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November 27th

I have a new nephew. Finally. His name is Castiel Xavier Ransom Johanni, and he's perfect.  And suddenly and without much fanfare, thanksgiving break is up, and it is time to return to the real world of teaching and eating moderately and going to the gym and not smoking and not staying up til 4+… Continue reading November 27th

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November 25th

IT'S BABY DAY! My sister was due three days ago but it looks like today's the day! I am so excited to be an aunt to another beautiful little boy. Here's praying everything goes smoothly!  (Rest assured... baby pictures will be a comin' any day now!)

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November 21st

I'm a huge fan of photo posts lately, if you hadn't picked up on that. Partly it's because I am lazy. But it is also because I'm very visual, and I like to immortalized memories in pictures I can come back to later. So posting them may say less for you, but it certainly says… Continue reading November 21st

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The Babysitting Adventure

A week that began fairly easily and continued uneventfully for the most part has turned into a sort of nightmare. I'm writing this sitting in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

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The Barney Song

Do you know the Barney song? I love you, you love me, we're a happy family, with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won't you say you love me too? I don't even know why I call it the Barney song in my head - I don't actually know if it's related… Continue reading The Barney Song

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Aunty of the Year

I'm aiming for the Aunty of the Year award for 2016. I already spoil the little goober past all recognition, but is that enough? His parents think not - they've asked me to do something I've never done. I've babysat for decades. I mean that. Since I was about five I've been babysitting younger siblings… Continue reading Aunty of the Year

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Teething Menace

I sometimes joke with my sister that being around her kid has convinced me to have none of my own. About 50% of the time that joke is a joke, and the rest of the time it's not. My nephew is the cutest kid. He's a little sweetheart with a contagious laugh and a set… Continue reading Teething Menace

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Obsession

Many obsessions are bad I'm sure, but my newest obsession surely isn't. I mean, it can't be! I've had plenty of obsessions in the past (coffee, Orson Scott Card, Star Trek, traveling, ...) but none so pervasive perhaps as this. If you were to take even a glance at my Instagram or Facebook or even… Continue reading Obsession

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Bubba

I have about a billion and one cheesy little nicknames for my little nephew. Some of them stick and then he gets called that by other members of my family. Sometimes they're spur of the moment baby talk nicknames. And sometimes, my favorite, the nicknames are made just to witness the chagrin on his parents… Continue reading Bubba