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Why I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time

I haven’t been to the dentist in maybe 7 or 8 years. Although I live near schaumburg, and there are great dentists, I haven’t been to them at all. I suppose I’m relying too much on the fact that everyone in my family has very hard teeth and we don’t get cavities. My dad says its from the flouride in the water where we grew up, but I’ve lived near Schaumburg for over 10 years and still no cavities. I also haven’t been to the dentist in quite a while, hopefully when I go, they don’t find any. but its hard to prioritize your teeth, even just for a simple teeth cleaning. There always seems to be something more urgent going on. My teeth were so hard as a kid, none of my baby teeth fell out until WAY after the other kids.

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COUGAR FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Saturday was the annual WAZZU (Washington State University) football game at the stadium in Seattle. It is usually the only Cougar game we go to during the season and is full of lots of laughs, lots of beers and seeing lots of old faces…some good, some awkward!

This year I got to see a friend I haven’t seen in years, he and another friend divorced 3 years ago and he moved to Dallas. It was so good to see him and seemed like no time had passed at all since our last meeting!

To know Nate is to love him! Below is the email I got from him Monday morning:

Right after I left you guys, I had a difference of opinion with the gentlemen of Alcohol Enforcement about what was allowed in a bottle of Sprite. We mutually came to the conclusion, that the best course of action for me was to leave the stadium and get a tour of the parking lot. Somehow found a cab after the game to take me to my friend’s place. Cougar Football Saturday at its best.

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His father passed away this year. He moved in with his parents in his hometown, Philadelphia, for his final five months. He took his father to an Eagles playoff game on a Sunday and he died the following Saturday. On Cooper’s right hand he wears his father’s wedding ring. He has brought his mother to live with him in his new home in Los Angeles.
“I love having her,” he says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

His father passed away this year. He moved in with his parents in his hometown, Philadelphia, for his final five months. He took his father to an Eagles playoff game on a Sunday and he died the following Saturday. On Cooper’s right hand he wears his father’s wedding ring. He has brought his mother to live with him in his new home in Los Angeles.

I love having her,” he says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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His father passed away this year. He moved in with his parents in his hometown, Philadelphia, for his final five months. He took his father to an Eagles playoff game on a Sunday and he died the following Saturday. On Cooper’s right hand he wears his father’s wedding ring. He has brought his mother to live with him in his new home in Los Angeles.
“I love having her,” he says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

His father passed away this year. He moved in with his parents in his hometown, Philadelphia, for his final five months. He took his father to an Eagles playoff game on a Sunday and he died the following Saturday. On Cooper’s right hand he wears his father’s wedding ring. He has brought his mother to live with him in his new home in Los Angeles.

I love having her,” he says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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A New Jersey teenager who launched a campaign to get Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven is expected to meet with the toy company Monday afternoon. According to The Associated Press, the oven’s team at Hasbro invited 13-year-old McKenna Pope of Garfield, N.J., to share her thoughts and ideas. McKenna wants the company to make the pink and purple oven in more boy-friendly colors and also feature boys in their marketing for the toy. The oven, she says, reinforces gender stereotypes to the point that her younger brother thinks boys shouldn’t cook. “We continue to enforce this stereotype that men don’t cook, they work,” Pope says in a YouTube video created as part of her effort to get Hasbro to change the way it makes and markets the toy oven. Her online petition has garnered 44,000 supporters since it was launched in November and has the backing of top chefs like Bobby Flay.

Girls, Boys And Toys: Rethinking Stereotypes In What Kids Play With : The Two-Way (via npr)

This is amazing!

(via npr)

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It’s ALL relevant! I am totally for better gun control too, but we also need to be looking WHY people feel this is the “option they choose” to deal with whatever issue they are having. And YES, so much yes to de-stigmatizing mental health issues!

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This is the song my dad sang with his band in high school (pretty awesome, right?). I have been listening to it a lot the last few weeks, looking for some comfort.
Today is two years since he’s been gone. I really can’t believe it. Some days, like today, the wound is as fresh as it was that very day; maybe even more so, as there is no shock and disbelief to hide behind.
I’m still sad, I’m still on the edge of tears some days (lots of days), I’m still hurting. It is not ever day, but it definitely is still as raw. Some days (weeks) I think it will never get better…it feels like it will never get better. But it will (?) 
Today I am spending with my family, my mom, my husband and our new dog.
We will slowly, but surely make this day about something more than pain and loss. We will make this day about remembering and loving a wonderful man, and each other.
I can’t promise that enlightened way of thinking will occur today, but we’ll sure try.

This is the song my dad sang with his band in high school (pretty awesome, right?). I have been listening to it a lot the last few weeks, looking for some comfort.

Today is two years since he’s been gone. I really can’t believe it. Some days, like today, the wound is as fresh as it was that very day; maybe even more so, as there is no shock and disbelief to hide behind.

I’m still sad, I’m still on the edge of tears some days (lots of days), I’m still hurting. It is not ever day, but it definitely is still as raw. Some days (weeks) I think it will never get better…it feels like it will never get better. But it will (?) 

Today I am spending with my family, my mom, my husband and our new dog.

We will slowly, but surely make this day about something more than pain and loss. We will make this day about remembering and loving a wonderful man, and each other.

I can’t promise that enlightened way of thinking will occur today, but we’ll sure try.