When I was in the hospital after having had Leo, I lost my nose stud somewhere along the way and didn’t notice until after I was home. I’d thought maybe I would go to a piercing parlor and have them put in new jewelry but it took me awhile to recover and after a couple weeks it seemed like the hole had closed up and I didn’t want to bother with getting it pierced again. It seemed strange that a piercing I’d had for years would close up so quickly, but whatever.
Fast forward to last night when my niece decided it was time to get *her* nose pierced and she and her mom invited me along. I decided I would get my nose pierced again, and then decided I wasn’t going to after all (who needs that pain for a third time, right?). I waffled back and forth the whole afternoon and when we pulled up to the parlor decided I’d get it done after all. My nose piercing is my one claim to rebelliousness I have left!
We had to wait quite a long time and it was closer to 8pm before they called us back. They had me on the table first and the apprentice explained that she would set up the materials and place the dot and everything and then the pro would come back to actually do the piercing. When she heard I’d only had my jewelry out four months she thought maybe the hole was still open. She use a “hole-finder” needle and was able to get it about halfway through but didn’t want to press her luck. When the piercer got back there he was all business. Poking the needle this way and that, then eventually checking out the hole from inside the nostril, then BAM! the needle was through. Let me tell you, it may not have been an actual piercing but it still smarted pretty good. They didn’t want to have to pierce me with another hole, they said, because even though my nose will be sore for about a week or so it will stretch and heal MUCH more quickly than a new hole.
I chose a different kind of post than I’ve ever had before, it’s threaded. Basically the post goes though the hole from inside the nostril until the post pokes out on the outside of the nostril, and it has a hollow tube. The jewel, or topper, has a solid post and it slides into the tube that’s coming out of the nostril. It’s different, and I like that I won’t have to constantly be on the lookout for a piece of metal coming out of my nose. I was always adjusting my nose screw because the curly/bendy part was always moving forward when I would talk or blow my nose or whatever.
Then it was Grace’s turn. She took it like a champ and was super excited after it was done. I told her that her mom was pretty cool to let her 12-year-old daughter get a nose piercing. My mom had problems with my extra earring holes in my ears, let alone giving the okay to do my nose. Then again, I wasn’t into facial jewelry in those days so it would have been a moot point. But still! She ended up getting a threaded piece of jewelry as well. The nice thing about this is that with a regular nose screw you cannot change it for at least three months. With the threaded jewelry you can swap out the post the next day, they said, because the main part of the post remains in the nose. Cool, huh?
My nose was sore last night and it was hindering me from yawning because every time I’d start to yawn my nostrils would flare and that would hurt and that would break the yawn. It was so unsatisfying! Grace and I were lamenting our poor ability to yawn and then Velvet yawned a huge yawn while we were driving home. She was rubbing it in our faces! But as of about thirty minutes ago my nose suddenly hurts a lot less and I’ve been able to yawn successfully (and satisfyingly) without pain. I am still contemplating getting my other side done, but I’m also thinking about getting a lip piercing so I purchased a fake lip ring off eBay to see how I like the look on myself, a try-before-you-buy kind of thing. We’ll see. Jesse is not a fan of facial jewelry, so who knows if he’d even still give me smooches if I got one.
I made chicken stock a couple nights ago in the pressure cooker and when I went to strain off the veggies and bones a bit of stock splashed out and hit my stomach. Holy scalding pain, Batman! It frickin’ hurt, BAD! Not more than a splash got on me, but it was enough. When I checked later, there was a spot the size of a dime on my stomach that was all read and the skin was already peeling off. The next morning that patch was irritated and after my shower the skin came off completely. So now I have a lovely scald wound from a dash of a splash. I’m ruined! Just kidding. It’s actually on one of my stretch marks so maybe it’ll get rid of it in that area.
Awhile back Benny’s eye were super red so I took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with pink eye. We were given eye drops (which Benny hated) and his eyes seemed to get better but then Luca seemed to come down with it. Took him in, same diagnosis, same meds. I noticed that both their eyes still seemed red so I called the vet to see if I could get drops for both of them to medicate at the same time. If it is pink eye, they’ve probably just been trading it back and forth. They agreed to give me the drops so I’ve been medicating the pups since last Wednesday. As per usual, Benny did not like the drops. In fact, he flat-out bared his teeth at me when I attempted it the first time this go round. However, I’ve learned a couple things recently that has helped me. Benny doesn’t mind the drops if the bottle isn’t close to his eye! So, if I hold the bottle above his head and use my left hand to kind of tilt his head up, he will stare at me and let the drop fall in his eye! So much easier! Luca, however, doesn’t like it when it’s too far above his head (and I don’t blame him; I’d think the farther away the drop the harder it would hit the eye). And of course I give them a small treat after each drop.
I changed up the treats because the usual training treats weren’t really holding their fancy for this situation. I busted out the Fruitables and they seem to really like those. I bought a variety of flavors and they really enjoy the blueberry flavor. I barely opened the vanilla and they seem to like that as well. Of course, maybe their desire for them is because the cookie is larger than the regular training treats, who knows? I dropped an apple slice on the floor the other day and broke it in half and gave it to them and they just chomped it up.
I’ve read up recently about the benefits of chlorella, so I decided to buy some from Amazon. It’s a blue-green algae and it’s supposed to bind to metals and help with energy and a whole host of other purported benefits. I’ve been adding it to my kefir smoothies the past two days. It’s too early to tell if I’m experiencing any benefits yet. I also ordered spirulina but it hasn’t been delivered yet. Fingers crossed I start to get more energy!