I Wasn’t Dreaming of a Wet Christmas….

….but I got one anyway.

Skipping back a few weeks, some of my family members and I were keeping track of the weather hoping with fingers(and toes) crossed for a white Christmas.  At the time, I only recall seeing that the temperatures would be warmer(between 50 and 60 degrees).  That’s not too bad. If it’s not going to snow, I’d rather have a warm green Christmas than a cold one.

As Christmas drew nearer, I didn’t pay as much attention to the weather- I was too busy.  And really, what can I do? I didn’t have any plans for traveling to snow, and snow certainly wasn’t coming to me.  So I didn’t worry about it too much.  Little did I guess that it would be nasty….

I can’t remember when the rain started, but it was a what seems like a long time ago. The weather was predicted to be sunny on Christmas Day.  They were a-lying.  I wasn’t outside too much….or at all, except when my family and I went to go look at Christmas lights.  I don’t think it was raining, but it was definitely damp out there from rain earlier in the day.

The day after Christmas(as if it weren’t depressing enough) it rained a TON.  Like flash-flooding warnings rain.  Roads closed.   Did we stay at home, warm in our beds?  Oh no, we made a hop and a skip to our neighboring state, Missouri, to visit extended family. It was also raining there, just so you know.  It was a nice get-together, don’t misunderstand me, but I do not like traveling in rain.  Hydroplaning and incompetent drivers out on the road are just something I don’t especially look forward to, ya know?

We’ve made it home safely every time we have traveled in the past week(so far….*knocks on wood*). It’s just been hard to realize that it’s the end of December!  It seems much more like March, if I had to guess a month going exclusively by the weather. Or maybe October/November?  Or….well, Midwest weather is always so hard to generalize. It’s not typical December weather in Illinois.  Let’s just go with that.

It continued to rain for a couple days afterwards.  Including on Sunday, when our suburban decided not to start, while we were out and about….an hour-ish away from home.  That was super exciting.  A very nice friend of ours came and got all nine of us, in his seven-seat vehicle.  There might’ve been a little of illegality going on there….but we made it home safely!

On Monday the rain came much closer to stopping.  Although there were still plenty of opportunities for hydroplaning…..And someone took advantage of the wet conditions to drift their semi right off the road.  Or some of it.  On my way home from work, half of the semi was off the road and down the hill.  The remainder of it(and the corn that had been inside it) was on the road.  That was a fun commute.

Tuesday I didn’t go anywhere….***happy dance***  At least, I don’t think I did.  But I honestly don’t remember.

Wednesday we were out and about, but it was mostly just cloudy.  And cold.

Today, on my way to work, I had to take 5 detours because of flooding.  FIVE.  But I still made it there early, so it’s okay-ish.  It was also a good experience for me to deal with that situation on my own.  Although it would’ve been nice if I hadn’t had to do it so early in the morning….

Over all, I would say it was a very good, very wet Christmas(and New Years) week….I hope yours was too! My last thought is that I guess God just decided to give everyone in-ground pools for Christmas!

Happy New Year to all!  See ya next year. 😉

10 Reasons I Didn’t Blog Yesterday

  1. I was not home for most of the day.  Although I had my handy-dandy phone with me, home is where I do my best blogging….
  2. I was trying on a red dress.  Very difficult to type and dress yourself at the same time.
  3. I was visiting with a friend who is going out of town for a while, and had a *wonderful* time with her. 
  4. I was trying not to die in the parking lot at the mall when some guy came full speed at us, in reverse.  
  5. I broadened the horizons of my food choices, and tried something new at Steak ‘n Shake- Chili Mac Supreme.  It was a nice, little, tasty adventure. 
  6. I had a little girl tell me that she wants me for Christmas.  My heart melted shortly after that. 
  7. I worked on a custom order knitting project.  I’m really, *really* hoping it will be done before Christmas.  
  8. I was wearing a hat that had “#selfie” written across the front.  It was better than wearing the tiara I was offered, trust me.
  9. I got some exciting mail!!!! My knitting magazines came. Or really, most of them came.  Instead of two of my magazines, I got a DVD on watercolor and a book on Down Syndrome.  ??? That needs to be fixed.  
  10. I was singing Christmas songs, eating Christmas cookies and getting in an over-all Christmas-y mood. 🙂

 
So….none of those are really valid reasons for not blogging, but it’s better than nothing, and they were entertaining, right? Much better than a legitimate reason, hopefully. 😉 As a general rule I blog on Thursdays, but…..I was obviously busy.  

