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  • 19th December
    2013
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elainalosersmith:

GUYS, IT’S ANOTHER TUMBLR GIVEAWAY
♡ giving away: one $100 e-giftcard to ModCloth ♡
Come and celebrate the end of this year with me! This giveaway ends on New Year’s Eve at midnight of course, and it’s the second installment of the Countdown to the New Year giveaways!
All you have to do to enter is reblog this post; each reblog equals one entry!
Rules: 
- no giveaway blogs
- max. of 5 entries a day per blog
If you haven’t entered in the big New Year’s giveaway, then click here to do so! Don’t miss out; there are six more giftcards being given away!
And if you can’t quite wait for New Year’s Eve, then you can always sign up using ModCloth’s friends program to get $15 off your purchase when you sign up for a new account.
Hope the rest of your year goes splendidly, and good luck! - E

I’m running out of clothes for all of these work functions I now have to go to for Jason.

elainalosersmith:

GUYS, IT’S ANOTHER TUMBLR GIVEAWAY

giving away: one $100 e-giftcard to ModCloth

Come and celebrate the end of this year with me! This giveaway ends on New Year’s Eve at midnight of course, and it’s the second installment of the Countdown to the New Year giveaways!

All you have to do to enter is reblog this post; each reblog equals one entry!

Rules:

- no giveaway blogs

- max. of 5 entries a day per blog

If you haven’t entered in the big New Year’s giveaway, then click here to do so! Don’t miss out; there are six more giftcards being given away!

And if you can’t quite wait for New Year’s Eve, then you can always sign up using ModCloth’s friends program to get $15 off your purchase when you sign up for a new account.

Hope the rest of your year goes splendidly, and good luck! - E

I’m running out of clothes for all of these work functions I now have to go to for Jason.

(via alyjack80)

  • 16th December
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  • 6th December
    2013
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fishingboatproceeds:

to-witness-my-fitness:

sandandglass:

Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show. 

Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…

We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed. 

Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.

These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.

(via rainbowrowell)

  • 5th December
    2013
  • 05

More? Really?

Great friends from Atlanta came to visit us after Thanksgiving! It was so special and fun! Kennedy was thrilled to be reunited with her sweet friend and I was happy to see mine.

Stacy and Marinn came and we just hung out.  We ate.  We took the girls to the local children’s museum… a place I will never go again.  We went on Saturday.

Monday morning at 3:00 AM Eleanor woke up throwing up.  Babies with stomach viruses are simply the worst.  They keep looking at you wondering why their body hates them.  She was pitiful.  I took her downstairs, bathed her off and held her the rest of the night while she slept (and puked and slept and puked).  I didn’t go back to sleep.  She was still out of sorts on Tuesday, but seemed to be on the mend.

Tuesday Kennedy had her first night of swimming lessons.  I had Eleanor on me instead of checking her into the childcare because I didn’t want to be the parent that brings their sick kid to the YMCA.

Kennedy then pukes all over the bathroom (on my new friend, who handled it with such amazing grace and laughter).  I was still that parent. Sorry to anyone else at the YMCA that catches this quick, but disgusting bug.

Jason then gets it Wednesday morning.

I am left unscarred (except covered in throw-up).

Today I took Eleanor for her 9-month-check up.  We discovered that her ear is infected (again) and that she’s lost enough weight that they’re going to re-check her weight in two weeks.  Everyone seems to think it’s from her being sick lately, but better safe than sorry.

As I told my friend Anne today, our lives are never boring.

**this post is brought to you by my newly fixed computer… Thank you Apple Hospital***

  • 21st November
    2013
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Eleanor Joy

  Eleanor has been sick.  Last week I was at my writing group when my sitter called to say that Eleanor had started coughing so much that she had puked.  Needless to say that chapter didn’t get finished.  The next morning I took her to visit her new pediatrician.  I expected a pat on the head and to be told she had a cold.  Instead I was told she had pneumonia, an ear infection and the beginning of pink eye.  

  These things mean that Eleanor has not been sleeping well.  She has resorted to her newborn sleeping pattern and it has been miserable.  Ever couple of hours she’s woken up because of coughing fits. No amount of babyrub or her vaporizer helped at all.  It was just gross.  

  All of this has got me thinking.

  I am so grateful for our little Eleanor.  

  So grateful for her never ending amount of energy, sense of adventure, fearlessness and absolute joy of life.  

  I wish I could be half as happy as she is every.single.morning.  She wakes up and is just so happy that she bounces when I walk in her room.  She smiles, her two little bottom teeth shining and a happy grin plastered across her face.

  Even though she has been very sick this past week, her smile and fearlessness has never faltered.  She learned to pull up, cruise on furniture and go from laying to sitting up.  She is ever the ambitious one.

  I was watching her attempt some dangerous feat this week and I laughed.  i wish I had the time and energy to write a blog just for Eleanor.  She does these funny things everyday and does it such cheerfulness. I could fill pages with the silly things she does. 

  Eleanor Joy is just that- a joy.  She makes our house busy and our hearts full.  I would be so bored without her everyday.  So bored.

  • 10th November
    2013
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Dear Teenagers

I read a Tumblr entry I follow that talked about homework and how it screwed up a weekend… I vividly remember putting off my homework until the last possible second… not even glancing at a text book until Sunday night around 8 or whatever… 

Sadly, I never learned my lesson.

I’m now doing laundry on Sunday and started it at 7:30.  

So, Teenagers of Tumblr…. Homework just turns into laundry.

  • 5th November
    2013
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NaNo Update

We had a wedding this last week so my NaNo word count is lower than I would like.  But, my mom is staying with me in NC for a bit so I’m able to write more than usual.  It’s nice, but like exercise I’m having to stretch those muscles again.  I think it’s also a little harder for me because I’m re-working a past NaNo project (but, writing new words for it, only new words count towards my total).

Here’s a sample.

“I’ll never lie to you, Cason.”  He closed the iPad and looked at her with his clear, blue eye and bushy eyebrows that were so wild they made Cason think of a mad scientist.  “But, right now I don’t have all of the information.  We’ll know more after Dr. Lee does the biopsy and we get those results.”

“So, maybe?”

“Maybe.” He agreed.  “But, I don’t want you to ever think that just because someone says you won’t be able to do something that you can’t do it.  There’s something in the DNA of you guys that makes you beat the odds.”

“You guys?”

“Cancer kids.”

“Ugh, I am not a Hallmark movie.” 

Dr. Henderson laughed, a full-bodied laugh.  “Cason, I think you’re going to do just fine.”

  • 30th October
    2013
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Tis the Season

I always say as soon as Halloween hits it might as well be the New Year.  This is SO true.  I feel like all we do is go-go-go between now and the middle of January.  Of course as soon as January hits we’ll have birthdays to plan (and I have yet to find babies for Eleanor to be friends with and invite to her first birthday party- parenting fail) for both girls.

I spent a good part of yesterday in a craft store buying dye for Kennedy’s Halloween costume.  In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, she wants to be a kitty.  Now, originally it was a white kitty, just like last year.  Well, last week it became a pink kitty.  So, I stood in the kitchen dying her white leotard and white ears and tail.  She also wants to be a fluffy cat so I’ve got to glue on some extra fluff.  Thankfully my mom came through on Eleanor’s and she’s going to be the cutest Cabbage Patch Kid EVER.

I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year.  I took last year off while pregnant with Eleanor (my brain doesn’t write while gestating).  I’m thinking of posting parts of what I write during the month.  Yes? No? Thoughts? Or would that just bore what few people actually read my thoughts. 

  • 29th October
    2013
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