June 11 09

My family was sitting around the table on Friday night, discussing politics. That’s the way it always is when my mom is in town. She was all agog because my stepdad is going to meet Obama when he comes to town for the re-opening of the all-new green Johnson Controls building. I mean, he’s the mayor, so, of course he’ll be there. We poked a little fun…asking if he was going to show up with his “I canvassed for Kennedy button” because canvassing for the Kennedys? It’s THE story he likes to tell. Even my kids are all “zaydie is super cool…because THE KENNEDYS!”


(and even though my kids were born on Canadian soil AND they might drop a pass-ta bomb from time to time, they are American. and they say “zee” and not “zed”)(they may use “eh?” correctly and they may wear toques in the winter, but they never use “phone” as a verb or say sore-ey)(and they might say that they are in grade 1 and grade 2, but they never ever say washroom instead of bathroom)

so, sure, we poke fun, but mostly we are pretty friggin’ jealous.  anyway, the subject switched to the more serious side of politics…and just as I was about to fall asleep in my soup getting bored, Emily stands up, and announces:

“Okay! Let’s go around the table and everybody has to say what their favorite pie is!!”

Oh, she is 100% mine. through and through.

(hers is lemon meringue. mine is pumpkin. by the by)


I am now, officially, the flossing nazi at our house. I hadn’t been to the dentist in, um, over three years. Actually, I’m fairly certain the last time I was there, I was pregnant with Isabella (she’ll be 4 in August). AND my dentist has retired since then. retired. Well, last week my sick-and-tired-of-listening-to-me-complain-about-not-having-a-dentist husband made me an appointment I finally bit the bullet and got me a brand spanking new dentist.

and you want to know what the very WORST part of going to the dentist is (you know, other than the whole drooling onto a bib thing?)?? the giant contraption they have to put in your mouth to take the x-rays. and when you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, they need to take, oh, about 87 xrays.


seriously…I’d rather have a root canal than try to bite down on one of these fuckers. Frankly, I’d rather look like this…


well, perhaps not…which brings me back to my point. I am seriously the very worst flosser ever…meaning that um, I, well, I don’t. BUT, oh wise dentist of mine taught me a very fancy trick. keep your floss in the shower and make it part of your showering routine, which totally works for me, because, as it is, I already brush my teeth in the shower (stop judging). So, that’s that. A really long way to tell you that I am flossing my teeth every day for the first time ever. It’s the little things in life that excite me.

even the kids are excited…




  1. I love Emily! Best question ever; will pull that one out of my pocket when our family dinners turn political.

    Comment by Jen on June 11, 2009
  2. But do you brush your teeth while you pee in the shower?

    Comment by Avitable on June 11, 2009
  3. My husband always gets fancy new dental products in them mail to try out, as a Dentist.

    You should see the new flosses and contraptions coming out soon. It makes flossing fun. Seriously.

    There might even be a pumpkin pie flavored floss soon to come out. 😉

    Comment by OHmommy on June 11, 2009
  4. You know, brushing in the shower makes a whole lot of sense… I wouldn’t have to wash my goatee to get the toothpaste drool out afterward (don’t judge).

    Comment by SciFi Dad on June 11, 2009
  5. I brush my teeth in the shower too! It’s the best- longer time in the shower and you get out feeling totally clean. I never thought about flossing in there too though…will have to try.

    Comment by joscelyn on June 11, 2009
  6. Your stepdad is the Mayor???

    My brother worked for Johnson controls in college, in Erie, PA.

    I used to be SO good about flossing. I did it every day and then got out of the habit. Because somehow, in my head, I convinced myself it takes FOREVER. Like I just didn’t have enough time before bed to do it. It takes like MINUTES. And I am an idiot.

    Comment by Kristabella on June 11, 2009
  7. I always get the smackdown for my poor flossing habits. I do like to avoid pain though and my hygienist went to the Medieval Torture School of Dentistry – so maybe I should revisit my floss strategy. (In other words, use it.)

    Comment by Moose on June 11, 2009
  8. Miss Moose:

    they really need to start giving out prizes for good flossing.

    like, say, free pies!

    Comment by ali on June 11, 2009
  9. Firstly–Free pie for flossing? Sold!

    Secondly–I also brush and floss in the shower, it’s just so much more efficient…and hanging out in the steam I’m sure does wonders for my general health. Right?


    heidikiss last blog post..It’s not you, it’s me….ok, actually, it’s you.

