I’m a bit tired this morning as I set my alarm to get up at 4.45am for the Fury v Wilder boxing fight last night. Glad I did in the end though, so much respect for Tyson Fury for overcoming the serious mental health and weight issues to get to the very top of world heavyweight boxing. What a legend! I think they’ll make a good film out of that at some point. The ‘Rocky Balboa’ film isn’t far off the story – he’s like Fury;
Ivan Drago is the Vladimir Klitschko, Apollo Creed is Deontay Wilder, and Tyson Fury’s wife is of course ‘AdriiiiiaaaaAan’.
Talking of films, Raashi and I went to the cinema last night to see ‘Greed’ starring Steve Coogan. It was a bit of a rubbish film- especially after comparing it to ‘The Gentleman’ which we went to see two weeks ago. And yes we’re trying to make the most of the last couple of weeks of only having the two babies to look after so we roped in Raashi’s mum Manju for the babysitting duties again last night!
Raashi only has a couple of weeks to go now and ironically somehow I managed to convince her to do a ‘tick tock’ challenge this week. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a silly video/dance app that is a colossal waste of time – but quite addictive and a good laugh. We posted this little dance on Thursday night and so far we’ve reached over 121,000 views:
Now that’s probably at least 21,000 of us just watching it back ourselves but I’d say its the closest we’ve come to ‘going viral’ since that time both of our girls had the chicken pox at the same time.
Off now for a dog walk while we have 5 minutes of storm free weather by the looks of it….
This valentines day we gave away a prize for a stay at the old course hotel in St Andrews and after our live facebook draw on Friday the lucky winner was Emmy Ems. There were more than 600 valid entries so well done Emmy and we hope you enjoy your stay!
Raashi and I actually had a surprise valentines win of our own too in the form of an invite to Loch Lomond golf hotel courtesy of Mr Ali at the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. We’ve never been before (as it can’t even be booked!) but if there’s 1 word to describe it, it is just ‘WOW’.
Firstly… the views – incredible! Loch Lomond is absolutely stunning. The food was delicious, the spa sublime, and the complimentary decanter of whiskey in the rooms wasn’t too bad either! It was such a nice thing to do with just a couple of weeks before our 3rd addition arrives.
Im not too much into art especially after that time a banana duct taped to a wall sold for £120,000 but I couldn’t help appreciate some of the hotels paintings:
The whole place actually had a no phone rule in the evening which was great as dinner time got me off the new app i’m addicted to called ‘tik tok’. Lots of funny silly videos on it so im allowing myself another week of procrastinating before that gets deleted!
Looking forward to this week coming as ill be getting my invisalign clear braces fitted by our dentist Laura (my bottom teeth are fighting each other for pole position). Laura is offering £500 off Invisalign for her first 10 patients and still has a couple of these left so get in touch soon if you’d like straight teeth with invisible braces!
Currently en route back to Glasgow on the train from a trip to Manchester to see the (not so) mighty Reds:
Went with my dad and two friends Jamie and Rory. The match itself was terrible, a boring 0-0, no shots affair. We made up for that with some shots of our own later on which was good fun but we are paying for it now with the sore heads on the train! Looking forward to getting home to a possible Chinese takeaway tonight.
My parents and grandparents are over visiting (and babysitting while I was away) this weekend so it’s been nice to have them over. My grandad was also in for an implant yesterday. Being a joiner I remember him teaching me how to use a drill when I was younger so I guess in some ways that training has paid off now.
I was keen to hear his thoughts on how the new premises build is going too. I got the nod of approval so it must be going well, Raashi was out sorting out the paint colours and decoration this week:
In our current premises the sun-bed shop next door to us are actually doing building work of their own just now too and it’s been a little bit noisy so if you are hearing power tools in the waiting room please rest assured it’s definitely not coming from our drills. I think most of the noisy stuff is already done anyway.
Last week we asked for feedback and had a good idea from Gina Gina on our facebook page to install a water supply in the new waiting room so thank you to Gina for that – it’s now literally in the pipeline.
Still keen to hear any other good ideas like this one, really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the new place quite soon now.
Off to the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews today courtesy of Raashi’s mum Manju as a birthday present for me. We’ve been before and the best thing has to be the breakfast which I absolutely cannot wait for. I never really eat any breakfast at home but we’re at a hotel like this maybe twice a year so I usually just eat enough breakfast then to see me through. Our third baby is due pretty soon so I think our baby free weekends like this are numbered for a while though so I’ve got to make the most of this one, and stock up on my breakfasts for 2020! 😋
Had a good week just passed at work playing with our new scanner which is on loan from the lovely Nicolle at Straumann (dental implant company). It’s used to scan teeth so we don’t need to take any more ‘impressions/moulds’ again. Here’s me with it in action for the first time:
It’s tricky to get right at first so I was in full focus concentration mode with no time for photos at the point of actual scanning. Between myself and our nurse Tiegan we got a pretty accurate image in the end – from which our technician makes a new tooth!:
Our signage also went up at the new premises this week. It’s not quite the right colour so we’ll wait until that’s sorted before showing it to you all. The whole place is starting to take shape now which is exciting. I’d actually like to hear from our patients, if you can think of anything that we should have in our new premises- things that we maybe don’t have at the moment but you would like to see – open to all (realistic) good ideas!
Before leaving for St Andrews i’m off to re chicken wire our back garden so our dog Fergie can’t get out to do his business in the neighbours gardens. I do this on average once a month, as no matter what he finds a new way out. I swear he could break out of or into Barlinnie no bother whatsoever. If you’ve lost keys and can’t get in or can’t remember the code to a safe – speak to Fergie.
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.