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Faun
Long time no type. I keep posting posts like this, where I apologize for not posting and blah blah blah. Sorry about that.

But hopefully this is going to change, because I AM DONE WITH MY DISSERTATION. I only need to go to campus next week to get signatures from the appropriate individuals, and turn all the right stuff in to the library. Seriously.

You can call me Dr.

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How time flies

cartoon me
Time flies when you have a toddler to care for and delight in. Time flies when you have a dissertation to write. Time just flies.

Elsie is 19 mths old, and she has a lot to say.

Baba bye bye!

She climbs things she has no business climbing.

Up the slide

I can hardly keep up with her. I can't believe that just last year she was so new and tiny. I miss that cuddly baby, she is sweet and lovey now, but it just isn't the same.

How time flies.

she is growing so fast.

How the heck are you?

cartoon me
Really, how are you? I've been quiet. I haven't been able to read my whole blogroll in a while. So, if something megabig happened in your life, I might not know.

Nothing megabig has happened here. Elsie is a busy busy busy little bee and I am frequently exhausted. My dissertation is moving (somewhat) steadily along. I spend to much time on facebook.

We are getting away this weekend for a nice visit with friends and to go to the NJ pride festival in Asbury Park. We bought Elsie this shirt, but instead of her name under the rainbow, it says queerspawn. One day soon she will dictate whether or not we are allowed to buy such things, so we're getting while the getting is good. I promise pictures.

I thought I might have some fantastically witty post in my head for you this morning but apparently it fell out of my ear, I guess the cat ate it because I don't see it anywhere on the floor.

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Warning: Parental bragging ahead.

Cutie
It is time for a word count - because Elsie Jane is saying more things every day, and soon I won't be able to keep up. I want to document what she is saying now so we know how many words she had at this age. I suspect she is on the verge of a big language explosion.

kitty cat
dog
miaow (cat miaow)
RAAAR (lion roar)
ruff (dog bark)
baaa (sheep)
hoo hoo (owl)
water
cracker
nana (banana)
pool
eat
ride
write
rooommm (car)
ball
bubble
balloon
bump it (to ask for a fist bump, you know, like a gangsta, she will give high and low fives as well.)
jump
wash
teeth
knee
eye
hi
bye bye
mine
no
cookie
yay
whoa!
oww!
snack
back
mama
mommy
elmo (I know, I know. That little red monster is unavoidable.)
Baba
Cait (her babysitter)
Teddy (the other baby at her babysitter)
fish
juice
snort (like a pig - not the actual word)
shoe
baby
uh oh
Min min (minerva, the stripey cat she is always laying on in the pictures)
tissue
pickle
egg
mouse
wheeeee! (might be swing, but we aren't sure cause she says it other times.)
cheese
duck
boat
yeah

She seems to sometimes be saying 2 word sentences, but they are pretty unclear - like "read it" "that mine" "want that" and "cook it." It is hard to tell though, because she babbles constantly, so we might be imagining it.

She will point to most bodyparts if asked. She will bring you something if you ask for it (if she feels like it.) She knows it is Baba getting home when she hears a key in the lock. She pretends to feed her babies, animals, and stuffed Elmo any snack she is eating as well as her pretend food. She pretends to nurse her babies. She pretends to talk on her toy phone and says "Baba, HI!" She shuts the babygate for us, and turns off or on lightswitches if asked.

She climbs up to the top of slides on the playground, and knows to sit on her bottom or lay down to go down safely. She tries to climb up slides like the big kids. She tries to climb EVERYTHING, actually. She is very friendly to other kids, almost dangerously so to tiny babies. We have to protect them or she tries to give them all sorts of things - like food and sticks. She had a great time running around in a moonbounce at a recent party. She is absolutely fearless and unstoppable and adorable.

She slays old ladies with her cuteness and big smiles. Following her around all day is exhausting but tons of fun.

updateish

Eyes
I haven't really been posting. Things have been rather ugly. I am ok.

Here is a list in no specific order of what has kept me from posting:

1. Elsie is cutting molars (at least 2), but she is still adorable.

Cutie pie

2. I have been in The Bad Place.

3. I have realized that badness of the Bad Place is very related to my menstrual cycle. I never used to have much noticeable PMS but OH LORDIE I sure do now. I got my period wednesday and it was like the sun suddenly broke through the clouds, angels began to sing, and sparkly fairy dust of happiness fell softly onto my heart.

4. I am on the last breastfeeding-safe psych med to try. I have no plans to wean at this juncture, so we are going to try and scrape together the $$ for me to get some acupuncture and hope that between that and the spring things get better.

5. My dissertation is not anywhere near finished, so I am not graduating until August. I am totally ok with this, as anything to delay being a Real Grownup with a Job is probably a good thing.

6. We are owned by the world's most tolerant cat. See below.
Best cat ever

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Iowa ROCKS

Kissing
Seriously. I just read the decision and the language is just so solid, so fantastic. Makes the decisions from MD, WA, NY, and NM look like complete idiocy.

Go read it, it is short and not full of ridiculous legalese: http://www.judicial.state.ia.us/wfData/files/Varnum/40209Varnumsummary.pdf

Eight weeks

Crack
That is how long I have until the university's dissertation deadline. If I want to graduate this semester, my dissertation must be written, defended, printed, and bound for the library with all signatures by that date.

Holy cats I have to get to work.

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Best cat ever

Kittens
Things are still not so great around here, but I am on new meds and seeing an allergist next week to try and figure out wtf I have been sick constantly for weeks on end, cuminating in a bronchitis like thing the entire last week complete with serious asthma bullshit.

However, we have megacuteness occurring in our home. Minerva is officially the best cat ever.

Witness:

Kitty snuggles

Can't sleep

Crack
Brain will eat me.

So tired. So so so so tired.

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