    Comment by heidikis on June 11, 2009
  10. thanks for putting the FEAR of dentist in me! can’t remember the last time i went.I HATE AND FEAR THE DENTIST!.UGH now can’t get the thought out of my head…

    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 11, 2009
  11. Oh geez, I hate those xray-gaggifiers. I have a teeny little mouth and when they stuff those giant things in there I pretty much gag continuously until they take them back out. Gross.

    Also, I didn’t know that using “phone” as a verb and “washroom” were Canadian quirks. I’m living in the states and I frequently ask the location of the washroom and no one seems particularly confused by it. But I’m not sure if I’ve actually heard Americans use either of those terms now that I think about it. Have to pay more attention.

    Comment by Shannon on June 11, 2009
  12. I SUCK at flossing. I may just have to do the shower trick.

    And your stepdad is the Mayor???

    Comment by Angella on June 11, 2009
  13. Don’t you mean you’d rather look like this?:


    Comment by Giblet on June 11, 2009
  14. You don’t use phone as a verb? Really? What do you use instead?

    Teris last blog post..Surprises

    Comment by Teri on June 11, 2009
  15. The last time I went to the dentist, the hygenist ripped into my gums with the floss and I swear to you, she pulled chunks of my soul out upon it. The blood! THE BLOOD!!

    Clearly, she was sending me a message, and since then I’ve been a master flosser..if by master flosser, you accept my defintion of at least four times a week!

    fadkogs last blog post..toot, toot, hey, beep, beep

    Comment by fadkog on June 11, 2009
  16. For some reason the thought of brushing my teeth in the shower skeeves me out, but flossing does not. Heh. Who knew?

    Juliennes last blog post..Make-up rich, cash poor.

    Comment by Julienne on June 11, 2009
  17. It’s been a very long time for me too. Glad you went, would you like to make my appointment?

    Deborah Puccis last blog post..Skye is now 5 months old and cute as a button.

    Comment by Deborah Pucci on June 11, 2009
  18. Pie should totally be a food group.

    I have always been a bad flosser too, but this year when my frickity-fracking braces come off I will be happy to be able to floss again. That sentiment will last probably like a whole week too.

    Amy @ Milk Breath &s last blog post..Put Me In Charge Of Your Mommy TV Ad

    Comment by Amy @ Milk Breath & on June 11, 2009
  19. I’m an avid flosser. Breath is soooo much fresher that way!
    Now I want pie. Beesh.

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on June 11, 2009
  20. I never ever floss either and my dentist said I had perfect teeth the last time I went (after a three year hiatus as well). I do like those little dinosaur flosser things though.

    Comment by Kaleigha on June 11, 2009
  21. But see, you do say Grade 1 and 2, which is totally Canadian/British/Aussie/European. No American would say that.

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on June 11, 2009
  22. I wasn’t a great flosser until I had a root canal. And because how they shaped the cap over my back molar, shit gets caught in there constantly. As such, I have bags of the little plastic toothpicks with flossers stashed in my desk, my car and my bathroom.

    Comment by Darcey on June 11, 2009
  23. My rotten teeth and I are so proud of you!

    slynnros last blog post..Odds and Ends

    Comment by slynnro on June 11, 2009
  24. Coconut cream! Or apple, as long as it’s hot with vanilla ice cream on the top.

    Suzys last blog post..Godspeed, Little One

    Comment by Suzy on June 11, 2009
  25. I don’t get the whole brushing the teeth in the shower bit. You’re not saving any time, are you? Is the water running while you’re doing it? Count yourself among the popular, as I heard Jennifer Aniston also brushes HER teeth in the shower. But flossing in there, too? Where do you put the used floss?

    I floss daily but have a significant gag reflex, so I pretty much gag myself every day. It is written on my chart at the dentist’s office about the gag reflex, so they treat me with kid gloves (read baby). I also have a thing about any type of cloth or cotton in my mouth or near my tongue. Drives me crazy. Yeah, I know, I’m the patient they just LOVE to see! Always wondered what that P.I.T.A. meant next to my name, then I saw the small print Pain In The Ass!

    Comment by pat on June 11, 2009
  26. I used to brush my teeth in the shower. I wonder why I don’t anymore.

    I’m totally with Emily… lemon meringue pie… yum!

    Comment by Nenette on June 11, 2009
  27. I loved your dentist post. Hilarious. I’ll let you know about how nice it is to have a dentist husband if we ever get out of the hell that is dental school. And I’m totally going to floss in the shower-thx!

    Comment by Jessica on June 12, 2009
  28. Key Lime Pie is number 1

    I also brush my teeth in the shower, I don’t understand the folks who don’t. Who doesn’t want to stand under hot water while brushing their teeth! It’s just GREAT!

    Comment by LovingDanger on June 12, 2009

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