The answer is that we started already. Since tittergrrl is the first player on the player list (alphabetically by surname), we have to wait for her to make the first rule. Then I go, then multiplexer.
The rules as written make no allowance for missing players or skipped turns. Of course, we can agree to remove her from the player list and say she's not playing but that sets a dangerous precedent. ;) I'm curious to see how people handle this.