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I have two hours before my final stats exam and somehow this is the best possible time I have had all semester to write a little bloggy thought. 


and by that i mean this selfie because it took me 15 minutes to take and post it probably because I have a million baby pictures on this computer i cant bring myself to delete even though Ive backed them up because im not so sure about technology. so greetings from finals, its as bad as you remember. 


And okay okay for baby love watch this… I know you don’t come here for my library selfies anyway. 





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Four classes

The other day I was thinking how funny it would be to start a blog about being a single parent to a toddler while trying to get a BA, but just leave the whole blog blank because I have no time to blog and then I thought hahahahahah oh right I already to that. This lovely blog. I am so very fond of it, but it is not tumblr and it is not easy peasy reblogging.

Here I am again, a month and a half into my first semester of taking four classes and whew oh lord its kicking my butt. I’ve had this fabulous plan so far to commute to school, get everything done and come home and be a parent and go to bed early and again, hahahahahahahahaa yeah right. I try I really do, but 4 classes over 3 eats so much time out of the day and I am SPRINTING through the day, desperately trying to do my library time, eat something for lunch that isn’t instant noodles (so far the best I am doing is instant noodles with kale) and get to the gym. 

The time I have with Beanie during the week sometimes feels like crusts (which she still won’t eat btw)… the hard edges of the day that mostly involve routine and negotiating who is really in charge. Its meals, bedtime, getting shoes on, finding socks, forcing on a bib, picking up toys etc. This sounds like complaining, I know, and just now I remembered talking with a woman in my non traditional students program who lives on campus and is three hours away from her eight year old so that she can get her degree. So I suppose the floor cereal sweeping, endless truck book reading, “no you cant have mumma’s cellphone” times are really just so precious. 

Speaking of the Bean, toddlerhood is no joke. This girl is a language parrot, dogwalker,  a professional dancer, a cook, and class “boss lady” (her current nickname at daycare). We have been loving the warm weather (I’m sorry, I won’t call this an Indian summer, like the lady did in the waiting room at the doctors office… so ironic on Columbus day…) and have spent a lot of weekends and afternoons in the woods, walking in slow motion (backwards sometimes) crunching leaves, throwing acorns, (regrettably) destroying mushrooms and looking at the sky. Today she said “I see yaya”… the other day she said “these baba’s eggs” tomorrow she will say “mother your car sounds like a jet plane” because its true it really does. 

Okay early bed time (attempt)… I will blog I will blog I will blog. Heres a shot from the last weekend of September, we spent it in Martha’s Vineyard like a buncha snobs…




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sometimes ya just gotta

…drop your way cool mangled essay thoughts on placing children at the center of principals of universal design to create urban spaces that acknowledge the full citizenship of younger human beings what am i even talking about homeless youth in Toronto? AND JUST ANSWER THE MEH PROMPT YOUR PROFESSOR WROTE because sometimes its more important to get it done than write your manifesto. I hear there might be time for that this summer? I don’t know what that is. 


A thing I do know is I have three weeks of class left?! 

A thing I do know is that Jolene wore pants with GIANT pockets to daycare today and filled them with sand and her teacher didn’t notice until she went to change her diaper and the sand poured out EVERYWHERE

Another thing I do know is that I am having a hard time focusing. I know that is the season, but I just want to lie in the sun all day and take Bean to the beach and go hiking maybe? 

Another thing I do know is that this is the funniest blog I have seen in a long time (he was just on Good Morning America? Am I late or actually living under a rock) and this is really interesting.  

Another thing is that CLPP Conference is this weekend!!! This mumma is pumped. 

Another thing is that I am building up my summer hobbit feet. Its getting real real. 





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first week!

so our first day of school was not a dreamy joanna newsom montage. it did involve jolene puking in the car, almost running out of gas and getting lost trying to find all of my classes. of course i have been idealizing the start of school for sometime now, forgetting that the first week is usually a crazy mess. my daycare vouchers did not process in time and i was left paying for a week of daycare out of pocket (ouch). i rearranged my schedule about 8 times so i could take an Anthro seminar on Gender and Agriculture which was then CANCELED. bean has had some trouble napping at daycare, refused to take a bottle for the first few days and has made a habit of screaming the entire ride home every day. i forgot how lonely it is to transfer to a new college and know roughly two people. but these things, my friends, are some very very small local fingerling potatoes. 

it is incredible to be back in school. i know i was in school last semester, but it was just not the same. my brain is being cracked open in the best way possible. i am writing again. i am thinking expansive thoughts. the world feels bigger and brighter. i can go to the gym! i am really happy with the daycare jolene goes to. no doubt it (and still is) difficult to leave her there, but not only is she well cared for, her world is expanding and brightening along with mine. we are both so exhausted and challenged by the end of the day, but well nourished. 

more later, i just wanted to let you far away friends know that we made it through week one. also! we we’re featured on Early Mama today! check it 




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