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from elgan :
Nice to see you back here.
from eggsaucted :
Your name was red on my buddy list, it's good to have you back writing.
from coldandgray :
Nice to see you. Can't believe your girl is almost two! My boy is almost ONE! c.r.a.z.y.
from teranika :
lovely to read your voice again (and sorry I was so bad at replying to you last January!). I would love to read your musings on this topic. I think that it is wonderful to know smart women who love raising their children. It is a great contribution to our world.
from coldandgray :
Oh oh, why so much babe fatigue? Hope it improves soon.
from harri3tspy :
Why do I always forget it's your birthday too? A very happy birthday to you too!
from teranika :
AAAARRGH! Oh, I feel that - oh-so-close frustration for you.. You're fingertips have reached the edge and you just need that.. last.. little.. edge.. UP! and then you're done. This is SOO COOOL.
from f-i-n :
mucho congrats!
from harri3tspy :
Congratulations, Dr. dandlioneyes! I hope you're being royally feted!
from elgan :
Hurrah! Now go get drunk!
from coldandgray :
WOW! oh my gosh, does this mean it is finally all over? WOO WEE!
from harri3tspy :
Good luck! You'll do great!
from coldandgray :
Yesterday I tried to wish you good luck on your defense but the notes got jammed. LUCK!
from elgan :
Good luck, not that you'll need it.
from harri3tspy :
I am so familiar with the no feedback problem. It scares the crap out of me. But good luck. And stop cramming! You know this stuff! I'll be thinking good thoughts for you on Friday!!
from elgan :
Woo hoo!
from harri3tspy :
Yay! Good for you! And also, I'm insanely jealous.
from teranika :
I'm inspired! Congratulations!!!!
from coldandgray :
Happy mother's day!
from teranika :
Happy mother's day!! I'm sorry to hear you are cranky (not surprising - sleep deprivation..). Astounded to read that you haven't been out away from Miss E. since her birth! eeks. I have another friend who had to give up her cat because all of a sudden he started peeing all over the place when she got pregnant. It's apparently very rare that cats react to hormones like that, but it did happen to her. Poor Chester. Poor you.
from michl :
Wow! E is growing up so fast. Good luck finishing off the dissertation. And that is good news on booking your holiday for later this summer. We need something to give us that final push in the motivation scheme of things.
from f-i-n :
Disco Duck.
from coldandgray :
Hope baby E feels better soon.
from elgan :
I too pass on my condolences to your friend. I have known quite elderly people who still had a parent living (hence even more elderly), and it was that which kept them young. When that parent finally succumbed to the scythe, the next one in line visibly aged. I can't imagine what it would do to someone that young to realize that she is suddenly without the cushion of the older generation. Glad to hear that Miss E (that's my nickname, by the way) is doing well. I hope Chester enjoys life.
from harri3tspy :
I'm so sorry. Somehow having a child intensifies our responses to events like that. My condolences to you and your friend.
from michl :
You are making good progress with the dissertation. Well done you!!!
from harri3tspy :
Happy half birthday to Miss E!
from borogoves :
it's so nice to hear how miss E is developing. i'm looking forward to all that stuff soon! great step with being all official-like with the university re your graduation--congrats!
from harri3tspy :
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. As for the hunger thing, I remember it well. Ihad no problem losing my pregnancy weight while breast feeding, but I gained a ton back while I was weaning AJ, because that hunger is so strong and hard to fight. Hang in there!
from elgan :
I'm so sorry about your cat. The double life is a toughie, especially for us moms who choose to stay home with our babies. But I think in the long run it's worth it.
from harri3tspy :
I am very familiar with the double life -- it's why I started blogging, to try to meld the two sides. Good for you with the diss. I wish I'd finished mine while AJ was still a baby -- it gets harder as they get older.
from borogoves :
rah rah rah! you can do it! (the diss, i mean) i am mightily impressed with being able to do it at all with a wee one to take care of. being done will be THE BEST!
from coldandgray :
Cliff is in town? DANG! Thank you for reaching out. I have my first appointment at a fertility clinic next week, although I feel like this is the month it is going to happen...yes, I have felt that before, so who knows.
from coldandgray :
The recent weather has been horrendous, SORRY! It seems every one around me is getting pregnant & I am seething with jealousy. It has only been 14 months for me, so seeing your 16 months makes me feel a little better. Such a weird business all around. Little baby E was worth the wait for you! Makes it that much sweeter.
from loewenzahn :
Hoffe der Kakao den du trinkst ist der mit dem leichten Chili Geschmack....? Liebe Grüsse aus dem Sommer - ich mache mir jetzt ne Eisschokolade....
from borogoves :
hey, sorry to hear that E is under the weather. thanks for the tips for the 3-hour glucose test!
from teranika :
I empathize - I remember my first Christmas away. I even remember my first Christmas without my dad. I remember one Christmas that I spent entirely on my own - it was sad but at the same time there was something peaceful and renewing about it - like with the Grinch - Christmas comes and can be beautiful even without our normal traditions. Maybe you and hubby and E will become a new center for your family. Wishing you peace and happiness!
from teranika :
Vielen vielen Dank, meine Gute. Und an Euch, ein schoenes neues Jahr mit eurer wunderschoen Kind! (grammar was never my strong point with this language...)
from elgan :
Have a wonderful Christmas!
from harri3tspy :
Happy Holidays to you too! Have a great time with your little one!
from eggsaucted :
I think SBC & dland are in cahoots, to make sure I don't have contact with you. I just realized today you left me a note like ages ago and I was randomly looking through my bulk mail for a message from the ex boss which hadn't gotten through and saw that you sent me pics. Cahoots I tell ya. How come bulk mail gets through to the inbox, but mail from people in my address book doesn't? Thanks for sending the pics, she's adorable.
from borogoves :
hi! checking in here again after a long absence... i'm glad to see that you and the babe are getting on well, and that you're both doing so well! good luck with getting the diss started again, just think: you'll feel SO GOOD when it's done!
from f-i-n :
happy turkey day
from elgan :
That's funny. Miss E. is what my mother-in-law calls me.
from eggsaucted :
I've been strangely obsessed with the TomKat wedding as well. But I read that they paid almost $2million for the use of the castle and that Tom paid to rebuild the roads leading to castle. Hmmm..the world may never know.
from saucy99 :
that's what i've been hearing...to get samples and put them on the wall. I definitley want some earthy tones...kind of the oranges, yellows and reds that you would see in the country during the fall in a quaint vermont town, think foliage!
from coldandgray :
Thank you for your wonderful & kind note, your daughter is a big reassurance to me.
from elgan :
Just reading your recent entry filled me with such a wonderful feeling. I envy you. When my children were tiny babies, I don't think I was as good a mom as you are. I think I got better as they got older, but you sound perfect. Enjoy!
from borogoves :
hey, it's been a long time since i've been here, but wanted to check in to say hey, how's it going, etc. i hope that nursing gets easier for you! i am, of course, reading all your updates with Great Anticipation :D
from eggsaucted :
I used to time showers to exactly last the amount of time of her winner the pooh mobile. She'd lay in her crib and love it and I'd have long enough for an ultra quick shower. Or I showered with her baby bathtub in the shower with me. Or I put her in her bouncy chair in the bathroom while I showered. There are ways to accomplish showers really there are, you just have to be creative.
from eggsaucted :
I'll know monday the benefits coordinator was out today and I'm off tomorrow. I try so hard not to get angry, but this really pisses me off. Not to mention that I can't admit I know what I know so I can't call him and yell and scream. Anyway, hope you're holding up well. Nursing came exceedingly easy to me, in fact half of the time it put both of us to sleep. Ah the days when taking snacks with us, just meant bringing my boobs.
from elgan :
I'm so incredibly happy for you. Nursing can be tough, but like you, I really cherished those close times with my babies.
from borogoves :
ok, i'm totally late to the party, but OH MY GOSH! CONGRATULATIONS! i hope the entire dandlionfamily is happy and healthy and getting plenty of sleep!
from teranika :
I'm a little late on my congrats, but how wonderful! I hope that you are enjoying parenthood (and getting enough sleep)!
from bobbipuzel :
Awww Congrats! What did you name her? I am so happy for you guys!!!
from the-saint :
Congratulations! Wonderful news I read here! I'd love to see her, but I am too far away! Have a fantastic new start into another part of life! *hugs*
from michl :
Congrats! I am so happy for you! Can't wait to meet her in December. I also have some fantastic news. I just secured a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship here at Soton.
from saucy99 :
She's beautiful! I can't wait to meet her. So incredibly happy for you guys!
from elgan :
Hurrah! Congratulations! Wonderful news. Have you named her?
from coldandgray :
oh.my.gosh. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do we get to know her name?
from harri3tspy :
Fantastic news! Congratulations to all of you. And have a wonderful time.
from saucy99 :
I agree with Elgan, any day now she's coming...hang in there!
from elgan :
False labour, like the false dawn, precedes the real thing. It won't be long now.
from saucy99 :
she's coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!
from elgan :
This is so exciting!
from eggsaucted :
My contractions up until 10 minutes before her highness was born were never really worse than cramps, it's just that they came and went every 10 minutes or so and then disappeared for a few hours from tuesday until 1:18am on Thursday when her highness was born. Actually up until my water broke around 10:30pm those cramps which were indeed contractions were never closer than 10 minutes apart and never regular and then we went from 10 minutes apart to 3 minutes apart in less than 20 minutes. My contractions never made me feel much more than just uncomfortable and restless and my back had been hurting for about two months because her absolutely loved my siatic (spelled that wrong too tired to fix it) nerve for the last trimester. At 1am one of my contractions suddenly felt a little bit different like with pressure and her highness was born three pushes later. After hearing how I would definately know I was in labor the only clue I had was that my water broke.
from harri3tspy :
That's a lot how I felt before I had AJ. I never had noticeable contractions, not until they gave me Pitocin about 12 hours after my water broke. I just felt like I had a big honking backache and an upset tummy. Everyone had told me it would be obvious when I went into labor, but for me, it just wasn't. So you never know. Just in case, best of luck!
from borogoves :
hi! <waves furiously> i have been so bad about keeping up with diaryland, but just went back and read through a bunch of your recent updates. and i definitely wanted to check in and say hi and good luck and all that jazz in case the little miss arrives early and you go awol for a while. i'm so happy for you that you're almost done with pregnancy and are about to get the prize at the end! best wishes to you and the boy!
from elgan :
I read something somewhere about catnip tisane. That might do something.
from michl :
Your latest post made A laugh. He can't believe that there are such nutters out there who want to colonize space.
from saucy99 :
Hang in there my dear! You're doing fabulous and remember, your needs take precedence and you're allowed to be selfish. In fact, I command you: BE SELFISH!
from elgan :
Hang in there. It won't be that long now.
from harri3tspy :
Hang in there. Although I'm afraid to say that the hormones continued to be an issue for me for a while after birth as well. Also, I keep meaning to ask you whether you read princessreva. She's about as far along as you with her first pregnancy and she just moved to Brazil. You might enjoy checking out her diary.
from coldandgray :
already a tad dilated? oh my gosh, I am so excited for you!
from saucy99 :
next time someone says anything say: "I have abs of steel, do *you* have abs of steel? No. That's what I thought. How do you like them apples?" Thanks for listening to me vent earlier today, I'm feeling better.
from elgan :
You look radiantly beautiful!
from eggsaucted :
I was actually jealous that I never looked "that pregnant." But pregnancy brings out the comments from everyone if it isn't your size it's some pregnancy horror story. What bothered me most was random people wanting to touch my belly. Then after the baby is born random stangers will have comments about your child, they'll think it's a boy, they'll say you don't dress them right, too much too little, that was way worse for me than anything anyone said to me during pregnancy. I didn't care that I didn't look nine months pregnant, I was and I felt plenty big so it works the other way around to.
from harri3tspy :
What are people thinking? Who needs those stupid people? I'm sure you look fabulous.
from coldandgray :
Getting closer! I already go to the bathroom a lot. If I get pregnant, I would seriously consider getting adult diapers.
from eggsaucted :
We didn't take any classes and used absolutely zero breathing exercises, my body knew exactly what to do and the nurse and the midwife coached us through the two hour labor and delivery. As for picking a pediatrician, her highness sees an Nurse Practioner not a doctor which went right along with me seeing a midwife instead of a doctor. T is fantastic with her and doesn't talk down to me. That was what I felt was the most important, that her highness have someone who could talk to her at any age, but wouldn't make me feel stupid or like I was the age of one of his patients. When I've needed to call he's called back within minutes and always put my mind at ease.
from harri3tspy :
The last couple of months of pregnancy I couldn't function without a couple of naps a day. I was very grateful that I lived a block from my office. I started spending my lunch hours sleeping. As for post-baby, I feel like I may have said this before, but it's amazing what you get used to. Babies sleep a lot -- they just don't sleep all at one time. If you can let the baby set the schedule, then you'll probably do okay. I found that as long as I got 3 hours in a row at some point during the night, I was fine. And most of the time, at least after the first week, that happened. And that first week we were so excited and freaked out, that I kind of don't remember what was going on. I think the people who have the hardest time (aside from parents of colicky babies) are those who try to (whether by practical necessity or by some need to feel in control) fight the baby's natural schedule. I actually felt pretty well rested when AJ was tiny. But he was also a pretty good sleeper from a fairly early age. Hopefully yours will be too!
from elgan :
Well, I'm not a good one to talk, since both my deliveries were by cesarian (not to scare you, or anything), but giving birth, no matter how "natural" a process it is, is incredibly painful and nothing really prepares you for that (unless you're one of those lucky ones whose babies slip out like kittens). So, practise those breathing exercises, you'll need them!
from teranika :
Can't give helpful advice on the waddling stages of pregnancy...but I can advise that there is indeed a tenth planet out there - UB313/2003 or something like that, unofficially named "Xena" and "Lila." It's waiting for an official name from the powers that be. Don't think of it as losing a Pluto, you've gained a UB313.
from elgan :
It may be too late to do anything about it now, but I recommend a waveless water bed. We were sleeping on one the first time I got pregnant, and when the next pregnancy reached the 4-month mark, I told my husband it was time to move onto it again, as we had it set up in the guest room. I never had a problem with lack of circulation or sore back or needed to bolster myself with pillows. It really is the pregnant woman's friend.
from harri3tspy :
I had insomnia for the last month or two of my pregnancy with AJ. The bad news is that for me, it never went away. The good news, though, is that by the time I actually had a baby, I was getting more sleep not less. I felt it was great preparation for having an infant who needs to eat every few hours but who sleeps A LOT. Hang in there!
from harri3tspy :
Yay! That's very good news.
from elgan :
I used to call that the "Glucose Intolerance Test".
from coldandgray :
Thanks! I have never heard of the GTT (I guess I will), but wish you the best with it.
from harri3tspy :
Sorry about the tests. One of my good friends had gestational diabetes and another had preeclampsia. Both came through with flying colors and happy healthy babies. But the testings stuff is a pain in the ass and anxiety-inducing to boot. Try to stay calm and bring lots to read!
from coldandgray :
Thanks for asking. I have 3 big scabs on my face that make me look like I am having an odd acne eruption. I hope to be in your shoes soon with your happy pregnancy!
from bobbipuzel :
Shoot, that sent before I was done sending it. Anyway, I meant to say, LOL that is what the Dutch do, keep it a secret until they aer born. :) I already have names picked out for the kids I fear I will never have. I am great. Pieter and I have been trying for a baby for a year now, no go. It is okay though. I have time and if it never happens, we are okay with that too. :) We have to be okay with anything and it is good to be in that mind frame. If we have a baby, YEAH that adds to the love in our family and makes us happier, but if not, we are already happy and have good lives. I have been traveling some. I am going to New Zealand and Singapore soon. Just the same old stuff otherwise. :)
from bobbipuzel :
lol!
from bobbipuzel :
Do you have a name for your baby girl yet? CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!
from elgan :
Yes, I remember the itching. Aloe vera gel helps a lot. They do fade, but your skin will never be smooth again. Kind of like a deflated balloon, actually.
from elgan :
Boy, did I have stretch marks. During my second pregnancy, my stretch marks had stretch marks!
from coldandgray :
So exciting! See, and it cooled down, too. It has been about a year now since you have been in Sea-town, right?
from harri3tspy :
Happy Birthday to you too! I hope it's cooled down for you.
from michl :
We're having a heatwave too and we don't have AC either. Al has it at work, but I don't. I can't imagine what it is like being pregnant in this heat.
from coldandgray :
at least it will be nice and cool when it is time for you to give birth! Wishing the best with ALL of it.
from loewenzahn :
Selbstgemachtes Pistazien Eis?????? Ich komme.....(Bestimmt kriegt er das auch mit Soja hin oder nicht?) Wir reden bald...
