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    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    Stretching Is Important

    In more ways than one.

    First, I'm trying to stretch my lobes from a 2 to a 0. Ryan says it's a big jump, and it's taking me a lot longer than my previous stretches have taken. I think part of the problem is I'm using 0 gauge spirals as tapers, where in the past I've used talons. The way the spirals are designed, I'll never get them all the way through (which is how I could tell before that the holes were ready for tunnels). Also, the 0s are so much bigger than my 2s that I'm afraid the guy accidentally sent me 00s. It's a slow process, and my ears sting after I've pushed the spiral in as far as it can go, then worn them around the house for a couple of hours. I've thought about finding a shop and having them do it, but at the same time, I don't want to damage the lobe and then have to heal it again. That's what happened when I went from an 8 to a 6 - I told the girl at the shop I'd been an 8 much longer than I had, but my ear wasn't really ready and ended up getting a little infected. It was partially because this was when the ice storm hit over winter break, and I didn't have any clean, hot water to wash them with. It was also partially because I wouldn't stop playing with them.

    Now, I get so dirty at my job that I want to be able to take my plugs out and wash them every night. I don't want sweat and dust and whatever else settling in around them - gross. But if I stretch to the point they actually need to heal, I won't be able to take them out for a couple of weeks at least. So slow and steady I go.

    Also, with the job - I need to be more diligent about stretching. Some days I do a yoga video before I go in, and those days I hurt the least both while I'm working, and when I get up the next day. But I don't like doing yoga (even the really low-impact kind I have on the video) right after I've eaten, and I like to eat pretty close to when I go to work, so I often skip it. The video I have actually has three different twenty minute routines - one for when you wake up, one for "stress relief", and one for before bed. The perfect thing for me would be to come home, shower, then do the PM routine. I know it would protect me from injury and would make me feel a helluva lot less stiff in the morning, but I never do it. Instead, I play on the computer or read, and generally get to sleep around 6am. I will do better! Starting tonight, I will do yoga before I go to bed (if not the video, then at least the move where I lay on my back with my legs running straight up the wall for a couple of minutes). I will!


    Blogger gutter slut said...

    when i went from 8 to 0, it wasn't that bad, it only took two days...and there was little pain involved. maybe your trying to stretch to a 00. but you know any bigger then a 0 and some pple can't go back. not to say it won't shrink...but you'll have saggy old lady lobes. so maybe you should check to make sure it's a 0 and not a 00. unless you want to go to a 00...and i say DO IT!!

    11:03 AM  

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    Friday, September 09, 2005


    Two important things happened today. First, I got a job with UPS FINALLY and I start Monday, whoo-hoo! Second, my white bead necklace broke. Broke and flung beads all over my bathroom, and many went down the sink. This doesn't sound like a big deal - after all, I think the necklace cost $9 - but I bought it when I was in high school and have worn it not everyday, but about nearly ever since. I just have to wonder how many people I hung out with in high school or even college would remember those beads now. They were a short strand (14" - choker length) and were white mixed in with clear, which I always thought was kind of stunning when I had a tan. They looked good with a t-shirt, but I could pull them off with a skirt or dress also. When I first stretched my lobes, I picked white cat's eye beads for by CBR's during my first stretch just to match the necklace, and my current plugs are clear pyrex (2g) for the same reason. I LOVED those beads and I felt like some of who I was went down the drain with them. I bought them at a mall kiosk in Cincinnati, the Kenwood Towne Centre, to be exact. I seriously doubt it's still there.


    Blogger Paul said...

    hey congrats on the job... but that sucks that you lost something like that - it's strange how objects can come to symbolise so much more and represent so much to you. see, now, i reeckon yo've got two choices: go for a replacement set or something completely different. i'd say the latter as the replacemtn ones will never be quite as good. maybe you could try going to one of those bead shops and making your own??

    10:55 AM  
    Blogger Dean said...

    Yah, I agree with Paul.

    You won't be able to recreate it exactly, but you might be able to make something that feels right.

    Heh, the anti-spam word below is 'fvpubiks'. It said 'pubik'.

    9:01 AM  

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