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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
10:23 am - Moving Day is Saturday July 28th
Hi everyone--

We are moving on Saturday July 28th from our appartment to our new house. Both are located in Waltham.

Our new house is a beautiful duplex on a private road just three blocks from Moody St. We are co-owning our home with our good friend John Brooks. He will live downstairs and we will live upstairs. We have a large yard, plenty of parking, two beautiful decks, and a spacious basement for my husband's workshop.

We would appreciate all the help we can get on moving day. Even if you aren't a very physical person, we can find a light job for you. And the more folks we have the more fun it will be and the faster it will go.

Here are the details: Come to our appartment at 9:30. Wear comfortable clothes and sun protection. Bring all your large strong friends.

Please email or call to let us know to expect you. If you need directions to our appartment, please email or call me.

Thank you very much

current mood: good

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Friday, May 18th, 2007
11:54 am - Baby update
No news here-- but we've a good doc at New England Medical Center. He's very competent and data-driven and we feel comfortable that he's going give us and the Bean the very best care we can get.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2007
5:08 pm - Baby is extremely small-- we are high risk-- details below
Hey Guys,

I know I never post-- but here's the deal.

We went in for an ultrasound to see if we still had placenta previa. That had totally cleared up, and they told us it's a girl--yay!-- so we were just about to celebrate our return to the promised land of normal vaginal birth, when they told us that the baby is at about the 1st %ile for size.

There are no other indications of problems: placenta is okay, baby activity is normal, heartrate is great. But because the baby is so small, there's a good chance that she's not thriving and may become distressed and need to be emergency delivered in the next few weeks. The doc's are saying that there's a chance this is normal but usually with babies this small they don't bounce back into the normal weight catagory.

Our midwives have referred us to Tufts New England Medical Center for further care, and we've got an appoinment tommorrow morning. We will probably be on some sort of rest and high-monitoring protocol.

I'm in no danger. Baby could be. We might be spending some quality time in the NICU. Or then again, baby could be perfectly normal and just small. Hard to tell.

Husband and I will be needing some emotional support over the next few days. We might even need help with chores and cooking if I end up on bed-rest or if the Bean is early. Please keep in touch with us if you can.

Thanks

current mood: worried

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Monday, April 2nd, 2007
9:58 am - We win the booby prize!
Hey Everyone--

With 3.5 months to go before Bean is born... we have found out that we have Placenta Previa. What is this you ask? This is a relatively rare condition where if I go into labor normally, the placenta will be born first, leaving poor Bean without any source of oxygen. So I'm glad to be in the modern age of safe C-sections.

So now, after three months of exercise and mediation practice, we now need to start interviewing surgeons.

Thanks to everyone who has been consoling me as I adjust to the new reality.

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
6:49 pm
I got a ticket and I saw Carter speak.

For those who care:



Overall, he was quite an impressive statesman, he had a great store of knowledge and facts and he directly answered most of the questions put to him.

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006
9:50 pm - I'm an aunt
My brother's son was born on Tuesday. His name is Hudson, which is perfect for a New Yorker. He is the first grandchild for both families, so he spent his first day getting photographed like a an actor on Academy Awards night.

With the exception of my Mother, all the visiting relatives seemed to view him as sort of a prop to pose with rather than as a person. He hated lying on his back in a crib, he always cried when put down, and he liked to fall asleep sitting upright in people's arms, but as soon as he did fall asleep, he'd inevitably get either A.) a flash bulb going off in his face B.) Jostled off to the next person for a picture or C.) put down in his crib to "rest", which would wake him up.

Nonetheless, my brother seems to have mastered the arts of diaper changing and baby soothing very well, and he seems to being doing well in every catagory except the telling off of the family members.

current mood: tired

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
9:04 pm - Anger Managment..... grrr
Came into lab today early to pour 12 liters of petri plates (12 liters X 40 plates per liter = a lot of f'in plates). This took me 5 hours. They are Hydroxyurea plates, and have a short shelf life-- only three weeks. I needed 4 liters for my experiment this week, and 2 for next week, but my rotation student said she needed 6 liters, and even though I wasn't sure whether she could possibly use them all, as she tends to over schedual a bit, I decided to be trusting because just last week we got into a fight about how much she thought I was over managing her, and I agreed to back off and trust her abilities. It's an expensive drug, the lab can't afford waste, but I figure that, worst case, I'll run the experiments for her if the shit hits the fan.