I hope your Thursday was as good as mine. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Meet Bob….

    I would like everyone to meet a new acquaintance of mine.  Or really, I guess you could call him a friend, because we are pretty close.  Even though he just came into my life last night….

    It’s a custom for my family to sign Christmas cards together- my mom will label them, write any personal notes to those receiving them and then all 6 of my siblings and I will sit down in a little assembly line kind of thing(because none of our Christmas cards would be complete without one of them, right?).  Always in chronological order.  Always.  

    As I’m sure you can understand, some names are harder(or just take longer) to write.  Some people have 7 different letters in their name, some of us only have 3.  There is also the difference of signing to consider.  Some of us sign cards much like a movie star- quickly, and then on to the next.  Others of us put a little more work into it.  I am the only one with just 3 different letters in my name(although the total comes to 6, just so you know!).  And I was very much in movie star mode last night….So given those two factors, I should’ve been the one who could sign my name fastest.  But unfortunately, that was not the case- I put too much loopiness into my name, which takes a while!  

    Anyway, during some of the gaps in card-signing some of us started talking about the possibility of inserting an extra name into the long list, and seeing if anybody noticed!  There are a lot of names to read and I would totally understand if everybody doesn’t go down the long list to read every single one of them.  I probably wouldn’t if I was in their spot.  But maybe I’m lazier than the average individual.  Who knows?  Anyway, we never did *quite* convince my mom that putting “Bob” in the middle of our names was a fantastic idea.  Only certain people on our Christmas card list would understand.  That is, if they noticed. 

    During a different gap in signing, the siblings on either side of me got bored.  Not having a card in front of them to sign, but having a perfectly working pen in their hand, they started signing the next closest things…..my arms.  Lucky me.  

    One of them drew a simple smiley face and a line.  The other drew what looked like an angry 6-year-old saber tooth tiger, who was missing one of his two front teeth.  Gotta hand creativity over to that one….

    Then came Bob.  Because we couldn’t just talk about putting his name on our Christmas cards without him making an appearance!

        
    This is Bob. Bob meet everybody.  Everybody, this is Bob.  He was quite the friendly chap, kept everybody laughing, told my mom that he loved her, and had the cutest yawn ever.  And check out those eyebrows!

    Then we finished signing cards, I washed my arms, and Bob left.  Maybe he’s like Frosty and will come back next year!  

    I hope you enjoyed meeting Bob and are having a great Christmas season!!!

    5 Not-So-Bad Things About Having a Cold

    5. Kleenex won’t go out of business. Isn’t that a relief?  Although half the time I use alternative things like paper towels, TP, etc.  But don’t tell them that….

    4. You can threaten people invading your personal space by merely saying,”Don’t make me breathe on you!” (Even if you aren’t contagious, this one normally works….unless they can’t understand you because you’re incredibly hoarse or starting every word with a ‘B’ because your nose is stuffed up)

    3. I *thought* having a cold might exempt me, or at least lessen the necessity for me to answer the phone at my job.  I was mistaken.  And in addition to that, the phone was the busiest it’s been in a long time.  Sigh….Murphy’s Law for sure.

    2. Colds normally make you cold.  Or at least not-warm.  What do you do to fix that?  Wear warm clothes.  Guess who has lots of warm, knitted accessories….. Me!  I won’t complain about an opportunity to wear my knitting.  Even if I can’t see it because my eyes are watering so much.  

    1. I appreciate being healthy so much more after I get over being sick.  Maybe I’m just an ungrateful person, but I have a hard time thinking that I’m only one that does that.  Anyway, getting back to normal feels so good after being sick.  

