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Invisalign: First Thoughts.

April 20, 2012

So I got Invisalign on Wednesday. I’ve been thinking about it for years, saving for years, and been to at least 4 different consultations (sometimes with the same Orthodontist). I finally found the “right fit” ortho., and now I’m wearing my trays. Here are my first thoughts:

They are hard as a MF to get on and off my top teeth, which is where the most movement is happening. I say MF, because underneath my fingernails is sore from trying to pry them off. Ouch. I equate it to when you first get contacts, and it takes you 20 min. to get them on and off properly… but then 1 yr later you’re a master. Maybe one day getting these trays off won’t be such a B.

My teeth don’t hurt at all, and I don’t have a lisp, and no one at work has even noticed I’m wearing them. So what you hear about that is totally true.

If you are struggling with weight, you should totally get Invisalign! Not really, that’d be a hella-expensive diet… but it does have diet factors, those being:

  • Its too big of a pain in the ass to get these trays in and out beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner, so there is no snacking. And if you DO snack, you’re supposed to go take out the trays, snack, then brush your teeth and put them back in. Really makes you think twice about having a handful of trail mix.
  • You are only supposed to drink clear liquid (water) while wearing your trays. No coffee, no soda, not even white wine. Because, again, you have to go through the whole rigmarole and I’m not skilled enough with my trays yet. But it’s an easy way to start drinking those 8 cups of water you’re supposed to be drinking anyways, right?
  • Once my trays go in, they stay in, until its meal time. No going back.

That’s my report for now. In 1.5 weeks I have to put a new tray in, and I will let you know how that goes. Hopefully it’ll still be sort of tricky so I don’t stay a little piggy forever 🙂 Kidding, again.


Confidence Today!

March 9, 2012

A long over-do hello! Found this great article via twitter, and thought I’d share.

The article, “How to Find your Freelance Confidence Today”, is obviously geared more towards those employed in freelance… but any article about confidence and life management is always good to read, no matter what your employment situation or job is.

My favorite part, which is something I think everyone should do (if you don’t already):

Your compliments file–Every freelancer should keep a compliments file. These are comments (emails, tweets, wall posts, etc.) that others make about you that you find to be uplifting.

I picked up this really great life-tip from my freshmen year college RA. As an RA (a job I also held later on), you deal with a lot of ups-and-downs. She had a manilla envelope of all the positive feedback, nice personal notes, and in general kind words she had received. Whenever life got her down, she just read herself a few items from the envelope, placed them back in, and felt so much better about herself.

I keep a folder in my email dedicated to positive feedback — it works wonders on tough days!


Learning to knit Fair Isle

August 22, 2011

 Last Tuesday I started taking a class at my local (and quite awesome) fibre store, Fibre Space. I would say I’m a completely average knitter, in that I can knit, purl, increase, decrease, knit in the round, etc — but I’ve always wanted to knit Fair Isle*. My friend and I signed up for a class, and I have to say it isn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be. In this class we’re knitting some fingerless mitten, and the Fiar Isle pattern is very simple and repetitive. I will update you guys once I’ve finished the mittens — I’ve almost got one complete already!

*Tim has taken to referring to the technique and feral. Quite different.


July 28, 2011


Thanks to my friend Tina at, I’ve got a new obsession.


It is a very cool site where you can visually bookmark all the stuff you’re looking at, dreaming of, listing, etc. Combine that with the social community aspect where you can repin your friend’s finds onto your own “pin boards” (categories) and it’s like one massive visual brainstorm. Right now I’ve got invitations, DIY Knitting and sewing projects, ideas for the home, ideas for my brother’s upcoming wedding (art deco themed) — tons of fun.

I’m in love.

Check it out, let me know what you think. Let me know if you need an invite, I’ll send one your way.

