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Twenty weeks: half-baked

Today I am twenty weeks along in this pregnancy, which puts me exactly halfway to the due date. I wouldn’t say that the first half has gone particularly fast or particularly slowly; life these days seems to consist of relatively long weeks that string together into months that zip by at break-neck speed, giving the odd illusion of time moving quickly and slowly all at the same time. But the half-way point is a good time to reflect on how far I’ve come and what still lies ahead before the big day arrives.

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It’s been almost an entire week since Pi Day, so I imagine that you are positively desperate for a little math in your life! Today, I thought it would be fun to have a quick chat and learn a little bit about the Taylor Expansion, since it is related to the title of the blog and all.
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My daily perusal of Timehop reminded me that today is one year since we let Murphy out of crate rest after his IVDD episode. What a great day that was! As I explained in my blog post from that day, the event itself wasn’t all that climactic; he had already been healing well in previous weeks, and we had even let him out of his crate on supervised prowls around the living room. However, liberation day represented a very good outcome, one for which we are very thankful.


So, how is Murph doing one year after his paralysis? Well, he’s been tearing through the yard after squirrels this spring, running the fence line barking at our neighbor dog Snickers the ‘Doodle, and bounding through the snow. He even flat-out jumped on the couch last weekend, which is a gigantic no-no. He used to jump on the couch all the time despite our best efforts to the contrary, but his weakened back leg has made it a bit harder for him, and he rarely tries unless he is absolutely desperate for attention. We were pretty shocked when he managed it, but our stern reprimands were accompanied by silent appreciation of his feat, something that he probably couldn’t have managed months ago.

His back right leg is still weak, though it has strengthened over the year to allow him to jump more, as evidenced by the couch. He sometimes has difficulty getting up the two steps from the yard onto the deck, especially if it’s icy or piled up with snow, but that would be challenging enough for a little dog with short legs anyway. It’s sad and hilarious at the same time to see his tracks in the snow–there are three little paw prints and one longer swipe where that bum leg drags just a little bit. But despite these few setbacks, he’s enjoying a pretty normal doggy life. 

Happy Liberation Day, Murph!


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In the past, March never felt like that remarkable of a month to me, but this year it seems that nearly every other day is a fake or real holiday or a date of some other significance. Every time I turn around, I’m made aware of something else to celebrate or observe. Though some notable March days have been around for centuries, I’m sure part of this increase is the recent prevalence of social media, where lesser known or obscure observances are introduced to a broader audience. In a way it’s a little weird to me to have so many featured days this month, but on the other hand, after a cold, crummy, and otherwise dismal stretch since Christmas and New Years, the tiny bit of spring in the air is just enough to fuel my interest in celebrating anything at all.

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Eπc

Happy Pi Day, everyone! As most of you have probably heard by now, 3-14-15 is a particularly epic (eπc?) Day, having two more inherent digits of the irrational number in the date. To celebrate the occasion, I organized “Pi Day Observed” at work on Friday…and of course it involved pie…

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Bart and I were stuck inside for a couple of days due to snow. While we managed to escape yesterday before going too stir crazy, I did find myself getting rather worn down with the constant barrage of winter. However, a snow day seemed like the perfect time to whip up one of my favorite breakfast recipes, oatmeal yogurt pancakes, which I’ve decided to share with you today.

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