    Bonus points: You can’t smell.  You might think this isn’t a benefit, and any other time I would agree.  But my lack of that specific sense saved me from something everyone else in the office yesterday got the “privilege” of smelling. 😉  I’ll spare the details.  

    If it wasn’t obvious, I’m getting over a cold. Thankfully, typing isn’t affected by a stuffy nose.  

    The Salesman vs. The Receptionist

    My job is to be nice.  Well, to answer the phone and be nice.  There are a few other things I do, but we’ll stick with that for now.  In being nice, you are always super polite- saying thanks when people haven’t done anything for you, never talking back, offering to do what you can(or can’t if you are a really nice receptionist).  That’s my job- I’m a receptionist. 🙂 Thank you.

    Are you aware of what salesmen do?  The exact same thing.  They have a different motive, and are trying to win your good opinion to sell you something, but behavior can be similar- saying “Thank you” too much and being super-polite and all.

    Okay, so maybe you’re following my lead here, maybe not.  What do you think happens when a salesman comes into an office with said super-polite receptionist?  It’s not an opening line to a joke, it’s a real-life scenario that happens all too often to me.

    It instantly becomes a competition of who can help the other most, who can be the nicest, and who can say the two words “thank” and “you” together the most times….

    The first sentence out of both of their mouths is either “How are you?” or “How can I help you?”.  If they happen to say them at the same time it then turns into a *polite* battle of “Sorry, what did you say?”, or “No, I’M sorry- you go first.”  Then the salesman politely inquires about the business owner, maybe throwing a compliment in about the fine carpet, eccentric painting on the wall, or the good ol’ weather.  The receptionist politely tells the salesman that she will make the business owner aware of his presence and see if he can get in soon.  She also offers water/coffee extremely nicely for a jump to the lead in the politeness competition.  The salesman then graciously accepts, and having a reason to say “thank you” does so profusely, both when it is offered and when it is put in his hand.

    Next is the receptionist’s duty to apologize for the wait, and maybe offer some small talk(the small talk is probably my least favorite part).  The salesman is perfectly fine with the wait, thanks the receptionist for letting him know, and then continues the small talk.

    If the business owner happens to be available, the receptionist thanks the salesman for waiting, tells him that the business owner will see him now, and offers more water, coffee, and small talk until they get to the business owners office.  The salesman at this point gets to say “thank you” to his heart’s content for getting to see the business owner, getting more water/coffee, and whatever else he can think of.

    If the business owner is not available, the receptionist gets the lovely duty of informing the salesman.  Apologies are in order here. Lots and lots of apologies.  An apology for his wait, and not getting to see the business owner, and anything else she can think of.  The salesman begins again with the thank yous for their time, thanks for the water/coffee, thanks, thanks, thanks.  One last effort is made on the part of the receptionist to offer the salesman a “to-go” cup in the hot summer weather….

    The receptionist and salesman then part ways….until next time.  Up until their paths cross again, they lay awake at night conniving different ways to say “thank you” more often, maybe apologize for more things, and be even more polite.

    All of this is quite true, except that last paragraph.  I have never lost any sleep over worrying about being more polite. 🙂  Anyway, I just found this very entertaining- kind of a Frankenstein meets Dracula, if you will.  I hope your week is going well, and I hope sometime that you get to witness a whole new kind of battle- the battle of The Salesman vs. The Receptionist!

    Morals from “Minions”

    Hey there!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a movie review thing.  My last one was The Amazing Spiderman 2.  I just wrote some spontaneous things that the movie got me thinking about, and this “review” will be no different. 😉

    The Minion movie was really cute- my family went to see it in theaters a couple weeks ago.  Most of us even had shirts with various Minions on them!  As we were going in the lady giving tickets was nice enough to ask if we were going to the Minion movie or the Terminator.  Take a wild guess, lady.

    Anyway, I will try to stick to 3 “morals” like I did last time.

    1. It’s important to have purpose in life.

    When the minions didn’t have purpose, they were bored out of their minds and got nothing done.  With nothing to live for, even fun things became tedious.  It’s very sad….Purpose is vital!

