrush. And she suggested holding the toothbrush against the plugged duct and letting it run through its cycle vibrating against the plugged duct. What the what? Sounded crazy but of course if this woman had told me to drink my own urine I probably would have done it, I was so desperate to fix this plugged duct without getting mastitis. Anyway, I don't know if that was the magic cure, but it definitely seemed to improve things. So there you go: How to treat a plugged milk duct? Vibrate an electric toothbrush against it. You are welcome.
* Zuzu had a teensy bit of an eating break through--just when I decided to stop worrying about it! I was eating a banana and gave her a chunk of it to chew on. She played with it but wasn't tasting it, so I smushed a little bit on my finger and offered it to her. She happily sucked it off my finger and wanted more! I smashed it up with a fork and tried to spoon feed her and she was not into the spoon, but ate (or tasted and drooled) more of it off my finger. So bananas are the new favorite!
* It is possible that going to the dentist will be the most exciting thing that happens to me this week.
* When I don't check Instagram for a whole day, I feel like everybody is hanging out without me.
* I've been tackling a few pinterest projects. Most successful: project inspired by a Valentine mantle -- specifically the doilies, hearts, and baker's twine wrapped around mason jars (my version of the ubiquitous mason jar trend--I bought some glass bottles for $5 total at a consignment furniture shop near my house; bought doilies at Michaels for $1; had the red paper on hand for a Christmas project). Least successful: this cauliflower recipe. Ours tasted buffalo-y but turned out soggy. Also Zuzu is not a fan of cauliflower (we did not put the spicy buffalo wing sauce on hers--hmm... maybe that was the problem?).
* I've decided to make my students do online reading questions that correspond with each reading assignment this semester. This means approximately 3 reading quizzes per week. My students are going to hate me. But hopefully they will actually do the reading?
* I'm totally excited to go to happy hour with some of the girls from work. We went to a wine bar in December and they gave us sealed envelopes that contain a secret prize/gift. The only way to find out what it is and receive your gift is to return to the wine bar in January with the sealed envelope. Then I guess your server opens it for you and you get whatever the prize might be! Isn't that exciting? I think it's kind of a genius marketing plan. The wine bar is great, but even if it were mediocre, I'd go back just to see what is in my sealed envelope.
* I just realized that in order to read 100 books in a year I have to read like 10 books a month. What the WHAT? Who has time for that? On top of the reading I have to do for class? (I'm teaching the Iliad again this semester!) Don't get me wrong. I'm still tackling this challenge. I'm just kind of realizing that it is more challenging than I might have thought. I'm a fast reader, but wow. Must keep self motivated!
* I put the Wunderlist app on my phone (thanks for the tip, Dad!) and I love it. There is a regular to-do list app that comes on the iPhone but since David and I have linked accounts, my list is constantly clogged with his work stuff. There is LOTS of stuff to be done at an elementary school. And I don't care about any of it! I mean, not to the extent that I want it on my phone letting me know what my husband needs to remember to do at work. So now I have my own list app and it makes a very satisfying little clicky noise when you check something off. Love it. Plus I can put it on all my computers (by which I mean work and home). So many lists! So many things to check off! Confession: I've been known to enter things on my to do list after they are already done just so I can check them off. I can't be the only one who does this...