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Wear, Watch, Want #22: The Toothy Amish Mystery Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #22: The Toothy Amish Mystery Edition

Wear: Invisalign*

Since the last time I checked in with you, I got braces. I've never had braces before, or any major dental dealy-bob of any kind actually. No cavities, no orthodontia, no nothing, and I wasn't even initially planning on having braces either. It was a situation that kind of snowballed. I planned on getting a retainer, because I had noticed that my bottom teeth had begun to crowd and I was fine with my teeth as they were, I just didn't want them moving any more than they already had. I proposed this to my dentist, and he said, "That's not really now it works, but you're a great candidate for Invisalign." I was skeptical, so I went to an orthodontist and told her the whole breakdown again, and explained that I wanted a retainer to keep my current dental situation on ice, and she said, "That's not really how it works, but you're a great candidate for Invisalign."

After getting my free consultation with the orthodontist I decided to get Invisalign braces. Because my teeth just needed some relatively small tweaks (more, however, than I would have assumed before seeing a 3D model of my teeth) I was able to do Invisalign Express, which is exactly what it sounds like. I'll have 10 trays, and I'll be done in about 16 weeks. Then of course I'll wear an Invisalign retainer for awhile and then a regular metal retainer every night, but I'm jazzed about it because my chompers are going to be even more gorgeous than before.

* Photo not representative of actual Invisalign trays. Actual Invisalign trays are not hideous, but are not immensely appealing to look at. Adjustments have been made for aesthetic purposes.

Watch: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines was a 10 episode miniseries that just finished airing, and which I got completely sucked into. The basic gist? Well, to avoid spoilers, here's some stuff that happens in the pilot: Matt Dillon is a government agent, looking for some missing government agents. While on the hunt he gets in a car accident and wakes up in Wayward Pines, Idaho. He tries to get home to his wife and son but there's seemingly no way out of the town. If you run through the forest you can get to a big Jurassic Park fence that may or may not be keeping a T. Rex from eating everyone. Also Melissa Leo is scary. Also Terrence Howard is scary. Also Carla Gugino is in Wayward Pines, and she's one of the lost agents Matt Dillon is looking for! But she's aged 12 years even though he saw her five weeks ago! But at least she's willing to tell Matt Dillon about how the entire town is rigged with cameras that watch your every move.  

I'd say the best thing Wayward Pines has going for it as a mystery series is that it keeps moving forward, and continually reveals answers. Episode 5 is titled "The Truth," and that's not a ratings ploy - it's actually the episode where you find out the truth. AND after that you get to find out MORE truths! It's also very much a miniseries, so in 10 episodes you will get a beginning, middle, and satisfying end. There has been talk of a second season, but if that doesn't happen, it's still a complete story, so I won't have the same problem I had with Persons Unknown (I still think about what a season 2 could have been like. Why couldn't it have been a better show? Why haven't I shaken my Stockholm Syndrome?!) As a matter of fact, while watching Wayward Pines I regularly thought about both Persons Unknown and Harper's Island. Persons Unknown because before "The Truth" I honestly thought maybe Wayward Pines was going to turn into a Persons Unknown situation, as they are very similar until they... aren't. And I was reminded of Harper's Island because that's the last time I remember watching a miniseries with mystery and intrigue and death that I truly looked forward to each week. The only difference is Wayward Pines was a hit with audiences and critics and Harper's Island came thislcose to being canceled by CBS despite being a miniseries that was already in the can. (By the by, you can conveniently read more of my thoughts on Harper's Island and Persons Unknownin this post)

Want: A Desk

I have a desk now, but it's an interim desk - a placeholder desk until I find a desk I can call my own for a long, long time. I didn't even have an idea of what that desk looked like for months, but recently I realized I think I want the desk my parents had when I was growing up. Sadly I didn't come to my senses until after my parents sold that desk (it's too big for my apartment anyway). I'm still looking for a desk, but it helps to know what kind of desk appeals to me at least. The one pictured is just what I'm looking for and is from Simply Amish, a store from Arcola, Illinois that I've only recently learned sells furniture to showrooms all over the country. I don't even know what it costs, but I am familiar with Simply Amish and I know that I can't afford their furniture, so for now I'll keep shopping, dreaming, and using my $45 Ikea table-as-desk.

'Super' Doesn't Even Begin To Cover It

'Super' Doesn't Even Begin To Cover It

I Cried 17 Times While Writing This.

I Cried 17 Times While Writing This.