    2.You don’t actually have to speak words to be understood.

    It certainly helps, I will admit.  But Bob, Kevin, and Stuart are the three main characters of a movie and hardly speak any English at all.  The most communicate through *how* they talk through inflection and such, not the actual few words they use.  While this is fun to think about(and watch in the movie), I still recommend trying to be as understood as possible, which includes using the appropriate language of the person you are addressing. 😉

    3. Bananas are AWESOME!

    If all those little yellow guys love them, why shouldn’t you?

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    And there you have it, morals from the Minion movie, without spoilers or anything.  I hope you are having a fabulous day and enjoy a banana today. 🙂

    An Open Letter to Writers Everywhere

    Dear Writers Everywhere,

    Something that I’ve had on my mind recently is writing.  By “recently”, I mean in the past couple weeks(when I haven’t been blogging….), and by “writing” I mean blogs, newspapers, books- all the different forms, but especially the book part.

    What has held my fascination for so long is my admiration for fictional story-writers.  All other writers are great in their own right, I am not saying fictional story-writing is the only good sort of writing by any stretch.  It’s just the one category that I find particularly enamoring because it’s the one I feel completely incapable of doing!  I’ve done pretty much every other kind of writing I think- research papers, poetry, speeches(very few of those, thankfully), and even short stories.  But whenever I try to do a full-blown chapter-after-chapter story, I find that I am without material.  Call me unimaginative.  Maybe it just means I’m not a very good writer.  Either way, it can’t be done, so I have a deep appreciation for fictional story writers, especially the ones who write well AND have a good story.

    I think for most people, writing takes at least some effort.  You can tell me if you think I’m wrong, but it’s my opinion.  At the very least, it takes some thought.  Research papers take research and a lot of time and thought.  Poetry takes rhyming skills, imagination, and time and thought.  Speeches take at least some boldness to speak them to the crowd(and some time and thought- otherwise your audience will be disinterested).  Short stories take time, imagination, and more thought and more effort!

    Now with fictional stories, you don’t have a limit on how long your audience will listen to you speak(although it’s a good thing to keep their attention!), and you don’t have any history/facts to use for your writing material like there is for a research paper.  There’s no rule for rhyming the words….You are pretty much all on your own creating content for a story.  This is what fascinates me….

    It’s fascinating that you can keep all your character’s personalities straight as you write the story and keep them true to character.  It’s fascinating that you can write one chapter at a time, focusing on the “now” of the story, while still keeping in mind what you will need to accomplish for the twists and turns later in the story.  It’s fascinating that you have the imagination to come up with a story so different from anything else out there that it is worth reading versus some other story.  It’s fascinating that you don’t get bored with the story after a while, and give up).  I think that’s what I’ve done with pretty much every story I started to write- I came up with what I thought was a BRILLIANT beginning, but had nothing to follow it. I’m obviously just fascinated. 🙂

    So thank you to all writers out there for being who you are.  I promise I appreciate all your work, whether it’s fictional, poetry, biographical, or one of the many other types of writing!  Reading your writing makes life more interesting.  Thank you so much for putting your thoughts, imagination, work, and time onto paper(or a computer screen).

    And then there are editors and illustrators…..But I’ll save that for some other time. 😉  Have a wonderful rest of your week, and keep on writing!

    Say Yes to the Dress!

    Perhaps you’d like to see what I’ve been doing recently?  It certainly hasn’t been blogging!  Bear with me through this time…. Call it what you want- summer slows, being lazy, blogger block, or simply having a life outside of blogging.  That last one is hard to fathom, right?  It’s actually not blogger’s block either, because I have a few ideas for future posts that just haven’t been typed out yet. So, by my own power of deduction, I’ve narrowed it down to three for you.  Beyond that, you’re on your own.  Please don’t assume I’m lazy. 😉

      
    This is (partially) what I’ve been spending my summer hours on.  I just finished this baby dress on Saturday.  I was quite happy with that because it’s a very nice patriotic blue!  I just didn’t have a little girl to wear it while we watched fireworks….. However, I’m pretty sure that I’ve decided on the recipient!  

