Update

Sorry for the lack of posts around here lately.  It’s pretty much all I can do right now just to do all of the stuff that has to be done each minute of the day.  I’m kinda hanging on by a pretty thin thread. 

Also, a lot of the stuff that I would normally post here about I can’t because of confidentiality issues.  I’m up for review and it’s causing a lot of personal stress.  No surprise there.  But I haven’t figured out a way to write about my experience of the process without also writing about my colleagues and department, which even though they are generally wonderful,  I absolutely do not do because I believe it is unethical and unprofessional.  So let’s just say I’m freaked and leave it at that.  

BUT on the good news front, I finished a chapter yesterday and sent it off!  

Here’s the state of TWSNBN: 

1. Intro — done, revised, ready for committee and further revision.

2. Chapt 1 — short, synthetic chapter unwritten.

3. Chapt 2 — done, needs revision, but is the chapter I’ve worked on the most.  Should be a quick revision. 

4. Chapt 3 — done, revised, has comments for next round of revisions but is ready for committee and further revision.

5. Chapt 4 — done, revised, has comments, ready for committee and further revision. 

6. Chapt 5 — done, revised, just submitted to advisor.

7. Chapt 6 — done, needs revision.  Is short a chapter, and I’ve worked on the material before, but is still in need of some work.  It’s up next on the agenda. 

8. Conclusion — unwritten, waits for last.  

 

So, there it is.   Sigh. 

The Gadlet is great, she’s walking all over the place, albeit like a drunken Frankenstein.  She’s in love with this stuffed wolf Auntie Unit gave her, and so for Halloween is going as Little Red Riding Hoodie, carrying the wolf and a basket full of wooden goodies for Grandma.  When you ask her what a wolf says she produces an adorable little “Arrrooooo!”  Very sweet.  She can also identify many, many other animals, either by sound or sign.  By the way, baby sign is the BOMB.  If you’re at all thinking about it, I can’t recommend it enough!!  It enables her to do great things, like tell me that she wants to read the book about the dogs instead of goodnight moon, that she wants a drink, that she wants more of anything, or that the guy sitting next to us at the restaurant was wearing a hat.   Plus, yesterday morning she told me that Spousal Unit was an ape.   She said “Dada” and then made the sign for gorilla.  I agreed.  To her credit, she may have been trying to tell me that she wanted him to read Goodnight Gorilla to her, but I chose to interpret it as a commentary on maleness in general.  Yes, I told her, men are great hairy beasty apes in general.  

So, that’s the state of things here in Stewgadland.  Piles of laundry, unwashed diapers and dishes abound, nobody can walk without tripping over toys and shoes, and books, but we’re surviving.  That’s the best anyone can do, really, right?  

Happy Halloween, folks!

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6 responses to “Update

  1. Congrats on sedning off the chapter!

    Gadlet sounds so cute!

  2. Heh heh heh heh about the ape… :>
    I hope you have a FANTASTIC Halloween!!!! xoxo

  3. I want photos of your Red Riding Hood!

  4. Hooray for revisions: sounds like great progress to me.

    Work: yeah, I get where you’re coming from with the confidentiality.

    Gadlet: Munchkin says AROOOOO all the time, and it is an awesome kind of adorable.

  5. Congrats on sending off the chapter and on the state of TWSNBN in general. And on fabulous new communications with the Gadlet.

  6. A family friend gave us a book on baby signing. I don’t even know how I would begin to teach my five month old how to sign. Would it be possible to teach him to only want his daddy at 3 am?

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