Raleigh makes these salami, goat cheese, and arugula sandwiches quite often.
BLT made with the most amazingly delicious New Mexico farmer’s market bacon of my life. And eggs from our laying ladies, of course.
pictures of kelly
Last week I got braces. I didn’t write about it because it was, in all honesty, a pretty emotionally traumatic event for me and I needed the week to hide from the world and get used to my new self. Needless to say, when I imagined myself at 24 I didn’t imagine myself with braces. But, alas, sometimes life takes us to unexpected and uncomfortable places. So far my experience is that braces are pretty torturous. My teeth ache like hell, my mouth is ripped apart and my tongue is all torn up, but I’m actually lucky in that I only have to live this way for 18 months, punctuated at the 12 month point by double jaw surgery. I’ve talked to former brace-wearers who have had it much worse.
Still, for the first couple of days I wholeheartedly schemed a variety of ways that I could survive without leaving the house for the next year and a half, and imagined what my life might be like if I didn’t smile or talk at all in public. But despite the protests of my vanity, I will be a 24 year old with braces, and I will also be a 25 year old with braces. The truth is I resisted braces and surgery for many years, especially after some fairly abusive experiences with Las Cruces orthodontists. But when the TMJ doctor here in Albuquerque told me I would likely go deaf in one ear without the surgery/braces, I figured it was time to suck it up.
I’m learning how to live without certain foods (chips, gum, corn on the cob) and how to eat more difficult foods (sandwiches, cupcakes, apples…pretty much anything that has to be bitten into). It’s like being 5 again, when your Mom cuts up your pancake for you. (This is me, trying to have a sense of humor about having braces. I’m working on it.)
silvia is so cool
Silvia told me that when I get braces I’m not going to be able to eat corn on the cob OR sandwiches, so I’d better live it up while I still can.