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Drop-in playtime at Pump It Up was pandemonium. We left about ten minutes before the end of playtime after I gave Laurel her second warning to follow the same rule -- only one kid on the slide at a time -- and the girl she went down the slide in tandem with started bawling as soon as her adult called out her name.

While we were outside for her to have a chance to calm down, she alternately cried and told me I was mean because that she wanted to visit Colorado for spring break (their spring break is next week, this week is CSAP testing) and informed me she was going to get rid of me and get a new mom. I'd wish her good luck with that! I think we'll be focusing more on craft projects for the rest of the week.

After this morning's adventure and lunch, we went to Strong's Nursery (972-242-7574 and trshtwns01, they have free fill dirt) for some nematodes to take care of recurrent spider mites affecting our Mexican limes. We wound up coming home with them, two praying mantis egg cases (don't ask) and two new citrus trees for our patio container garden, a Meyer lemon and a clementine.

I'm seriously considering cutting off my hair again because I'm tired of picking it out of the vacuum rollers and if I cut it to chin length now, it'll be down to my waist again in a bit over two years if I let it grow out. Feel free to e-mail any photo requests you have now so I can fulfill them before I get my locks shorn and shipped off for another donation to Locks of Love. (Regardless of how you feel about their practices, I'd rather donate my hair to them than throw it in the trash.)

In the meanwhile, here are some assorted tools and toys I have been drooling over:
- a Revolation 2 chocolate temperer (less fuss than a double boiler, but I don't make chocolates enough to justify a dedicated appliance for it)
- an 80-piece garnishing tool set and Asian-themed shaped vegetable cutters
- mini hot dog cutters in crab and penguin(!) shapes (mmmbento has a post with hot-dog crabs)
- Readerware, multi-platform software for cataloging books, music and movies with a barcode reader (never mind that I don't have a barcode reader for my PC, although I may have one for my TRS-80 Model 100 I'm going to shut up here before ninjas kill me for my obsolete technology).

For all the people that have teased me for picking stuff out of the trash: a nun in New Orleans found a signed first edition of Les Miserables in the trash.

Confidential to techno1992 and anyone else in Dallas planning to go: One week to Sun Up at Quorum!

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trshtwns01
Mar. 15th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Ooooh! Free fill dirt? I have a plan forming in my head for a new garden!!!

Where is this place located?
oddharmonic
Mar. 15th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Approximately I-35E and Whitlock (it's Keller Springs further east).

Google Maps link: http://maps.google.com/maps?li=bwp&q=1900+N+INTERSTATE+35E,+CARROLLTON,+TX+75006
paradoxymoron
Mar. 15th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
peeekchures? haha
oddharmonic
Mar. 17th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
If you've got any photo requests while I've got long hair, drop me an e-mail.

For clarification on its current length, here's a photo I took today:



The jeans are low-rise and stop about 2" below my navel in the front (yes, it's laundry day) and my hair is a little crinkled because I pinned it up while it was drying. It's perfectly straight if I let dry before I pin it up.
paradoxymoron
Mar. 17th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
wow. That looks great, what with the hair and all. Holy crap!

Just wondering about the parameters (TMI or Cousin It or holding big sign that says "I <3 paradoxymoron" and so forth =P ). I'll e-mail later if/when I remember. @__@


I miss my long hair!
oddharmonic
Mar. 17th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm just so tired of it shedding everywhere and clogging the vacuum that if I cut it off now, I can let it grow back out when I want it long again.

Anything goes for parameters, just make sure it's in e-mail.

I didn't know you had long hair. When was that and how long was it?
paradoxymoron
Mar. 18th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
It was down to the bottom of my shoulder blades, and that was only about 3-4 years ago. Maybe more.

Great. Now I'm craving me some Godiva.
saarlander
Mar. 19th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I did not realize your hair was *that* long :) I suppose being bundled up like Kenny last time I saw you might have had something to do with it.

The thought of finding a first edition Les Mis like that is absolutely insane. I think that one story alone is justification enough for junking.
oddharmonic
Mar. 19th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
I probably had it pinned up. Most of the time I twist it into a figure 8 shape and pin that to the back of my head with a French barrette because it gets in the way otherwise. If I don't put my hair up before I get dressed, it gets caught in my waistband, in my coat zipper, etc..

I like the serendipity of old books finding new homes in such a way. I've never found books junking, but I've had some interesting finds and it's neat to realize that I have a pretty matching set of soda-shop style chairs that only cost me a few dollars for spray paint and press-in cane for the seats.
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