April 15, 2008
I always have something to say
Except lately, that is. Work got a bit overwhelming last week, as a product I’m helping to launch kept running in to delays. I’ve been on “well, once we get through the launch, I can focus on that” for a week now. But I think it really will happen tomorrow. When I say that work got overwhelming, I don’t mean to give the impression that work is bad. It’s not. Work is great. We have a particularly good team right now, which means I get to work with a ton of people who I really like and respect. I have fun at my job. I get to do interesting stuff. But it does take over sometimes.
Last week was actually a fine time for work to take over, because I couldn’t work out at all. That freed up some time for me to work late. My knee is finally feeling better now, but it is still not right. I wouldn’t dare run on it, nor can I do lunges. I’m giving in and going to the doctor. On top of the knee, my TMJ has decided to act up for some reason. That usually means I’m about to experience some sort of dental problem, but my teeth seem ok aside from the jaw pain. I’m not sure what is going on there. Maybe I’m just stressed out. Happily, I am getting back to some exercising, which will help with the stress.
The only non-work thing of much interest that was going on was house hunting. Tonight John and I went to look at a house that, based on the Internet, looked like it had real potential. The Internet can be a wee bit misleading. I was suspicious of this house because it really shouldn’t be in our price range, and I was right. Everything they said about the house in the listing was true, but none of it was exactly as you'd expect it to be. The lot was weirdly shaped, and the other houses in the neighborhood were built all crowded in to the corners of the lots so that they were closer together than we thought they’d be. The house was built more recently than where we live now, but our place is in much better shape. It was just shabby, and the kitchen needed updating, and even though they recently dropped the price, they didn’t drop it nearly far enough. Oh well. Looking is fun, and we don’t really want to buy until the summer sometime anyway. I think I’ll go back to obsessing over model home floor plans for a while.
Anyone have any opinions on which is better, new homes or existing ones?
Posted by Bad Penguin at April 15, 2008 10:47 PM
Hey, have you ever tried a mouthpiece for your TMJ. You know, orthodontist can make them, expensive little critters, but I use a football mouthpiece that I bought at walmart for 99 cents. Just heat it, mold it to my mouth and it works.
I have a kid in daycare whose mom makes orthodontic appliances and she said that basically all you need is something to keep your jaw from working when you are gritting your teeth. I asked why it was any different than me chewing and she said that when you grit your teeth (usually at night or high stress times), you are constantly working that joint in your jaw. If you put a mouthpiece in there, even if you grit on it, your jaw is not opening and closing all the way and thus the joint is not over-working.
I thought, ok, whatever, I'll try the football piece. heck for 99 cents, I bought about 10. l have to change to a new one about once a month because I wear them out gritting so bad at night. But, I was ready to have surgery, have my mouth wired together for more than 6 weeks and try to get relief that way. It was putting me under. These 99 cent pieces of plastic have worked wonders.
Just thought you might want to give them a try if you haven't already.
Posted by: Jerri Ann at April 15, 2008 11:13 PM
The internet can be way misleading. Good luck in the house hunt! As for new versus existing homes - I've never bought a new one. New homes have teething problems, old ones have aging problems. Six of one, half dozen of the other. Just find something you like.
Posted by: Chris at April 16, 2008 8:31 AM