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Fresh Meat

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I was going to post this yesterday, but then roller derby killed me dead.
So, backstory. Several of my lovely and amazing friends started up a derby league here in the Valley a while back. I have been meaning to join up for ages. But I was scared to, and then I was pregnant, and then I was sleep deprived from having an infant, and then I was scared again because in the course of being scared and then having a kid I got way out of shape. This is saying something, considering my normal levels of not in shape. I don't know what finally clicked in my brain, but I went out to practice yesterday. (After chickening out last Sunday with the perfectly valid excuse of "But I only had two hours sleep." (Even though I could have put my thesis work aside and gone to bed early because I knew I had derby in the morning.))
Oh man. So I haven't been on skates since I was ... 11? Possibly 12. Long enough to forget. Riding the bicycle came back way faster than skates did. I used this thing called the skater-aide, a pvc pipe walker contraption on three wheels. Awesomely useful and terribly humiliating. And mostly built for kids, so I had to lean over a bit to use it. But use it I did, and while the girls did their warm up laps, I toddled around on the outside of the track. Turns are hard, stopping without feeling like I'm going to faceplant is harder. (This was the same trouble I had with the bicycle, by the by.) After laps, I did the stretching and strength training stuff the other girls did, and mostly kept up.
It hurt. My muscles were woobly and my ego was hurting a bit from the whole not knowing how to skate business. I thought to myself, "Why on earth am I going to come back and do this again? It'd be easy to get out of. It's hard and I'm not good at it." Then I realized that was exactly why I should go back out. Because it was hard. Because I wasn't very good at it. But also because it was still fun, and the girls were nice and cheered for me for trying. Because watching the scrimmages made me want to be able to do that.
I'm in pain. My knees ache, my arms are sore, and my shins hurt. (Oddly enough, my arms are way more sore than my legs.) But I am going back. I want to join a team. I want my name on the national roster. I want to be a derby girl. I'm fresh meat. Let's see what I become.

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Thesis!

Dork
I have a bit more writing to do on my intro, but I'm no longer worried about it being too short. I have to put together my works cited/bibliography. I have to finish one last bit in one of my stories. I've given up on adding the several pages another one needs. I wish I hadn't been such a slacker this week. No sleep for me tonight, but it will be turned in tomorrow!

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Hero-tastic

Corny Hero
Okay, so Hero has been able to recognize letters for quite some time now. I think she was getting really good at them back around October. So we've been working with spelling her name. Tonight, she was coloring and Andrew grabbed a crayon and said, "Hey, let's write your name. How do we spell Hero?" She ignored him and kept coloring, but he said, "Let's start with an H. Can you draw and H?" She can't, but she pushed at his hand and said, "E". So he wrote an E and asked what came next. She said "R", and he wrote an R, and asked what was next, and she said "O!" Of coure, she ignored us when we asked what that spelled. But it's a start! She knows those letters go together, just not so much on the why they go together.
When I was putting her to bed she kept asking for one more song. When I ran out of songs, she started crying and threw herself at me. When I sat back down, she grinned and snuggled up to me. This happened about four times. Finally, I laid down with her, and told her the story of the girl who cried wolf. She fell asleep before the girl got eaten by the wolf. Sometimes, my daughter is rotten. But sometimes she's pretty good. We got these new Crayolas that claim to be washable. And lo and behold they are. If you get to them fast enough, you don't even need soap to clean up the mess, just water. And of course she drew on the floor tonight, since Andrew just mopped. But I grabbed a Method wipe, and was two seconds into cleaning it before I called her over and asked her to help me. She took the wipe and actually did a pretty good job of cleaning up her mess. I had a wicked mom feeling moment standing over her while she was on her hands and knees wiping at the floor, but I got over it. So while I wish she wouldn't make the mess in the first place, at least she's finally to the point of helping clean it up.

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  • 00:35 @sharon_e_b As long as they don't devote a whole episode to the plight of the island troubador...Still angry about the last season of GG. #
  • 18:13 I wish I didn't look so much like my brother when I have super short hair. Want to cut it all off NOW. Need a color change, too. #hairangst #
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  • 03:06 @dcorsetto I have a strong urge to cosplay Jaime as the love detective. The hat will be the hard part... #

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  • 17:40 OMG listening to a dude talk about how unimportant college is. All his examples are people who are naturally talented, not the standard. #
  • 17:48 Feel so bad for the kids this guy is scamming. He's the worst sort of scum, preying on desperate students. I hope these guys make it out ok. #
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  • 19:02 @sharon_e_b If you're feeling adventurous, smell it. If it smells bad, toss it. I'd probably just toss it. I don't mess around w/chicken. #
  • 19:07 @sharon_e_b Sicks costs waaay more than wasted chicken. This is the voice of experience. >.< #
  • 19:25 I haven't written anything. I have played with Hero. We colored, looked at books, and looked at pictures & she named everyone she knew. #
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Catch Up

Classy!
I got very little work done this weekend (so far). Sarah came up Friday, we tried, but I washed out after discovering I didn't have the story I wanted to work with on my laptop or thumb drive. Andrew emailed it to me, but I had to pull it from Sarah's laptop becuase Denny's wifi hated me, and then we discovered the hard way that Sarah's laptop had a virus. Thank you, AVG. Good catch. So my laptop was safe, but my usb drive was infected and of course I hadn't been updating files on my laptop the last couple of weeks. *sigh* I felt defeated and gave up. Saturday went better, but still didn't get much written. I've changed my stories that are going in and so the collection is going to be shorter, but I think more cohesive. I hope. I do need to get cracking on my introduction. My plan is to have the stories done this week, and finish the intro over Spring Break and talk to my chair about defending as late in April as she'll let me get away with so I can have as much editing as possible done before hand. All of this is slightly terrifying, and I keep finding things to do that aren't writing. Last night I made Hero a tutu. It only took a couple of hours, and I'm hoping to find time to make two more for her cousins so we have three little same age girls in tutus at Easter. Even though they're so close in age, the girls are so different. Hero is inquisitive with no fear. Sophia is little miss go go go. Lina is really laid back. It's great to see them all together. It will be adorable if Hero will cooperate. But that's always sort of up to chance.
Beyond all of that, Andrew will be going up to visit MSU and Purdue over spring break. I think Hero and I may just go stay with Mom and Dad, rather than trying to wrangle her myself here. He's also applying for a job in New Jersey. We're both applying for jobs in Portland. (Another thing I need to sit down and do...) One way or another we will be out of Texas in the fall. Unless everything just goes all to hell. Even then, maybe we'll move to Hawaii with my parents when they go, if we have no other options. Dad has been looking at job listings with University of Hawaii. Not because he wants to start working again, but just to see what's there. Hopefully, though, everything will work out with Purdue.
Okay, time to write. I'm shooting for at least a thousand words.

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  • 14:48 @piercetheveil How about piercing the veil of a book on copy right law? #

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