Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Distraction

So, I took the suggestion of bringing my iPod with me to the dentist today when I got a filling done. Um ...….. not so much with the helping. Maybe it distracted me a *little*, but not much. I was still tense and anxious in the chair, gripping the armrests, trying to remember to breathe, and constantly worrying that a person can actually drown in their own saliva.

Hate. It.

It didn’t help any that I made a big production of telling the dentist and his assistant that I was listening to my “soothing easy listening” play list …. Lots of Paul Potts and the London Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, Enya, etc. It’s actually one of my favorite play lists and is what I listen to whenever I’m feeling melancholy. Or introspective. Or grown up. Or just need to belt out some Air Supply or ballads by Meatloaf.

So imagine my embarrassment when half-way through the filling, in an attempt to be friendly, the dentist leaned over and asked what was playing …. I hit the wheel, only to highlight Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam. “All Cried Out”. Yeah, there’s some highbrow music if ever I heard any.

And despite the fact the dentist and his office staff are very nice, it’s still one of my least favorite places on earth. And so I called Blaine afterwards to whine (incoherently, because half of my face was completely numb) about how much I hate the dentist and woe is me I had to get a filling today.

And he, with the unbelievable amount of dental work and struggle he has had the past five years gave me the following invaluable piece of advice: shut up.

So I think I will.

Trish in Leeburg, VA wonders: “And Skating? How many things can your schools cram into a single week?!?!”

Well, Trish, in addition to the Skate Night last night, this is how the rest of our school week looks: Today was the fourth grade field trip (8 until 1) to the National Cowboy Museum; tomorrow morning is Muffins with Mom at 7:15am, then I volunteer on Thursday afternoons in Kellen’s classroom, then after school I am helping decorate the stage for the 5th grade Honors Chorus concert, which is tomorrow night. Friday is Hat Day, the Knighting Assembly first thing in the morning, then an all-day field trip for the Gifted Program to the local zoo. Next week I have field trips to chaperone on Tuesday and Friday, and Wednesday and Thursday are Track and Field days.

Apparently once the kids at this school take their end-of-the-year standardized testing, there is no need for them to learn any more, so they are never in the classroom. But please don’t think I’m complaining. I enjoy all these activities with my kids (while they are still young enough to want me around; I’m going to take it while I can) and I know that about 48 hours after school lets out for the summer they will be bored stiff and complaining that there is nothing to do. And looking to me to entertain them.

Hmmm, they all three have dental appointments for the first week of June. That should be fun. I’ll just be sure they take their iPods!



I remember those days fondly when my schedule was like that when the kids were in elementary school.

I remember those days even more fondly when my schedule wasn't like that when they hit high school. LOL

Enjoy while it lasts, it's a great moment in time!

PS I'm not going to mention anything about the dentist because I hate them more than you do.

Grandma J said...

Be sure and wear your pedometer on those field trip. You'd be surprised!

Muffins with Mom. That's something even I can handle.

Jeri from Hawaii said...

Probably the only thing you would hate more than the dentist is my husband...he actually falls asleep in the chair while they are working on his mouth! There is something that's just not right about that man, but I love him anyway!

Lisa L said...

Dentists. I recently blogged about dentists! I think the best compliment he gave me the last time he cleaned my teeth? "Lisa, I could have cleaned your teeth over the phone!" that man

Anonymous said...

I can sympathize about the anxious, chair gripping fear.....I forget to breathe when I go to the dentist and start shaking uncontrollably. Yuck!!! I can't imagine what it would be like if I actually had a bad dentist.
Sandy in Edison, GA

Stacie from MN said...

The dentist is never my favorite place either. I always dread the "do you floss" question & the lecture afterward. Seriously, I've been seeing this dentist for over 7 years, why can't the get it that it just isn't going to happen?!

Jeanette said...

Your kids will probably learn more at all these events than they did all year in a classroom!

Maybe next time you go to the dentist have some New Age meditation tunes or Gregorian chants on the ipod. :)

Trish in Leesburg, VA said...

Wow! That is a lot of activity! But it does sound fun. We have been discussing the possibility of homeschooling lately- for many reasons- but then I think about the trips she would miss out on. Well, I guess we have time- Raegan is only 10months old! haha!

On another note- I saw yesterday that your state has passed a law requiring 2hours of physical activity a day for school kids. I was wondering hwo they plan to accomplish this? But with field trips and skating and all that, maybe it won't be as hard as I thought!

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Your label made me laugh!

Renee' said...

Vallium always works at the dentist office. I sympathize. I, too, despise the dentist.

We had muffins with mom this morning, too. Cute.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a lot of field trips. Due to the high gas prices they won't let our kids go on any field trips. In fact, my daughter is in
2nd. grade and has NEVER been on a field trip for school.
Sounds like a fun-filled week at your house. When does school get out? We aren't done until June
6th. b/c we started late due to them building/reconstructing some of our schools.
Wendy in Winder, GA

Dianna in Louisiana said...

LOL Kristie---- Our music tastes are very similar.... I too love the sappy, melancholy music of the past. Air Supply songs still give me the goose bumps. Your school sounds so neat. It's like pulling teeth to get my daughter's school to do anything, and I imagine that the public schools in this area are 100 times worse. Finally, after much begging me and a couple of the other moms were able to arrange an end of the year party.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Can't wait to read about the choir performance and Knighting ceremony!