from flicka :
Sorry about your folks. It's difficult as adults to watch....
from michl :
Sorry to have read your news. Try to focus on the positive and don't let your parents' lives bother you too much. It is the best way that I have coped since my ordeal with my parents.
from elgan :
I want to say something encouraging here, but it's not easy, especially when I've never experienced what you're going through. I think we always want to be validated by our parents and that we never really make the transition from child to adult where they are concerned. But when your daughter is born, you will be a parent and everything you do will affect the way she looks at the world around her and the way she relates to it. So, at some point you have to ask yourself if you can stop being the "child" and start being the adult, letting your parents live their lives and accepting that your relationship to them has changed. I wish you strength and luck to see this through.
from harri3tspy :
Mmm. I remember the seafood well, but I really fell in love with the breakfasts -- that incredible dense brown bread with the raisins that every place we stayed seemed to serve along with oatmeal. The best restaurant we ate at in Dublin was a swank Indian restaurant. I don't remember where it was though. I stayed in a youth hostel when we were in Dublin that was in a former convent. The dining room was in the former chapel -- they'd taken out the religious stained glass windows and replaced them with hostel-themed ones. The phone booths were in the confessionals. It was hilarious.
from michl :
Happy Anniversary! Too bad you couldn't make it to England on this trip. At least, you are experiencing some good weather for this part of the world.
from loewenzahn :
Alles Gute zum Hochzeitstag!!!!! Eine schöne zeit noch in Irland, freu mich schon auf Fotos!
from harri3tspy :
Happy anniversary! I am insanely jealous. Ireland is my favorite place in the world. I'll never forget the cycling trip I took around the west coast.
from saucy99 :
Happy Anniversary!
from elgan :
Happiest of anniversaries! Enjoy!
from saucy99 :
So jealous! I love Eire! One of my favorite places in the world! Glad you are having fun!
from michl :
No, I don't want I NEED a job here. The search continues, but my HoD is going to do what he can to make sure that I can stay in the country legally until I am married.
from coldandgray :
I am jealous but happy for you. My ancestors are from County Cork & I got to visit in '91.
from flicka :
I hope you like the changes! I chopped my hair short too and am painting my kitchen a very light silver color. Change is good--it takes away fear and boredom and mixes things up a bit. New dynamics are sometimes great :)
from coldandgray :
Kick. Kick. How exciting!!
from loewenzahn :
Hört sich gut an, deine Yoga Erfahrung. Hier ist es 5 Grad - stell dir das mal vor. Ich bin entsetzt, meine Tomaten werden erfrieren, die ich gestern erst auf dem Balkon einpflanzte. Ich wünsch euch besseres Wetter für morgen. Habe gestern auch den Brownie Mix glutenfrei gemacht -mmmmmmmh sehr lecker. Bei euch gibts einfach nettere Sachen.
from michl :
Yeah. It gets light here early too! I always wake up when it gets light and I can't go back to sleep. I need to buy some new curtains, but I am waiting to see if we need to move first. I am waiting to hear back from numerous places regarding my job applications.
from teranika :
Isn't it amazing that babies used to live without all this stuff? ;-)
from flicka :
keep on going with your chin held high :)
from saucy99 :
Funny, I never realized how lax Chicago alcohol laws were until I talked to people from other states. Here, we can pretty much buy alcohol wherever, whenever, excpet Sunday morning. I was talking to a friend from Michigan and they have crazy rules. I always thought the only states that had crazy rules were the bible belt states and maybe Utah, but apparently not! Oh well, not complaining, glad its available pretty much everywhere here!
from harri3tspy :
Believe it or not, I haven't yet seen Pirates of the Carribean. Perhaps I'll have to remedy that situation. All in the name of research, of course.
from harri3tspy :
Ooh, we should all do it! Every American dissertation on any subject would have an enigmatic reference to pirates someplace. And then, a generation or two down the line, someone would write a dissertation about why there are so many pirate references in dissertations. It would be a beautiful thing.
from f-i-n :
((hugs))
from harri3tspy :
Oh, congratulations! That's wonderful!!!
from saucy99 :
La la la! Damn I'm good! I should get a job precicting the sex of babies! YAY for little girls!
from dandlioneyes :
a little saucy! :-) i'll let you know. so many people are saying girl...
from saucy99 :
I predict...a little girl!
from flicka :
:)
from saucy99 :
Ok, that was supposed to be YAY *for* Baby! Not YAY or baby...I wasn't trying to make you make some sort of sick choice!
from saucy99 :
Oh my god, so exciting! It's amazing! Very happy for you guys...YAY or baby!!!!!
from elgan :
Wow. I remember those early flutters as being the most amazing part of my pregnancies. I'm very happy for you!
from harri3tspy :
I think it probably depends on the person, but yes, I could definitely watch the belly move at the end. But I could see it in the bathtub a lot sooner because I could see the water moving even when I was holding still. Pretty wild. Right at the end, when baby was runningo out of room, you could actually sometimes tell which body part was pressing against my belly. Now that was weird. That was about when I started to feel like Ripley from Alien.
from harri3tspy :
Oh, yay! It's so fun when that happens. I used to love to sit in the tub and watch my moving belly make ripples in the water.
from borogoves :
hey, jodie foster was really good, actually. she was funny and charming. her main thrust was about finding one's path through life, but she had a bit in the middle about how our nation has lost its way on its path, what with the disaster of a war and the disaster of a katrina response and a disaster of pretty much everything else. i give her two thumbs up. also, she looked as though she had arrived without doing anything more to her hair than just letting it air dry (it was kind of wavy but limp in that way that hair (at least mine) often is if i just let it air dry) and i was charmed by her seeming lack of artifice.
from borogoves :
happy mother-to-be's day!
from flicka :
I'll give you some of my secret names: ketryn drake corbin ethan ophelia
from saucy99 :
Wait, what do you mean? I thought it was already decided? Saucy, right? hee, hee! ;-)
from elgan :
We had two names (first and middle) picked out for each sex. We had no idea ahead of time what we were having, and it wasn’t until I was in the hospital awaiting my second C-section that I even started drawing up a list of possible girls’ names. Luckily I didn’t need them. We were lucky, the names we chose fit their owners perfectly, and still do.
from harri3tspy :
The name discussions for us were fun and crazy. We had many suggestions but we committed to nothing. We picked names ahead, but didn't tell anyone until after we'd seen him, in case something about him made us think the name didn't quite fit. In the end, though, it fit perfectly. AJ got his first name from his late grandfather, who died when my husband was in college. It's also my husband's first name. He got his middle name from my father, who also shares it with my brother. Names do mean a lot. I have a name that I've encountered infrequently in this country (although more frequently elsewhere). While it drove me crazy having to spell it for everyone and having it constantly mispronounced (my own grandmother, God love her, never figured it out), I strongly feel that the name has affected who I am, so I know what you mean about that fear of making a mistake. Plus then there was my mom who kept making suggestions like Methuselah and Ulysses. She pretended she was joking, but I think she was serious.
from flicka :
I'm more of a drive-through wedding chappel sort of girl. And then the drive-through divorce..... Maybe it's about the dress. I jinxxed myself.
from elgan :
As I recall from my pregnancies, which were quite a while ago now, considering my youngest is just about to turn 17, they seemed to go on forever, and I hated them. I never understood those women (like one of my sisters-in-law) who loved being pregnant. However, as with most ordeals, it just seems to last longer than an age (although nine months really does seem an age) and is soon forgotten once you have that wee bairn in your arms.
from elgan :
I agree with Harriet, got get yourself one nice thing. When I was first pregnant, I went to the fabric store and bought patterns and material for a jumper and a dress, which I wore constantly. I did wear pants, those yucky maternity pants with the elastic panel in the front, but for my second pregnancy I went to one of these all-cotton stores and got myself the drawstring pants and oversize shirt combo, which I practically wore out. Have fun shopping!
from harri3tspy :
That was about when my pants stopped fitting too. It was like I hit the second trimester and bang, no more pants. My personal advice in the maternity clothes line is to splurge on one really nice thing that you love and makes you feel good, possibly that you wouldn't normally wear. For me it was a cherry red mohair sweater from the fancy schmancy maternity boutique. It made me feel good every time I put it on -- perfect for those "Oh my god, I'm as bit as a house" days and for every single baby shower (there were four). I still miss that sweater.
from borogoves :
hey, we did go out to celebrate, in a fairly low-key way. right after the defense, a bunch of students/post-docs, plus my husband and advisor went to La Terrasse for champagne and fancy cheese. that evening hubby and i went with a couple friends to, yes, the White Dog, where we shared a bottle of merlot called "Screw Kappa Napa." yes, chosen for the name.
from borogoves :
hey, thanks! you know, we're going out tonight, but i have no idea where. probably somewhere low-key actually. it's funny, i had thought i'd want to celebrate at some fancy-schmancy place and make a big deal of it, but now that it's happened, the best celebration is just not having to do it anymore (except for the couple of revisions i have to do). i still can hardly believe it--it's been SO. DAMN. LONG. that i've been working at this, and now it's over! whoo! and hell, if i can do it then you can too--i know you will!
from borogoves :
hurray! congratulations to you and mr. dandlioneyes! i'm so happy for you both!!!!!! (i totally wondered if that was what the flowers were for yesterday...) so, so great!
from harri3tspy :
It's so exciting. And your morning sickness will probably be going away soon. So yay for that too!
from saucy99 :
Woo hoo! Although I already knew that! But glad that you are formally announcing! Auntie Sacuy is gonna have lots of fun when little baby dandlioneyes comes to this world!
from elgan :
Hurrah! Congratulations! Frabjous Day!
from harri3tspy :
Oh, hooray!!!! Congratulations! How are you feeling?
from flicka :
good story--i could totally "see" that. need to sleep--my curtains are "moving"
from f-i-n :
poor little kitty! They look so sad with shaved fur
from flicka :
I just finished cleaning today, and I feel the same thing. A few things here and there would really make a difference (even if it's wiping the little drips on everything the messy painters). Or there is a few rooms that need to be painted and my cabinets are painted fluoescent (sp?) green. They could be repainted. I'll add these things to "the list."
from loewenzahn :
Ach E.-H., ich kann es gut verstehen. Aepfel sind grün und grün ist die Hoffnung. Du musst mir erzählen wie das Konzert war. Ich würde sofort mitkommen. Es war so gut mit dir zu quatschen diese Woche. Und deine Karte heitert mich jeden Morgen in der Küche auf. (Alle werden denken du heisst Emma Hintermeier oder so....Haha)
from flicka :
I know about the school writing thing....part of the reason I overdosed. Please, just start and don't put it off. It just gets worse putting it off. Email/call me if you need to talk.
from elgan :
Great Big Sea is excellent! Enjoy!
from harri3tspy :
This seems to be National Dissertation Freakout week. Perhaps we should stage some kind of online event to celebrate. Primal scream therapy anyone?
from elgan :
I too grieve for your friend. I’m so sorry.
from flicka :
I'll second that!
from harri3tspy :
Oh, no fun! I'm glad you're feeling better!
from flicka :
my sister lives in San Fran. let me know if you are in need of a friend.
from saucy99 :
Oh by the way, I also saw City of God on netflix. Excellent, excellent, loved it.
from saucy99 :
Brokeback mountain rocked! so good. BTW, has it really been 19 days since I updated my diary...I need to get on that!
from loewenzahn :
Vielleicht guckt captain jack sparrow ja mal vorbei, wenn einer in solche etablissments gehen würde dann wohl er! (Natürlich nicht Jonny Depp....) Drink out......
from teranika :
Antonia's Line is one of my all-time favorite films. I remember the text being pure poetry.
from flicka :
I hope you have a nice relaxing few days--cleaning the house! I actually enjoy pottering around and organizing. Sorry about the chemicals....
from the-saint :
Hallo! Danke, dass ich auf deine Favouritenliste darf! Ich hoffe, nicht zu enttäuschen. Viel Spaß beim Lesen! :)
from teranika :
here here! My one tense moment with my mother came when the baby question came up. (i.e., how can you live in a 800 sq ft apartment - don't you want a baby?). Ouch. Wishing you luck and oogabs of support.
from indiaaudus :
it is nice to hear from you! it is "meg" and then "pass"
from saucy99 :
You know I won't ask unless you bring it up, but hang in there honey, it will work you for you, I know it.
from indiaaudus :
dandlioneyes, i have been reading many entries of your journal due to phd-related procrastination. it has been a joy to reflect on my years of living in europe as well as to hear about someone else going through the same agonies produced by completing a phd!
from harri3tspy :
My best friend's been going through the crazy infertility treatment cycle for the last several years and it looks so hard. Many good thoughts coming your way from here. And regardless of the situation, there is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED IN OTHER PEOPLE'S REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES. Why is it everyone's business? It is not. You have my permission to be rude to them. Hang in there!
from elgan :
My dear, I had no idea about this private anguish. I'm sorry, and I hope that you and your sweety succeed with medical intervention where nature on its own was not enough. ((( hugs )))
from clarity25 :
Have a good time in Ill., and have a Merry Christmas! :).
from final137 :
Merry almost Christmas.
from elgan :
Once upon a time the people whom mature men and women dated were called lady friends and gentleman friends. Maybe it's time to revive that tradition. Have a great holiday!
from coldandgray :
mmm, eggnog latte... Lately I have been obsessed with Chai Tea Latte with Egg nog. Ohhhh....
from borogoves :
dandlioneyes, i cracked up at you asking for a commute, because i do it too. (us-directed eye rolls). i want to have to wear work clothes, ride on the subway to and fro (aka have time where i can basically do nothing other than reading for pleasure), and have a regular coffeeshop that i stop in on my way into the office. i know that once i have those things for X months i will want my academic lifestyle back, damn that grass on the other side of the fence.
from flicka :
Well, my University years nearly killed me (you can read about 5 years of me setting my thesis deadline....). I was enrolled in the MA and PhD program at the same time. You seem like a good read. Also, how do I get that clock on the $ spent on the war in Iraq. I wonder if there is a clock $ watch on the wages going down on instructors (I teach at a university still).
from harri3tspy :
Yay for you!
from elgan :
As a parent whose children are on the verge of independence, I can imagine what your mother-in-law is going through. You are right, though, she has to move on; she did her job well, and should be proud of her achievement. Now it is time to put that unspent energy to different uses: volunteerism, a job, a hobby, activism. I wish her luck.
from eggsaucted :
Yes indeed that is where we went. I love it to and considering how close it is to home, and work for that matter, I almost never go there. But isn't that the way. The weather today was perfect for the walk and even her highness didn't complain about actually walking over there. I alwasy always always have the Penne Alla Siciliana, but that's because I don't ever go enough to have something else.
from harri3tspy :
Congratulations on finishing a chapter, Maurice!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks for your note! We're pretty excited about both the ABD and the ring.
from harri3tspy :
Thanks for the suggestion. We tried the experiment this afternoon and it was very cool to watch, although I fumbled badly when trying to explain it. I'll be looking for a "Physics for Parents" class really soon!
from teranika :
yeah, what that german dude said, times 2 ;-). No, just wanted to say that I understand completely not wanting or somehow not being able to write. But you know, I'd miss reading you if you dumped d-eyes..
from loewenzahn :
Kann gut verstehen was du meinst, manchmal gibt es einfach nichts zu schreiben, - höchstens das, was einen wirklich beschäftigt. Und manchmal kann das genau deswegen nicht aufgeschrieben werden...Habe heute an dich gedacht. Wollen wir am WE mal telefonieren? Bin da, hab Zeit......Sei doll gedrückt!
from teranika :
Hey dandlioneyes, I was in your neck of the woods a couple weeks ago - Seattle is gorgeous. Just wanted to tell you that I've directed many people to your "cost of war" website. I've used some of the graphics in my teaching - it's amazing how few people know where their tax dollars go, and the page provides some great visual aids. Thanks for the tip!
from harri3tspy :
GO SOX! Such excitement. I'm really missing my old office today, as we would have been on the tickertape parade route. Oh, and do you have any dining recs for Atlanta?
from saucy99 :
Woo hoo!
from saucy99 :
Woo hoo! I made the mistaking of turning on game. Now I'm sucked in. And I have homework. And Exams. Sigh.
from coldandgray :
My name should have been warning enough for you! Incidentally, I am the palest person on the planet.
from coldandgray :
Get some sun while you can. Daylight savings is 10/30 & soon it will be dark by 4pm!
from harri3tspy :
Have a great trip! And let me know if you manage to get out anywhere good -- I'm heading to a conference in Atlanta in a few weeks!
from f-i-n :
I am living vicariously through your trip!
from harri3tspy :
I think some places are easier to settle into than others. It took us FOREVER to find things where we are now. And we're still not totally happy with the options we've got. But at least we have a few regular places. It's especially hard when you have no contacts in the new place to help you get established.