At 1:00 we talk about her plans, and I ask her if she needs any information about any of her proposed plans. She says no. Okay.

So. She agreed to pour 8 liters of something else and to share them with me 50-50. The day passes on and she doesn't start to pour them. At this point I should have known. So 6 o'clock rolls around, and she's got 8 rapidly-cooling liters of media on her bench and she's pouring them all wrong. It's clear that she's never poured plates before. Moreover, she's got a class at 7:00 and there's no way she's going to get through them all. Then we find out she added the wrong stock of drug... which was a mistake anyone could have made, and I should have thought to remind her which stock to use. But I didn't.

Then she runs off to class leaving the media on the bench to solidify, and she plans to melt them and pour in the morning. But this of course ties up the flasks, and I realize that I need to pour plates tommorrow...

And the reason I need to pour plates..... The lab is about to run out of it's most basic petri plates. It's my responsibility to keep the stocks up in the event that we are in a "State of Emergency" which exists when there are no undergrads available to do things. Usually the undergrads keep about 3-4 weeks of reserves, so that when they are on vacation for a week, it's still okay. Unfortunately, the person in charge of keeping the undergrad positions staffed completely failed to do this, and so we've been understaffed for 10 week. Then on last Friday, she quit. This week, only one undergrad came in for one shift (normally we have about 10-12 shifts). I was in total denial about how bad things had gotten because I was too busy being the servant to my rotator, and providing her plates, and because I must just be a glutton for punishment.

Then I'm doing my project, and 1.) I made a mistake that will set me back a day. 2.) The test-tubes I need have not been cleaned 3.) the chemical hood that I use to dry my petri plates is full to bursting with dangerous and unlabled chemicals, and I'm just too angry to be safe to clean it.


So tommorrow I will be doing fucking lab chores all day, and I am pissed pissed pissed!

I need to somehow reign in this student of mine without breaking her spirit, as she's very talented and smart and ambitious.

Thank you. I have ranted.

Perhaps tommorrow I will grow a spine, and actually stand up for myself.

current mood: aggravated

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
9:41 am - The Caffination begins
For those don't know, I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression. Anxiety is mostly under control right now... but I've just taken a nose dive back into depression. It seems as if the tiniest things can send me into it, and being at the conference and away from home for a week did it. So I'm caffinating, I'm spending more time than usual hanging around the proverbial water cooler with my lab-mates, and I'm schedualling a regular shaman appointment to help me keep honest about keeping on top of it.

It's hard to strike the balance between the necessary taking it slow that has to happen because I've got only a half-a-brain and the fact that I need to bring fun new things into my life or else I won't get the hell out of this.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
12:20 pm - Conference
Just got back from a weekend with husband's family, which was pretty fun, as they know how to party at a wedding.

One day back, I jumped into the car with my boss and we set out for Cold Spring Harbor for a conference on bacteria. I'd been hoping for some DNA replication, recombination, and repair stuff... the three R's are my true love. Instead, I've got four days of "what genes bacteria require in order to form a film on lunch meat". Alas. And the hotel doesn't even have a jacuzzi.

Tried out for a play on Monday night. Just got the "thanks but no thanks" phonecall. So the next play to try for is Oliver the musical... just because I've never done a musical and it will be a challenge. I'm doing the Camelot song "Simple Joys of Maidenhood".

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Friday, August 11th, 2006
12:03 pm - Blueberry picking Sunday
Going blueberry picking Sunday

Hope to get about 3-4 qts

Leaving from my house at 11:00.

Going to

Blue Meadow Farm
118 Nobscot Rd.
Sudbury

They say no kids under 6 allowed to pick berries.

Coming back and having light snack afterwards.

You wanna come... then show up at my house.

You wanna pint o'blueberries, then just ask.

email tseier@brandeis.edu if you need directions or anything.

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Monday, August 29th, 2005
9:26 am - Guess who's out of shape
Rode bicycle to work. Very painful. Many hills.

current mood: sore

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Friday, August 5th, 2005
8:47 am - Whew.....
Woke up feeling awful again. Freaky dreams about my family of origin. Also that I got a new haircut.

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Thursday, August 4th, 2005
8:15 am - Chug chug chugin along
I'm told I'll start to feel good by next weekend. Right now I feel like laundry that's been left on the basement floor to moulder for way too long. Sloughing off the self-destructive and stepping into the new life seems to take a lot of energy. Wine seems to help. Yay wine.

