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Enamel: What You Need to Know

You want to have a healthy looking smile. No one wants ugly teeth that look yellow or are decaying. When people think of taking good care of their teeth mostly they think to brush and floss daily. Although this is true, there are several other things that need to be done in order to make sure your oral hygiene is up to par.

The most important reason for taking care of your teeth is to make sure that your enamel is in proper order. Enamel is what protects you from getting cavities as well as keep your teeth white. Your oral health will do much more for your body then you may think. The first place to concentrate is your enamel.

Enamel 101

  1. First, you must know that enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Enamel is also the most mineralized substance in the human body. This is great news for your teeth, but bad news if you don’t take care of it.
  2. Enamel is comprised of mostly minerals, this means that you need to not only take proper care of your teeth but also your body. Make sure to eat a healthy diet so that you will get all the vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy enamel. Water and organic material compose the rest of enamel. So drink your water, if you can drink fluoride water that is better.
  3. The color of different peoples teeth varies depending on enamel. Enamel can vary from a light gray to a yellowish color. Getting your teeth whitened can actually damage some of your enamel. Lucky for you it can be built back. Because enamel is minerals it will build back up if you eat right.

Make sure to see a good dentist to find out more about what you should do to keep your enamel healthy.

New Leaf


It’s been a few years since I updated my blog. But that’s going to change. I am married now and we are looking forward to a little package.

I still have lots of nostalgia about this blog so I am going to continue with it. However, just as life changes, so does our perspective on it. I am going to change the focus of the blog away from my random thoughts and feelings and towards a much more practical direction. We are renovating a home and preparing for a family and it is these matters which I will be concerned with.

If you are a regular here, prepare to be surprised. If you are new, then welcome, I hope you find something of use.

And just like that…

I dropped a hundred bucks on underwear . I did not see this coming… I really was just looking for a decent pair of pajamas. At home I usually sleep in an old top and underwear, but I thought that might not be very appropriate sleepwear in a hospital . Couldn’t find a good pair, though, so I “settled” for underwear. It was all so pretty… I had to give it a good home!

And this is part 4 of my week of win. Before the huge underwear extravaganza, I won a raffle on Bliss, some bucks in the ‘real life’ lottery and best of all… Jay is touching down on Dutch soil barely a week from now, and will be staying about two months! Considering Plan A was for him to visit for just a week in January, Plan B is so, so much better. I can’t even find the words to express how extremely psyched I am

Holy crap, how did I get this lucky?

Come fly with me

After months of saving up for it and a big donation from my mother, I finally bought my ticket last Tuesday. America, here I come!! I’ll be touching down in the beginning of July, then fly back the beginning of September.

That is – if I can get my ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application in order. There are some nifty questions on there. I can understand – and even more, respect – why they ask them, but they made me giggle nevertheless. Some of my personal favourites:

“Are you seeking entry to engage in criminal or immoral activities?”
“Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 were you involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?”
“Do you have Chancroid, Gonorrhea, Granuloma inguinale, Leprosy,
Syphilis, and/or Tuberculosis.”

Luckily for me the answers are no, no, I’m Jewish, HELL no (in that order), so that’s not the problem. The problem is that you have to pay 14 U.S. Dollars for it, and the only way you can pay for it is by credit card.

I don’t own a credit card. Nor do I want to own one. I’m going to ask our student travel agency here if they have some sort of arrangement for it. Otherwise, I need to borrow one from a friend and pay them back with cash . I refuse to get a credit card just so I can pay 14 dollars. Luckily, I have friends with credit cards who understand this. Ha.

But yea, when that’s out of the way… San Antonio, here I come!

Hello, mr. Sun!

Could it be? Is summer really here? Looks like! It gave me the opportunity to test run the clothes I bought for Texas, at least, and I’m happy to report that they all fit and are very cute. H&M tends to go all over the place with their sizes, so there’s always a bit of guess work involved when you order online. But I am now the proud owner of two cute dresses and two pair of jeans shorts.

andtwonewpairofshoes. *cough*

I was doing so good with the whole “not buying shoes”, but I can’t not order ballerinas when they’re only ten Euro. Besides, who doesn’t need 5 pair of ballerinas… haha. At least they’re all different colors…

If all goes well, I’ll be buying my plane ticket next week. GAH, I’m so excited!! Although I probably will ask my physician for something to calm me down for the longest bit (London-Dallas). I’m such a nervous flyer, and I’m afraid that if that continues on for 15+ hours I’ll turn into such a nervous wreck that Cesar Milan will have to rehabilitate me in his simulation trailer afterwards.

We don’t want that, do we? No.

