Author: taraocity

Journey to Blissdom






Today I leave for my first conference on blogging, BLISSDOM ’13 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. I am excited and a little nervous as to be expected. I’ve gone through tons of scenarios of what to pack, what to wear, do I design a business card? It can keep girl up at night. And let’s not mention the website. What we have here Grapevine, it a WORK in PROGRESS.

So I did all the math, and decided the following:

  1. What to bring: My iPhone, my iPad, a notepad/pen and a smile
  2. What to wear: layers–whether inside freezing in air conditioning or roasting in the sun, a nice tee or cami and a cardi with nice pants or jeans is the way to go. Shoes? Nice slip ons, ballet flats, now is not the time to rock the heels and suffer for fashion
  3. Business Cards: I debated weeks on this one. I chose, not this year. I want to focus on Blissdom, not crafting a logo that I will sure to wanna redo as soon as I get back.
  4. Be Tara. At the end of the day, I want to represent me, and who I am now, not who I think I should be.


Jaw Breaker

Jaw breaker

This year I embark on an incredible journey to have my jaw repositioned. It is a decision my husband and I discussed and agreed not to put off any longer.

When I was sixteen I was told my lower jaw needed to be broken to fix the misalignment that I was born with. Instead it was decided I would wear braces to straighten my teeth only. To be honest, I don’t know what mother could decide to have her child go through that kind of surgery—it sounded just as extreme then as it does now.

Now over thirty years later,  I am addressing the problem and fixing it hopefully for good. As I’ve gotten older I have noticed more problems with my jaw and beginning to feel “TMJ-like” symptoms. Even though there is no proof jaw repositioning cures TMJ, I believe proper alignment will improve alot of mine.

First step—Braces to reaalign my teeth and set then in place for the surgery. Just returned from my 8 week visit since I had them put on in December 2012 and things are progressing along nicely. My orthodontist said that my next visit won’t be for 10 weeks and then we will put on my finishing wire. I could have my surgery in six months.

More on adult braces, along with tips and tricks to be continued…..

The Dream Lantern

“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

You could say I was born to love movies. My earliest memories were of me watching them from my Grandmother’s lap on a Saturday afternoon. We would often fall asleep in her comfy chair to good ‘ol B&W. When I played with my dolls, they had names of Claudette Colbert, Greta Garbo and other film stars from the 1920’s and 1930’s. And speaking of names, my own, Tara, was given to me by Grandmother, from her favorite film, Gone with the Wind.


Gone With The Wind, MGM. 1939

Movies were my dream world. I could pretend to be anyone, go to faraway places, and create a new home for myself when I didn’t want to face the one I lived in. I sometimes catch that same sparkle in my daughter’s eyes when she see’s a movie for the first time. My husband Glen shares a passion for film as I do and built us a wonderful place to watch movies together as a family. Only now I can watch them on a big theater screen instead of my little one of my younger days.