we had two other papers accepted - so for me that is currently a total of five published papers, although only 3 will count for the associate. so I have another 2 to go! to be on the safe side make it another 3.
one other paper came back with revisions, but I am hopeful this will be finished and accepted soon.
really, my goal of applying in december is quite likely to happen now. we still have one out for review that will count for me, and the last one I am writing on right now. keep sending good thoughts please :-)