from coldandgray :
My brother named his dog Kitchen. Although it is not obscene, it is always fun to be out on the street yelling out such a random word.
from saucy99 :
Are you sure his name wasn't focker? As in Gaylord Focker? As in Meet the Fockers?
from harri3tspy :
Thanks for your note. I'm absolutely petrified, of course. But it feels good to be moving forward. I hope I can make it.
from evildilara :
soooooooo did you win the auction or what?!?!
from saucy99 :
oops, accidently left myself a note: Here is what I said. And what prompted this may I ask? ooh, if I had to save just one, this would be easy. I would say Jessica Simpson. But I have to save three? Really? I can't let the others plunge to their deaths. OK. Honestly, I think I'll let Paris go down in flames. Second comes Tom. Third comes KFed. And fourth. Jessica.
from saucy99 :
Yes. Well. Uhm. FINE!
from saucy99 :
Don't let them take you alive!
from toastcrumbs :
I blame my inability to learn Spanish on the useless information in my head. Never mind that I've never studied Spanish. And not that you need to know, but I recently bought the Buffy musical soundtrack and sing along with it loudly (and completely off key) in my car with no shame.
from harri3tspy :
I could totally have written that last paragraph, word for word. Too bad we don't go to the same conferences -- we could commiserate!
from eggsaucted :
supposedly Frango Production may come back to Chicago, after Target shipped it off to Pennsylvania. But who knows what they'll be called. A lot of the other information is still spotty at this point. There are rumblings of a Chicago Boycott of the Macys.
from teranika :
Also forgot to add: Merkel freaks me out, too. I am so hoping that this election will be a wakeup call for Schroeder if he gains the coalition...Germany needs change.
from teranika :
harri3tspy offered very good advice. If you feel uncomfortable with a flat out rejection of the young impressionable MA student, you might share some data and suggest that you be a co-author on any publication.
from harri3tspy :
I had this same kind of thing happen recently, actually (although it wasn't quite as direct a hit on my topic as this one sounds). I felt similarly -- happy for company and a bit possessive. In theory I feel like we should help colleagues. But I was nervous. I talked to my advisor and several others (friends with academic positions) and all advised me not to share anything that hadn't been published or read at a conference -- plagiarism is too easy and you don't know who you're dealing with. I ended up saying that I didn't feel comfortable sharing unpublished work this close to the end of the dissertation, but instead helped steer her toward archival sources that I thought might be helpful.
from clarity25 :
That's right! I had forgotten his name! How cool! Remember how the pirates were always drinking something called "grog" out of big mugs? I recently drank "grog" for the first time in Germany a few months ago, I didn't realize it ACTUALLY existed!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks! Solidarity!! And congratulations to the husband. May we all achieve his state!
from saucy99 :
Oh dear god! that's awful! What a bunch of brats. I can't handle most teenagers. Seriously. Some of them are nice...some, but most drive me nuts...so spoiled rotten.
from elgan :
Kudos to hubby! Hurrah!
from loewenzahn :
Bin im I-Cafee und habe nicht mehr viel Zeit. Sobald ich in diesem Leben noch mal einen Telefonanschluss erhalten sollte, werde ich diesen fragebogen ausfüllen (auf Englisch-jawohl). 2. werde ich dich anrufen und drittens werde ich endlich wieder e-mail haben. Viertens werde ich mein Tagebuch updaten. Liebe Grüsse K.
from teranika :
Alas, I had already been tagged by elgan, too. But how could I have forgotten Colin Firth??????????????? ooooo, the wet shirt.....
from elgan :
I am in full agreement with you on this one. I hate it when a guest brings food. It makes me feel as though I am not good enough, or my cooking is below par. I know that is not how it is meant, that it is a gesture of good will. I myself give home-made fruit cakes for Christmas, but I do not expect the person I deliver it to to slice into it then and there and serve it for dessert.
from borogoves :
and so it begins... the Things Wrong With The House That You Didn't Know About. i wish for you that the mold is the only thing.
from michl :
See rain is good! Rain is your friend. You'll love Seattle.
from coldandgray :
OH NO! A commonality here, but how sad! I hope it is not of the toxic variety. BLEACH!
from coldandgray :
Yes, it is fun if you like to see bands & eat. There will be no parking around the space needle, but deeper in town may not be a problem (well, other than traffic) if you just want to go shopping or to the market. Have fun with your in-laws.
from coldandgray :
Bumbershoot is this weekend, a Seattle staple. If you like lots of different live music all in one place, food booths & crafts for sale, you should go. If you hate crowds, for sure do not go.
from harri3tspy :
I seem to recall that Joan Bolker, in Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day, mentions somewhere that you should not move while you are writing a dissertation (as if it can be avoided!) and I think this is exactly why. Good luck!
from eggsaucted :
I just finished it last night. Ellie is reading it right now as well. How odd that all three of us picked up to read at the same time, considering I felt like I was the last person on earth who hadn't read it.
from coldandgray :
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! exciting!
from elgan :
Congratulations on the big move! I hope everything goes well for you with a miminum of breakage and loss and that you know where you packed your kitchen wares because they’re the first things you’ll want to unpack.
from teranika :
Ooo! I remembered when I doubled my living space. I had to plan ahead when I needed to go to the bathroom - because it wasn't just two steps away from everything anymore! But oh, what a pleasant adjustment that was. You'll never be able to go back to something smaller.
from harri3tspy :
Thanks for your kind note. I'm still waiting to hear the reports of my grandma's move!
from eggsaucted :
She's not my little baby anymore *sigh* she keeps growing and growing. She talks and talks and talks and gets into EVERYTHING.
from eggsaucted :
Glad everything is going well...who'd you run into?
from coldandgray :
The universe always has to do that stupid thing of pairing a good with a bad to keep it all in balance or something. I am sorry your move here is dampened, I am sorry about your cousin. I hope you get to move in as soon as possible.
from harri3tspy :
"They say it's your birthday. It's my birthday too" (although I've got about a decade on you). Happy birthday to a fellow July 30th baby and good luck with the move.
from saucy99 :
happy happy birthday!
from loewenzahn :
Niemand, der auch nur ein bisschen Stil und Geschmack besitzt, könnte jemals irgendetwas anderes tun, wenn Buffy läuft!!!!!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks! And good luck with your closing!
from borogoves :
congrats on the house! so exciting!
from coldandgray :
Huge congratulations on your successful house purchasw, that was FAST! What a cool area, the house sounds darling. I am happy for you.
from michl :
Well done you. A and I will be in Seattle in January. Can't wait to see it!
from harri3tspy :
Congratulations!!! That's very exciting!
from coldandgray :
Good luck! It is a great investment. We did it with only 3% down. Check out this website, you can get a satellite view of the houses & area for sale: http://www.redfin.com/stingray/do/home I am excited for you, plus it will be sunny here this week!
from eggsaucted :
I have a twp year old for sale you can skip the pregnancy, labor and sleepless nights well at least the ones that are a result of a baby waking up every few hours. Ok...I know you want your own, blah blah blah! Kevin said I'm not allowed to sell her anyway. I'd probably miss her. Yep new car! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Have a good trip! We leave for Michigan on Thursday. YAY! Oh my god I have a lot to do before then. That would explain why I'm leaving you notes in the middle of the night. Well not really, but I can't make my brain stop thinking about what I have to do. So I got up to send myself an email with my to do list for my life for the next 3 days. Yea I know go to bed!
from clarity25 :
Thank you so much for your last note, LOL, Good advice! Good luck in Seattle! that's so exciting, a new beginning!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks so much for your note. I actually have a good friend who lives in Russell Square now that I was worried about, but couldn't stand to write about until I'd heard from her (she's fine -- the bus exploded a few yards from her front door, but she wasn't home at the time).
from hulabelly :
The effects of agricultural land management practices on soil ecology. You are TOTALLY intrigued. I can tell. Ha! ;)
from hulabelly :
Oddly enough, my grandfather got his PhD in German Studies from Stanford University, back in the 50s (he spoke several languages). He went on to teach at Oakland University, and dinner at his house was always frustrating because there was always some sort of challenge, like, you had to ask him to pass the peas in French, or you could only talk to Granny in Portugese. Despite all of this, my German is hideous. My brother might be available, though, his German is pretty good! ;)
from genetikerin :
I'm also at brideof7less, but someone I know found me there, so I don't write anything really personal there anymore. And no problem from the add. I think I should have been reading you earlier.
from hulabelly :
Seriously, why is the dissertation so elusive? Why does it sound SO MUCH MORE APPEALING to give the cat a bath than to write about my research? What is your dissertation about? Maybe we could just write each other's and be done with it! ;)
from harri3tspy :
Never fear! Lots of heat and crickets for you in Illinois! Also, thanks to your entry about your computer, I was inspired to finally get around to getting my optical drive fixed -- the one that broke back in January. I haven't been able to bear being separated from my laptop since. But the time has come -- before the warranty wears out!!
from eggsaucted :
Thanks! It's funny, I see a lot of myself in her, but officemate and I were closely studying a picture of her and I and then looking at a picture of Kevin and most of her prominent features are his, so how putting those together makes her come out looking like me is beyond us all. Check your email I sent you a picture and a photo link to the whole schmigeggy at sears, since I'm not putting all of them in my diary. Which isn't even all of them anyway because now that they have digital photography they play with your mind and do all these enhancement options and make you want to buy 40,000 pictures because they are all too cute. Thanks again...
from saucy99 :
computers rule! And as I always say, a computer addiction is better than a crack-cocaine addiction , no? It's just my way of excusing my anti-social behavior!
from harri3tspy :
Happy Anniversary! And my condolences about your laptop. I need to send mine in for repairs and I feel like I'm cutting off a limb.
from elgan :
Happy Anniversary!
from saucy99 :
Thanks! Much better!
from saucy99 :
Thanks for the good wishes! One of my classes is insanely hard this qwuarter and I'm oh so nervous. By the way, can you increase the font size of your diary just wee bit. Its a bit difficult to read (for me) and moi, being your most important and faithful and your favorite reader....well, you MUST service my needs!
from teranika :
good luck with the move to Seattle - we may be neighbors...
from harri3tspy :
I thought of you this morning when I walked past a car with a bumpersticker that said "Got Poi?" The advice on checking in with someone sounds very good. I've been thinking about this a lot lately myself, as I was shocked at how much prose I churned out for teaching just because I had to account for myself in front of 23 people two days a week. I was joking with my husband yesterday about setting up a weekly lecture series in my living room, where I'd have to talk about my week's work. Except that at this stage, I'd be largely talking about how I chanced down that reference that was incomplete and reformated that troublesome footnote.
from elgan :
You're right, when I open it in a different browser on a different computer, I get all the text on the black and it's much more legible. Thanks for the suggestion.
from elgan :
I love your new template, but unfortunately it gets hard to read your entry where the print overlies the blue looking out of the grotto. Could you change the font colour so it would show up equally well against the black and the light blue? I've never been to Hawaii. Wah!
from jcruelty :
i liked kauai when i was there as well... not for the shaved ice though. just the chickens, surf and diving. we saw the girl who got one arm bitten off a while back by a freak shark attack. she was surfing! she taught herself how to surf again with one arm.
from coldandgray :
I used to live in the Capital Hill District near downtown & then Ballard, both areas I loved. Now I live WAY North (well, 10 miles from downtown) in Shoreline (cheaper housing!) Let me know if you need any advice or info, very exciting!
from coldandgray :
Ooh, pretty new template. I would KILL to be in Kaua'i right now.
from saucy99 :
congrats on making a decision for next year!
from invisibledon :
hey
from coldandgray :
Ooh! Well, Seattle will work out for you, it is nice here.
from loewenzahn :
Ich will auch nach Kauai! Bitte schick ein Stück Paradies ins graue, kalte und veregnete Deutscheland! (Bremen ist nicht)
from saucy99 :
I'm not sure if the pilot was on or off, because it was in my oven, not the stove top, and I was too freaked out to stick my head in there to check. All I know is that it totally smelled like gas and I freaked out. But maybe since I smelled it it meant it wasn't dangerous? Since you can't smell carbon monoxide? I dunno.
from saucy99 :
I disagree with one thing you said: You DO deserve a vacation!! Don't forget that!
from dandlioneyes :
yo! thanks for calling. you'll never guess where i got the txt message about your tivo -- IN MOSCOW! it woke us up in the middle of the night. i was using the phone as an alarm clock, and i have no idea WHY it worked, but it did -- and i got the message. made me laugh out loud! haven't seen 24 in 2 weeks -- have we missed much? hugs!
from saucy99 :
Not awol, just busy and at war w/comcast because my internet connection is going in and out. I got your message from an hour ago. Will try calling in a bit. I got Tivo so my 24 viewing is much more convenient!
from harri3tspy :
You poor thing. I am most sympathetic. But from one who's been there (and who continues to go there on a fairly regular basis), very few people on the planet care if you finish the Ph.D. in a timely fashion if at all. I struggle with the feeling of being a bad child constantly, but the thing is, it's a choice. You can get out whenever you want to. And if you do, it will, no doubt, because you've found something better to do. Hang in there!
from saucy99 :
Sounds like its time for some assistance from the ghost writer. I'll see what I can do...Seriously though, I thinkI you're doing great. you are one of the smartest friends I have and I know you'll get through the dissertation. Take extra time if you need to, its not a race. I think you rock!
from coldandgray :
Good luck to you; stay strong.
from coldandgray :
So nice. Can you post pics?
from saucy99 :
Thanks! Sounds like you guys are having fun. BTW, I got you fashion emergency rather later, after you left for the trip, sorry I couldn't respond! I am up early doing work after very little sleep. Its been a crazy week for me and I am tried and can't wait for this week to be over even though its only monday morning. let's chat when you get back!
from teranika :
WOOHOO! Moscow was one of my favorite places. Hope you get to see the Tratiakov Museum, and that you get to stand in front of every building where foreign correspondents hang out (although it sounds like you've already done it....)
from coldandgray :
Wow, how fun, what a wonderful trip to take. I did not know prostitutes were telemarketers.
from eggsaucted :
ya ne ponimayu is my all time favorite russian phrase...it also got me in a lot of trouble. Apparently that wasn't supposed to be the answer to every question my russian prof asked my sophomore year. Try this one on for size...dahvie poznahkometsya I believe that's nice to meet you.
from clarity25 :
You're welcome! That moose IS really beautiful, actually Eric and I climbed on it's back too! I had a hard time getting down though! lol. OH and I know what you mean about the duck statues! I moved up closer wondering "What the hell is wrong with it's beak?..EWWW it's eating a FROG!" and jumped back.
from coldandgray :
So sorry about your mentor. Moscow will be very exciting.
from elgan :
Yes, I know all about the belly dancing. I would suggest that you actually take a class. You'll feel a lot less uncoordated around others who are having just as difficult a time as you. Persevere! The benefits are worth the effort.
from loewenzahn :
Ich rufe dich heute abend an!
from michl :
It is not just with Jalepenos...any chili should be cut only whilst wearing gloves. Poor you =(!
from elgan :
The cure for hot pepper burn is yogurt, plain cold yogurt. This is why you get raita with Indian food.
from loewenzahn :
Hallo bin wieder da von meiner Reise. Die Ideen mit den Beschreibungen deiner Freunde, deiner Zimmer und den anderen Orten finde ich toll. Mach das doch! Besonders die Idee Zimmer zu beschreiben ist interessant,wenn du dein Kinderzimmer in Bi beschreibst, wird es so sein, wie du es mit deinen Kinderaugen gesehen hast. Ich meld michl, wenn ich in Bi bin, nächte Woche.
from teranika :
oooo! I had a neighbor in Germany who used to sit on MY terrace and take MY terrace furniture. I used to do everything in my power to make him feel uncomfortable, such as open the terrace door and play loud music, and then say, "Oh! Hello!" I empathize. It's time for loud passive aggressive behavior on your part! (p.s. loved Calendar Girls - at least the first half.)
from coldandgray :
I call it Joy Juice.
from loewenzahn :
Hey schade dass es gestern nicht geklappt hat, aber vielleicht heute. Hier schneits es seit gestern abend ganz langsame dicke Flocken. Wunderbar.Ich schicke dir ein paar rüber, halt die Ohren steiff........
from saucy99 :
i loved calendar girls! So funny and sweet.
from coldandgray :
Yea! Free samples! Did they want you to try it out by licking it off someones body in the store?! Thanks for the advice, that template wont last the rest of the week. Jiffy cat is doing well, back to his lovey self & no more poop back-up! Thanks!
from kris-tee :
ha, that was really funny. I even told Brad and he was laughing, totally sounds like something I would do!!!
