The State of Things

I’m tired.  It’s just after dinner here in rainy windy dark Haarlem and I’m sitting on the couch, laptop on my lap (where else?) and I’m just plain tired.

DB has been sick for a while now and kept me awake with the coughing last night.  It’s not his fault.  I feel sorry for him and I wish he’d get well soon.  Really.  Honey.  Stop it now.

There are times that I think to myself “we aren’t in Kansas anymore Toto”.  This morning was one of those times.  I had a dentist appointment at 9:00 in Amsterdam.  I took 3 different forms of public transportation to get there.  If you count my bike, it’s 4.  I biked to the Haarlem train station, then took the train to Amsterdam Sloterdijk, then the metro to the RAI, then tram 4 a few stops north toward the city center.  It was rush hour and crowded everywhere, especially on the metro.  People were rushing.  Lots of people were crowded on the train/metro/tram stops waiting.  It’s nothing like I ever experienced growing up.  It’s nothing I would have imagined doing.  It’s a different life all right.

Anyway, the dentist cleaned my teeth and told me I need 2 fillings fixed.  He asked me if I wanted to be numbed for it.  Are you kidding?  What a stupid question, of course I want to feel NOTHING while you drill into my teeth hitting nerves.  In that case I have to come back twice because the teeth are on each side of my jaw and he can’t numb both sides on the same day.  What, if you don’t need to be numb you can have them done at the same time and be in terrible pain on BOTH sides of your face and that’s ok?  

My mouth is like the United Nations of dentistry.  I have fillings and crowns from the U.S., France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.  I have a Swiss bridge.  The best dentist I ever had was in Switzerland.  They live up to their stereotype of being detail oriented perfectionists.  I sat in that dentist chair for 3 hours having a bridge put in.  It’s perfect.  The first time I went to this Dutch dentist he spent some time admiring it and asked me where I’d had it done.  I guess they compare notes teeth.  My U.S. dentist dismisses the European work as being amateurish.  He’s very competitive.  

Anyway, I’m tired and luckily I have tomorrow off work.  I have every other Friday off.  My day is already filled with chores, but at least I don’t have to go to work.  I will try to steal some day light and take a photo of my new knitting project.  Stay tuned for that!

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