Monday, March 29, 2010


Since I was in my accident, Matt has been my number one supporter. He has helped me formulate my plans in every way. One subject throughout my recovery has been work. When will I return to teaching, and to what capacity? Right now I have decided to return to Fun,2,3, and substituting at Haleakala Waldorf in

Back on the Saddle Again

Well, one of the saddles anyways.
From mobile uploads

Yup, yup I rode the Vespa last week for the first time in over three months.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Our Hoop House in Progress

Matt built and I helped erect the skeleton for our Hoop House today!
From Upcountry Recipes

I blogged about it over on our website if you would like to read more about it. We plan to grow in the hoop house in addition to our gardens. Flowers, and food will flourish in our new green house.

Monday, March 15, 2010

27 Millimeters & Wider!

Yes indeed it's true. I can now open my mouth 27 millimeters wide.
From mobile uploads
Our growing Chickens! (and our former resident rooster)

This is such an accomplishment! My goal is to reach 35 millimeters. I tend to be opening 3 millimeters a week, so I expect to reach my goal in about 2 and a half weeks.
I now have a standing appointment with Dr. Clarke on Thursdays to check my opening progress. Once I reach my goal of 35 millimeters it's not like I get to stop shoving tongue depressors in between my top & bottom jaw, it will just be the opening that I will then have to retain. Looks like that will be my mantra for April: maintain.
Opening my mouth has resulted in being able to eat more and more. I have recently put away my spoon, fork, and knife, and have been biting into sandwiches! Yippie. You wouldn't want to watch me eat, but I am doing it! It's a funny sensation to eat without the feeling of your four front teeth. I have started to use my bottom front teeth to actually bite into things, as an alternative.
From mobile uploads
The new 300 gal. water tank!

I still am so looking forward to my implants scheduled for May. To have some permanent teeth will be a nice alternative to my temporaries. I forget to even take out my flipper sometimes at night, as it is so comfortable. The temps look great. My mouth is feeling better by the day. Everything is falling into place, and I am getting more, and more used to my new bite.
My skin is almost completely healed as well, and the scars on my lip, chin, and by my left eye are becoming softer, and less and less noticeable. I can't help but think of my doctors, Peter Galpin, and Michael Clarke whom have help bring me to this point. Amazing! Matt has also been instrumental in my positive recovery. He makes me smile, and laugh daily! Matt has been by my side, and continues to support me in every way. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Later this month Matt & I are having an Open House. It is fun to plan parties. We have not had a party for awhile, so we are looking forward to it! Menu planning is on the agenda, and we already have some great ideas. I hope you can make it!
From mobile uploads
Two of my favorite guys.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pimp My Site

Matt has given my site the beginnings of a whole new look. The top banner is now customized. I really like the graphic design of this piece. It is a shot from the North Shore looking out near Jaws. The hearts and opaque butterfly behind me are special accents that personalize the banner. I also like the slight blurring of the image to give it a sort of sureal feel.
In the right panel next to the entries, he added the My Photos album direct from my android, My Videos from YouTube, and a slideshow from Picasa entitled, Cristina in Hawai'i. This blog is such a creative and educational part of my recovery. Thanks to Matt's guidance, both of our blogs are improving. Check out Matt's latest post about his new piece, Remember When (and new customized banner)at
I am preparing this week to open another 3mm by using my home thereapy: tounge depressors 3 times daily. This part of my recovery is a bit monotonous, however it is much better than the alternative: physical therapy out of the home, and out of pocket to open the jaw. I get rewarded every time I work on my jaw by loosening up more, and thus being able to chew better and better every day. Brushing my teeth gets easier, and everything just feels like its falling into place in my mouth.
We had an amazing roasted chicken & vegetable dinner last night. It inspired a blog on please take a look. Read all the way down to see a funny photo of Billy and the chicken & a great song by Biz Markie. It's one of my favorites called Chinese Food.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Get Up and Dance!

