Well one thing I did not factor into my Christmas preparation schedule was a hastily arranged trip to the dentist, but that's what I ended up doing yesterday. Although I drag myself to the surgery for a check up every six months I have a bit of a fear about going and get myself into a bit of a nervous state whilst waiting for my name to be called. So when I brushed my teeth on Wednesday night and a corner of one of my teeth crumbled away, taking a slither of the back of the tooth with it - I knew it was not good news. I'd had x-rays taken a year ago and had been for a check up six months ago so I convinced myself it couldn't be anything serious right up until the point at which I sat in the waiting room and imagined crowns, caps, root canals, extractions ..... Fortunately he had a quick look, decided that all that was needed was a white filling to make good the missing bits and he was able to make a temporary repair there and then. Of course I need to go back in the New Year to have a permanent filling done but hey, I'll worry about that in January! And it's only going to cost £40 for both appointments, both treatments and the six monthly examination. Phew.
So here we are, the day before Christmas Eve and I seem remarkably cool, calm and collected. There must be something I've forgotten! Life has changed a great deal for us in the last 12 months and I have to say that I will be pleased to see the end of 2011. But then I think that there have been good things too and I should be concentrating on them. Daughter has a lovely man in her life and they are happy in their new home with their little puppy. Son is graduated and embarking on his Masters degree. We have our health and will be spending time with all those we love over the next weekend. The cupboards are full and the fridge and freezer overflowing with goodies, there are gifts wrapped and waiting to be opened. OK Christmas, I think I'm ready for you.
I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you have a lovely weekend and a peaceful Christmas.