    After I finally succeeded in knitting a proportionally-correct garment, one of my older brothers has decided he would like a sweater.  That will be a challenge! 

    Since the yarn for the sweater hasn’t been purchased yet, I am in search of another project…. All of those lovely suggestions from the last time I had knitter’s block are still options- a man-scarf, a baby blanket, or slippers!  I’ve been scouring my knitting books, but still haven’t found the one pattern that just POPS out at me, and if I have, I don’t have the yarn for it….yet.  

    That is some of what I’ve been up to recently- anything else exciting will be posted in my July edition of “What Happened Week”.  It will come all too soon….my summer seems to be flying by!!! Let me know what you’ve been up to, or tell me what to think of the dress. 🙂 Thanks for reading, and I hope your summer is going slower than mine! 

    It’s Just June….

    Hello!  How would you like to hear how crazy my June was?  And it’s not even over quite yet…. I knew June was going to be busy, I guess I just didn’t understand the full extent of it!  This is my fourth “What Happened? Week”, for anyone who’s counting, and here we go.

    Actually before we jump into June, I’m pretty sure I have a little left of May to share!  At the very end of May, the day after I posted on my blog of course, I had an interesting weekend.  My family and I went to a birthday party for my aunt, and the day before my dad went shopping for her before he came and picked me up from work.  Due to that fact, I got to stand around and talk to the security guy of the building for a good 15 minutes.  We covered a wide range of topics- I am not even kidding.  Before I get too long-winded here, all you need to know is that we discussed how I work part-time.  Ten minutes later, I talked with a lady(who the security guy had talked to) who expressed an interest in hiring me on the days I don’t already work!  Now that makes it worthwhile to stand around and wait for a ride home!  The only thing that has happened with that this month is I talked to the lady again and she said they are definitely looking for someone.  Maybe I’ll have something exciting to share in July…. 🙂

    Anyway, back to June.

