Lola and Sir Germs-a-lot

In 2013, my mom published a children’s book called, Lola and Sir Germs-a-lot. It’s about cavities and how they can appear in the mouth.

My mom received a degree in dentistry at the Tver Dental Academy in Russia, and now currently works as a dental hygientist in the Denver area. My mom has done many presentations at schools in our area and that’s how the idea of this great book got started.

The story is about a little girl named Lola. She is invited to a sleepover birthday party for her friend, Rosie. The girls have lots of fun but when it’s time to go to bed, Lola doesn’t brush her teeth. This leads to the arrival of an unwanted friend named Sir Germs-a-lot. Over time, Lola stops brushing her teeth and this eventually leads to cavities. Luckily, she visits her dentist, Dr. Marty McBoo, who helps chase away Sir Germs-a-lot and his friends and start brushing again.

This book is super cute with fun illustrations, fun characters, and a good plot. It’s also very educational and can help kids and parents understand how cavities can appear and how they are taken care of.

A lot of people have enjoyed it and their children enjoy it even more. Lola and Sir Germs-a-lot
helps kids understand the importance of brushing their teeth.

I highly recommend the book and hope you enjoy it if you get the chance to read it.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, you can click here.

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A Note to Incoming Freshmen…

School is starting back up. Yay? I remember coming in as a freshman into high school was a very new and overwhelming experience. So here’s a letter to all of the incoming freshmen. Even if you aren’t going to be an incoming freshman, you might be able use some of this advice.

 

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

Going into high school can be kind of scary and intimidating and overwhelming, especially on the first day, but you’ll get used to it. You might have trouble finding your classes at first and a hard time with your locker combo but like I said earlier, you’ll learn the tricks and remember what you need to, and everything will be okay. And if you don’t have problems with any of that stuff, then good for you! You really know what you’re doing. 🙂 The sophomores and upperclassmen might be intimidating and scary and mean, but they were once in your position and know exactly what you’re going through. They are actually pretty nice, helpful, and good to be around, once you get to personally know them.

Make sure you study hard and work hard in all of your classes. Take notes, ask questions, and try your hardest on everything. A lot of students think it’s okay and cool to put little effort into projects and papers. They think it’s cool to ditch class and “go to the bathroom” to hang out with friends. Honestly, it looks silly and kind of embarrassing. Think about it this way, is it more impressive to have good grades and be successful in school or be to known as the “cool” kid who never works hard in class, doesn’t turn in papers and homework, and ditches to go to Starbucks, or wherever people go when they ditch? In the end, all of your hard work will pay off and you can do whatever you want to do with your life. If you work hard in school, you can go to a good college, and then have a solid job and good life. Nothing comes just like that.

Also, be yourself. You probably hear this a lot these days. “Be yourself”, “don’t be afraid to show who you really are”, and “don’t listen to what others have to say about you” are all pretty common things said these days, especially to teens who are figuring out who they are. In high school, most people are figuring out who they are and what they want to do with their lives. You might already know what you want to do with your life and you might not, and either way is okay. People will pressure you to become something and do certain things like ditch class or cheat and things like that. If you want to take that road, no one’s stopping you. If you don’t want to do that, then say no and stand up for what you want to do and what you think is right. Joining clubs or sports in school are good ways to meet people you want to be around. If you want to wear sweatpants and a t-shirt everyday, then you do that or if you want to join theater or do sports then you do that. To sum this huge paragraph all up, you shouldn’t feel pressured to be something you aren’t. Do what you feel is right and, well, be yourself.
And of course, have fun. Enjoy every moment and make the most of it!

Sorry if this note turned into a pretty long letter! Haha. I know all of you will do well your freshman year. I wish you all the best of luck with this year and the rest of your high school career. Make the most of your year, class of 2019! Good luck incoming freshmen!

Best of luck,

Ana Horvath

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Coming Back to Kennebec Cafe

Last year, around this same time, my family and I travelled to Hesperus, CO to a wonderful little restaurant and bakery called Kennebec Cafe. We also drove around the La Plata Mountains that day.