from saucy99 :
you are too funny! actually, it totally sounds like something I would do! Oh well. Hey, it is Valentine's Day after all....what a appropriate time to hav body paint on you! ;-)
from drgeek :
Your thoughts mirror many of my own when I was finishing up my dissertation. Do I want to want to keep doing this? What will I do afterward? How on earth will I ever have time for anyone else if things stay like this? I don't think you are alone in asking yourself questions of that type when you are deep in the belly of the dissertation beast. Having finished, met someone, and recently gotten married, I can say that it does get better once you finish. Regarding children and academia: I am a man, so take my testimony with a grain of salt. I've been reading accounts by elgan, harri3tspy, and others about how women in academia are discouraged from having children. I spent nine years as a graduate student in a department with a fairly young 30-something faculty. There were a lot of babies born while I was there... many to men, some to women. I think attitudes about having children have a lot to do with the age and attitude of the faculty involved -- an older faculty of mysogynistic dinosaurs is going wag a disapproving finger, while a younger, more active group are going to be a lot more accepting. I think I was lucky to see life in a department that was a lot more of the latter than the former. I like the advice in another note for you here: finish first... believe me, you'll know exactly what you want by the time you are done.
from teranika :
that should have been WITHOUT the albatross..
from teranika :
dear dandlion, I can no longer count the number of times I wanted to quit. But I can tell you that moving from grad student to postdoc was SO liberating - I changed topics, and I enjoyed my work tremendously. If you are in the worst of thesis blues and you are still thinking about staying in academia, my advice is to hang on until you try the next step. THAT's where you know. Yes, you still want to quit (who doesn't from time to time?), but there you can assess your life choices with this albatross known as a thesis around your neck. The ultimate rule for me now that I am through the Ph.D. is this: as long as I find research fun, I'll keep doing it. But it is indeed a labor of love, and I'll move on if it becomes too much of a drag. Life is too short to be miserable. (platitude platitude platitude...) Good luck.
from elgan :
I will try to answer your question tomorrow.
from eggsaucted :
Thanks! That's pretty much what I did all weekend. The real test is braving work tomorrow.
from coldandgray :
I don't know. When I first read what you said about Hide and seek, I felt you were trying to really tell him something. Who knows, the subconscious is a kooky thing.
from coldandgray :
Maybe it has a deeper meaning...
from claritynew :
Your last entry had me cracking up. I've said the strangest things too after waking up from some dream in the middle of the night..Eric is always telling me about it in the morning and I can't remember saying ANY of it. From revelations on Guineapigs, to theories on Ping Pong balls, and fears about my toes falling off someday. I also could relate to your previous "five bullet entry"
from harri3tspy :
Not as disturbing as this: At the aquarium in Woods Hole, Massachusetts they have (or did) recipes posted on the fish tanks for the fish inside.
from michl :
Starting to write my lecture notes and I think that I have adopted your technique of procastination. Lovely!
from saucy99 :
thanks! i think she's cute too! She's my girl and i am tipsy!
from elgan :
I have to go see that movie!
from saucy99 :
oh yeah? Well its about 1 degree here so NYA! ;-)
from harri3tspy :
A little bit. My mom and dad lived in Greensboro for a couple of years and one of my good friends grew up in the state and lived in the Raleigh-Durham area (which on my brief visit, I really loved). N.C. seems to vary widely in character depending on where you are. Greensboro seemed more midwestern, Raleigh-Durham more southern, in a college-town kind of way. The mountains are beautiful, but rural and not a place I think I'd like to live full time. I've never been to the Outer Banks, but I know many who vacation there and love it.
from harri3tspy :
I'm so jealous. It's currently -2 here :(
from elgan :
You are such an optimist: "anyways, my mood is nothing a little breakfast can't solve!" I wish every problem had such an easy solution.
from clarity25 :
Wow!! We have more in common than you think! If you write me an E-mail at clarity25_1978@yahoo.com, I'll elaborate. it's a small world..
from clarity25 :
Thank you for adding me to your favorites. I read through your 73 things about yourself (odd number:) and I really liked your style. I can't describe it, but it's so addicting to read. I went through a bit of your archive. I was excited to find out that you spent time in Germany! What were your thoughts on the country? you reflect back very fondly on Germany. I'll be back to read more, I just wanted to say a quick "hi!"
from harri3tspy :
I couldn't have said it better. A friend used to joke that there was a reason masturbation rhymed with dissertation.
from coldandgray :
Here is to better times in '05.
from coldandgray :
I am a California wimp, too. My in-laws are visiting from Wisconsin where it was a below 3 degree wind chill or something. I cannot even comprehend that temperature
from elgan :
Happy happy holidays!
from harri3tspy :
Welcome (back) to our fair city. Sorry we couldn't have warmed it up for you. My thermometer says 3 degrees this morning. Brrr.
from teranika :
So sorry to hear about the postdoc. I hope that you perservere, though. It took me a long time to get a postdoc, and a VERY long time to get a professor position, but it finally happened. Academia is a without question a difficult route - but if you keep trying, you'll get something, and it will lead to something else! What was shocking to me was to discover exactly how important politics are. They are MOST important. Don't underestimate your need to get out there a schmooze with every department in Boston. It may mean a several low-paying adjunct or substitute positions, but that is a foot in the door. Oops - there I go giving unsolicited advice AGAIN. I mean well, really.
from harri3tspy :
Sorry to hear about the fellowship, but I'm sure something else will come along. Somehow I missed the name change thing. Elgan actually brought this up a few months ago and I wrote an entry about it. I waited for a while to change my name too, but finally did do it. Why? Well, since I have a hyphenated first name, hyphenating was not an option. I felt strongly about having the same last name as my kid. My new last name sounds better with my first name than my old one did. I have published under my maiden name, though, and did worry about that for a while. As kind of a compromise, professionally, I use my maiden name as a middle name. But my first name is unusual enough that it is generally enough to identify me. As a result, a change of last name was probably less difficult for me than it would have been if my name had been Jennifer or Susan.
from teranika :
I think this was an issue when I was much younger, but now there is no question that I will keep my name. I've published extensively under my own name. I've lived a life of 35 years under this name and I am simply not the "mistress of" Herr X. (which is was Mrs. originally meant). My last name IS my identity. (I'm rather dealing with issues of whether or not marriage will take away my persona!). As for mail: If it is important then I will answer it even if they butcher my name. If it is not important and they get it wrong, it will give me great pleasure to say: "that person doesn't live here." As for children: I am not worried, because like me, they will grow into their identity with whatever name they are given. They will take it and make it their own, just as I have done, and just as you have done.
from coldandgray :
Good topic. Maybe he could take your name, why not? I kept my name, partly out of family pride and partly out of women's lib. I do worry about having a different name than any possible future children, but if it has worked for Elgan...
from eggsaucted :
She tends to point at pictures or her image in the mirror and say something that resembles who that? So I don't really think she understands that the pictures are of her. Not to mention that fact that by the time we were done taking them she was really crabby and screaming at me. So she hasn't really looked at them.
from borogoves :
re: changing your name. i am not married, but have thought a lot about this. i fully intend to keep my maiden name, and basically have my life happen the way elgan's has (as per her note just below mine). if i get referred to socially as mrs. hubby, whatever, i'll respond and make nice, but i'll introduce myself and expect to be introduced as borogoves maidenname. i figure that that's been my name for my whole life, and why should i change it? it's *my* name. now, i've had people say that i got that name from my father, and so what about my mother's name, if i'm going to be like that, and i just say, yeah, well, regardless of how i got this name, it's MINE. that said, if my mother had a really cool maiden name (she doesn't, it's very pedestrian), i may have chosen to take it long ago. but my dad's name is more interesting/unusual, so i'm keeping that one. this also reminds me to say that if my birth name really had been something like 'jones' or if my name was the same as some celebrity (like the poor person in my office named whitney h*uston), i would jump on the chance to change it when i got married. oh, another thing: an ex-bf and i had pretty much decided that if we got married, we'd both change our names (his last name really was jones). we'd picked "box" as a last name. completely unrelated to either of our birth names. oh, and (to continue this stream-of-conscious core dump, for which i apologize) some old friends of mine combined their different last names into a new last name when they had kids: his name was g**den (where *=o) and her name was sn*d*ker (where *=e), and their kid's last name is g**deker (where *=o). i thought that was clever. so, all 3 of them have different last names, but i figure people can just get over themselves. i'll probably end up just giving my kids my husband's last name. i've thought and thought about it, and would really want them to have my name, but there's an actual evolutionary reason (of sorts) to give them the father's name: (un)certainty of parentage. it is always completely obvious who the mother of some kid is--she's the one who gave birth to him. but the father is (barring genetic testing) never certain. i mean, in most relationships, the father can trust the mother enough to know that if she says he's the father, then he really is the father. but there's always that little bit of doubt. so giving the child the father's name is, while not a way of proving genetically that the child is his, certainly a way of announcing to the world that the child is his. in this day and age i don't think that's strictly necessary, but i do think that it falls under the category of "nice things to do."
from elgan :
I think I did an interactive thing on this quite some time back, but here's my take on the whole name thing: After 22 years, I continue to be myself. I never took my husband's last name, I remain El Gan, whereas my children do have his last name and are Little Prince MacDuck and Buddy Boy MacDuck. There has never been any problem, since socially people end up calling me Mrs. MacDuck quite a bit, and I do respond to that name, although I always introduce myself as El Gan, and my husband will introduce me that way as well, prefacing it with "my wife" should there be any doubt in anyone's mind. If you have published under your own name, continue doing so even if socially you take your husband's name.
from teranika :
At last I'm answering your cat question..When I moved to Sweden which has a six-month quarantine, I found a temporary home for Cavendish (the first stray in my adult life). Cavendish joined me in Germany two years later (she died two years after that). My next two cats have come with me to the USA. They hated the flight and basically stayed under the bedcovers for about 4 weeks after the trip...but apart from an abhorence of luggage, they are now quite adjusted (Lizzy is sitting in my lap right now). The other German strays lost interest. But if you are really concerned, I'd talk to a local vet. They may know a humane place to place your beloved interlopers. A friend of mine has had a stray for the past ten years. I remember when she barely came out from under the bed (the cat, that is). Now she plops onto your lap (still referring to the cat..). There is hope for your visitors.
from harri3tspy :
The question is, what is the novel?
from saucy99 :
Even though I am not writing a dissertation, I am going to join your ring because technically I am your ghost writer, k?
from teranika :
Oh dear, stray cat dilemnas! I had this in Germany, except I never let them into the flat. I did get them worm medication, though, and I put out blankets where they slept. I do think that strays can become housepets (I've owned a few, and my friend in Brooklyn currently has one), but they tend to have special health or behavior characteristics after their time in the wild. Have you thought of calling a local vet?
from borogoves :
ah, phd angst. it sucks ass, don't it? you'll get through it, you'll be OK. and i totally know what you mean about enjoying being slow and domestic. i don't want to enjoy it, but i kinda do. feh.
from saucy99 :
Please pass along my congrats to your hubby. Thats great news!
from saucy99 :
you stole my idea! i was going to do a shameless plug too! Oh well, I'll still do it! Maybe someone will google free ipod and get to my site!
from hissandtell :
Hello - just found your diary and am enjoying your entries very much. I'm looking forward to reading more. Love, R xxx
from luvabeans :
thanks for adding me to this HOLY GOD prolific diary! 14 hundred plus entried? man. i'll be back.
from michl :
I wasn't aware that they had pumpkin spice for Halloween. I love pumpkin. As a matter of fact, I have managed to get my hands on Libbys pumpkin pie mix and have been baking pumpkin pie like mad. Yummy!!!
from michl :
All I ever drink is the decaf version of gbl. If I have any caffeine, I am awake all night.
from loewenzahn :
Wie schön dass du mir eine Note hinterlassen hast, ich hätte mich sonst nämlich beschwert....schöne template hast du. Wenn es klappt, schicke ich dir heute ein paar Fotos von der Wohnung und unserem verwilderten Garten.
from michl :
In the UK, they actually show the Americans and British fighting against the Iraqi millitants on the news. The US news distorts reality.
from teranika :
agreed. my cousin - a single mother in the reserves - spent over a year away from her two boys in Iraq. One of her experiences was attempting to save the life of a man she found in an overturned truck in a gigantic hole, all the time while the driver of the truck was trapped, hanging upside down near her and screaming in hysterics because he was certain that the truck was going to explode. In the end, the man she tried to help died. She has had nightmares ever since, wondering if she did enough to save the man's life. Can you imagine? Please god, let there be peace.
from coldandgray :
Have you seen this website? Sad funny. Funny sad. http://www.sorryeverybody.com
from coldandgray :
Ug. That is so awful. So many horror stories, it is unnerving.
from saucy99 :
Me too. Permanently. Your welcome.
from coldandgray :
Hey, I am from No. CA. Do you know of Ukiah?
from saucy99 :
by the way, have you tried dialing P-E-E-V-E-S on JKRs phone? Its another clue!
from saucy99 :
interesting. looks like some korean persons photgraphy site. I would like a wand with a phoenix feather. what do you want in your wand?
from saucy99 :
I want an invisibility cloak. And frankly, GSB is ok, but I would much prefer hogwarts.
from harri3tspy :
I read that article too. I keep trying to remind myself that voting is only one way to participate in the democratic process. There are other ways to get stuff done too.
from saucy99 :
Cool layout!
from teranika :
Wait until the raccoons begin "making love" - wow. You never heard anything so frightening.
from bobbipuzel :
I am with you! *waves* Awww... I don't mind anything except those silly raccoons! IRK! They have them in the ZOO here and Pieter says how cute they are. They are a pain in the butt. I am still bitter that one snatched one of my turtles and ate it. *HISS* :)
from elgan :
Yes, I like your new template too.
from coldandgray :
Nice template; I like the waxing moon.
from harri3tspy :
I'm with you! Watch out for those raccoons. We have frequent visits from them here, but haven't had any real problems other than ourfreaked out cats. But a friend was telling me that her neighbor had been feeding a raccoon and when he stopped the raccoons started hurling themselves against the doors and windows trying to get inside. Love the new template, by the way. Very soothing.
from saucy99 :
glad you liked the photo essay! I had hopes of making it better, but my pounding headache impeded my creativity!
from gettingnaked :
I came by to thank you for joining the Still Not My President ring, but as long as I'm here I have to say that the Gandhi quote is so perfect. I'm going to print it out and pin it up in my cubicle... I think it serves as a great reminder that everything will be okay... eventually.
from starlight42 :
I loved the Gandhi quote. So perfect for today!! I also loved your Halloween costume, I've been wanting to be a fairy forever, I'll have to do it next year! Did you make your costume or did you buy it?
from london-times :
Hi there. I'm so glad I came across your site via your banner. I'm from San Francisco, but I live in London for school (I wish I were home right now), so right now I'm feeling pretty alone in my misery. Everyone here is being supportive and sympathetic, and while they agree that this is horrible, horrible, they don't truly understand my depth of grief. So it's nice to find (albeit online) some people who understand my feelings, because I know I shouldn't just 'get over it,' as one loser suggested. Even if the individual didn't mean it in a nasty way, I'm still annoyed. . . But my point it, go us. And I agree with you that we can't give up. As overwhelming as this defeat seems, we can't.
from michl :
Hillary Clinton better run in 2008. Never told you about my political dream in which I stumbled across a troll village that was completely shut. The following sign was posted on the grocery store: We are shut until the year 2020 when Hillary Rotham Clinton becomes president! And there were loads of people in the shop, all disgruntled like me. Let's hope she does run and is elected before 2020. I won't be moving back to the US for at least another 4 years now. I better get on the job market quick before all the p*$$ed off Americans start coming over here looking for jobs.
from vern-furry :
Allo, I was just wondering if you had read "Civil Disobedience," an essay by Henry David Thoreau. If not, then I recommend it. I recommend it to all North Americans (I say North Americans because, though it is American Literature, I myself am quilty of being one of those Canadians up north.) For True Mr. Foxworth Cullingtons.
from teranika :
54,000,000 Americans (and I) are with you. I have been on the verge of tears and felt betrayed all day, and I live in a city that voted 70% for Kerry. We shall overcome.
from ilikechucks :
I come from a small town of bush-lovers. I'm trying hard not to pull my hair out. I'm disguted.
from gettingnaked :
I thought everything would be okay, too. Shows what we know!
from elgan :
I am sorry too. I know that not all Americans are gun-toting, homophobic born-agains. After all, I read your diaries! We'll all get through this together somehow.
from coldandgray :
I am sorry
from fightn4life :
Saw your Banner this morning, loved it. A heart that beats with mine as I wrote about in my blog under "Pre election Blues." Just vote...every voice needs to be heard. You bet I stood in line and cast my vote. Freedom rules! Sandyz
from coldandgray :
Thank you! I kissed my ballot for luck.
from eggsaucted :
Having the right to vote doesn't mean much when your vote is already being counted towards a candidate no matter who you vote for.
