1.12.2009

so i was in topeka the other day


I have been grinding my teeth in my sleep at night a lot lately. Joe says it sounds like I'm chewing on marbles. I have dreams that my teeth are falling out. It's not so much a problem when I wear my retainers, but sometimes I forget. Like when we go out of town. So anyways, I've got a mouth full of cavities now. Blerg. (Joe says that's not a real word, but Tina Fey makes it sound funny. So he he can "eat my poo".) My dentist is in Topeka, so I practically spent the whole last week there having dental appointments. Joe was out of town anyways, so at least I got to hang with the fam. My dad is an orthodontist in Topeka, and my bro and sis work for him and live with him for the time being. And, yes, that does make me feel a little left out. But I mask any hurt feelings with an air of superiority over them for being too old to still live at home. Hanging at my dad's is not so bad though because Mindy and I can watch AMC (He has cable!) old movies and knit together. Plus my dad is weird and hilarious, and I like being around him.

So I had some time between appointments to kill while I was there, and I went to my favorite antique store. It's so pretty I want to live there. I never buy anything though. Overpriced. Plus Joe doesn't like me bringing home nick-knacks. Too granny, he says. He reigns in my granny tendencies. I'll get there in due time. Then I can have all the nick-knacks I want. My defense will be, "But I AM a granny!" There's no arguing with that.

23 comments:

seedstitching said...

jenny...
you're funny!
i, too, have many granny like tendencies. i try to "own" them when i can!

Deborah said...

sorry about your teeth problems.

Knitting is awesome! I often get called a 'granny' as well.

glamspoon said...

my dentist tells me I *must* be grinding my teeth in my sleep so now I need a mouth guard. there are no witnesses, but he's convinced based on the lack of enamel on my molars. it's a little distressing. anyway, hang in there with the cavities. I had a mouthful myself back about 10 years ago and i'm all caught up.

craftysunday said...

I grind my teeth, too...bruxism, and you probably know (having an ortho dad!). Mouthguards help, too. As does destressing- yoga, the occasional (bottle?) glass of wine...you get the idea. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, so it's probably stress that is making you grind.

P.S. Turning 'eh' for Chicago to 'YEH!' for Chicago is easy, as many folks commenting have already said. There are so many wonderful things to see and do here...we knit, too! Although I crochet. Bleh.

Munted kowhai said...

Ouch! I grind my teeth alot and wear a retainer every night. My bf says my teeth grinding sounds like I'm eating glass. It must sound terrible! Sometimes when I'm SO SO stressed, I'll have a headache the next morning.

kate said...

I can't help but think I am just an 80 year old trapped in a twenty-three year olds body. What can I say, I enjoy sipping tea, knitting, baking, sewing, and playing board games. The day I have a glass case filled with porcelain figurines I might need to take a step back to evaluate my habits.

Anne said...

I use to have a recurring dream about my teeth falling out. It never happened exactly the same way, but in the end it always came back to that. I read in a book that it meant "death", but well, that's very vague, and (luckily !!)none of my friends or family died and now I don't have these dreams anymore. Weird.

Anonymous said...

i grind my teeth in my sleep, i live like a granny and i have a husband whom i adore and vice versa but sometimes he just doesn't "understand" what style truly is. i keep working with him on it. keep up your good work :)

space 314 said...

oh jenny i feel your pain in the dental department. i just had my two back upper molars removed because the ones that matched them on the bottom never came in (genetic freak that i am). they were healthy teeth and they still took them out, just last week, those sadistic monsters. i looked like a chipmunk all day and it felt totally crap. my condolences on all that dental misery. and i love nick-knacks too, just not dusting them.

briannelee said...

I live with my boyfriend and he also hates nick knacks but I but them anyways. I just try to sneak them in and usually he doesn't notice new additions for awhile ;)

Kristien said...

Jenny, I am going to chime in with the other mouth guard wearers--changed my life! I used to wake up every morning with a splitting headache, which I attributed to never getting enough sleep and being a lawyer. Turns out, I was grinding my teeth in my sleep. The mouth guard is not sexy, but it helps a lot! Happy you are back to blogging! It sounds like you have a ton on your plate...I am crossing my fingers for you that you end up in Portland. Three of my very good friends moved there in the past few years and love it--utopia!

Michele said...

Blech, the same thing happened to me last year. The tooth dream is the worst! I've tried a warm washcloth along the jawline before bed and that sometimes helps. The only drawback is if you are prone to breakouts, this aggravates your skin. Stress is the main culprit, so I hope it alleviates soon!

laura barth said...

As a fellow grinder, i feel your pain. i've actually given myself TMJ from the years of wear and tear.

But I do have a good explanation for your teeth falling out dream- according to Jungian dream interpretation, the losing your teeth dream happens in times of transition, and it has to do with fear of change. the death part of the dream is the symbolic death of your old way of life, not literal death. Anyway, lots of women have that dream, so not to worry. Always freaks me out when i have it though.

Kate said...

I grind my teeth as well, so bad that some of my molars are almost flat in the back! But I do it during the day, rather than at night, so I can't wear a mouth guard. Hello, tension headaches.

My boyfriend puts a stop to my knick-knack buying as well. Damn those boys and their practical thinking.

Sinead said...

dreams about teeth falling out = new start in life, rebirth

Jenny, I really enjoy your blog. You have an amazing spirit.

I hope life brings you everything you dream!

Myra - twigs and honey said...

I grind my teeth too and get a custom nightguard made at my dentist that looks like those clear braces. I get the dreams too, where I break all my teeth and they fall out. The grinding runs in my family. I wear the guard religiously because I've already fractured several teeth! I feel so old! Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! -Myra

Ann said...

I've been following your blog since it was on decor8 (I think)... your name always sounded familiar but unplaceable...now I know... your dad gave me braces (and retainers, etc.) as a kid! crazy. small world.

good luck with the teeth, too.

elliebelle said...

You are so funny. I love your stories. I think many of us have to reign in our granny tendencies. But really, what's wrong with being a granny? I look forward to the day I can have a reason for being a crazy old bat! :)

erica said...

yikes, teeth grinding! my solution to everything in life lately has been, eat more ice cream. but with cavities, maybe not the best idea for you!

your little antiques shop looks lovely. i have a hard time reconciling my love for granny-ware and a machine aesthetic. matthew makes sure we err on the side of minimalism, but if i had my way, there would be tons of little knick-knacks in my house, too.

this is why i would like a slightly bigger house (i.e. 3 bedrooms), so i can have my own room filled with my own special things. it would be like a private study, but you could knit or take naps, too. a down-filled chaise longue would be a must.

Ellen said...

i've had the teeth falling out dream several times before... and its always been when i'm undergoing a major change in my life and am WAY stressed out. i hope things in your life settle down soon! sounds like a stressful time for you. hang in there!

habitual said...

My teeth rotting and falling out is my recurring dream too - 15+ years. I was told it means "you're not communicating what you mean to" or "there's something you're not saying". Hmmmm....

sewtakeahike said...

I feel your pain about the clenching your teeth thing! I am a dental hygienist and I just last week had a nightguard made. I absolutely love it. My teeth are not as sensitive now and my facial muscles are not sore when I wake up. I'm glad you are able to spend some time with your dad in between appt's for some comic relief!

Mikethelawstudent said...

My wife wakes me up at night with the teeth grinding. It really confused me at first because I had no clue what it was.

Mike

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