Julia Learns to Swim! – July and August

Mid-July, I started taking Saturday morning swimming classes at Foss Swim School in Woodbury. We went swimming all the time growing up, but I somehow never learned to do anything but dog paddle and frog swim (which I am told grownups call the “breaststroke,” but I still can’t say that name without giggling).

But, I recently came up with a goal to be a triathlete, and this required me to learn to swim like the pros. I looked into several rec centers in the area, but then I remembered that my roommate runs a swim school! Anyway, I’ve been taking swimming classes for about 6 weeks now, and I am proud to say that I no longer have to stop to cough up water halfway across the pool (on account of you can’t hold your nose and do any grownup strokes at the same time)!

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High Maintenance Dentistry – July 13

Generally, I wouldn’t consider a trip to the dentist noteworthy. Usually I do the exact opposite of taking note of the visits and suppress the trauma to the nether regions of my brain. BUT! I thought this last trip to the dentist was worth mentioning because I came away having paid $16 for prescription toothpaste, and I don’t regret it a bit!

I doled out the big bucks without even seeing this chart because I'll hand my money to anyone with a degree!

I’m high maintenance when it comes to my teeth. I only use Crest Glide dental floss (Try it, and you’ll never go back.), I wear a top and bottom retainer from years of orthodontics, I sleep with a dental guard, and I use Crest Pro Health mouthwash (Which is so strong that when I I briefly used it morning and night, and I stopped being able to taste. This is true. It took a few days of abstinence before sensation returned to my taste buds. Now I just use it once a day.). My mom gave me teeth whitening trays for my high school graduation gift.

ALSO, I learned that one of the best ways to prevent gum recession is to brush your teeth up and down instead of side to side. I should have known. After all, that’s how Hawkeye Pierce (my first love) always brushed his teeth. This is specifically featured in one episode, which I believe is this one, but I couldn’t find a video or script to verify.