from elgan :
Nice hair!
from coldandgray :
I look forward to reading more.
from teranika :
Here's a voting reader! You may wish to check out www.electoral-votes.com - a very interesting sight that analyzes the published polls daily.
from elgan :
I hope you can post pictures. I would love to see you all dressed up like a fallen angel and her devil pimp.
from eggsaucted :
Isn't it next week that we gain an hour?
from elgan :
I love Ursula LeGuinn! Her Earthsea trilogy is fantastic, plus I read the sequel she put out a couple of years ago. Enjoy!
from saucy99 :
Glad your cousin is over his gangsta phase, that made me laugh! Does your grandma have a beagle? I LOVE beagles! They have such adorable litle faces.
from harri3tspy :
Travelling 4-5 days a week? No thank you. It's not worth it. Can't I find someone to pay me huge sums of money to work a schedule that lets me be home when my kid gets home from school? Guess I'd better keep plugging away for something tenure track! Thanks for the info.
from saucy99 :
Oh, and by the way, I guess kamber in turkish means some sort of slave. nice. the turks in my class looked it up on a turkish dictionary website The saying doesn't make much sense though...you can't have a wedding without a slave??? I don't get it. Maybe its a cultural thing? For a while, I figured it meant party animal or something (naturally!) but I was sadly mistaken!
from saucy99 :
And I must echo what eggsaucted said, the for profit world is not all that evil! We provide valuaeble services too and we're nice! After all, you know me and i'm the nicest person in the world, n'est-ce pas? Consulting is a good gig if you can handle working and travelling a shitload, which I can't which is why I only go to the consulting presentations for the free food and drinks! On the plus side, benefits are great and you get to keep all your miles. A friend of mine hear has something like 600,000 miles just waiting to be used on AA. Because of it and his status, he can fly first class wherever he wants. Ok, I have 15 minutes to finish my reading.....one, two, three, here I go!
from harri3tspy :
How'd it go? What did they say? I've been looking at some of the consulting websites this afternoon after learning that a recent Ph.D. from my department is now working for one of the larger firms. It actually doesn't look as hateful as I thought it might. I'm kind of intrigued.
from saucy99 :
Don't be nervous about the presentation. What they always tells us here is that we're interviewing them as much as they're interviewing us. Not that you're going to an interview...but its a similar situation. Consultants like people from diverse backgrounds because they like different perspectives when tackling projects. Its keeps them fresh and innovative...
from eggsaucted :
The evil empire is not always a bad place. Of course some of us settle for working just a hard for far less money in the Non-Profit world. If you were in chicago, I would totally let you raid my business casual wardrobe, but no you moved to Cali. My suggestion, where the pants or skirt from one of your suits and a blouse or nice shirt/sweater. That should do the trick.
from michl :
A may be selling out too. He is going to a careers fair in London this weekend. I am travelling up with him, but when we get to London we are going to depart. I am doing girlie things like shopping and catching a play and he is going to the careers fair. He also just got an interview for a science research based company later this month. Guess he'll take the best offer.
from teranika :
What obscure field might that be? I am also the child of multiple academics - my parents were supremely supportive of me, too. Although I don't know your field, I am fairly sure that you have more skills than you realize - you just have to recognize them to spin them properly....Yes, our prez is, at the mimimum, an idiot.
from teranika :
Wow, what questions you left! They would take pages! I have a Ph.D. in Earth Science and it was a miserable time, until I got an advisor who helped me finish. But really, I wasn't motivated to finish until I had found a job. I had a thrilling postdoc experience and developed into my own before becoming a professor. The jury's still out on professorhood...I like teaching and doing my own thing, but the life is stressful and the politics are sometimes onerous. It takes strength to keep balance.
from harri3tspy :
I'm more than willing to move -- even if I stay in Chicago, I'm pretty sure I'll have to move anyway just so I don't have a horrible commute. And those fellowships are a great suggestion. I don't know why I didn't think of it, as I have a good friend from the English dept. here who got one of those a few years back. I'll look into it.
from harri3tspy :
A little here and a little there is how I started too. You'll probably have days where you do that and days where you want to step back and write huge chunks or plot the master plan. In the beginning, I think anything written is good. It gets things moving, which, as teranika notes, can be rather painful (although I'm not sure in what way I might have missed the point, as she says below. I'm stumped.). Eventually you'll probably find that the piecemeal stuff drives you crazy and you're ready for something more substantial. Congratulations on getting stuff written!
from teranika :
Thanks for the laugh! Aha! but that's entirely the point (that h-spy may have missed). Writing is frequently as painful as, say, EATING A FROG. In my case, perhaps, shaving my head with a cheese grater. So I guess you could say, "GRATE THAT HEAD." but I like "Eat the Frog" better. Kermit, of course, excused...thanks for the big LAUGH!
from harri3tspy :
The book I recommended suggests something rather similar, although in what is, to my mind, a slightly more appetizing phrasing: WRITE FIRST. Alas, with a preschooler in the house, that is generally not my lot. But it is good advice nonetheless. And to return to the subject of ghostwriting, I might just be willing to trade an entire dissertation for two good paragraphs on Habermas' theory of the public sphere and its effect on the historiography of 19th century women. I'm cranking out the bullshit today like it's going out of style! I hope your work is going better.
from teranika :
Actually, the one good thing about thesis tripping is that it means that you are VERY close to the end. I "tripped" in Sweden over the Christmas/New Year holiday one year, living alone in an apartment for 2 weeks. I remember watching an all-night ABBA video fest on New Year's Eve in between bouts of writing. Surreal. Now that I've found your diary I'm rather enjoying it. Have you heard of "Eat the frog?" Tackle the most unpleasant task of the day first (in your case, write a page first thing). The rest of the day is then free for pickling. You'll get it written.
from teranika :
Dear d, I noticed "Fit three weeks miraculously into three days" on your list, and also noticed that it wasn't highlighted. This means you have not yet entered the stage of dissertation-writing known as "thesis-tripping...". Fun list! Enjoy the procrastinating! You will probably remember it better than the thesis tripping....
from saucy99 :
So since I'm the only applicant so far does that mean I win by default and don't have to answer any of your silly questions?? ;-) But for the record, If I could be any cartoon charater, I would be Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Why you ask? 1) Because I was obsessed with peanuts as a kid, and I always had a tiny little crush on CB, and I, like CB felt very misunderstood. And I love all the charlie brown movies: A charlie brown christman, charlie brown and the great pumpkin, youre a good man, charlie brown, etc..
from harri3tspy :
Hey, I have an idea. I'll write yours and you write mine!
from saucy99 :
Oooh, oooh, pick me, pick me! I don't know a damn think about german folklorists, but hey, i'm damn good at BS and damn good at improvising!
from saucy99 :
Hi, I haven't left you a note on dland for a while. So hello there!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks. Your message today struck a chord. I feel like that at least once a week. And I'm supposed to be almost finished.
from harri3tspy :
Oh, you poor thing!!! That is the absolute worst!
from harri3tspy :
I should have sent AJ to meet you at the airport. He was awake! Alas, he's not tall enough to reach the pedals in the car.
from ydandelions :
Hi dandlioneyes, don't update my diary anymore, but if you care to read the older stuff, I can send you the password and username. greetings and good luck in berkeley ( I actually drove by it when I was in the US). california is a great place to be (for a while ;-) )
from loewenzahn :
Es fühlt sich anders an dein diary zu lesen wenn du so weit weg bist. Ich habe zurückgeblättert zu den Göttingen Einträgen, weil sie mir irgendwie "näher" vorkamen. Ich weiss nicht wie das Klopapier in USA ist, aber ich kann mir gut vorstellen, wie der graue himmel über Göttingen aussieht. zja- ich werd mich wohl dran gewöhnen. Aber du fehlst mir! Ich habe vorhin bei euch angerufen - aber niemand war da, schnief
from harri3tspy :
Our university health insurance sucks. So much so that just about everyone I know has private insurance. Not only is it better, but for the average healthy person, it is cheaper.
from harri3tspy :
I'm not usually a recommender of self-help type books, but a friend who had recently defended her thesis gave me her copy of a book called Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker. I never would have picked this book up, but I actually found it extremely helpful and I find myself referring back to it whenever I hit a trough. What it offers is basic common sense, but it has some good suggestions for breaking the task into smaller chunks so you don't freak out and for techniques to keep yourself going through the rough spots. One of the suggestions, keeping a log of the dissertation process, is something that ultimately proved the key for me and was one of the things that spurred me to start my diary.
from eggsaucted :
Not ready for daycare yet. Still don't like that she can't tell me what goes on and well exposing her to all those other germy kids. Although I am looking for a mommy and me class we could do. NO intentions of sending her to lab. Although I'm also not so thrilled with the public school she'd go to either. But there are many options for us and who knows what will happen in the next couple of years.
from eggsaucted :
She's growing like a weed and I can't make it stop.
from harri3tspy :
I am so sympathetic about the non sequiturs. I am often plagued by bouts of that myself, particularly when uprooting myself. I hope you're settling in and enjoy being in the same country-state-city-house as your spouse at last.
from starlight42 :
good luck with the move to CA! I bet it will be beautiful for you :)
from elgan :
Here's wishing you an uneventful move and safe arrival in California.
from harri3tspy :
Best of luck with your move! I hope all goes smoothly!
from elgan :
I'm happy for you!
from michl :
I just spent the afternoon chatting with my friend from freshman year about the good old days in Berkeley. I did enjoy those swims at Hearst, but I'll never forget when I went my second year and got burnt so badly just before finals. It was difficult to study.
from idil :
you are simply adorable. i don't seem to be on top of things, such as what step you are on this research thing. or where emre is. but like always, i'm thinking of you, and wishing you and emre the best and so much love. and keep sending the pics, it's the best way to see europe. x's and o's.
from starlight42 :
Thanks for the Congrats note!!
from insensatezz :
Hi, thanks for your message a while ago. Indeed, I am back (to Berkeley and Diaryland), and it appears, so are you! Do you know where you'll be living in the bay area? Soak up all the 30 degree celsius days you can in Germany, b/c the weather here is tragically fickle. 5 days of clouds and 55 degrees, then 2 burning hot days, and repeat.
from michl :
Thanks for your message. I leave in two days. I can't believe that the date is almost here. Good luck with your upcoming move to the Bay Area. I am so happy for you!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks! Preschool starts in a few short weeks. Perhaps that will help. We don't actually have that particular book, as he didn't seem to be too interested in that one, but perhaps we should give it another go.
from michl :
Okay! Vichy for General Foods International Coffee French Vanilla Decaf (and if you can get it the decaf/sugarfee variety).
from michl :
Let me know what you want and I am sure that I can find those skin care products here. I can send them to you.
from eggsaucted :
Annoying phone calls from Rob is not worth changing my phone numbers and the annoyance it would be for me to deal with getting rid of numbers I've had for years. He's not going to cause me any damage, his marriage is a different story. He can screw that up all he wants, I won't help him and I won't tell on him. I ignore many more of his calls than I actually take and he's pretty used to that by now.
from harri3tspy :
Ugh, indeed. I am either relying on my advisor for too much, or not enough. Is there any such thing as a happy medium?
from elgan :
Phew! At least no one was hurt!
from starlight42 :
Congrats on the no more goodbyes or commutes!
from elgan :
It sounds like you had quite the adventure. I look forward to hearing more about it in detail once you've had a chance to sort through and catalogue, so to speak.
from saucy99 :
I have the "oh my god the final exam is right NOW and I've never gone to class, done homework and opened the text book dream" all the time. Usually the setting is college and at one point i panic because I freak out that I won't have enough credits to graduate. Funny that I stil have the dream even though its been 5 years (gasp!) since I graduated. I always wake up and feel releived because I already have my diploma. Strange how that's a common recurring dream for everyone. I find dreams and dreaming fascinating. Anyway, did you ever put formuals into your TI-82/TI-82 calculator in calculus/Trig? I hate to admit it, but I did that a few times. Bad me.
from michl :
Sorry that you are not feeling too good now. I hope that you feel better soon. Thanks for your postcard by the way. Take care!
from saucy99 :
true about missy being a totally fraidy cat. and she's not abused. I should keep that in mind. she's given excessive love! But she's also a cat and they're different. I'm sure the dog is fine. IT just seemed a little odd to me and i'm imagining the worst. has your dad arrived?
from starlight42 :
I hate that...why can't people just let you check out your teeth without noticing? I always worry I have something in my teeth...
from michl :
If I don't go, then it is obvious that I don't like A's group. It may make it difficult for him to get a job in the lab because the lab members may say something to A's boss about the fact that I don't like to socialize with them and how A socializes less frequently with them as a consequence. Not a great scenario. I hope that A gets offered a job in industry nearby, so he doesn't have to continue to work with his group. However, it looks like he'll be offered a contract with his current boss and someone from the Maths department. He'll have to take it if nothing else comes along.
from saucy99 :
I know which one is you. Ha, ha, ha!
from elgan :
There was no spinach stuck in your teeth, I hope.
from elgan :
I too really enjoyed Big Fish. Excellent film.
from harri3tspy :
Have a great trip!
from elgan :
Have a great week! Auf wiedersehn!
from fluttrbykiss :
It has three bedrooms, livingroom, kitchen,diningroom,garage, diningroom,and laundryroom... Plus 2 full baths... But it's only about 1100 sq feet... Not huge, but not tiny either... It will be fine... It's just exactly what we need... :o) Glad your in a good mood.. I always feel better after a haircut too... :o)~~
from michl :
Don't forget the wine no cheese party you had your last year at Berkeley. It was great that all of the old hospital wingers came out for the do.
from elgan :
Thanks for your note. I think the playright is Anton Chekov.
from fluttrbykiss :
Well... If you look at it from *that* point of view YES it does need work, BUT we aren't the one's doing it... THANKFULLY!!! ;o) Yes, it is very exciting to live in a house that NO ONE has ever lived in before... It's a daunting experience too though... :o) ... Hope you had a good day... :o) Shell
from elgan :
Cold blueberry soup, Persian kidney beans on rice pilaf, green salad and French vanilla ice cream with blueberry syrup (or raspberry liqueur). Not a speck of wheat in sight!
from elgan :
The friends coming to dinner tonight are also a two-doctorate family. He had a job teaching in Rochester, she ended up taking a 2-3 year contract in Chico, Cal. When that was up, they started having kids, and she also found work in his neck of the woods. Don’t despair. It can be done!
from fluttrbykiss :
The house??? Need work?? Ummm... No... It's BRAND NEW... Still has to finished being built... Right now it doesn't even have WALLS!!! They just put up the drywall in the garage TODAY... All that is there is the foundation, the outside wall, the plumbing, the electrical work, and the studs where the wallas are GOING to be... hehehehe... Your so funny... lol.... Glad you had a great shower... :o)
from fluttrbykiss :
Thanks for the YAY on the house... Two more weeks and the Underwriter will know if we *really* got it or not, but I'm sure you know how that goes... In two weeks I'll be picking my counter tops, tile and carpets... Have a great day, a good shower and try to get some rest... :o)
from starlight42 :
Thanks for the note. I like your diary design. Ya, our summer here in Michigan has been pretty cool too. It was so weird wearing jeans and a jacket while watching fireworks the other night!
from turtlemomma :
Quark? Sounds yummy and oh so fattening :D ~K
from fluttrbykiss :
Ahhhh... Yes, Our very first house and it's been very much a pain in the arse... But loads of fun and hard work, getting to where we are now... Thanks for the crossed fingers... Now, I'll let you get back to work... heheh... :o)
from saucy99 :
Go black go blue! Red, the blood of angry men! Black, the dark of ages past, la, la, la!I am jeanvaljean! 24601! I want to see Spiderman II. I love Tobey Maguire, he's so damn cute.
from fluttrbykiss :
We will found out about the house by Friday at 4pm... But, my realtor seems to think we may find out sooner... Keep your fingers crossed... ;o) And yes during the week I have AT LEAST six kids here from 7 til 4-30pm... Exhausting isn't the word... More like... FUTILE.... LOL... Have a great day... and send me some Quark and strawberries... It sounds good.... MMMMM... :o) ...
from fluttrbykiss :
I'm glad to hear your feeling better... I'm a wuss too... heheh... I know how those things go... Thanks for the note by the way... :o)
from fluttrbykiss :
Hpe your feeling better after your *surgery*... And that you are up and around soon... heheh... I know how not so invasive and very invasive sugery feels... Take it easy, and relax while you can....
from itsmylife :
On window shopping...to the grandmothers credit....window shopping refers to looking IN the window from the outside. But of course, in reality, who doesn't go IN?!?!? Just found your site, looks great and a great read! I'll be back.
from michl :
I hope that you are looking forward to at least one day during your 9 weeks left in Germany. Can't wait to see you.
