Off Topic: Got a Root Canal

Yep, an off topic post.  I got a root canal on Monday.  It wasn’t too bad, but I really don’t want to get another one.

I had been feeling pain in my jaw since about last Thursday.  I kept telling myself that it was just sinus pain, even when it didn’t feel like sinus pain.  You know, that dull achy feeling you get when you have a sinus infection and can feel it in your teeth.  Well, the pain wasn’t that, and it got so bad by Sunday night, I decided to call the dentist the next day.

So, yesterday I went to the dentist, who looked at the tooth which was causing the pain, and she got me an immediate appointment with with an endodontist.

I went to the endodontist and he did some some unpleasant things to my tooth to test sensitivity and such.  Ouch.  Then more ouch came.

To make a long story short, he performed a root canal and I feel better, actually.  I do have some residual pain from the procedure and from holding my open so long (it took about a half hour), but I’m taking a lot of ibuprofen per the endodontist.

Summing things up, root canals aren’t the horrible thing they used to be.  Dentistry has come a long way, and dentists who perform procedures are a lot more aware of how to manage pain during a procedure and after.  Technology changes, too.  So, if your mom had a root canal twenty years ago and said that it was horrible, remember, things change.  Your experience, though it still may suck, also may be a lot better.



Mom’s Azaleas

Photo by Kathy Gottlieb

This photo brings back may memories for me.  My mom took this photo of her azalea’s in front of her house.  Many a picture has been taken in front of this colorful bush, such as me and my sisters, us with our friends, and trying to get out dogs to pose and sit nicely in front of the bush so we could take their photo, too, which was quite a daunting task getting the pooches to cooperate.

I’ll have to take a look in my old photo bin at home to see if what I have of people and pets in front of the azaleas.

The window you see is where Patrick used to sit and watch the world go by, along with barking at the world at it went by.


I know this isn’t a knitting or crafting-related post, but I rather enjoy strolling down memory lane and thinking about past springs, pets, and blooms.  I encourage you to reflect about simple memories, too.

Off Topic: MUSE in Philly

I recently saw one of my favorite bands on Sunday.  MUSE was in Philadelphia, PA at the Wells Fargo Center on January 31, 2016 in support of their new album Drones.

What an awesome show!

X Ambassadors opened for them, they were pretty good!  It’s not often I like the opening band, but they surprised me.

MUSE rocked the house when they came out!  Concert featured a 360 degree stage, and Joan and I were in the 3rd ROW.  It was a great spot to be.

Besides a lot of the songs off of Drones, they did a lot of great songs of their third album Absolution.  I did not expect that, or for them to play one of my favorite older songs “Map of the Problematique” off of Black Holes and Revelations.

It was a visually stunning and energetic show, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Here’s some more fun stuff from the show.


Chris Wolstenholme and the incredible graphic from “Handler.”  The hand and strings followed him on the stage!


The band in the spotlight!


Matt Bellamy!

Oh, and towards the end of the show, “Mercy” was an amazing finale.  Here’s a short video of it.

Amazing show!!!  Three encores, MUSE left us with “Knights of Cydonia,” (which is Joan’s least favorite song, but she had fun with it anyway.  I like it myself.), and bid the roaring crowd farewell.

It was my second time seeing them. I will see them again when they’re back.