My handle, the always original sewallis

Murphy’s Back from Vacation

June 8, 2011

Greetings! Freshly back from the beach in NC, I’ve been thrown into the fire at work, left with little time to even think about posting! In the meantime, I thought I’d share how much Murphy enjoyed his first beach vacation — LOVE would be an understatement.

Murphy’s top 5 favorite things about the beach/vacation:

  • Getting to watch the babies and small children from the comfortable shade of an umbrella, and barking at them whenever they got out of line.
  • Digging in the wet sand, for more wet sand.
  • Getting slapped in the butt by a wave when digging in said wet sand.
  • Spending 9 days in a row with humans 24-7!
  • Being fed table scraps from grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. Tim and I sick closely to veggies and fruits, Murphy went into vacuum mode and was always in the kitchen if anyone was in there.

Recommended Read: Stop Apologizing for Who You Are

May 20, 2011

I thought this article was awesome. I have started to notice this past month that I always apologize for who I am, and from the zeitgeist this article fell into my lap. How timely.

Things I apologize for, and will strive not to in the future:

  • Science Fiction. I like it, I read it, I follow blogs about it. Deal with it people – I find it super interesting.
  • Web Design. Or rather, wanting to learn more about web, despite having a job primarily focused on print. I think it’s important, and though outside my scope of responsibilities I’m willing to work harder and longer hours towards a brighter future for myself.
  • Saving the Moneys. I save save save money. Because I want to buy a house, a car, and retire as soon as possible. No, I can’t eat out all the time, or go to every happy hour, or have new clothes like a lot of my friends. That’s the way it is.
  • Video Games. I’ve played them since I was little, and I realize it’s nerdy, but you know, that’s who I am. I enjoy it.
  • Social Media. You know what? It isn’t a waste of time. Again, this is where the future and the most profitable company are invested, and thus where the future is headed. So get on board friends, and stop making fun of people who are interested.
  • Limited Social Hours. I have to go home after work. Not being able to go out with my friends as often as I’d like because I have to go home after work is a bummer. I can’t leave my dog in the crate 24 hours a day, and he’s not yet responsible enough to be left out. I feel bad on both accounts, but having a happy dog takes priority and I can’t apologize for it anymore.

Anyways, check out Jeffrey Platt’s article and stop apologizing. (/rant)

30 Day Song Challenge (26–30)

May 17, 2011

Day 26: A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument: Weezer “Undone (Sweater Song)”

I used to be able to play this. And by play, I mean I could play the four notes, slowly, but correctly. I thought this was more interesting than some trombone solo I played for the Solo & Ensemble festival from 8th grade.

Day 27: A Song That You Wish You Could Play: Charlie Daniel’s Band “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”

Day 28: A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty: Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror”

If Michael Jackson is striving to be a better person, so should we all. RIP MJ, you were infinitely talented.

Day 29: A Song From Your Childhood: Stevie Wonder “Very Superstitious

One of my favorite videos to watch and re-watch as a kid was Disney Monster Hits. I’m hoping everyone else had the pleasure of having this on VHS tape. Looking back, it is truly an awesome collection of great music:

  • Michael Jackson “Thriller”
  • Ray Parker, Jr. “Ghostbusters”
  • CCR “Bad Moon Rising”
  • Bobby Picket (ft. The Crypt-Kickers) “Monster Mash”
  • Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me”
  • The Electric Light Orchestra “Evil Woman”
  • Pat Benatar “You Better Run”
  • Spike Jones & His City Slickers “That Old Black Magic”
  • Daryl Hall “Dreamtime”
  • From The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh “Heffalumps & Woozles”
  • The Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams”

Day 30: Your Favorite Song At This Time Last Year: India Arie “The Heart of the Matter”

Looks like I was listening to this a lot last year, around this time. Can’t remember my actual favorite, so this will work just fine.. It was in the god-awful movie, Sex In the City 2 Soundtrack. That being said, I do adore the cover of this song.

There. We’re finally done with this epic list that took waaaaaaay to long to answer.