1. Home stretch, kids. Work has finally begun to settle down, so I think (/hope/pray) that I’ll be able to settle into more of my usual blogging schedule in the next week or so. I’ve had a post I’ve been trying to pull together for awhile about CARA’s 8+2 program, but I’ve been lacking time to do all the research I want to do to put forth an intelligent post. Hope you’re SUPER STOKED for me shoving my opinion down your throats, complete with numbers 😛
2. Oh my goodness. I went to Starved Rock this past weekend and it was MINDBLOWING. I was going to ramble on and on about the weekend here, but it was getting overwhelming, so I think I’m going to save that for a post all to itself. More things to look forward to! Are you so excited?! Haha. But here’s a preview to tide you over in the mean time: 3. I need a dentist. I haven’t been to the dentist since July 2013 (oops), so I’m obviously way, way, waaaaay overdue for a cleaning. I sucked it up and got myself dental insurance earlier this year (which is a whole other story. I purchased my dental insurance from BCBS in mid-December for a January start date. BCBS cashed my check, personally called me to verify that the the check was for dental insurance…and then proceeded to not give me dental insurance. I had many choice words for a variety of customer service representatives over the phone back in January when I called [several times…] to figure out why they had taken my money and not given me dental insurance. I cried. I swore [a lot. Double oops.]. I told a customer service rep I planned to send my rotting teeth to BCBS so they could frame them as a constant reminder of the brokenness and ineffectiveness of their system [to be clear: my teeth are not actually rotting, though I do think I have a cavity. Also, I can be a really terrible, really sassy person when I’m upset.]. But after MUCH weeping and gnashing of teeth, BCBS finally got its act together and activated my dental insurance three. months. later. *explodes*), which means I can now afford to go to the dentist. Hooray! Except I don’t have a dentist. So. If you happen to have an out-of-this-world-awesome dentist in the city of Chicago that you OMGLOVE, I’m all ears. I’m particularly looking for someone who won’t pressure me to get my wisdom teeth out just because “that’s what you’re supposed to do.” My dentist back in Michigan never once suggested my wisdom teeth were a problem, and he seemed to have a pretty rational head on his shoulders, so I’d like someone in Chicago who isn’t into strong-arming you into lining your friendly local oral surgeons pockets. One of my dance friends recommended a dentist to me, but he doesn’t accept any insurance (of course), and good heavens, I did not make empty threats to Blue Cross Blue Shield regarding my dental health to start going to a dentist that’s out of network.
Favorite “natural beauty” place? I’ve been to a pretty decent number of National Parks, and I think Glacier is my favorite. Banff in Canada is also INSANE.