from bobbipuzel :
AHHH I LOVE POSTCARDS TOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! How are ya? *HUUUUGGGGSSSS*
from saucy99 :
YAY! Congratulations! Glad it went well. I knew you'd rock! Can't wait to chat tomorrow!
from saucy99 :
GOOD LUCK! GOOD LUCK! YOU ARE GOING TO ROCK! YOU ARE GOING TO KICK ASS! Email me when you are done and let me know how it goes.
from michl :
Hope that the talk goes well. I'll be in the gym when you give it, but I'll be thinking of you.
from harri3tspy :
Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great! Let us know how it goes.
from elgan :
I hate to add to your misery, but it gets worse. I have been informed by a doctor friend that PMS is REALLY bad between ages 35 and 45. I personally get my period for a week, then have one week of easy sailing, then two weeks of PMS and then my period. See why I’m so anxious for menopause?
from elliemay23 :
Thanks for the sweet note. xoxo, Ellie
from elliemay23 :
Thanks for the sweet note. xoxo, Ellie
from elgan :
If I ever find myself in Göttingen, that’s definitely the café for me!
from elgan :
Me too. Sometimes I invite people on purpose because the house is getting too dirty! Crazy.
from saucy99 :
Happy Anniversary to you and Hubby! I can't believe a year ago today I was in Central IL for your beautiful wedding! Time sure does fly! I hope you are having a great time at the spa and indulging yourselves lots, you both deserve it! Love, moi.
from harri3tspy :
Sounds perfect. Have a wonderful time!
from aliboomboom :
I do love the name Griffin and I have become accustomed to calling him that but I don't want him to be one of five in his class, ya know? What about Hudson? I like that name now too.
from ydandelions :
achilles the swine...ever read kassandra by Christa Wolf? I so love to see Br*d in that role,originially being a homosexual, like all male greeks in the ancient world.what did you fall for in Br*d? his lachrymal sacks?well, even Pitt cannnot stay young forever, at least not in this world.
from michl :
I kinda liked Tr*y, although I had a hard time believing that some of the characters were really of Med origin. Come on..Brad Pitt as Ach....
from saucy99 :
hey, at least your place is clean! Mine, on the other hand, is a pig-sty! What was hubby, doing out of town? did he have a conference? My computer comes today and I am researching high-speed internet options. Should I just do DSL wireless or should I spend the extra money on cable-high-speen-broadband wireless? What to do, what to do? If I go the cable route, I may get rid of my land line. Damn, I am so cheap. I hate spending money.
from harri3tspy :
Why is it that when you have a sore throat the medication prescribed is always impossible to swallow? I hope you're feeling better soon!
from saucy99 :
Hi there! How are you! What's going on? I think I get my computer tomorrow, yay!
from insensatezz :
I love Yoshimoto's Kitchen, and Lizard. Thanks for the note. No, sadly I've not yet read Murakami, but become increasingly convinced that I must every time I happen across another diaryland profile that lists HM as a favorite author (which is an eerily frequent occurance). Sigh. Another thing to add to the summer reading list. Now I need suggestions for things to take *off* the list.
from elgan :
Bon voyage!
from saucy99 :
Thanks for the heads up on that. I was probably so mad when was typing I didn't realize I let his name out. Now, if my internet behaves for long enough (it's been very bad all day long) I may be able to go fix it. By the way, how did you like Shrek 2? I loved the first one.
from saucy99 :
Hurry back to dland! We miss you!
from laurelote :
Ahoy! Thanks for joining my (Captain!) Jack Sparrow diaryring, mate! ^_^
from saucy99 :
You're going alone? Oh dandlioneyes, I'm sorry, that must be frustrating, frustrating for hubby too. When will he be done with the paper?
from aliboomboom :
I don't necessarily want a baby, that's the problem. Will I ever?
from aliboomboom :
I'm calling some doctors today. I'll let you know how it goes.
from aliboomboom :
I am going to seek help. I have a list of doctors. I am going to try to figure it out.
from eggsaucted :
Did you like Mona Lisa Smile. I had heard negative stuff, but really liked it when I watched it Saturday night.
from kissssy :
Hey! :) Thanks for the congrats!
from eggsaucted :
That's a double edged sword. Her highness doesn't understand that mommy's neck hurt. I almost made her carry herself upstairs at my parents house this morning.
from eggsaucted :
gracias chica, it's really not that bad, I'm just not in a good mood.
from saucy99 :
You can do it, you can kick the internet habit and be productive. And one day even I might try to kick the habit, not now though, my job is too boring and mindless.
from saucy99 :
Dandlioneyes! bad girl! You cheated! So you know who dies, eh?? So when do you leave for CA? N just spent two days in CA for work, a city just outside berkeley I think, I think it was something like union city, is that near berkeley?
from eggsaucted :
Move in with us, my neighbors never make noise and I live next to a dorm, but it's the U of C, so they never make noise. I feel bad when her highness cries I figure it's got to be driving the neighbors crazy, luckily she isn't much of a crier.
from saucy99 :
I hate selfish neighbors. I hate them. With passion. I don't get it. I make a concerted effort to be very aware of my noise level early in the morning and late at night. Hell, I make a concerted effort not to do things that would annoy my neighbors during the entire day, because ya know, sometimes when I want to take a nap or relax in the middle of the afternoon I can't because people think its OK to blast music, have loud sex, etc, etc, just because its the middle of the day and for the love of god I.BEG.TO.DIFFFER!!!!! Polite people just don't do that! Maybe I'm just too damn considerate of other people. Maybe I need to stop. Actually, I wish I could just freaking tell who it is that is making all the noise so I can knock on their door, send them death threats, etc, etc. Sorry about the noisy neighbors. I feel your pain. (Said with my best bill clinton impression.)
from saucy99 :
Dear dandlioneyes, you are asking for too much information re: 24! I will not tell whether or not the person that died is significant. But I will tell you this: The person has been in season 1-3. Actually, more than one person died. But I shall never tell who they are! Mu ha ha ha!
from saucy99 :
Hey, don't worry about the post-facial redness. It's perfectly normal. When my mom gives facials the same thing happens. So when do you leave for CA? 24 was good. Some serious, serious shit happens. Serious!
from aliboomboom :
Thanks. I just feel like I can't do it most of the time. It's far harder than I ever imagined.
from aliboomboom :
Thanks for the kind words. I wish I could believe them, it just feels as if nothing will ever be okay again.
from harri3tspy :
I like the new template! I'm sure your talk will be great no matter what you decide to do. It's much easier to impress people with a less than perfect project when speaking than writing. Good luck!
from saucy99 :
Hey there! I like the new template. I'm sure your talk will rock but I understand the stress. Hang in there chica! Remember, we have 24 tomorrow!
from aliboomboom :
I don't know what he'll look like. I guess when I envision him, I think he has lots of dark hair and dark skin and he's just beautiful but I know that all babies aren't pretty and that worries me. I don't think that Mike is unattractive at all, I think he's hot but I kind of want the baby to look like me seeing as how we aren't married. Genes are such a complicated thing though, I guess there is no way of knowing until we see him in August.
from elgan :
Nice layout!
from aliboomboom :
I'm glad that you like the pictures. I am obsessed with scanning now so there will be tons more to come. What do you think about Mike? Do you think his genes are more dominant then mine? Anyways I wish I had gotten some sun today but you are right, it always does make one feel exhausted!!
from saucy99 :
poor dandlioneyes! I was actually template shopping today but my option are limited since I can't host images.
from eggsaucted :
Hey....your diary is broken. Just in case you hadn't noticed. It's also very dark and scary in there. Turn on the light please!
from saucy99 :
Hope you feel better soon. So have you watched 24 yet?
from borogoves :
i actually really like philly. i live in west philly, and love the neighborhood. we're actually trying to buy a house there now. however, i am SO READY to be out of school. i'm just finishing year 6. and it'll be at LEAST another year, probly 2. sigh...
from michl :
I am glad that I can be of service. It is too bad that you won't be in the States in August. I get a free stop over on my flight and it just so happens that one of the places is Chicago.
from michl :
Go for the Basmati rice. It is not too bad. It is the best rice for you. Also, I found that a chicken tikka (not chicken tikka masala) tastes good and is the healthiest of all the Indian food.
from elliemay23 :
I have not read your diary yet, but you are talking about teen shows, so you can't be that bad. Wanna hear something disgusting? Every day on TBS I watch Dawson's Creek. I can't help myself. I have seen every episode 5 times since TBS started airing last year before the series finale. I am a dork. Oh, and I LOVE Buffy!!! xoxo, Ellie
from eggsaucted :
Let's face it Buffy sucks and you just can't stand to admit. What'cha gonna do about it sucka???
from eggsaucted :
Let's put it this way, I could never stand to sit through an entire episode of buffy. Is that dissing it? Probably. One Tree Hill is also a WB show that's new this year and that somehow totally sucked me in. I try not to add new shows to shows I can't miss and somehow it added itself. Damnit. I don't care that it's a teen show, just that I spend too much time watching television.
from kris-tee :
Thanks for the note! I am feeling better then I did on Monday. I was losing it. Yesterday, I did nothing all day, it was fabulous.
from eggsaucted :
No you didn't mention that, apparently I didn't get the memo either.
from eggsaucted :
You do belong to Chicago! Come home!
from harri3tspy :
I was also a big fan of CS Lewis and Susan Cooper. And I loved Mists of Avalon, although none of Bradley's other books ever grabbed me. I never read any of Lindgren's books that weren't about Pippi until recently -- we've found some picture books (she didn't do the pictures) in the library that we've been reading to AJ. I look forward to hearing what you have to say!
from aliboomboom :
Griffin will be a leo. I need to look that up and see what it entails. You are right. I need to just tell them. I am working on it. I promise.
from aliboomboom :
It's just horrible to think about hurting them. I have rewritten so many letters trying to get it all right but I can't. There is no way to express what I feel. It's too much raw emotion. I have to do it soon though. OH and my due date is August 7.
from aliboomboom :
I'm doing well despite the overwhelming anxiety of facing my parents. I have to tell them soon, cross your fingers for me.
from michl :
So sorry about your noisy neighbours. Hope that it doesn't happen again tonight. By the way, I had my 3 week weigh in yesterday and I have lost 14 pounds (1 stone). I have another 3 stones to go before the wedding. I got an email from my dad and he said that is mother is curious as to what has been happening in my life. She'll be at the wedding and she'll be quick to notice if I have put on weight. Even more reason to lose the excess pounds.
from harri3tspy :
Oh, you poor thing! That's the worst. My only recourse in such situations has been rather juvenile -- blasting Wagner's Parsifal even louder. But noise cancellation headphones might be a good investment if this is a regular problem.
from harri3tspy :
I am so sorry you gave me that website address. It is very funny, but I spent way too much time there this afternoon! Must. do. actual. work. Thanks!
from eggsaucted :
Rest? What's this rest thing you speak of? These 5:30am wake ups are starting to take their toll on me. Even her highness is napping early in the morning, unfortunately I don't usually get to do that. I try telling her she doesn't really want to get up that early, but so far no luck. We had a nice day though.
from eggsaucted :
That's the plan, but he seems to be down on a call or something, so we'll see. I can't drag it out forever, I need to get stuff done this morning. But oh a nap...what I wouldn't give for a nap.
from eggsaucted :
Thanks dear! So tired though! Hugs!
from bobbipuzel :
sealedwithmyhug@yahoo.com *HUGS* :)
from harri3tspy :
I"ve actually blocked my address out of my memory -- I wasn't there very long. I THINK it was on Spruce between 45th and 46th. I was subletting from Penn students, but the place was definitely on the line between good and bad neighborhood. West Philly was always weird that way. One block was great, the next was awful. It was hard to figure out. As for Momo, it's funny you mentioned the music. I've never heard the book on tape version, but the book has a clear soundtrack for me. I'm not sure how it came to be associated, but a tape someone made for me of an Andreas Vollenweider album that is completely intertwined with the book for me. I can't think of the name of it at the moment, but I'll try to scare it up later and let you know. There's a theme that totally sounds like the turtle.
from loewenzahn :
ICH BIN VERRüCKT NACH DER FILMMUSIK VON PIRATES OF THE CARREBEAN - ES LEBE DER KOMPONIST - MöGE ER NOCH VIELE FILMMUSIKEN KOMPONIEREN!
from loewenzahn :
Hey, ich hatte nedlich mal wiederGelegnenheit Diary zu lesen... Wir haben ja nicht so viel voneinander gehört die letzte Woche. Die Arbeit und die Diät steht mir bis zum Hals. Hoffe dir gehts gut. Bin gerade in CH aber versuche dich später anzurufen, ja? Bis dann. PS: Bin auch auf Rügen, Ende Juni mit meinr Mutter und den Grosseltern. Bin auch schon ganz gespannt. KAnnst mir dann ja berichten.
from harri3tspy :
That is a terrible story. No wonder you're burnt out! The storage locker story got me too. How devastating. When I lived in West Philly, our next door neighbor, with whom we shared a porch, decided he wanted to live with his girlfriend, so he kicked his roomate out. A couple of weeks later, the ex-roomate came back. He tied up his former roomate and the girlfriend, locked them in the bathroom, poured gasoline all over the apartment and set it on fire. The blaze was so hot that it melted my roomate's records. Amazingly, no one was hurt -- it turns out being locked in the bathroom was the best thing for them, as the tile offered some protection. But it was definitely creepy to live there after that.
from eggsaucted :
Hey...go read elliemay23's diary today and send her some recipes, you're better at that than me.
from michl :
Thanks for your note and kind words. My mum knows that I am trying to lose weight, but I haven't told her about my progress. Yes, I am still in my sister's wedding. I am not to wild about the dress, but at least it will look better on me than it would have in Jan., when I was last measured for the dress.
from michl :
I'll take photos while I am on holiday and will post them on the web. I'll probably be a few pounds lighter than I am now then. The look on my family's faces when I go back in August is going to be priceless and well worth all my hard work.
from michl :
Glad that you are so positive.
from eggsaucted :
It was ok. I mean come on it was just a tv show. Ok, fine, I LOVED IT! I cried, I laughed and I was right. Ok, need to finish getting dressed and go to work. I'll post when I get there and get coffee.
from michl :
I think that you have become a stronger person given all the trial and tribulations of your PhD. You should be proud of yourself. I am proud of you.
from saucy99 :
Your advisor sounds like my old boss who laid me off. I got nothing but negative reinforecment from him. I mean, I understand that both negative and positive reinforecement have their merits, all negative all the time is just plain bad. Sorry about that. Oh, and do continue your story! I am engrossed!
from harri3tspy :
I almost went to the U of Filthadelphia myself. I was interested in the Folklore program, but I didn't really have the background for it and ultimately decided to stick with my program which was incredibly flexible about area of study. Funny. Part of it was that I have a soft spot in my heart for the city. I spent the summer before my senior yr in college working for the Orchestra there and living in West Philly (I was so broke, I walked to work downtown almost every day in 90-100 degree weather!). I am struck by your story, and borogoves' and michl's. It seems like kind of the inverse of Tolstoy's happy families are all alike in their own ways. The stories all seem so similar. As for Momo, I think I found it on my own when browsing a bookstore, but I was familiar with Ende. My German-American friend (we've been friends since we were 12. She's also an academic, and the one with the absolute worst Ph.D. horror story I've ever heard (when she gave her advisor her final draft, she essentially told her she didn't want to read it and bailed. Fortunately the rest of her committee stepped up to the plate), although she has tenure now, so she lived through it) had told me about The Never-Ending Story and showed me her German copy of it, which was incredibly beautiful. I'm a sucker for pretty books. I found an English translation and read it several times in succession. Then I stumbled on Momo at some point while browsing a bookstore while I was in college. I'd never heard of it, but since I knew of Ende, I took a chance on it. There's something about that book that made it feel like my own, like a dream I'd forgotten about. It's absolutely magical.
from michl :
Sorry that you are getting crap from people on the other side of the Atlantic. I look forward to speaking to you on Sunday.
from aliboomboom :
I like Griffin but I'm not sure. There are so many names and it's such a complicated thing to do. It's not like naming a dog or cat, ya know? It helps to shape a human being!! It's a lot of pressure. Email me sometime if you want the username/password for my diary. It's alexia_gillingwater@yahoo.com.
from harri3tspy :
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say. In case you don't read borogoves, she wrote a response to my entry today. And in a completely irrelevant note, I keep meaning to mention that Michael Ende's Momo is one of my all time favorite books too. I think the only other person I know who has read it is my good friend who is half German.
from aliboomboom :
I go back and forth on what to name the baby. I'm not sure yet but I am thinking Griffin. I don't know. Yeah it's hard but I know I'll be fine.
