Diary 2008-06-22

Posted on June 22, 2008
  • Last friday (June 20th) I went and got my braces installed (I am so sure this is not the right word!) on my upper teeth. The lower teeth will follow in a few months. This is something I’ve been putting off for some 18 years or so (that’s when I started the treatment and took out some teeth in preparation for the braces). So now I have two years to look forward to eating at snail’s pace and spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning my teeth every day. Should have done it already but I obviously let it slide until the “it’s now or never” time. Typical.
    The worst part, so far, is that I had to leave the sax lessons. I still had some hope I’d be able to cope (and some people actually do it), but it only took me the upper brace to realise that I don’t want to go through that kind of pain, especially when I have multiple other means of enjoying and making music. I’m just not a sufferer.
    So next week I’ll start with the music theory classes and I hope to be able to get into composition (my main goal) in a few months. As for playing music, I just had the piano tuned last week so (again) neighbors beware!

  • Luckily the braces don’t affect me much in my everyday life (i.e. so far they don’t actually hurtmuch), so this has been one really good weekend, with beach, running and swimming pool all combined to optimize chill-out and relaxing. Summer started yesterday and the days are going to get smaller and smaller, so now is the time to make the most of it;

  • And running has really been very good; not only do I feel better running for greater distances (even with increased heat), but I am also getting much more flexible when I do the post-run stretches. For someone who was always as stiff as a board (even when I practised yoga), this is a very welcome novelty. The feel-good endorphins that running stimulate are not all bad either.
    Now that the weather is finally good, I also started swimming a bit after running (at weekends), mostly arms, as the legs are already being well exercised. If I could actually turn this into a weekend-routine it would be really great and I’m sure I’d be in tip-top shape by the end of the summer. Then again I know me pretty well and the lazy-ass in me is going to come out sooner or later, so I’m not pinning my hopes on that happening…
    I have been keeping my run-logs at runner+, but I’ve never been very parcial to having my content (especially written) kept outside my domain and my server, so I’ll start copying them to my weblog. Must do a service to diffuse them to both sites.