Saturday, April 21, 2012

626 Night Market

It was a disaster. I went last weekend, along with all the Asian-Ams in the SoCal area. There wasn't that much food, just a corner with a couple of vendors. Most of the vendors were various community organizations and product marketing teams. I was expecting a huge food fest, like maybe the Tofu Festival or Curry Festival. There was not enough space, not enough food. I didn't even eat there. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Invisalign, tray 2

I had my teeth trimmed this morning. It didn't hurt at all, not even a little pressure. My dentist used a high speed tool and what looked like a metal file. The file slipped in between my teeth maybe twice. I can't even tell the difference. My teeth don't look very different, so I won't bother taking a picture until the next couple of trays. I got trays 2 and 3 this week. I have tray 2 on right now, and my teeth are a little bit sore, but not as bad as last time. I haven't tried to eat anything hard.

Asian Night Market is tonight! I am going, but these new trays are going to make it hard to eat. =(

Friday, April 13, 2012

lucky lucky

My mom told me to go to the temple, because the gods are watching out for me.

I almost believe her.

On Wednesday, I was given a little over 24 hours to oppose an MSJ. (That's legalese for big effing project.) I swore up and down that I would quit my job. My office bff and my assistant both told me to stay.

Wednesday evening, I interviewed with the partners of a boutique firm in downtown LA.

Thursday, I went to work after sleeping for 4 hours, finished up the MSJ, and got ready for filing. I sat under my assistant's desk and told him I wanted to just walk out the door and never come back.

I came back to my office and saw a missed call. I called back immediately. One of the partners at the boutique said, "We'd love to have you join us." My heart raced. "Yes, I'd love to come," I said calmly.

More money. Better firm. Closer to home.

Thank the gods. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Week 1 of Invisalign

It doesn't hurt anymore! The first day was the worst. I didn't think it was that bad, but compared to today, it was definitely pretty bad. The first three days were no better. I took Ibuprofen, but that did nothing. I had to eat yogurt, pudding and egg whites. I can eat normally now, but it's still hard for me to open my mouth wide. My teeth also feel sensitive when I bite down, but I think my teeth finished moving, because the aligner doesn't feel like anything.

I just finished 6 motions in limine in less than 24 hours. Practicing law sucks. I'm in the early steps of trial prep, and I've never gone to trial, so I don't know what anything is. I'm learning as I go along. The Rutter Guide was no help in trying to figure out the time limit to file motions in limine, and it seems like most practitioners file their motions before the final status conference. The court set the final status conference at my hearing on Monday, and I had to get my motions in 16 days before April 30. I had about 2 days to write them. No one at the office can help, since we were all overloaded with cases. One of the assistants quit last week, and we  had a new associate come in, so we're a little short-staffed.

There's been so much dramz at work. My work bff and I talk about writing our memoirs about being at a tiny, craptastic plaintiff's side firm pretty much everyday. She feels the same way I do. We like the nature of the work, but the speed at which we are required to work, and the expectation that we'll pick up other people's slack is killing us. More next time.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Invisalign, Tray 1

New teeth and new nose were always on the top of my "to fix" list. I've grown to accept and like my nose. (I've also learned to fear rhinoplasty after all these surgery makeover shows.) Teeth? Those can still be fixed.

I finally have a job. I finally have a little bit of money to spare. I promised myself in undergrad that as soon as I make money, I am going to fix my teeth. Now or never, I told myself in February. I made an appointment and the dentist molded my teeth that day. About 5 weeks later, I got my first tray.

The trays were not as bulky as I thought and did not irritate my teeth or gums. There's a persistent soreness, similar to an itch that won't go away. I've had them on for three days now, and the first day was the worst. I am tempted to take them off, but I also don't want to screw myself out of $$$. Since it's my own money, I'm a lot more diligent about sticking to the treatment plan.

Another annoying thing is how often I have to brush and floss! I eat more than 5 times a day, and I can't do that anymore, since I have to take out the aligners, brush my teeth and brush the aligners every time! Whatever, it's like being on an 8 month forced diet and I won't have buck teeth at the end!

I did some research beforehand and knew that taking the aligners off was not an easy task. They are really stuck on to my teeth and I definitely didn't want to break them. My dentist told me that I would have to wear the broken pieces until my next set came! I followed the instructions the dentist gave me, which was to remove them from the inside and push the aligner out toward my cheek until they popped off. It hurts to take them off. The pain is bearable, but it's enough to make me think twice about taking them off to eat.

My crooked teeth (ignore my crappy skin):
The trays are not noticeable, and most people don't notice that I even have them on, unless they look at me closely.

These guys are pretty weird. They look like little fangs growing out of my teeth. I have attachments on both sides. It didn't hurt to get them on. I have to get my teeth trimmed at my next appointment, so I'll blog about that when it happens.