    • My sisters and I had our dance recital!  It was great.  The week before it we had two nights of recital-run-through where we met at the studio, without costume and just performed our dances.  Both nights went pretty well!  I also got myself a fan club by hanging out with the 5-6 year old class.  Apparently I’m pretty popular with that age group!  They are just the sweetest things….Back to the recital, we had the dress rehearsal Friday night and it went quite well too!  I drove home that night thinking “This is not right….Nothing ever goes perfectly all three nights before the recital….”  You can call that my Miss Clavel moment.  Sure enough, Saturday morning comes, day of the recital, and one of the advanced dancers who is in a lot of dances AND has a solo, is sick with the flu.  Our dance teacher went into full-on stressed-out mode, and she’s normally emotional enough at these things….After a half hour of feeling sick myself about what was going to happen, a decision was made- our dance teacher was the only one who knew all her dances, and she fit in the costumes….so our dance teacher did them!  After that got resolved, the whole thing came off pretty well!  And we had QT Frozen Hot Chocolate afterwards to celebrate. 🙂
    • That same weekend, on Sunday, my sister’s graduation party was held in the afternoon. It was a rather hot day, but at least it wasn’t raining.  Rain would’ve been fine too, other than that we had at least 20 cars parked in our yard….   That evening we crashed on the sofa.  After all that had been happening for the past couple weeks, we were all worn out!  So we sat around and ate chip dips and cupcakes(of which there were plenty) and watched tv.
    • The strawberries slowed down a lot!  We enjoyed them while they lasted….Now our zucchini are starting to come in.
    • The Luna Moth Shawl is finished! And I really like it.  I began the next project last night- I’m trying to knit a baby dress. We’ll see how that turns out- my experience with knitted clothing has been limited, and hasn’t turned out the best.  But I’m determined to succeed!  Maybe someday a sweater will make its way on my needles….
    • The week after our crazy weekend was pretty mild….but then things started to pick up again.  And I honestly don’t remember most of what happened, up until last week. I hope I’m not forgetting anything too terribly exciting!  I’ll probably remember it right after I hit “publish”.  😉
    • This past weekend we had a choice of about 8 social events we could go to, and we went to a lot less than that.
    • Last Friday I had a spur-of-the-moment outing, which I rarely ever do- I went to a play with friends.  It was “My Fair Lady”.  I really enjoyed what I saw of it, but I didn’t get to see that much of it.  It was an outside stage, and the seats were outside too….and it started raining.  So everyone put up their umbrellas and got cold. My little group almost had a full-blown shelter due to our abundance of umbrellas!  However, I still managed to get wet.  After only having seen about an hour of the performance, and having sat there for at least that long, our group decided to leave.  One of us had to get up and be at work at 7:00 the following morning, and some of the others were hungry….So we went to Steak ‘n Shake, had a jolly time, and observed all the interesting people that come out after 11:00 p.m.
    • Last Saturday, my family and I went to a graduation party and an ice cream social.  Both were quite fun!  After a week of rain, it was sunny and hot- exactly what I would want for an ice cream social.  I don’t like to eat ice cream when it’s not hot, because then I just get cold….
    • Sunday was Father’s Day(I hope you all remembered!) and we just had a stay-around-the-house day.  It was quite nice.
    • A couple days ago we attacked our garden with hoes.  We didn’t actually have to get that aggressive because the ground was still wet from all the rain we have gotten. And now our garden looks beautiful and mostly weed-free!
    • Yesterday I held a 5-year-old in my lap while she slept…..It was sooooooo nice.  I love children.  It was wonderful.  The only sort-of downside was that I couldn’t do very much work other than answer the phone, and a few other things.  Yes, I was at work, but the little girl happens to be the daughter of my boss, so….I wasn’t too, too concerned about it.
    • My little brother found a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar.  I’ve done Monarchs and Eastern Black Swallowtails before, but not Spicebush, so I’m kind of excited.  It is in a chrysalis now, after consuming many Sassafras leaves.  It’s name is Mr. Spicy Pants.  I like the name Sir Spicebush better, but I didn’t find him, so I don’t get to name him apparently. I must concede though that it is a fine name- I like to picture a caterpillar wearing pants with a little Jalepeño print on them. 🙂
    • In a couple days, my friends and I are planning to do something.  We don’t know for sure what yet, but we have considered 1.Hiking 2.A game night or 3.Biking at night    I’m kind of hoping for one of the first two since my bike isn’t in working condition.  I so wish it was…..I love bike-riding. Originally, we were just considering hiking, but that’s been up in the air since….
    • The river started flooding. The Mississippi River has had a lot of water flowing through recently.  So much so that it couldn’t contain it all.  We aren’t stranded or anything. It has caused some interesting detours on our trip to work, but that’s about it….so far.
    • I got to play volleyball again.  This time I got a bruise AND I hit the ball so hard backwards that it flew into somebody’s fenced-in yard.  One of our players was a good sport(more so than playing with me, haha), hopped the fence and found the ball.  But in throwing it back over, he managed to get it stuck in the electrical lines.  We have exceptional skills, I would just like to point that out. 😉  We got it back out without doing harm to the ball, the lines, or the players, and we all played happily ever after.
    • I’m trying to get back into my exercise routine- I stopped before the dance recital because I was afraid that something would happen the week before, like I’d pull something, break something, you know, and render me incapable of performing.  It could happen!  But I haven’t done such a great job jumping right back in, but I’m working on it.
    • I remembered!  Do you recall that thing I said waaaaay back at the beginning of my post?  The week I forgot?  Well, I remembered- we went to a ball.  It was a Summer Ball where we do English Country dancing.  For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s the type of dancing that they do in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, etc.  Regency Era style. 🙂  That was a lot of fun.

    I think that’s about it!  Like I said, it was just June.  I’m ready for a little less excitement in July, but that may or may not happen.  Bring it on!  I survived June, I can survive July.  🙂  It really wasn’t too bad, I’m just used to being a home-body, and I’m fairly introverted, so partying can be really draining.  Anyway,  it’s been fun!  Did you do anything exciting in June?  I’d love to hear about it.  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of this lovely June!

