So yesterday was my birthday and i’m now the ripe old age of 32. I celebrated the 30th and before that a good effort was put in for the 21st but I think my next big one is 40. In between 30 and 40 they’re all the same really. I’d say caterpillar cakes are in order for the next 7 then it’s a trip to Vegas for the big one hopefully. Speaking of caterpillar cakes here’s my two girls helping me blow out my candles yesterday:
Before this Raashi and I went out for a 10 course lunch at 111 by Nico. Being a professional bargain hunter Raashi managed to find a 50% off black Friday deal for it. 👏🏼 It sounds like a lot of courses but some of the plates were flavoured foam. The menu is called ‘trust’ as you don’t actually order anything, just trust that the chefs will provide good food. That they did. Except for the mushrooms. No to them. I’d rather have settled for the 9 courses or another plate of foam instead.
The menu had a great slogan on it that im going to borrow for our own line of work :
“Trusting us is your decision, proving you right is our job”
You might see that in our waiting room soon enough so thanks Nico.
The rest of my day yesterday was spent having a drawing competition, Mila and I versus Raashi:
I’ve had some lovely gifts and messages from family, friends and patients so thank you all very much for that. Went out for some drinks with friends last night and an obligatory McDonalds on the way home. We’re at our nephew Harris’s christening today then ill be back home to watch my beloved Manchester United likely get beat 5-0 by Liverpool. 🤢Praying for a birthday weekend miracle on that front.
To help prevent any further gagging we’re planning on investing in a new scanner for work. These are tiny cameras that take digital moulds of teeth rather than the traditional impressions which most people don’t like, myself included. I’ve been looking at a few different ones and tomorrow we are getting a trial unit for a few weeks to see what its like so i’m looking forward to that. Now’s the time to book in if you’ve been delaying treatment due the dreaded impressions!
Now that we’re back to a normal week it’s nice to actually know what day it is again. Our new years resolutions are going strong 1 week in. One of them is obviously the healthy eating thing that we’re all no doubt doing. Excluding our Chinese last night everything else for the week was good so I reckon we deserved the cheat night. Maybe ‘strong’ is too strong a word to describe our resolution efforts come to think of it though.
I think I might actually have a problem as once we established there was a slight possibility we were having a Chinese takeaway at the weekend I honestly couldn’t stop thinking about salt and chilli chips all week. They did not disappoint either.
To be fair all of our other meals were from Tom Kerridge’s healthy eating cook book which I would definitely recommend. It all needs a bit of preparation and we’ve found ourselves in and out of Asda for more herbs all week, but it is actually tasty stuff; most of it anyway. I think I messed up the corgetti on Thursday night as it wasn’t great but the thought of the impending salt and chili heaven got me through it nonetheless. That and a couple of packets of quavers.
Despite the odd slips Raashi and I are really determined to be a bit more disciplined and get our diets sorted/balanced this year. We’re also determined to do the same for our girls so if anyone has any shares in chicken nuggets now’s the time to sell! It’s good to see all the healthy lunches at work in the fridge too so hopefully we can all help each other stay on track.
In the spirit of helping TWDC have decided to donate our community fund to the fire relief in Australia this month. This is a small fund that we donate to local charities or patients/family/friends who are running fundraisers for good causes. (Please let us know if you are running any fundraisers and we’d be happy to help and spread awareness for good causes locally.) Our team decide where it goes each month and although Australia isn’t exactly local we’ve decided to make an exception due to the extent of the problem. I actually have two younger brothers living out there now so i’m hoping they are keeping safe and that the fires relent!
Lazy day planned for us today, we’re currently watching the princess and the frog then out to walk the dog so thats the end of the blog.
Had such a nice Christmas back home in Ireland with family this year. It was the first year our daughter Mila really understood about Santa too so that was nice playing the same old tricks that my parents played on me many years ago. (Half eaten cookies and crumbs as undeniable proof Santa had in fact been – not sure it would hold up in court, but Mila obviously fell for it. It does make it even more exciting to get up on Christmas morning again now with our own kids and I can see now why my parents didn’t tell me the truth about Santa until I was 18.
There is only a certain of amount of food, drink and TV any human can handle though so obviously on Jan 2nd we boarded the ‘being good/no more rubbish’ train. Last year it was the end of Jan before we alighted from said train and the takeaways were back.
