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Grad student for hire. Will read abstracts for food.
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I hope to God that there is more to the allegory of the tortoise and the hare than just an admonishment about the dangers of ADHD. If not, dear God, I am good and screwed. For I am the hare, trapped in an increasingly turtle like-body. You'd think chemo taught... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at turandot's blog
It's been a while since I've updated this blog. I can't really remember how much I've already shared about my cancer. Suffice to say, we spent the summer with me being in and out of hospitals due to first a lateral mastectomy, and then other minor surgeries to remove infected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at turandot's blog
I'm learning the hard way that four year olds are just a**holes sometimes, no matter what the rest of the package looks like. The only hindsight I'm gaining, if any, is how easy I had it with the first four year old. Sure, getting her to do anything still was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at turandot's blog
For Thanksgiving, we're having my mom visit. The one fun part is that my eldest, now 7, is now big enough to actually understand a few things that were just too fuzzy, concept wise. To wit: Her mom was born in a different country. She didn't grow up speaking English... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at turandot's blog
May was one of the toughest months I've had thus far in my life. I'm 42, which means that I probably won't feel that way in 10 or 15 years. But for now... Woof. June started out a bit better. I met with the radiation oncologist. She clarified that if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at turandot's blog
So I had surgery. It's been a few days, and it has been a mixed bag. There are so many things I didn't know about partial mastectomies that were surprising. Humorously, so even. I've been cracking jokes about smelling like a Dorito chip for days. The biopsy results were officially... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at turandot's blog
Tentative titles: Brain Dump from the Medically Complex, What I'm Learning About The Exclusive Club Of Repeat Cancer Scares, If This is Forty, I Can't Wait For the Fun Times of Being Fifty... Around the time Winter rolled around back in November, I started noticing that I was experiencing quite... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at turandot's blog
"I look like Daddy now", he said. Maybe, buddy. Or maybe you're one of a kind. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at turandot's blog
My son and I spend a good amount of time in waiting rooms. It's par for the course when one kid has therapies (OT & PT, in this case), and the other doesn't, and finding a sitter is just a pain to do. Since we've been at this from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at turandot's blog
Before I start in, let me preface that I love my kids, and they were very much planned for, even the one who was conceived three months ahead of schedule. But raising children is not a fucking picnic, and not for the faint of heart. So love them to pieces... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at turandot's blog
Are you familiar with the Giving Tree? It's a children's book and parable about unconditional love all in one. Beautiful, right? Being a fable, of course, is its failing in some ways. So here's what probably really happened to the giving tree. The Giving Tree found itself supremely unhappy. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at turandot's blog
You totally know my family and I are going somewhere these days. You know because you can hear us shushing my 3 year old wherever we go, which seems to create an eruption of "But I WAS being QUIET!" complete with toddler sobbing. I remember when my daughter was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at turandot's blog
I did myself a disservice reading horror stories of potty training kids on the spectrum around the time my (already potty trained) daughter was diagnosed. It put into perspective how she could show signs of readiness to potty at 18 months old, and yet not really get the hang of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at turandot's blog
My six year old hates going to bed. Hates it. So it is that for the last couple of years, since she's become finally able to have conversations, she keeps finding ways to keep me talking to her. I've had conversations about what death is. I've had conversations about the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at turandot's blog
Last time I was contending with a three year old, I was preoccupied with a few other things. To name one, I had a newborn on my hands, which was sucking up all my energy and sleep. As it turns out, I was also dealing with a decrease in thyroid... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at turandot's blog
This morning, my daughter was complaining about something inevitable. I believe it was something to the effect of there being an extra bed in her room that we use when we have guests. "We're not gonna have guests right now, so we probably can put the extra bed away for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at turandot's blog
So much has happened the past two months that I'd love to talk about, but a lot of it would require individual back stories (i.e., the struggle that was my thesis magically resolving once I decided to ditch it in favor of something else; how the big kiddo is adjusting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at turandot's blog
The other day, I dusted off a book I more or less handcrafted from scratch during my teaching program, part of a project for a literacy class, whereby we were supposed to create a picture book. It was a book about Boris and Gracie, specifically, a childlike retelling of how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at turandot's blog
I have acquired Lyle's Golden Syrup after years of non-use. It used to be a staple of my baking, prior to children. Then I forgot it existed for a few years. I see caramel bars and all sorts of cookie-like confections in my immediate future (it could of course be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at turandot's blog
I love my cats. That said, cats are basically toddlers with four legs and fur, which means that they don't give a shit about anything other than their needs, and yet fail to communicate them in direct ways. Just like toddlers, they each also have very distinct personalities: one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at turandot's blog
With a new rampage shooting or more a week, it's not surprising that many of us either only consume the latest news and forget about any previous ones. That said, even with the San Bernardino events dominating the current 24 hours news cycle, I'm still thinking about the victim of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at turandot's blog
I'm taking my own advice, or trying to. The other day, my daughter was trying to tell me the story behind her drawings (she draws a lot), and came to a part where she couldn't figure out how to continue the story. "And then... and then..." she kept saying. So... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at turandot's blog
If you ask my daughter, we're buying a new car because the old one blew a tire last month and that is its punishment. Really. I've overheard her play acting it in the bath. "Mrs. Frog is very cross because her car blew a tire, and she's gonna have to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at turandot's blog
Once upon a time, I worried that my kid would never hold a conversation with other people. Therapy, however, has been going pretty well, so much so that the kid won't stop asking me or other people questions. Sometimes I get questions I'm regretfully ill prepared to answer. "Mommy? What... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at turandot's blog
In between all the other stuff going (the stuff that's been dominating the summer, that is), I managed to squeak in a much needed wellness visit for Boris, aka Lovebug, aka The Fat One. Verdict: he's fat, fat, fat. We'd rename him Fatty Fatty Bumbolatti, except that my daughter pronounced... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at turandot's blog