Wednesday, April 25, 2007

million dollar smile

Eva had her braces removed today, and I had my hair dyed, so all in all we are a pretty beautiful family right now.

This was actually Eva's second round of braces and Jerry swears that if that evil millionaire orthodontist tells us she needs something else, he's going to personally invite him out to the parking lot to have it out, rich mano et poor mano. That son of a bitch has paid for enough equestrian lessons for his kids on the back of our kid's teeth. Well, you know what I mean.

Meanwhile we are bracing ourselves for an almost inevitable transit strike, probably by the end of next week. Jerry is actually very excited about it, because that means he will be leaving work at 2:30 three days a week in order to pick Eva up from school. Seeing as it takes her two buses and a train to get home from school, there's some sort of child welfare law that disallows us from telling her to walk.

Jerry's already got his game face on in anticipation of people either trying to get rides with him (he'll be sure to play the picking up the kid card) or people heading to work earlier in an attempt to get a parking spot. His lot is pretty darned empty when he arrives at about 6:30am, but I hope that he isn't forced to start even earlier just to maintain his parking spot. He already wakes me when he gets up at 4:45, I don't think I could handle it if he started getting up at 3:00 or something. Of course Jerry has the sense (?) to go to bed at 8:30, but I am such a wild thing that I insist on staying up till 11:30. I tell you, it's just wild night after wild night around this place.

But at least we look good.

22 comments:

Bubs said...

Congratulations on the braces--my youngest comes out in June. We're buying a bag of jerky to celebrate

mellowlee said...

Yes, congrats on losing the braces Eva, that must feel WONDERFUL! Oooh Barb, I need a photo of the fresh hair :O) If we have a transit strike here, I am totally screwed! My work is an hour bus ride away! Taxis are out of the question on my budget! eeep

Fearless said...

Man, you Canadians have some weird rules. No postal service on saturday, kids can't walk home from school...what else?thpbz

Ruhee said...

OH MAN, losing the braces is the best feeling in the world. I can't say I know what it is like to lose them twice, though. Gee-ross. That sucks.

This transit strike is ridiculous. Just when I get back (oh yeah, hello! I hope we will see each other at some show or another soon ... Eva says she's going to Plaskett, are you going too?). Argh. I think it's time to invest in some rollerblades or something ...

My friend April was in Nashville this past weekend and took a photo of what I believe is the best mailbox in existence. I thought you might like to see it:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y185/lemonphile/Nashville/DSCF4392.jpg

Ruhee said...

Hmm, I'm not sure if Blogger will let you copy that (it won't let me, no word wrap), but it's /y185, /lemonphile, /Nashville, DSCF4392.jpg ... whew.

Allison said...

Congrats to Eva on the braces removal! That must feel nice. I'm still amazed at her trek to school. When I was a kid I walked 15 minutes. Perhaps suburbia has its upside?

Karen said...

Oooh yay for the removal of the braces! Eva must be ecstatic. Are we going to get a picture of your fabulous new hair too?

Transit strike? Oh my. That's going to be hell if it happens. I'd just have to stop going to work all together if there was no bus.

leazwell said...

I had to where braces for five years, right through my senior year, in fact. I remember getting them off and crying. All my teeth had gaps between them!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Bubs, I'm just thankful that Eva doesn't like jerky or we would have been having a bracket replaced every 2 weeks - seeing as she kept on eating popcorn and corn on the cob and other forbidden foods.

The hair is so fresh that it still scares the hell out of me, Mel. Maybe in a few days when I am used to it.
I know, a lot of people are going to be euchred by this strike, but they are talking about trying to keep at least the trains running.

You guys get mail on Saturday, Fearless? s-p-o-i-l-e-d!

So glad to have you back in town Ruhee! Sorry about the transit strike! We'll have to catch up and yu can fill me in on your fabulous life.
I am indeed also going to the Joel Plaskett concert. We're happy to give you a ride if you need one.
haha that mailbox is great!

The former braces wearer will tell you that suburbia does not have it's upside, Al. You know, even the closest high school is a 10-15 minute drive from our place. It's crazy.

Even though I drive to work, I'm thinking I may need to stop working altogether if there is a transit strike as well, Karen. Solidarity or something.

I hope that by now you have come to realize that gaps are sexy, Leazwell.

leazwell said...

So they say... but my retainer took care of the problem, thankfully.

leazwell said...

So they say... but my retainer took care of the problem, thankfully.

justacoolcat said...

I do know what you mean. After 4 years of braces I had to have a retainer on the backs of my teeth for years.

BeckEye said...

Ahh, I remember our transit strike. Good times.

I never had braces. I probably should've. It's not like I'm Shane McGowan or anything, but one's teeth can never be too straight.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Whew, that's even better, Leazwell. Then you don't have to go around telling everyone that gaps are sexy.

I am not going to let Eva know about that, Just A, or she'll be stabbing her orthodontist if he tries to tell her she needs her retainer for an extra month or something.

It's a party all night long when your transit is striking, Beckeye. I remember the one I was in before; it sure was fun hitchhiking to work.
Bless you for invoking the patron saint Shane of orthodontists! He's a beaut! I never had braces either, but back in the day we didn't all have to look like movie stars.

Dale said...

You were a beautiful family to begin with (awwwwwww). We're going to have to get a new award for your labels too! This is the happiest post involving a transit strike ever.

JustRun said...

Ahhh, braces. Only once through for me but I could have used another, truth be told.

Ugh, transit strike. Sucketh.

John Mutford said...

If she were to walk, imagine the "When I was your age..." story she could tell her kids.

And congrats all around for physical beauty. Have you made fun of your ugly neighbours yet?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Compliments will get you everywhere, Dale. Family members seem strangely upbeat about the looming transit strike - I guess it's the leaving work early and getting a ride home parts.

Sometimes you just have to say "that's enough already!" to your orthodontist, Justrun. That's where we are at.

We are forever making fun of our ugly neighbours, John. (Actually our neighbours are better looking that we are - damn them anyway).
Eva would need to add walking barefoot, uphill both ways, to her stories - much like I have.

Deb said...

best label ever...I nominate you for the Labia this week.

Congrats to Jerry on busting out early and Eva and the freeing of the teeth...candy apple to celebrate?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We diddn't even think of the candy apple, Deb (or Bubs' suggestion of beef jerky). Definitely need to indulge in some bracket breaking food.

phlegmfatale said...

Congrats to Eva for graduating from braces - WOOHOO!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've discovered she actually has really nice teeth, PF. Kinda makes me wish that I has braces as a kid. Kinda.