It’s been a while since I last posted: here is what 31 looks like!
Forging onward through summer class and lab, raising funds for a non-profit, working with my team, hanging with my guy, working when possible, keeping my parents in check, making time with my roomie, keeping up with friends….  it’s been a crazy few weeks, apologies for the lack of posts, I will be back to it just as soon as possible (I miss it!).  This was a fun shoot done with a few friends as the sun was setting (natural light is unbeatable)   : )

Hair: Josh Stamulis of stamulisM – Mindy Stamulis Studio
Makeup & Photography: Suzie Braverman of SuzieB Photography 

Spotted!: Redlight Redlight

Go ahead, ask..

Chimay, Chimay not… but you’ll not know if you never ask.


A light show here in downtown on the KRESS building..  I caught it w/ my phone, it was really pretty cool : )

Click here to watch the vid:  3D Light Projection  (and yes, Mel, that was you chiming in with your “where are you?” text lol!)


College “Knight” at Islands of Adventure..  my favorite amusement park.  Brought a good friend of mine who had never been : )  We had a blast!

What’s wrong with this picture?

Over the last year, my dad has been seeing a few women..

..at the dentist’s office!  He’s had extensive work done including extractions, bridgework, root canals and crowns.  The lower row of his front teeth all needed crowns, while the extractions came from the back, top and bottom.  This dentist (not going to spread her name… she doesn’t deserve any possible notoriety) practices under the label (bc yes, it is just a label) of “Cosmetic Dentist” – it’s in the name of her practice, though not through much further investigating, the ADA recognizes her only as “General Practice.”

I was called in to supervise a few of his sessions on the work they were doing on him, after he complained about pain caused by a Valplast partial.  I went bloodhounding.  When I saw the partial they had molded for him (and also expected him to put in his mouth, wear and chew w/), I was literally horrified. I actually don’t even know if all of this work was necessary… *sigh, with an exclamation!

With due respect to the product, I was more horrified (and possibly, maybe, yes a bit outraged) that the dentist would let him walk out with something that had visibly super sharp edges which ended up cutting his gums as he simply followed their instructions on use.  Not mentioning the way the dentist jerked and jolted his jaw while in the chair trying to adjust, readjust, fit, re-fit this contraption.  : (

No bueno.

When I went in with him, I had to ask her how she could let a senior citizen walk out of her office with a product like that, and if she was proud of the work.  Maybe she was under the impression that since others do not hold her accountable, she shouldn’t have to care?  She didn’t know I was coming.

My dad is a pretty hardcore, pain-toleratin’ kind of guy, but that was over the top even for him.  Not only are we now dealing between the dentist and the insurance company, but he is still unable to bite or chew properly, and has to have the work re-done by someone who knows what they are doing.

Simple point(s) being:
1) Beware of a dentist working as a “cosmetic dentist” – it sounds good, looks pretty, but it is not an official field of dentistry recognized by the ADA!  (furthermore, take into consideration the fact that if the dentist is good, they will not need to include “Cosmetic” in their title) –perhaps the cosmetic part comes in by her office offering Botox.  Guess you may as well add in a facial filler treatment to a cavity fill?  Wiki-it :

2) Valplast Flexible Partials – I consulted my dentist of over 10 yrs about it, and they do work for some people.  My dad did not have ample support for these to be attached and to use as a means of actual teeth (to bite, chew), and thus they ended up shifting and chaffing and ultimately cutting his gums.  If multiple posterior (back) teeth are missing, implants must be put into place as supports for this flexible bridge to be effective!  They can also require quite an extensive adjustment time to get them fitting comfortably.

3) Know your HIPAA – if you want to leave a provider, or simply want to request your records in order to get a 2nd opinion, they have no right to question you on why you want your file and/or if you are leaving them (this also happened w/ this particular dentist when I suggested they get a 2nd opinion).

Since he is retired, time wasn’t a huge factor but he spent a lot of it, as well as the pain he endured getting these things adjusted, and we ended up simply giving them back.  I clearly saw his need for implants even as they were attempting to fit this crown –and I’ve spent 0 years in dental school.  Yes, implants are expensive.  Though the pain, money, time and effort put into this bridge as well as the crowns could have been saved by simply doing an implant.

Again, I ask: WHO o who takes care of older people if they have no one standing up for them??  Karma is one thing, but when it comes to the person on the shorter end of that stick, someone’s got to be there for them, especially if it’s one of my parents, and especially if it concerns their health and well-being.  I love my parents and will do what I can to stand up for them and help them in any way, I only wish everyone had someone looking out for them in order to avoid situations such as this.

I urge anyone to do research before they go to any healthcare provider to find out more about them.  Also look into any medications, products, services that are potentially suggested! — “Google it” at least to see what you find –it now takes about .2 of a millisecond to do it.  Currently and unfortunately there isn’t really a reputable service for this state full of retirees and older crowd to find an established and trusted healthcare provider — again, Mr. President… healthcare…?  Somehow we’ve managed to get along how we have been, but at this point in time it seems unacceptable that we cannot do better than simply “getting along.”  We can find more information on where to go/eat/sleep/learn/play/_____ , yet the entire healthcare provider-sphere remains a giant mass of unknown “stuff.”

It’s clear that we could all use a little help.

Oh 4, how u floor everything but the pedal

As one of the oldest highway systems constructed in Florida (and the main artery connecting Daytona to Orlando), Interstate-4 (I-4) leads to quite a bit of congestion; this day was particularly bad due to an accident (and my need to get to class?), completely clogging the 2 major arteries that lead toward downtown Orlando.  Usually able to go the back way through to school and avoid 4 altogether, this particular morning proved quite impassable in any direction.  This four lane road is usually virtually car-free and thus care-free; very smooth sailing (kinda realized I was truly in it to my ears when I reached this pt and saw this sight)…:

The traffic on the bridge is i-4, not any better than where I was.  Ick:

Sad.  Unfortunately for us in this wonderful sunny state, there is no possibility of having a subway system since digging at any length yields swamp.  Maybe a gator. But really, there have been numerous (and ongoing?) talks about a railway transportation system to be built, at some time, perhaps, in the near future, or not so near…  the decision limbos on.. and on.  As long as it’s not as bad as LA traffic, we will get along – and until then…  we’ll hang out, sometimes up to our ears in brake lights (additionally for me, up to my EARs in Business Finance –another reason I love the current textbook lol)

*I am not completely sure what caused the accident, but I truly hope all involved are ok. ❤


A spontaneous, adventurous day with a very talented photographer, Marcus Adkins; started out at Wekiwa Springs Park, headed downtown for some lunch at Viet Garden, then ended the day running into a well-known O-town graffiti artist at work, Dolla Short.. got pics of all but lunch (was too hungry to snap a shot of it b4 it was long gone! ps- their beef pho is amazing…. Among the best I’ve had from here to ‘frisco.. and I don’t mess around when it comes to the pho)

Spotted!: Getting Knighted

After spending the day on the UCF campus going through orientation and all, to my pleasant surprise I realized I have ended up on a campus with a Pegasus symbol  (favorite animals have always been horses).  The athletics team mascot is a fighting knight – but I happen to like the academic logo of Pegasus better for some reason (maybe it’s a girl thing lol!).

Here are some pics of the days fun:

Hoar takes on Taco Bell – and wins

I saw  this a while ago as I was in downtown…  just had to wait to build a blog to share it.  Should have commissioned Hoar, it perhaps would have been done a long time ago!

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