from saucy99 :
Sore throat is MUCH better, thank you. It's essentially moved up to my nose and I have the sniffles. But SO much better than yesterday. It's nice not to have your entire face ache from sinus pain.
from saucy99 :
24 was stressfull indeed. Not very much advancement of the plot, but based on the previews it looks like next week is going to be even more stressfull. Sorry you're feeling down. I know how you feel. Try to not let what happened post-wedding cloud the wedding itself which was absolutely beautiful. Remeber, they are two separate events. I know its hard, really.
from michl :
How about early evening? I have an old housemate coming to visit me for the day, but we should be done by 5pm or 6pm my time. She has to drive back to London, so I doubt that she'll want to stay much longer than that. Looking forward to chatting with you.
from michl :
Glad that things are looking up. I sure do know the woes of writing up a PhD, but it should be over soon. This weekend is fine to chat. How about late Sunday afternoon? I can ring you.
from michl :
I am sorry that you are having a difficult time with your PhD and family. I went through similar things too. If you ever want to talk, I'll be there for you.
from harri3tspy :
Oh, boy, do I understand what you're thinking about! I actually think I'm going to answer your questions in my diary when I have a chance, as this has been in the front of my mind this week for a number of reasons. Do you mind if I quote from your note?
from aliboomboom :
Jaegar is so good!! Drink it up while you are there!
from celynen :
Mmm, oh how I miss the fresh white asparagus! They only sell it in jars in Cali.
from aliboomboom :
Thanks for the note!! Germany, huh? Isn't that where Jager is made? We had a bottle from there once and it was superb!! I hope that you are having fun over there!
from elgan :
I have heard this before, about how asparagus affects the smell of urine. It was actually on the radio. There is a chemical in asparagus which interacts weirdly in some people’s digestive systems, and gives their urine a characteristic odour. I don’t have to worry about this because I absolute DESPISE asparagus.
from eggsaucted :
That's right, but I believe I made you pick that for me as I recall. But yes dear you are dorky!! =)
from harri3tspy :
It's about a series of researchers of a minor Canadian poet, a farmer's wife, who was murdered. Each section of the book is told by a different scholar who is planning on presenting research at a conference devoted to the poet. But Swann's documents keep disappearing. The book concludes with the conference, written as a play. It's a quirky book, but really interesting and a very fun read. Also one of the scholars lives in Hyde Park.
from eggsaucted :
Stupid $)(@*)%& internet connection. Our computers have been down until right now. I'll update in a few, I actually have real work to do.
from saucy99 :
Oh yay! We can diet together and motivate each other. I did OK on my diet this weekend, not great. I had no time to work out and thus couldn't weigh myself to check progress so I guess I'll have to wait until next saturday to weigh myself since I refuse to weigh myself at night time. No, must weigh myself first thing in the morning before I'v eaten anything and when I am at my lightest.
from harri3tspy :
How funny. There actually IS an operetta about the people I'm researching! But, then they are musicians, so I suppose that's not so surprising. Something about this entry made me think you'd like Carol Shields' novel Swann, if you haven't read it.
from saucy99 :
Remember when you taught me how to say "he has nice back muscles" in german? Referring to strapping young lad that we had the privelege of sitting behind in physics? I forgot how to say it. I remember es ist kalt. I remember Peinlich! I remember certain other things, but I don't remember how to say he has nice back muscles!
from saucy99 :
Literally it means doll, but if you call someone a koukla, you are calling them cute, beautiful, like a doll.
from eggsaucted :
I knew it was rhetorical =) I was gonna wait long enough for you to see it and then add a note, but I totally forgot I had a 10am meeting and I just got back. I've been doing diaryland almost as long as you and I use it almost as much. I can't imagine not having it, that was what the joke was about.
from eggsaucted :
No diaryland? Why? What have you heard?
from eggsaucted :
power-point is awesome! great for work and fun to play with.
from michl :
OMG! BNL were fantastic. I am going to get a bootleg copy of the concert as soon as it comes available.
from saucy99 :
Yes, I love the way all the women still have perfect hair and makeup even though they've been up diverting a crisis for over almost 24 hours. yeah right. yes it's the character of keifer. the manly man rugged character that is oh so brave and gallant! And what about chase? I think it was just under 12 hours ago that he was beaten to a bloody pulp, inches away from death, and look at him now! I think I am going to tell N to go get a job at CTU so he too can be a manly man. Hry, your hubby probably has the skills to get a job at CTU so he could go there too! Oh wait, there is no such thing as CTU, it is purely fictional. Dang!
from michl :
I am listening to it now. It cracks me up. I hope they perform it tonight.
from saucy99 :
24 was good! The ending stressed me out majorly. again. at goddamit, jack bauer is hot hot hot! What a man!
from michl :
Sorry that you are having a bad day. I just sent you a MP3 that should cheer you up =)!
from saucy99 :
That is just not fun, when work dissapears. I've been burned so many times with that at work that the save button is my know best friend. Hang in there, and don't forget, I get an autographed copy of the dissertation when it's done!
from eggsaucted :
Ok, sorry about the lost work and the pms. That sucks. I lose stuff at work on excel all the time and know how you feel. Weird dream about Mr. G & Mrs. H. Especially since I just saw Mr. G the other day. It sort of flipped me out seeing him. Then after I did registration I went upstairs to help with the scavenger hunt and I told one of my co-workers that my high school math teacher was at the event and he laughed and said is kinda short greyish hair big mustacheher with three older girls? I said yea and my co-worker said "he totally looked like a math teacher!"
from michl :
I take it when you say his family that you are referring to EK.
from saucy99 :
Hi. You haven't updated your diary today. why? Update, damnit, update! 24 is getting scary. I can't wait to watch again. Damn that Saunders guy!
from kris-tee :
I know, for the most part I try to focus on the good stuff, but sometimes, I just feel like a big ol rolly polly blob!
from saucy99 :
Ahh yes dear dandlioeyes. I've known that you wanted to be ever since we had home ec. together in the 8th grade! Tis not a mystery! But you are the purdiest lil thing!
from saucy99 :
dandlioneyes is subjected to daily beatings and humiliations by her husband and plans somehow to escape him. Is this true? Should I open my rolodex of mafia connections? ;-)
from saucy99 :
What I meant by it not being a "real" entry was that all I essentially had to to was cut, find, replace, paste in order to finish my entry. I didn't pour my soul into it like I do with my normal entries! ;-)
from harri3tspy :
I love that song. I'm off to dig up my old Jacques Brel albums...
from harri3tspy :
I tried this with my name. I didn't get nearly as many, but my personal favorite was "harriet is gonna get an ass." Yeah.
from elgan :
Here's my personal favourite: dandlioneyes is a rare gem living among monastic women today
from saucy99 :
Thanks for the kind notes! Yes water is key for flushing out the system. I usually have to pee like a racehorse on acid when I just drink moderate amounts of water, so I'm sure upping my water intake will have me running to the bathroom on an hourly basis. I love, love tofu so I'll definitely be adding that to my diet. I think I am also going to be a healthy cook book. Maybe if actually start cooking food from scratch it will be more fun and exciting. I have no excuse now. Not only do I work four blocks from where I live but I have a stress free 9-5 job. I can do it!
from saucy99 :
Is the potential summer dress the one you more the day before your wedding at the rehearsal dinner? Me likes that a lot, but that too might leave you feeling a little bit too cold. And in my opinion black is perfectly OK to wear to a wedding, especially if you throw in some pink. I've worn little black dresses to weddings many times.
from kris-tee :
I left the answer to your question in my diary! I liked the question so much, I decided it deserved an entry!!!! Thanks for making my day though because by answering your question, I feel so much more positive.
from saucy99 :
OK. I meant to write free champagne, wosa and instead I wrote very champagne. Would you like a hit of the crack I'm smoking today? I'm out of it. YAY for hubbys arrival this weekend! So are you going to be in Chi-Town this summer? Are ya, are ya? Have you emailed Monsieur le prof. de francais?
from saucy99 :
Very champagne! Wosa!
from saucy99 :
It was back in my wild n' crazy college days. It was a particularly hellish finals week, some friends and I decided to take a break from studying and go out and get drunk. We did. Get drunk. Very. Then at around 3 am decided to go to the librabry in our inebriated state. Library is open 24-7 during finals. Then my friend dared me to xerox my ass. So I did. But don't worry, we were in a rather private nook of the library and no one saw me. Not one of my prouder moments, I must say!
from saucy99 :
I once xeroxed my ass on a dare. Twas fun. I immediately threw the xerox away though.
from saucy99 :
I say B!!!
from michl :
My guess is A.
from eggsaucted :
Diary Entry Tease!
from michl :
1. If you had the chance, would you live in the Ihouse again? 2. Having lived in both Europe and the States, which do you prefer? 3. What is your favourite Ihouse memory?
from parlance :
Sure, no problem. Glad to hear you're doing better. :)
from parlance :
I'm sorry to hear you're having a bad weekend =(
from harri3tspy :
What is your favorite book and why? What was the best day in your life that you can remember and why? If you could have chosen your own first name, what would you have picked for yourself?
from elgan :
Why do you keep a public diary? What is necessary for a diary to get on your favourites list? Why is my diary on your favourites list?
from eggsaucted :
If you could, would you move back to Hyde Park and thus be near myself & Saucy99 again? Who is the cutest baby you've ever seen? What would have done differently to make High School a better experience?
from bobbipuzel :
Ohh thanks for leaving me questions. I am going to do the same for you. :) What do you think your parents did wrong as far as in raising you? Could they have done something a lil different that would have made you turn out any better, in your opinion? What is the earliest childhood memory you can remember? If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
from eggsaucted :
You left yourself a note? Oh and some might call that more grown up, others might use the word crazy.
from dandlioneyes :
berlin is quite wonderful, and i have good friends who live there. we are doing the potluck thing. 2,5 hour walk? jeesh! i mean, in this weather? that sounds challenging. ok, gotta make lunch, i'm starving.
from bobbipuzel :
Nah just started the webcam and I don't care who sees me. :) If strangers do then they do. Not a big deal :). I also hope it warms up a bit. The family takes a 2 and a half hour walk back home after Easter dinner. I am not going if the weather is bad. I wanna go to Berlin, no fair LOL!
from bobbipuzel :
Hey thanks. I am enjoying playing with it. *HUGS* HAPPY EASTER TO YOU TOO! :)))
from elgan :
Hello dear! I too am a tofu queen. It's a rather strange monarchy, as most people I know won't touch the stuff. I like to cube the extra-firm tofu, marinate it for a while in shoyu, garlic and onion granules, then deep fry it, or toss it in a stir fry, or marinate it in slabs and do them on the barbecue. Such incredible, guilt-free deliciousness!
from kris-tee :
Thanks for adding me as a favorite, I added you too! Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, I'm having a SIL problem so I have been totally consumed by that, as you can read in my diary! She drives me nuts!
from eggsaucted :
Gracias chica! I'm gonna survive, but like I told Kevin, it's hell being a woman. He asked why and I said for lots of reasons, but specifically because I have to wear cute matching shoes and today it's killing me. He said ah yes, the cute show curse. I don't think he fully comprehends the issue. At least at home I can talk off my shoes, which helps the ankle thing a little bit. I still have to move around though because her highness is all about not sitting still.
from chinariquena :
hey! i unlocked my diary.. just now.. so feel free to read it whenever you have time, kay? l8ers
from michl :
After missing them in February, I wasn't going to miss them this summer. The concert is going to be great.
from michl :
Just bought tickets to the Counting Crows show in London this summer. I can't wait!
from harri3tspy :
No, I don't have a support group, mainly because I'm so far from campus. My university throws you in at the deep end too. I was never too good at badgering professors for attention when needed and when the classes ran out (we had 4 years of classes) I spent a year not really knowing what I was supposed to be doing before I got a job and tried to figure it all out while regaining my sense of having something useful to offer the world at large -- a sense that seems easily mislaid for many PhD students I know. The people I know who've been in writing groups have had mixed success, depending on the dynamic of the group. I do, however, have two wonderful friends, both with Ph.Ds and jobs who are not only great cheerleaders and commiseraters, but they will read anything I send them at the drop of a hat and write really useful comments on them. We've actually done this for each other since we were first year grad students, so we know each other's writing well. I don't think I could make it through this process without them. I do think departments should do something to help their students get through this process. Currently it's left to advisors, who mostly don't help unless asked. And the problem is that many students don't know what, exactly, to ask.
from eggsaucted :
Only 7? Does that include seattle? I think I counted more for you. I was at 9...but you should know.
from harri3tspy :
That's a large part of the reason why I left school for a while. I wanted to feel like I was controlling my work, but instead it was controlling me to a degree that I really couldn't live with. Coming back to it with a family gives me a completely different perspective. Although some of the same problems are there, my world view is quiet different and, I think, healthier. Some problems, however, remain. I have a very archive-intensive project too and as a result, the dissertation has felt more like a process than a product. As I'm now in the end stages, I'm having trouble making the psychological shift that's going to get the thing finished (or, as a good friend regularly reminds me, "finished enough."). With archives it's hard to know when to stop looking for that ever elusive missing piece that might be out there and change everything.
from harri3tspy :
I like reading because you're doing the dissertation thing too and I'm always interested in hearing about how others are going about the process. I know exactly what you mean about the audience thing. I find, though, for the most part it's beneficial because I feel an obligation to write daily that I have never felt when keeping a diary just for myself. It does bug me that having an audience affects the way I write, but in many respects, having a sense of the audience makes me write better than if I were just writing for me.
from eggsaucted :
I think I'm actually beyond eggsaucted! I give up caffeine every few years. Last year was the longest I had lastest, but I always build back up eventually. I'm glad the pigeon is gone too.
from michl :
Thanks for your messages. I tend to update more in my lj because it is more flexible than dland. I am just trying to figure out the whole template thing, though.
from eggsaucted :
Poor chica! Hang in there. I need a nap!
from eggsaucted :
Big YAY! I so need to get dressed and go out and accomplish something. Her highness just made a weird noise...I need to go see what she did.
from eggsaucted :
That's way too much of a pain. Too many people have my number. Hockey seasons over, so he won't have many chances to call in the middle of the night. He's only do it all the time because I'm not answering.
from eggsaucted :
Turning off the phone so he can't bother me is all well and good, but then no one else can bother and I'd miss calls from Kevin and anyone else who may actually have a reason for calling me in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. Glad you're back and your trip sounds ok. We missed you around here.
from eggsaucted :
Hey sweet pea! I'm really punchy right now so that explains the sweet pea. I had lots of coffee this morning and very little sleep for oh the last nine months. Sounds like the trip is going ok. We miss you in dland.
from loewenzahn :
Hey, du bist erst 3 Tage unterwegs, aber ich vermisse unsere Telefonate! Ich glaube ich rufe dich morgen mal an. Dresden? Weimar? Oder gar München? Bin gespannt. Hoffe dir gehts gut.
from ydandelions :
thanks for your compassionate sympathy! my relationship is dangling from a single spider's thread.
from saucy99 :
Hi there! Olives, mmmm. I love stuffed green olives. and i love greek olives! I just had lunch and I am not satisfied. at all. which is what always happens when I eat in the damn cafeteria of this damn hospital!
from eggsaucted :
Not everyone can be like me. Many can try but few will succeed. I know I'm updating a lot, you would think I wasn't getting anything else, but really I've been busy at work. Lord knows I've probably found a way to add hours to the day and instead of getting sleep and taking advantage of it, I'm working harder.
from eggsaucted :
Well good! Then I'm gonna be as bad as I want to be! HAH! Oh wait I'm too tired to be bad.
from michl :
Go you with your new hair style!
from eggsaucted :
What if we don't want to be a good boy or girl?
from eggsaucted :
Hey chica! How are you doing? Feeling any better?
from michl :
I thought that it was time for a change. Hope that you are well. We're having lovely weather. Wonder what it is like on the continent?
from eggsaucted :
Well that's good. REST?? what's that? HaHa! I laugh at you!
from eggsaucted :
If you start smearing stuff all over your body and trying to fly I might have to start pretending like I don't know you. No wonder her highness screamed at the first sight of you! Love ya chica! Hang in there! Have a good weekend!
from harri3tspy :
I could have written that last paragraph about the people I'm working on (except about the recipes and trying to fly. Definitely not their thing, although they were occasionally called witches by other people). I love working with archives, I love reading letters and diaries and god knows what else is in there and coming up with a picture. In my case, since I'm dealing with several different people who did the same thing, I've found trying to make these types of projections of personality has helped me locate archives by helping me think about, "Now where would a person like this keep all her stuff?" It sounds like you have a great topic.
from michl :
I'll bring some with me when I come in July. Yum...Haribo!
from michl :
I just love Tangfastics (sour mix) and the cola bottles. It is one European candy that I miss when I am in the US.