Coming Back to Kennebec Cafe

This past weekend, while visiting family in New Mexico, we decided to visit the Kennebec Cafe once again. They have delicious food so, why not? If you can remember my blog about the visit to Hesperus from last year, we ordered pancakes for breakfast and they were HUGE! The pancakes tasted amazing, but a break from pancakes was definitely needed after that trip. This time, my family and I went for a late lunch instead of breakfast.

I ordered a delicious southwest burger that had pepper jack cheese, green chiles, and avocado on it with a side of fries and an Arnold Palmer (half ginger peach tea and half raspberry lemonade). The Arnold Palmer was really refreshing and the food was so yummy! The burger was done very well and the flavors in it worked well together.

Coming Back to Kennebec Cafe

The service was great, the food was tasty, and the company was wonderful. My family and I had a relaxing and fun day and a short but good weekend together. If you’re ever headed to Hesperus, CO or just traveling through the area, make sure to add the Kennebec Cafe to your list of things to-do, it’s worth it!

Back in the Boot- Peroneal Tendon Subluxation

You all remember the blogs about my first boot and the sesamoid fracture, right? Well guess what’s back! August 4th, 2015, the boot comes back on. This time it isn’t for a fracture but for peroneal tendon subluxation.

In your lower leg, there’s a collection of muscles and tendons. They originate from the fibula and travel down the leg and into various areas of the foot. Behind the bony prominence on the outside of the ankle lie the two peroneal tendons, peroneus brevis which attaches to your fifth metatarsal (toe), and peroneus longs which runs under the foot and attaches near the big toe. These two tendons are held in place by a strong, connective tissue called the peroneal retinaculum.

Back in the Boot-Peroneal Tendon Subluxation

Peroneal tendon subluxation is when one or both of the peroneal tendons slip out of position and come over the bony prominence on the outside of the ankle. Once the tendons come out of place, they may remain there or return to their original position. It’s not a good feeling.

Peroneal tendon subluxation can occur because of a torn retinaculum which would allow for the tendons to move freely, shallow grooves which make it easier for the tendons to come out of place, and also a loose or weak retinaculum which is least common.

Back in the Boot-Peroneal Tendon Subluxation

This is can be treated with immobilization (like a boot),  rest, orthotics, and also surgery for retinaculum repair, tendon repair, or groove deepening.

So my boot is back for another month to immobilize and hopefully keep the peroneal tendons in place. Now you know a little bit about peroneal tendon subluxation and I hope to get better soon and see you all back out on the courts!

And as a little side note, my dad and aunt’s birthdays are tomorrow so, Happy Birthday to both of you! 🙂

App Reviews: Dubsmash

There are a lot of apps available on iOS and android devices that allow for you to make music videos or funny and entertaining videos. Dubsmash just so happens to be one of those apps and it has become a smash hit around the world.

From the website of the app itself, it explains Dubsmash as “a mobile app to create short selfie videos dubbed with famous sounds”. Dubsmash allows you to find sounds or songs and then record you, your friends, and your family acting silly and lip-syncing with the sound. These are similar to other social media apps and companies like Periscope, Vine, and so on, however this app obviously isn’t a social media app and you only have to create an account to make your own sounds. The short clips and easy to create and super easy to share and add to any social media you want.

The app has a good help and support page that answers any questions you might have about operating Dubsmash. There are also an enormous amount of sounds to choose from and search up. The app is easy to navigate and simple to operate and it is highly approved and enjoyed by people in over 192 countries!

App Reviews: Dubsmash
I love using Dubsmash and recommend it to anyone looking for a fun app. Whenever I have a quick moment and my sister and I feel like doing something fun that we can show our family and friends. It doesn’t require wifi when you record sounds, but does when you want to find new ones, which can be something fun to do on a road trip. So if you don’t have Dubsmash yet, it might be something to look into. It’s easy, fun, and also funny to watch. Get out and start dubbing!