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10 days in the midwest [Aug. 9th, 2004|10:26 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |baby monitor- husband and daughter snoring]

well, we're here. it has been an interesting couple of weeks, but i think that we've come out the other side and it all went really well. ej and his brother drove the truck and made it in 3 days- and they actually got some sleep, too!  very impressed. the closing went fine, except that i forgot my driver's license and had to leave to go get it. yeah. i'm a grownup. i can own a house. lord. lucy and i flew and it went pretty well. as we left seattle, i was distracting her so that she would stay in my lap and so i was looking out the window and listing all of the things and people that we were saying goodbye to, ending with "goodbye seattle". in true lucy fashion, she says, "hug?", then proceeds to stretch her arms wide and lean her cheek against the window, giving all of the northwest a hug. as we arrived in madison, a few bedragged hours later, i was doing the same thing, saying hello to our new home. so madison got a hug, too. i think that she kissed the windows, too, but i don't know how clean they are, so i didn't encourage that too much. all the folks on the plane were so nice. people are nice to single mamas, it seems!  it makes me so humbled. and so incredibly grateful that i'm not a single mama, i just have to travel as one now and again.
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31 hours [Jul. 12th, 2004|11:56 am]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]

i just got back from my first doula experience...my friend maria just gave birth to a little boy. i was with her for 20 some hours of her 31 hours of labor. the human (female) body is so incredible. i am so tired!! the hardest thing for me was the fact that i didn't have a breast pump and it was pretty painful at times! ej brought lulu to see me twice and i came home for a few hours this morning and nursed, but in between it was tough!
anyway. it really felt good to be a part of that and feel as though i was helping a bit.
i need to sleep now!
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(no subject) [Jul. 9th, 2004|10:19 am]
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Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. feminism score: 9
2. yoga score: 8
3. brain child score: 7
4. knitting score: 6
5. libraries score: 6
6. cookbooks score: 6
7. poetry score: 6
8. zines score: 5
9. mamahood score: 5
10. sewing score: 5
11. unschooling score: 5
12. working mothers score: 5
13. baking score: 5
14. tank girl score: 5
15. books score: 5
16. foodies score: 4
17. minor league baseball score: 4
18. mark twain score: 4
19. politics score: 4
20. bull durham score: 4

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as usual, i am closely associated with all sorts of interesting things, none of which i am actually interested in!poetry, ok, but only in a pretty casual way. yoga- i tried to do it, but my wrists hurt too much. knitting. again, i tried it, but had no patience and gave up. cookbooks and baking, no. (eating, yes) mark twain, no. bull durham, sure, but not more than many other movies. tank girl. never actually saw the whole thing. politics, yeah, but i get pissed off so quickly that i give up. what the hell are "foodies"? minor league baseball? why not major league? don't really care either way...
anyway. interesting.
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2004|11:43 pm]
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[mood |lethargiclethargic]

i know that i should spend some time packing, but it is so hard to motivate to do that. i am so excited about having more space and a house all of our own- i just wish that it could all just magically happen. it is going to be a tough week, our last week here. packing up, loading the truck, ej leaves, party to say goodbye to our entire lives, spend a few extra days with deb and liza while sleeping in an empty apartment that i'm trying to clean with a toddler, then flying across country with said toddler and a cat, staying with my mother with said toddler and cat for two nights, then finally moving in to a brand new place and unpacking and all........so frightening. i just get a stomach ache when i think about it. and it makes me not want to pack.
debbie and liza left on tuesday to be in the midwest for three weeks, so it is a good excuse for me to work, but days just go by, don't they? especially with a baby. naps can take a whole day.
so instead of packing while she is asleep, what am i doing? typing.
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feeling crappy [Jun. 25th, 2004|11:47 pm]
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[mood |crappycrappy]

so all the babies have been having fevers. lulu was first, then eliza, then orlando, i've heard, now audrey. so wierd. lulu and liza were pretty similar- about 102 for about 12 hours, then its all done. no other symptoms. we thought that it was a reaction to a vaccination until the others started getting it, too! very sad to know that we are spreading disease. it all happened very fast, though. all four kids in less than a week!
i've been feeling super crappy, too- i had a headache that was worse than any i have ever had and it would not go away. i tried everything i could think of, including some pretty serious left over painkillers. nothing. it was mostly behind my eyes- it hurt when i would blink or look up...lovely husband let me sleep alot, which helped. then i got my period today- this is only the third appearance since baby, so i'm terrified that this awful headache is my new pms thing. crappy! i was in so much pain, i was dreaming about pain. and wondering what ej would do if i died from a brain tumor. would he still move? to somewhere where i am the one who knows everyone? i'd feel so bad that he left whatever support system he has and then i'd be dead.
he doesn't like it when i talk about such things. and he says that the mortgage is set, so we have to buy the house now, no matter what. oh well. guess we're moving!
okey. i'm going to bed now.
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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2004|12:34 am]
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i saw a movie tonight with other people. i am so used to going to movies alone, it was strange to have others there! stepford wives was the movie, debbie and rebecca the other people. not a bad movie, although the others was on tv when i got home and nicole kidman is so awesome in that movie that this sort of paled a bit. we went out for drinks first, though. and dinner. the drinks were the exciting part! i haven't had vodka since lucy arrived. i miss it! i've never been a real big drinker, but every now and then...
it is nice to have this time with deb before we leave town. it makes me wish we'd been doing this alot more! but life does get in the way...
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when my husband is away... [Jun. 6th, 2004|01:29 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]

i am so very sleepy. i know that i am totally spoiled, since my husband works at home and i get to spend the day with my daughter, using him whenever i need to go do the laundry or take a shower or a nap...but he's been gone for the last few days and it really really sucks. she just took like a 20 minute nap 'cause i was so sleepy and tried to lie down with her. big mistake. she wakes up with a huge grin and starts to tickle me. oh well. i don't know if i should make ej pay for having a vacation or if i should shower him with affection and good deeds because i am so stinkin' lucky to normally have him around!
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first timer [Jun. 5th, 2004|12:06 am]
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[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |my daughter tossing around in bed as i type...]

so i'm going to try this journal thing...i only have one friend on livejournal, but she's a good person, so i think i'll be ok. i'm alissa and i'm mama to lucy (15 mos.) and wife to ej and although i live in seattle at the moment, i won't for long! we're moving to wisconsin in less than two months- i haven't lived there for about 8 years, my husband has never lived there. he's barely spent any time in the midwest at all! so it's sort of all up to me...we'll be five minutes away from my mother, which i am excited about, but i don't know if i'm being naive about it! if it ends up not being a good idea, we're kind of stuck! we've bought a house, something we've never done before, and it feels pretty stinkin' permanent.
i guess i have my fingers crossed. i guess that this journal is a way to get out some emotions that i can't really share with anyone here! i'm pretty conflicted about this whole thing...
so that's my story right now!
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