from loewenzahn :
Oh ja, der Almighurt, ich habe ihn auch geliebt, als ich noch Milchprodukte gegessen habe. Mein Lieblings war Vanille und Straciatella, und zwar die grossen Gläser! Aber wenn du einen <leichten> joghurt möchtest....Gervais Obstgarten, den mag ich auch sehr gerne und den gab es bei uns früher immer zum Nachtisch, in der Kurt-Schuhmacherstr. Zeit, was bedeutet, du wirst ihn auch das ein oderandere Mal bei uns gegessen haben als du noch eine kleine Erdbeere warst.....
from harri3tspy :
I miss all those yummy yogurt and ice cream flavors you get in yogurt. I was totally hooked on the flower flavors of ice cream when I lived in France. Yum.
from eggsaucted :
We won't talk about all of the various samples I had to give while I was pregnant. But I was constantly giving up my bodily fluids. healthy smealthy!
from michl :
Sounds like you are having a heck of a time over there on the continent. The weather is fine here. Looking forward to seeing you in July.
from saucy99 :
When I had my bout with samonella poisening I had to give two, yes TWO stool samples. One when I was first admitted to the hospital and one after I was discharged. The second one I had to put in a special vial in a special envelope and mail to the MD. Groddy! I was not happy!
from eggsaucted :
Stool Samples! Ewwww!
from michl :
No worries about the coffee. Thanks for looking. Can't wait until our visit.
from eggsaucted :
I didn't think so! I have got to do some work. gotta gotta gotta! I don't want to. Maybe if I do it for 15 minutes then I could play again.
from eggsaucted :
I see someone else is surfing diaryrings! I mean working on filing finance paperwork, cuz I wasn't surfing diaryrings. No not me!
from saucy99 :
hi. i don't want to work. nope. not me. no work. me want to win lotto. grunt grunt. me want to sit on beach all day long. Is that really too much to ask for?
from eggsaucted :
Ok, Ok! I'm placated! But still bored. Join the dirty dancing diaryring! Because nobody puts baby in a corner!!!! Join with me! Join with me! I had too much coffee this morning and I'm bouncy and tired at the same time.
from elgan :
Thanks for adding me to your favourites. Welcome aboard!
from loewenzahn :
Ich möchte auch gerne mal wieder in ein Thermalbad. EInfach im Whirlpool rumhängen und fast einschlafen. Es gibt hier ein ganz ganz tolles in der nähe - fast immer leer, nur 3-4 Omas, die ein bisschen im wasser stehen. Wenn du kommst, gehen wir hin ( und keine Sorgen um zu kleine swinsuits, wenn du wüsstest was die Omas für sorgen haben)....
from eggsaucted :
gracias chica! I had lunch now I still need a nap.
from eggsaucted :
Thanks! Sorry your weekend wasn't so great. I need lunch & a nap!
from saucy99 :
I love miso soup!
from loewenzahn :
Hey, ich hoffe es war nicht so schlimm in HH.....ich habe einiges an meinem Profile geändert. Kannst es dir ja mal angucken. Es wurde Zeit für eine Aktualisierung. Ich hoffe wir können bald reden. Ich würde dich gerne nächste Woche sehen.....aber wir müssen mal schauen. Halt die Ohren steif!!!!
from saucy99 :
templates are fun! I just discovered way to waste even more time at work. dear god. when will i ever stop using work as a time to surf the net with a fast connection?
from michl :
Thanks for your message. I am slowly recovering. In fact, I made it into work this afternoon, but I am still really tired. I'll go back full time next week.
from kris-tee :
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! I totally missed your note, but I just noticed it now! Thanks for reading my diary! I read yours sometimes too!
from eggsaucted :
Hey chica! You could trade in your life for mine and spend two days trying to print table tents for a luncheon. I have no idea why this seemingly easy task is taking two days. But hey I'm not writting a dissertation and I'm getting paid for spending two days doing a relatively easy task. thinking of you. thanks again for the email.
from loewenzahn :
Deutsche Sprache -schwere Sprache...natürlich möchte ICH keine Note sein, du verstehst
from loewenzahn :
Wenn ich mal wieder eine neue Nachricht auf meinen NOTES wäre, würde mich das sicherlich motivieren, mehr zu schreiben.....Bei dir geht es ja zu wie auf einem Flughafen mit den Notes, bei mir...das Abstellgleis auf dem vor 50 JAhre geschlossenen Bahnhof in Brunsbüttel.... Schreib mir doch mal wieder eine NOTE.....bitttteeeee
from saucy99 :
Use the web less? Use dland less? Use email less? Have you gone mad??????? Then how would you communicate with your dear friend saucy. I say, "carry on young dandlioneyes!" Surf, email, read! By the way, i totally meant to say this earlier but my condolences about your grandpas friend. that really too bad. how did he die? he was pretty old, right? hope all is well. essay is done. just need to reread and edit some more.
from saucy99 :
oooh! someone has a new template! Me likes! I am writing my stupid essay. I hate stupid essays.
from harri3tspy :
The fellowship game show definitely needs to be worked into the mini-golf game somehow. Perhaps you should hit your ball into the fellowship wheel of fortune? If you don't get land in the right spot the wheel will deposit you back at the beginning of the course. Okay, I'm done with the golf game now. I lived in H.P for 6 years. I've been gone for a while too, although I'm still down there fairly often.
from harri3tspy :
Puttering is definitely the word for the dissertation process. Although your additional "putt-putts" have me thinking of Dissertation Mini-Golf --- Get the ball in the Masters Thesis hole, then put your ball through hoop after hoop, before successfully evading the dissertation secretary at hole 18 and congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a very silly floppy velvet hat! Oy. I've definitely been doing this too long.
from saucy99 :
Honored am I that you think my entry was witty! Glad am I that you are back online!
from saucy99 :
I miss you! Come back, come back!
from saucy99 :
Hope you feel better soon and have a safe trip to the US. You know, if you were going one week later guess what movie you would be able to see? Guess? Go Johnny Castle!
from harri3tspy :
Thanks for adding me to your favorites list. There is nothing like hanging out in dusty archives with a bad cold. I know all about that. I'm looking forward to catching up on your diary in the near future.
from eggsaucted :
And just why are we talking about one of the greatest movies of all time that I can still quote almost word for word? That was totally the first PG-13 movie I was allowed to see. Feel better chica! If you want a warm place and a 9-5 job you could come and work with me. My office is warm. They finally had it a decent temperature yesterday, hot again today though and my office mate is wearing a short sleeve shirt and complaining that it's cold in here. Duh it's winter people, dress for it. Get better! I want pizza!
from saucy99 :
By the way, just saw the preview for Havana Nights, and ohmygodIcantwaittoseethatmovie! And I will know that it was Robbie the Creep who knocked up Penny not Johnny, even though Baby's dad thinks it's Johnny and had to give penny and illegal abortion and unbeknownst to her father, Baby carried a watermelon and did the mashed potato but at then end it was great and Johnny had hungry eyes for Baby who was not in the corner and did the lift and everyone had the time of their life, except for the schoemakers who who were the real theives of the wallets. Ok, i'm done.
from saucy99 :
Hi there! Just watched 24 and it was good! Something very surprising happens at the end and DON'T CHEAT! Stay away from Spoilerfix.com! Or else. Or else what you ask? Believe me, you don't want to know! ;-)
from eggsaucted :
Hey you two are talking about someone and not telling me! NO FAIR!! Have a good weekend!
from saucy99 :
way too much I agree! Someone brought in smarties for v-day and i just ate a pack of smarties. mmmmm...
from eggsaucted :
You changed your thesis topic? Not that I could actually repeat what it was, but what is it now? I feel slightly better than crap, but still lousy. Hang in there chica!
from michl :
Well, Norah Jones will be in Germany if that is any constellation. I am so gutted that I am missing my fave band. Oh well. At this point, breathing is more important. My surgery is 24 Feb.
from eggsaucted :
Yes you sucked me in! Meanie....I have actual work to do today, so it won't work again!
from saucy99 :
oh! I just read your entry. I will fill this out tonight from home!
from saucy99 :
Huh? I don't get it. What survey?
from nisayon :
Hey, I wasn't completely ripping on TAs. I understand that it takes time to get your teaching skills up to par. But my main point is that the class was left floating in the current. And on top of that they gave the class to a TA who doesn't have the skills yet. I don't mind TA taught classes, because that is there class. But what I'm more upset about is that the class was just abandoned. Sorry if I sounded like "all TAs suck." I didn't mean to come off so harsh and biased.
from eggsaucted :
I don't remember that at all. But I had a penpal in england. I wonder what ever happened to her. Last I knew she was working for a travel agency.
from eggsaucted :
I forgot all about Mr. Checkered Shirt Dude. That was a fun day, but who was the other guy that I contended was better looking than Mr. Checkered Shirt Dude!
from eggsaucted :
tell me why I just replied to myself instead of you....I'm blaming the sleep deprivation. Anyway, I'd love to send pictures but the home computer is still busted and thus the scanner and digital camera are rendered useless. Have fun in london. I hope I'm one of the lucky one! *sigh*
from eggsaucted :
You bet you're BUSTED!! I love you anyway. I still haven't fixed my computer at home, but I'm trying to work dland more into my work life. Which still doesn't help the weekends, but whatever.
from eggsaucted :
Why is swimming in the winter wrong? Swimming is good anytime!!! I used to swim in the winter in Western massachusetts and then walk back to the dorms with wet hair and icicles would actually form in my hair. I loved it.
from eggsaucted :
Its not like I don't want to fix my computer. I've tried for hours to fix my computer. We have erased everything and reinstalled the system twice. But whatever spyware destroyed my computer won't get its butt off my system and I can't get enough extended memory going to open windows. Urg Gr! I still read your diary and I still try to update mine but only from work of course.
from saucy99 :
If I could I would send you all the snow we have in Chicago. Its actually more like slush. Slush that ruins my shoes, my car, my clothes. Hang in there. Maybe we can chat this weekend?
from eggsaucted :
Hola Chica! I hate my computer being broken! Maybe I can try and run the scan that will hopefully help fix it tonight. Either that or its frisbee time. Hang in there! Everything will work out. Love Ya! Hugs! R
from saucy99 :
I'm glad to hear you and our sweet made it back safe and sound but what an ordeal you had to go through! You must be exhausted. Did you guys really have to stand on the train for 2 hours?? What a huge pain in the ass! Did you at leat get to sit down somewhere on the floor? Ugh. I'm really glad you're both home and able to rest. A nice long visit with your beloved. YAY!
from saucy99 :
Power to you! I love anything "gummy." Gummy bears, gummy worms, and even though I've never tries it I'm sure I would love joggers gum, aka gummy shoes. I feel like such a little kid, but I love anything gummy. The fancy gummy bears they sell in the cafteria of my building (ahem, ex-building) are the best.
from saucy99 :
YAY! You watched Sex and the City. I'm seriously really really sad that the show is coming to an end. I should hear from Michigan tomorrow. GULP! GASP! Very nervous!
from loewenzahn :
Erdbeere, schön dass du da warst. An diesem Wocheende habe ich zumindest eine Sache von dir gelernt (was heisst: mindestens): Double Dipping! Gestern Abend holten wir die Reste der Party hevor....auch die zerfurchten Quarks - ich habe keinen Bissen heruntergekriegt woraufhin sich A fröhlich über alles hermachte.....Danach fühlte er sich krank.....Sind die Deutschen nicht Schweine in mancherlei Hinsicht - apropos Gänseliesel..?.wer weiss was du noch alles rausfindest. Ich jedenfalls werde nun zur grossen Double Dipperin.
from eggsaucted :
Work is going well, I'm pleased with it at least. I miss my baby very much, but otherwise I'm glad to be back work. Truth is I like working. I like having things to do. You'll remember in High School I worked during almost all of my free periods while the rest of you played around in the Library and drove Mr. Poole nuts. But grad school has its merits too, just not for me, I don't know what I'd want to get out of grad school, I wouldn't have a clue of where to begin. You'll also recall I'm the person who couldn't even complete an honors thesis after I did all of the research for two entire semesters. That was enough to remind me Grad School was NOT for me.
from ray0flight :
Merry Christmas
from michl :
Loved the entry. The thing that made your junior year and my senior year at Berkeley so great was the people that we met. Rock on! Have a safe trip back to the US.
from eggsaucted :
Since you seem to like getting up in the middle of the night maybe I could ship you the princess for the next year or so. Nope scratch that I love her too much. If she would just sleep through the night, she'd be perfect. Ok, she's trying to eat my DSL modem and I can't stop her from that and type you a message! hugs! ~us
from eggsaucted :
I think you're going over to the bad side sweetie, you need to find your happy place. The knocking on the heating system is a bit amusing though. Hang in there chica. Hugs! Me + My Baby
from saucy99 :
Hello my dear! Do you know who this is? Do you, do you? You sent me the link to you're diary yesterday and it was wonderful because the last couple hours of work were dragging and found something to amuse myself with. Still don't know if I'll actually use Dland to write it my own Diary or to just post messages to you! Hope you feel better!
from loewenzahn :
Ich bin neidisch auf deinen Weihnachtsmarkt, bei uns gibts garnicht so tolle Getränke und erst recht nicht für eins fuffig....wenn ich zu dir komme dann müssen wir jedes einzelne getränk ausprobieren und zwar nacheinander.....ich lad dich statt auf Kaffee und Kuchen doch lieber auf sowas ein!!!!
from eggsaucted :
Oh sure the hubby shows up and you disappear. I suppose you have better things to do than diaryland. I suppose we're chopped liver. Miss you! Enjoy your time with your sweetie.
from loewenzahn :
Du Arme, sag das auf jeden Fall den Vermietern! HAbe auch nicht besser geschlafen, bin um halb 2 wach geworden und war immer noch alleine, der letzte Zug war schon lange in Freiburg. War ein richtiges Scheissgefühl, und den rest der nacht habe ich dann nur noch gedöst.......meine Wut ist gross. Wünsche dir trotzdem einen schönen Tag, bis später.
from eggsaucted :
Glad they got there! She didn't even send them to you until monday afternoon. Not bad chicago to germany 4 days. I'm impressed. Figured you needed your own, don't tell my cousins, they haven't gotten theirs yet. Stay gree! We're off to see Kevin!
from idil :
i miss you to much. i miss having you around! i need to get my butt in gear to email you. sorry for my lack of communication. being separated from you has made my will to live that much weaker. much xoxox
from eggsaucted :
Does this also mean I get to meet the hubby? I know I know I skipped the wedding but I was 8.9 months pregnant with the Princess. Ok, well I need to start cleaning it may take me from now until Jan 1 to get this place presentable, especially at the rate I clean at, which is not a good as the rate we dirty it up again.
from loewenzahn :
Guten Morgen, wieso bist du nicht online....noch am schlafen? Ich muss jetzt in die bib aber wir können ja so frühen Abend mal quatschen oder? Was ist den mit dem Prof.-mail ???? Und auch wie du HH fandest. Bis dann und schönen Tag
from eggsaucted :
HeHe you're waking up and I'm going to sleep. Guess who is currently asleep on my shoulder and forcing me to type one handed??? Have a good weekend in Berlin. Happy Halloween Matey!
from michl :
Earl grey tea is lovely. I can always send you some from the UK. Twinnings is the best. I drink decaf, though, otherwise I am awake all night.
from loewenzahn :
Hurricanehanna, steht gerade unter der Dusche, denn wenn man schon den gelben Sack rausbringt, dann aber bitteschoen frisch, und sauber. War schön mit dir zu quatschen. Viel Spass heute noch, mach dir die Welt, wiedeiwe wie sie dir gefällt
from bobbipuzel :
*HUGS* Thanks for the e-mail. It totally made sense and made me feel tons better. I will try to reply to it. I know you said I didn't have to but I want to. I am just bad with e-mails sometimes. *HUGS*
from michl :
I have been in the UK so long that I am used to it getting dark early when we set the clocks back. What I mean by early is that the sun starts to set at 3.30pm. Won't be so bad on the continent though.
from michl :
Glad that you made it safely to Europe. Now we are almost in the same time zone for once. Enjoy your travels. Am looking forward to a German holiday in the near future.
from idil :
welcome to your new home!!! can't wait for SPRING BREAK 2004!!!!! lots of love and kisses!
from eggsaucted :
Ok...I stuck around dland until I saw one of your banners! Why I'm not sure, cuz I'm freakin tired! But I luv you! Hugs chica! Gotta go to sleep and guess who just woke up.
from barenaked500 :
your banners are great...they keep bringing me back! :)
from ray0flight :
I'm glad that you are back open again.. I have missed reading. I would love to read the private entries if you are sharing the password you can email me at joanniebaloney78@hotmail.com if not I completely understand the need for privacy and I will keep reading open entries anyway :o)
from michl :
Congrats on being ABD!

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