Everything is great-- the house is awesome. Got friends coming over more often. Got good icecream shop in walking distance. Lovely local movie theater. Making dinner for friends on Friday.

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
8:07 am - Home again
Thank you everyone for helping us move to our new apt at 35 Orange St. Many hands make light work!

It's absolutely beautiful in here. We have way more space than before and a much nicer kitchen. We are still unpacking, but the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen are all completely liveable.

I'm off to work but spiritseeker is at home this week. And thanks to us no longer being in a dead zone, ghis cell phone works.

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
7:31 am - We're moving
In a whirlwind decision last night, we decided to move this Sunday to an appartment in Waltham.

Hopefully the energy of our rapid move can be used to catalyze some positive changes in our lives.

The housewarming party is tentatively schedualled for Saturday August 20th. The moving party starts at 10am on Sunday at our place in Medfield.

current mood: shocked

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Monday, July 25th, 2005
8:25 am - ten years old
Last night after the show, I went out with my mother for a bite to eat. I told her about the fact that the acting was going well, and people were encouraging me to try out for more challenging roles this fall... and she said "Well, I hope it doesn't interfere with school"

And more stuff she does that bugs me..Collapse ) to her I was ten years old.

If only I could figure out how to not let her get to me.

current mood: grumpy

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Friday, July 8th, 2005
9:38 am - Distractable
Science is hard. But I'm getting a grip. If only I could avoid the temptation to goof off (as now) whenever I get too nervous about the project. Hmmmm... maybe there are some rocks in the dryer downstairs that I can check on, or perhaps I should head down to the stockroom to pick up a new pen.

current mood: lazy

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
3:56 pm - Figures
So a friend asks me for help working through some issues. I help. Then I get hit with the exact same issues really hard.

Uggh. And I'm PMS-ing... so my rational mind has deserted me and I'm left trying to wade through a million unpleasent emotions and try to figure out if any of them are real.

And now I'm off to look at appartments. Which is at least simpler than the science-- which I seem to be fucking up.

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Monday, June 27th, 2005
6:52 pm - home safe
He called at three in the morning from a friend's house where he was crashing after leaving late (because one or more members of the group wanted to stay a little late) and driving 12 hours strait on not enough sleep with a navigator who made several mistakes. Presumably, they were rushing home rather than getting a hotel because some members of the party wanted to get to work on Monday morning. He was too wiped out to notice his phone wasn't on. Fortunately, he was able to stay between the white lines.

So I was right to worry. He was doing something stupid and dangerous.

I'm so glad he's safe that I couldn't yell at him for more than a few minutes. I was shaking and crying too much. I'm a wimp. I know it. I just hope he's able to never do this again without me rubbing his nose in it and putting him in his crate. Which he richly deserves. I'm a lousy man-trainer. I know it.

Be that as it may, no married man should be putting Game above his obligation to return whole and safe to his wife.

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1:41 am
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<td align="middle">The Antichrist
You scored 70% Pride, 57% Envy, 55% Ambition, and 30% Deceitfulness! </td></tr>
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<td>You are the Antichrist, a member of the unholy trinity along with The False Prophet and Satan. In the Bible you are described as the beast with seven heads and ten horns. You have the appearance of a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion (you figure out the symbolism). You are an ambitious individual who is bent on world domination and it is prophesied that you will achieve this goal. You will eventually set up a mighty empire, the greatest empire that the world has ever seen. This empire will be in opposition to God and God’s chosen people (the Jews). Essentially, you will be like a Hitler who actually succeeds, for a time at least. Indeed, you have a lot of other Hitler-like qualities. You are a very prideful person and this probably stems from the fact that you possess real advantages over most other people. You have what it takes to get to the top and the drive to get there. You also possess Hitler’s potential for cruelty. You enjoy watching others suffer, especially your enemies. This is because you view life as a competition. May the strong survive and may they stand proudly on top of the bones of their vanquished enemies! Finally, you are very direct with your enemies and friends alike. You feel that it’s good to make your intents known to other people. Some may argue that Hitler was deceptive, but he really wasn’t. If people just read his book, they would have known his ultimate goals and how he felt about the people who stood in opposition to these goals. </td></tr>
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