    Try Pulling Oil

    Any guesses on the meaning of the title?  Because if you think about it literally, it would be incredibly, you could say impossibly, hard to actually pull any type of oil!  I mean, it’s so slippery and….oily!

    What does it mean?  Once explained, the term makes sense but still isn’t totally obvious to the world.  Oil pulling is a process in which the person doing it puts 1-2 tablespoons of oil in their mouth and swishes it around for 20 minutes.  People do this all the time for fun.  Haha, that’s absolutely not true.  20 minutes seems like a long time, but it’s really not if you do something else while you are swishing.  Call it multitasking.

    The real reason anybody would stick oil in their mouth for any length of time is for their health.  I found this idea on the internet when looking for natural ways to get rid of cavities.  Last time I went to the dentist, I was told that there was a “watch spot”, which means if I don’t keep my mouth SUPER clean and healthy, I’ll have a drill waiting for me next time I drag myself to the dentist.  Being that I already loathe going to the dentist without the added stress of a cavity, I began looking for simpler(and less painful) options.  One of the first things I came across on Google was this thing called “oil pulling”.  At first, I was just reading “this works great as a natural teeth-whitener, blah, blah, blah”.  Not helpful.  Then I read further.  Oil pulling works as a natural whitener because of what it does- it detoxifies your mouth.  The oil “pulls” bacteria and toxins from your mouth, and as we all know the mouth is one of the most bacteria-filled places in our bodies.  In pulling toxins out, the overall health of your mouth increases as well.

    That was where I really began to like that idea.  Detoxing, getting rid of my semi-cavity, and natural teeth whitener!  I’ll take it.  So, about a month ago I began the process, and one of my sisters did as well.  She of course has healthy teeth, but she liked the sounds of the other benefits.  We have noticed some minor differences, but a major difference is how clean our mouth feels every day!  After doing our little ritual, our teeth feel clean all day long, no matter what food we eat.

    I feel like I should share the cons of this little venture as well.  There is only one as far as I can tell(other than using 2 tablespoons of oil a day, but that’s really not that much).  The only bad thing I have found about oil pulling is the first 5 seconds of putting the oil in your mouth.  My sister and I use coconut oil(that was the best recommended), and while I enjoy the “taste”, the texture is gross.  I know, I’m really making you want to try this aren’t I?  If our house is warmer, the oil that sits on the counter is melted and no problem to put in your pie-hole.  That’s the way it was when we began.  Since it has gotten warmer outside, we have turned the air-conditioning on though.  The coconut oil became a solid.  I very nearly spat the whole thing out when I tried it as a solid the first time.  Imagine putting a tablespoon of shortening in your mouth, with coconut flakes in it.  That is exactly how it felt and tasted.  But after about 10 seconds, it melted and was fine.  I’ve kind of grown accustomed to it.  It’s really not all that bad for the health benefits that are gained!  Maybe I’m the only one with texture issues….

    Added bonus: my sister and I do it first thing in the morning when we wake up.  The “plus” of doing this is I don’t have to talk to people for the first twenty minutes of my day- a win-win for everyone.  I will be the first to admit that I am not a morning person.  So ta-da!  Yet another benefit of oil pulling.

    If you aren’t sold on at least trying it, that’s okay.  I don’t work in sales anyway.  You won’t hurt my feelings.  😉  But I just thought I would share this with you!  Should you decide to try it because of my amazing nonexistent persuasive skills, please let me know!  I would love to hear how it works for you.

    Now you are aware- the term oil pulling is actually the oil pulling toxins out of your mouth.  Not a whole bunch of lumberjacks playing tug-of-war with oil somehow (that was the mental picture I got when I thought about it).  While that is an amusing idea, it seems very improbable….

    Oil pulling!  Who knew, right? 😉

    Have you tried anything new in the past month?  Maybe a little more exciting than swishing coconut oil around in your mouth?  As always, thank you for reading, and have a great day!