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Jen - The Alien Spouse
Physically: North Carolina.
Interests: yoga, celebrating finally getting my visa, watching movies, reading, blogging, walking, photography & smooching my sweetie, going to the theatre and playing with the cats.
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Ooh! Keep me informed Moth! By the way I've found some useful info on-line about how you can identify jet; of course as soon as I realised it wouldn't be cold to the touch I knew that I wasn't dealing with jet here, so I haven't tried any of them. The "hot needle test" sounds particularly thrilling!
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2014 on New Vintage Earrings at Alien Spouse
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But it's so much fun - I'm hoping it's a only a phase... Do you get a lot of trick-or-treaters? I still find it odd that it seems to have taken off in England recently, but hey free sweets? Why wouldn't a kid want in on that!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2013 on Spooked. at Alien Spouse
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We've also been trying to get her to wave and, for some reason, we accompanied this with "Hiya!" in a very high pitched voice. Eva is now randomly waving (mostly at thin air...), and burbling something suspiciously like "ya ya ya!"
Toggle Commented May 28, 2013 on Proto First Word. at Alien Spouse
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Thanks Deidre! It was pretty hectic to get it all together, but I love the way it's turned out. The song was stuck in my head for the entire production...
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2013 on Beer City Video. at Alien Spouse
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Hey! I said "I'm thinking about buying one", not "I look so amazing in one I'm wearing it right now - whilst it snows!" Besides look at the bottoms on that thing, they practically cover her tummy button. They are the biggest bikini pants I've ever seen!
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Good thought Miss Joules, maybe we should look into an electric heating pad too. Of course then the cats would just claim the crib as their own, although to be honest I'm astonished they haven't already done that.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2013 on Lack of Sleep = Lack of Updates. at Alien Spouse
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Thanks Miss Joules! I am really enjoying all of this so much more than I had expected or hoped to - I've never really been a "baby person", you know? Also, I think Eva's been remarkably patient with me whilst I try to work all this stuff out on the hoof. She's such a good girl!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2013 on Baby Noms. at Alien Spouse
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Oh, that has just floored me! Wow! Amazing!! WOW!!!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2013 on Bathroom - Twenty/Tenned! at Alien Spouse
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I feel exactly the same way, and, to pour salt on the wound, the apartment we're in now is in a house that was built in 1927 - I am fairly sure that the floor is an original feature, possibly also the sink and bath. They have 85 years worth of wear-and-tear and I will NEVER get them to look clean. I just have to do a thorough job, know that it is clean and accept it will always look a bit dingy in there. ugh.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2013 on Bathroom - Twenty/Tenned! at Alien Spouse
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Your Robin is obviously a young man of taste and discernment!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2013 on Klingon Opera and Unwelcome Insects. at Alien Spouse
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Laura you NEED a pair of these - they are the love-child of comfort and support. Lovely.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on Woolly Amsterdams. at Alien Spouse
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I was just talking to another new mum about the very vexed question of Father Christmas, but we didn't really reach a conclusion; instead it ended up being a discussion of how we had found out the dreadful truth. I distinctly remember trying very hard not to believe it, but knowing it was true.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2012 on Father-in-Law Christmas. at Alien Spouse
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It's just SO annoying and my face is aching from simultaneously biting my tongue and smiling sweetly. Still, Eva enjoyed her first Christmas and that's all I'm bothered about really! Did Robin get a visit from Father Christmas or Santa?
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2012 on Father-in-Law Christmas. at Alien Spouse
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Thank you! It's nice to hear that two ladies with such great taste themselves approve of the seasonal sparkles!
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2012 on Christmas 2012. at Alien Spouse
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It was weird being in your house without you, but I was just so worried that she would freak out all night and that would have been so bad for a house guest's first visit - Now I know she can handle it, and I am really looking forward to bringing her back to actually visit YOU! Woot!
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2012 on Sleeping and Waking. at Alien Spouse
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Of course! Your admiration of the swirl will be our secret!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2012 on Tummy Button. at Alien Spouse
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mmmmm... French toast...