Also, the fifteen hours of flying have convinced me that I need to quit smoking before I go. If you don’t smoke, you might not understand, but for nicotine junkies like me 15 hours of abstinence equals death. Besides, smoking is bad for you (yes, smokers know this), so now is as good a time as any. However, I do need a project for when I try to quit, so I don’t start stuffing my face 24/7… I gained close to six pounds the last time I quit smoking… and that only lasted 12 days (until I got hit by a car and broke my elbow, which -to me- was a great excuse to start again). B. (along with the internet) taught me to knit like a year ago, and after a few months of practice it became clear that I’m actually pretty good at it. However, I still knit with 70 cents worth of plastic needles that chip and equally cheap wool that splits… So I raided an online knitting boutique last night.

I found some pretty colored metal knitting needles, crochet hooks and gorgeous colored wool, and as soon as it arrives I will be knitting a sleeping bag for a baby. (Just to be clear; not my baby. But I will be a proud semi-aunty in a few months, yay!) My motto: if you’re going to be a dork, at least do it in style!

… And hopefully it will distract me from the nicotine cravings. Eeep.

Just don’t know what to do with myself

Haven’t been around much… Uni has been kicking my ass eight ways to Sunday. I had 2 major finals, of which I missed one due to a concussion. I think I failed the other one. Kinda bummed me out, since I’ve been studying for it for weeks. I took the time to memorize close to 300 definitions, knew all the (what I thought was) important other stuff… And then they started asking questions like “What do [random researcher here] and [other unknown researcher] have in common?”

Who studies that way? I can understand when they’d ask it about pioneers of psychology, like Wundt or Freud or Popper. But two people who happened to publish a paper? No. I’ll remember what the important outcomes were, but not who agrees with who and why. Sad though, since failing means I’ll have to go to the resit on July 5th, and I was really hoping to be in Americaland by then. I was excited for Independence Day! Now it looks like I will have to make due with the movie and cuddling up beside my favorite space heater… Ha.


I am now 23 years old. DANG time goes by so fast. Only two days ago I was 22… Ha.

I had some people over on Sunday, and instead of cake there was this:


Some (very untraditional) Tapas. We made them ourselves, and by “we” I mean my mom, me, and two friends that came over in the afternoon and therefor got assigned Tapas duty… That’s how we roll. You come early, you help cook. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was an official Jewish law.

The Tapas were a bitch to make, since almost all of the people who came over had SOMETHING they didn’t eat. One doesn’t eat fish, then there’s one who’s vegetarian, another one doesn’t eat chicken and on and on and on (actually, that was it but I like to exaggerate from time to time), so we had to make something of everything and pray to our Lord and Saviour Barbra Streisand there was at least something for everyone to enjoy. Which, luckily, there was, so we didn’t have to open a can of cat food for someone who didn’t like anything on the menu. Score.

I got everything I asked for, which I’m ashamed to say was money since I don’t really need anything apart from a ticket to Texas. So far I’d saved up 300 Euro, which is a nice amount if you’re going shoe-shopping but doesn’t really get you far plane-wise – unless you’re planning to fly with Crashalot Air. I’m scared shitless of flying as it is, so I’d much rather spend 15 hours on a plane that doesn’t start to fall apart as soon as it lifts off. And my birthday money brought me a lot further than the 300 bucks, so maybe that dream will come true!

Now it’s back to my schoolwork, which got delayed by all the birthday fun… Oy vey. Wish me luck!

I feel special

… Not in a mentally challenged kind of way, just to clarify. No, I was returning comments and visitedAdrian’s blog. I was so flattered by what he wrote and tried to return his comment, but somehow I couldn’t get it to work… Boo. So, Adrian, if you’re reading this, thanks! And I’ll put you in my dailies since I love your blog!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go play Pokemon Black and make tapas for a buttload of people.

UPDATes all around

You know what’s funny when your kitchen, shower room and bathroom are being remodeled all at the same time? Nothing. We’re one week in and it looks like this.

I have to shower at my neighbors, flush the toilet with a bucket and oh, did I mention the dust? It’s horrible! Not to mention all the people barging in and out of my house throughout the day. Some have to ring the bell, some have their own key, so there’s no telling when you’ll be surprised by Bob the Builder in the middle of getting dressed. Yes that happened. Twice. Luckily, I have good reflexes.

They promised us it’ll just be another week, but considering it was supposed to only take a week in the first place… I don’t know. Le Sigh.

Also, I have finals February 1st and 10th. Needless to say, studying isn’t going so well.

Somebody save me!!!

so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.

I want to share with the rest of the class that I’ll probably won’t be blogging as much the upcoming months. Maybe a small update from time to time, cause I know myself, but for the most part I’ll be spending my free time with the boyfriend. I hope you’ll all have a wonderful Thanksgiving //Christmas // Hanukkah // New Year’s //Kwanzaa //etc. and I’ll see you all next year!

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