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I got my very own copy of The Legend of Candy Claws from Voltaire earlier this week. It's delightful, and has very gorgeous illustrations!

Sadly (pathetically, more like), even counting short books and comics, I'm still 5 books behind in my quest to read 30 books by the end of the year. I'm trying to knock out a few by this weekend. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish one novel I'm working on today.

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I made a holiday music mix! This is my first music mix in a few years. This year's holiday mix is called As White Snow Doth Fall. It's got a zip file to download, as well as a link to my last holiday mix Waiting Beside the Tree. Also, both links have track lists!

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Some friends on Facebook decided to look up their name + "meme" into google images and post their favourite result. Mine doesn't really give good insult, but I did find a lot of adorable stuff, namely this cute one:
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I went to the dentist's yesterday, and if dentists freak you out, or if you get freaked/grossed out by accidentally eating human flesh, then you may want to skip this (you know you're curious now).

I love my dentist! She assisted the resident who worked on me at the university clinic a couple of years ago, and now she's my regular dentist. She always chats and explains things to me as she's proceeding, and she pokes fun of me when I whimper as she's giving me a freeze shot ("It's like I have a kitten in the office, so cute!").

Yesterday, we decided to not work on the front of my mouth and let it have a little break (I've got a lot of cavities), so we agreed to work on a deep cavity on one of my molars. She stuck me, and then said, "since it's so deep, I'm going to start drilling, even though the numbness hasn't completely set in yet." I felt myself shaking, but I don't think I shook enough to cause a stir (probably, my heart just pounded so rapidly that it felt like I was shaking).

I didn't feel the drilling, but I did feel it a bit last time (after the freeze did set in fully), so I got pretty nervous that I'd feel it. It's a tiny twinge of pain when it happens, but when someone's got a drill in your mouth and you can't move, that tiny bit is amplified pretty big.

The last two visits, we worked on the front teeth, and the numbness didn't last too long after, despite more freeze being used for front jobs. And I was able to eat without much difficulty.

This was not the case for the molar!

My bottom lip and left cheek went so numb that they felt very swollen and I couldn't move them one bit! Okay, I thought. This is probably normal. At this point, I was starving, as I'd accidentally skipped breakfast. So, as I had after the other visits, I walked to Java's for a bite to eat and some tea. I got a grilled sandwich, and a cup of pasta salad to tide me over in wait of the sandwich. I had very little difficulty eating the salad.

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Accidental zombie mode warning...

I had SO MUCH difficulty eating the sandwich. I managed to eat half of it, but since I couldn't move my lip and cheek, it also meant I couldn't move them out of the way of my teeth. Tonguing it now, I don't think I did too bad against the inside of my cheek. My lip, however... Oh god...

At one point, I wondered why my bite wasn't pulling apart from the rest of the sandwich, and I bit down harder as I realized THAT IS MY LIP. I don't know how I know what biting ferociously into live flesh feels like, but I am glad I figured it out before drawing too much blood. So if it wasn't swollen before, it sure is now! No, it's not swollen now... it did puff up a lot in that one spot, though, but it's gone down now, and it's just white and a little bit puffy.

The numbness didn't even let up til halfway through the evening. That's the longest I've ever been numb (including when I've had dental surgeries and extractions).

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Lastly, I'm working on something digital! It's been a really, really long time since I did any fancy digital illustrating. I hope I get to finish it. Here's what I've got so far:

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THAT'S IT. No immediate future plans right now.

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meathiel
Dec. 12th, 2014 08:03 am (UTC)
Eek ... sounds horrible.

The drawing is Ophelia?

diello
Dec. 16th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yep! Took a break from working on her skin to working on her hair (now days later, I need a break from the hair, holy crap, Ophelia, get a haircut!)
pax_athena
Dec. 12th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
That painting looks amazing!

Also so true about how one feels vs. how one looks after a dentist's visit. I always end up biting my lips, too :( Even though I don't actually eat until the numbness is gone. It's also kind of fun when you are supposed to rinse your mouth but can't feel your lips enough to actually properly close it, so you need to kind of press them closed with your fingers ... XD
diello
Dec. 16th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I looked like an untrained monkey trying to eat my sandwich in public XD
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