This year the train has barely left the station as we were at the double decker chocolate bars and malteasers last night. It’s ok though as we now know the odd double decker etc wont hurt. I read a book called ‘Why we sleep’ last month and although at times reading the book itself was one of those very reasons, there were some interesting points. The main gist is that chronic under-sleeping (7hours or less) can have a huge impact on our overall health and wellbeing, including our metabolism. So this year one of my new years resolutions is to focus on getting 8 hours of sleep per night and let the 6 pack sort itself out thereafter. Our new baby due in March might have something to say about that right enough.
Another interesting point from the book was to not hit the snooze button in the morning as it’s really bad for your heart – who knew!? I must hit my snooze button about 10 times every morning. The author has a good way of making sure he’s up at the first sign of his alarm though, he sets $20 in his shredder and times it to start at his wake up time. He’s only got a couple of seconds to get up out of bed before it costs him his $20. For the sake of the old ticker I need to find me one of those shredders!
After watching ‘the game changers’ on Netflix, Raashi and I have also decided give the vegan diet a try, at least for January to see how it goes anyway (I need to double check if double deckers are vegan or not). It’s a bit of an eye opener documentary though so i’d definitely recommend watching it.
It’s our youngest daughter Sienna’s first birthday today so we’re heading to soft play then back home for some cake later. (we’ll just start the whole being good/diet malarkey on Monday, to be honest we might as well double down and get one last Chinese takeaway tonight for the road!) ☺️
Work wise our normal hours re-start Monday too, i’m looking forward to our last couple of months in the current premises. We’re aiming to move into new digs by end of March/April – will post a wee update video soon about how the works are coming along.
Have a good week everyone and good luck with your new years resolutions!
Feeling slightly rough today after an annual Christmas jumper pub crawl yesterday with some friends. We ended up at the Corinthian with our own private karaoke room – some truly awful performances were put in. American pie or teenage dirtbag are my two favourite karaoke tunes. I remember once singing teenage dirtbag while on holiday and in my head at the time it was one of then best performances ever seen, packed crowd going absolutely wild. I’ve since seen a video of it back though and there’s probably about 5 people there including me and my voice sounds absolutely horrific. Didn’t stop me ‘crowd’ surfing at the end though. None of that last night sadly.
We’ve had a very busy week just passed at work starting off with some staff training on Monday. I went a bit mad on the sandwiches and pastries from Costco – got 60 just incase. To be fair they were all eaten by the end of the week.
On Wednesday my oldest daughter Mila (3) had her nativity play – she was playing the part of Mary. I was buzzing as I thought it was the lead role and possibly the start of a successful acting career but it was a humble no words part. Mila had her own idea about the non words role though and belted out ‘HIYA MUMMY HIYA DADDY’ mid scene. 😂
We’re still opened tomorrow and Tuesday until lunch time then Raashi, the kids, dog and I are all going back to Ireland on the boat. Im looking forward to some home cooking, sofa slouching & chocolate for breakfast for a week and then I’m coming back to the same new years resolutions that I didn’t meet from last year. Im determined that a fresh start is going to work this time! 🤞🏼
It’s been a great year this year for TWDC as we’ve raised a lot of money (£>2.5k) for marie curie, won ‘Best Practice and Best Team UK’ at the UK dentistry awards & secured our new premises to move in to in 2020.
Next year is set to be an even better one and I look forward to welcoming you all to 1360 Springburn Road in March/April.
Have a lovely Christmas and New year everyone and ill see you in 2020!
Busy christmassy week just passed starting with a visit to Elfingrove on Tuesday. The lights and fake snow outside made for great photos but the rest of it was maybe a bit weird. One of the first stops was to meet Rudolph which our daughter Mila was buzzing about. She burst into tears when he was finally unveiled as a t-rex dinosaur with a santa hat on. ‘That’s not Rudolph Daddy😭’ … she was saying😂. I didn’t know how to explain what was going on so we swiftly moved on to the next room to meet the ‘elves of the Christmas night out.’
