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I have another dentist appointment, something like the fourth one in four months.  The last was for a root canal, and this is for a filling. I have another one in a month for a cleaning, and it’s just too depressing to think about. I know it’s a natural consequence of not going to the dentist for years, especially when I have really shitty teeth, but it’s still frustrating to deal with. I’m trying to be equanimous about it, but it’s not easy. I know there’s nothing i can do about it, and I know it’s better to deal with them now than to wait on it, but it’s still not fun at all.

I’m also grumpy because we were supposed to have a foot of snow yesterday, and we got something like four 3.5  inches. 3.5 inches is not a foot! It’s better than nothing, of course, but it’s a bit frustrating that after the huge build-up, it amounted to much ado over nothing.

I’m also trying to find a new video game. I finished Night in the Woods (will write a post about it later), and it’s going to be difficult to find a game that resonates with me the way this game has. The funny part is that after my first playthrough, I was satisfied and liked the game, but I had real issues with certain aspects of it (including the ending and the big mystery), but then I saw Errant Signals’ video about the game, and he mentioned that it really benefits from another playthrough.

I saw a ton of things in his video that I hadn’t seen in my first playthrough, so I started another game. I made different choices, and I tried to be as observant as possible. I got a different ending of sorts, met more characters, got new scenes, and felt much better about the game as a result. Surely, I had seen almost everything, right? Yet, I still had over half the achievements to unlock, so there had to be more to find. What could I do but start a third playthrough? Which I did.

I don’t want to get into it much here because I will be writing a long-form piece about it later, but I have to say that this game burrowed its way deep into my heart, and I can’t let it go. I adore Mae Borowski the main character because she *is* me (or the me I was many years ago, although I wasn’t as mouthy as she was) in ways I’ll definitely explore later.

In the meantime, see Chloi’s review on the game. It’s pretty spot-on.

By the end of the third playthrough, I was firmly in love with this game, and it’s going to be difficult to find a follow-up game that will keep my interest the way this game has.

Oh, and the music is fucking fantastic. I actually bought the soundtrack, which I’ve never done before (for a game).

Anyway, I will be writing about it for Friday’s post. Keep an eye out for it.

Canal of the Root Variety

I’ve been  dealing with dental issues in spurts, and I just had a root canal today (yesterday by the time you read this). It wasn’t bad (it’s the third I’ve had, the first with this dentist), but I have an insanely high pain tolerance, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. It was booked as a two-hour procedure, but I felt as if my past root canals took half an hour. This time, I would have said it was about an hour, but nope, it was two hours.

You want to know my secret? I sleep during the procedure. No lie. I did the same when I got tattooed. There’s something about the steady drilling/pressure that puts me right to sleep. Granted, I had Novocaine this time, but I could still feel the pressure. Also, when the nerves were actually being removed, it did hurt, but it was like a distant hurt. I know I fell asleep because one of the times the assistant asked if I was OK, I jerked awake in time to hear her question.

There you have it. My lifehack tip to making it through a root canal. Now, I’m bundled up on the couch (by the way. I didn’t realize it was going to be so cold today or that I would have to run and get antibiotics after the root canal, or I would have actually worn a coat), Shadow on my legs, watching a video of First 4 Figures talk about making this amazing Sif statue. I have drugs if I need them, and we’ll see how the pain is once the Novocaine wears off.