You have got to listen to this! It's a get up and move sort of experience: Best of Bootie 2009 v.2  by  bootie

I have been listening to mash-up for a few years and it just gets better and better. I have always loved all sorts of music, and this music tends to mix not only beats, and electronica sounds, but classic rock, rap, and pop too.
An influence in this genre besides Matt, is our buddy Moe. He sent me this link just the other day of his latest music projects. Take a look!

My recovery continues to go well. I have opened up my mouth another 3 millimeters this week. Dr. Clarke tells me that if I can keep this up for the next two months, we will be right where we want to be. For the next two months the mouth is continuing to heal. This time is important to take in the entire process of tooth implants.
Yesterday was a great day. I went to the 4th grade play, "A New Hope" at Haleakala Waldorf in the morning. What a thoughtful, funny, and sweet play. I love that special class of talented children. Then Matt and I attended the opening Art Show at Whole Foods, where Matt's piece, "Mucha Moore" is on display. Thanks family and friends for your support! It was a sweet evening. Matt's pikake lei's are adding such a nice perfume to the air in the house.
Here's a photo from Andrea's visit! Good to see you Dre, and nice to meet you Krista! Will I ever get to meet Sir Kernel Mustard?
From Friends visitng us on Maui.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Say Cheese...

What a trip! I have teeth all of a sudden.
It is very nice to have this temporary grill that is so realistic looking!
My thanks to Dr. Clarke, and Dr. Vallejos. You have made my temporary smile simply beautiful.
From Cristina Pineda
This gives me a lot of hope about the finished product!
Dr. Clarke had asked me if I could bring him some photo's of my smile before the accident since he did not know what it looked like. Matt suggested I make an online photo album to share with my doctors with about 18 images of my smiling face. This was such a great idea, and is no doubt playing a big roll in getting as close to my original smile as possible.

I found out that alas, I do not need to get those two root canals. Yeah. This cut's off one month of my mouth rebuilding process. Dr. Clarke told me that he will start the implant process in May. My teeth, are still shifting, and need more time to heal in order for my implants to be successful. So I will be all fixed up by August now perhaps. This is exciting.

Once I got my new choppers, I quickly made arrangements to see the children at Fun, 2, 3, and Haleakala Waldorf School. I visited the 4th and 7th grade at Waldorf on Tuesday last week, and Fun, 2, 3 on Friday. It was so great to be back in the classroom, and sharing my experience with all those awesome children I know. There were lots of questions, a few tears, and a lot of general discussion about my accident, and how my recovery has been going. All of them asked when I would be back, and my only answer was when I am ready. I am on temporary disability until the end of April. I am feeling like May might be the right time to go back to work. I still need much work on opening my mouth. I am about half way to where I should be, and will be seeing Dr. Clarke regularly to check my progress. No poking or prodding, just measuring the opening of my mouth.
I continue to eat soft foods, and chewing is coming easier, and easier.
Matt got to teach at Waldorf last week. He did a lesson on perspective for the 7th grade. He is really a natural teacher! He invited me to come to the class, and participate. It was a great class. We went outside to draw, and Matt checked our work. It was a pleasure to sit on the ground and sketch for 45 minutes. The pleasure and calm that comes over me when sketching is great. Thanks Matt!
How do you like that rainbow outside my front door? My dear friend Andrea, and my new friend Crista are visiting Maui. They got here on Saturday after the tsunami (which by the way caused no damage, and since we live at 2,500 ft. elevation we are the evacuation route). Yesterday we went to the beach in Kaanapali. It was rainy and cloudy all day, so I was able to pop in to the ocean a swim a bit. So nice! The girls went off to Hana today, and we are planning to BBQ this evening. They will be off to Oregon tomorrow. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend time with friends during my recovery. It helps to go out and have some fun every now and then. I also realize, I can't keep pace just yet! That's why I opted to stay home today.

I'm now getting set to do some pilates (go here for my workout videos), and then it's jaw exercises! I just might take a small walk or hike around the property later too, and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having today. Until we meet again...