When that turned out to be a big room with two guys dressed up as knights dancing to ‘hammer time’ I had to cave and give her some chocolate buttons to get through the rest of it. There was one good part where the kids got to write letters to Santa and post them via a fake rocket ship. Mila asked for some toys and I asked Santa to sort out the reindeer recruitment policy.☺️
This Friday night was our staff Christmas night out and we had it at Boclair House hotel. It was really good fun and well worth the sore head the next day. The compere was calling us ‘Tiwari Watson Dental Hospital’ all night. Im not sure our wee practice qualifies as a hospital but we just went with it. I think next year Raashi is actually looking forward to joining me on the sore head front as she’s been pregnant for the past 3 Christmas nights out though. It’s nice having designated driver/minder but I think she’s looking forward to not being pregnant for a while.
She and I were back at Boclair last night again at a friends wedding, live music included a girl on the saxophone which was absolutely class. I’ve decided I’ve got to learn to play it one day. My goal is for Christmas night out 2025 to be there with my t-rex and Santa hat outfit, playing hammer time on the saxophone. Doesn’t get much more christmassy than that!
Staff training event planned for tomorrow, then we’re really busy up until Christmas time so if you need to book in to see us before we close on the 24th at Tiwari Watson Dental Hospital, please get in touch asap!
Hoping everyone enjoys their xmas nights out if they’ve not been yet!
I was off on Monday this week so it was nice to take the kids to see Santa at Dobbies garden centre in Milngavie. Last year we took our eldest on her own and she absolutely cried her eyes out. I think having some muscle with her in the form of her 10 month old sister really made all the difference this year. Santa was great with them actually, I’ve a lot of respect for the guy. Mila’s nursery school asked if I wanted to put a Santa shift in for a couple of hours last week, my initial reaction was Ho Ho No chance but then I was actually starting to contemplate it. I was relieved though when someone else beat me to the job. Maybe next year. 😏
Our new premises is coming on well at the moment, went out to see it midweek and we made the decision to sacrifice the upstairs shower in the staff toilet so we can make the staff room much bigger. We’re going to use it for staff training events, and most of our free consultations with our head nurse Danielle will be up there too. I was looking forward to cycling to work and making use of the shower before starting but the more I thought about it (I’ve been on my bike twice in the past 4 years) a bigger staff room will be much more useful and utilised by all. It’s been exciting planning the decorating but if anyones been following the news this week it seems you can just duct tape a banana to the walls as ‘artwork’ and it’s worth $120,000 apparently! 😳
On the staff training front our dentist Kamal and I went to Manchester for a composite bonding course (smile makeovers without cutting/damaging teeth) yesterday. It was a 4.30am alarm to be in Manchester for 9. Long day but it was good fun and these things always have a great free lunch. By free I mean we paid a bomb to be there so we certainly made sure we got our £’s worth!
Further training has always been really important for all our staff and this year that commitment has taken me to Manchester 5 times, Edinburgh x 2, London x 3, Zurich and a few different locations in Glasgow too. Believe it or not we still have space for one more staff training event for all the staff before the year is out, next Monday the 16th. We’re having it in our kitchen at home so ill need to check with my accountant if I can claim anything in the way of travel expenses for getting downstairs. 😝
Looking forward to next Thursday to seeing what happens with the election. What a mess politics has been in for the past few years. I’m hoping whoever ends up in charge doesn’t put up the price of bananas or duct tape.
Had quite a busy week just passed starting with the new Frozen 2 last weekend. It’s actually really good – I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It dawned on me when at one point our youngest daughter Sienna was starting to cry a bit and Raashi asked if I wanted to take her outside and I remember thinking “..and miss Frozen are you serious?!” ☹️😳
We then went to a 4 year olds birthday party at a soft play – one of our daughters wee friends. Queen Elsa actually made an appearance which was nice of her. It’s a different type of weekend partying for Raashi and I these days, one where you find out your unicorn name, That’s Princess Silver Moon for me by the way.
I was only working for a couple of days then was off to Zurich on a dental implant course for from Wed – Sat. I went with two of my friends Jamie and Andy. Not the cheapest place I’ve ever been, £200 for 3 pizzas and two bottles of wine on our first night! Understandably a good proportion of the rest of our meals were from McD’s.
The whole course was quite useful though as it was organised by the dental implant company that I use and it included a tour of the implant production site. It was good to see where they are actually made and the precision & quality control thats in place.
Big congrats to one of my younger brothers Nathan on his first professional boxing victory this week too, which we managed to watch while we were away. 1-0, hopefully he’ll overtake Flloyd Mayweather one day!
On the knockout front, the builders of our new premises seem to be doing pretty well. Next week we’ll show a video of how its coming on, totally unrecognisable at the minute!