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2012 on Nappy Training Day. at Alien Spouse
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Funnily enough I was just looking at Bamboobies on Amazon, and I was quite take with the kitschness myself, but they are $30 for 4 pairs, and I had just paid $6 for 3 pairs of the really unflattering ones. Isn't that a ridiculous price jump? I like funky and flattering clothes and accessories as much as the next woman, but I'm not sure I can justify $30 for something I stuff down my bra to stop leaks! Of course we are in frugal mode right now anyway, so my instinct is to go for the cheapest and/or simplest option I can find on anything baby related, just so I've got something ready to go when Madam gets here. We'll replace things as we learn more about what works for us, but that way we won't have spent too much money on the initial clueless purchase. Oh! Speaking of which, one of Doc's sisters is sending us her baby carriage (she has two young kids and runs a day care, so she's babied out now), and when we discovered that this particular model is RIDICULOUSLY expensive new. We hadn't even looked at this type because it was so out of our price range, but she'd bought it because that's the one Gwyneth Paltrow has! I'm sort of thrilled and horrified at the same time, you know?
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It was really only a few drops, but it was sort of an pale amber colour I suppose. Weird. Really weird. Oh, and I bought nursing bras today (which are, you know, utilitarian-ly fine) and some nursing pads which are the least flattering thing EVER. Would some shaping kill them on these things? The ones I got are washable, so I may tailor them slightly.
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The thing about the smell of breast fed baby's poo being less offensive is just fascinating to me! And somewhat of a comforting thought, because obviously dirty nappies are the thing that most people go on about when telling you baby horror stories. We were looking at changing pads the other day, and couldn't figure out why some of them had straps - Clearly they are for babies like Robin who have more important places to be.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2012 on Nappy Training Day. at Alien Spouse
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Thanks Jo! And don't worry Doc C won't let me pick up anything, so I'm mostly using my feet to scoot things around on the floor when I want to move them! The moving date doesn't really bother me too much, but isn't it funny how our brains still register it as being not a good idea? We also have an all atheist moving crew, because Doc posted a request for help on Facebook and all of the volunteers were students in the university's Atheist group. I quite like that!
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2012 on Vodka, Vodka, Bacardi, Vodka. at Alien Spouse
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It really was horrifying and, you know, educational. Note to self: Acid is not suitable for all household cleaning tasks, stick to white vinegar and baking soda! I am so impressed with Bryan Cranston in this, I mean I know everyone else has been saying this for years but, good grief, that man can act the hell out of anything you throw at him.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2012 on Breaking the Wire. at Alien Spouse
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Thanks Miss Joules! That is precisely what I needed to hear! I think I've started adding stuff to the list, not because we NEED it but because I want to make sure there are things at a range of price points. I'd hate anyone to get snookered into buying something expensive for us if they weren't planing to! Donna - I've always been keen on the idea of one of those bouncing seats that hangs from the door-frame, and Doc's Ma told him this weekend that he had one of those and loved it. In fact he would start bouncing so enthuesiastically that it would bounce him into the door frame quite hard, so they had to rig it up from a hook in the middle of the room instead. Doc's Ma thinks that this made Doc's legs very strong and was a contributing factor in his walking early; I suspect he's been in training for bike riding since birth.
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2012 on Registration. at Alien Spouse
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Doc C is still going to be teaching here, so he will have to commute - which I was concerned about, but it is something that we've talked about and he's happy to do it. We both feel like we are going to be gaining a lot from the move, so it's worth some imperfections. Depending on his schedule he'll probably only need to be on campus two or three days a week, so it's not as bad as it sounds; when I was living in Brighton and working in London my commute was two hours door-to-desk, and I did that twice a day, five days a week!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2012 on An Eighty Mile Shift. at Alien Spouse
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I've been ignoring the recommended links box, but have you noticed that you can't post from an iPad to Typepad without using a third party app now? I sent in a help ticket and they offered to refund me the price of the app, which isn't really what I wanted - I just want my blog platform to work like it did three weeks ago, damn it!
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