Laurel was a little sneak and got two breakfasts this morning: rice and beans from Vogon before I woke up, then a bowl of Cheerios with dried berries on the side after she and I showered.
We walked to Quizno's to meet Vogon for lunch while the car was in the shop; a part that was supposed to be replaced after cleaning out the gas tank wasn't, so the car was leaking gas and he took it back in to be fixed. Laurel was so excited to go out to lunch again after our vacation break that she practically dragged me along the sidewalk all the way to the crosswalk button, which she proudly pressed herself.
Picking out a bag of chips was so satisfying for her that she not only spent lunch time eating nothing but those chips, she hasn't noticed yet that the chips were in place of a kids' meal toy (they were out). She ate the sandwich and Goldfish crackers from her lunch around 1530, since helping take the ornaments down and watching me take the lights and bead garland off the tree made her very hungry.
After I wrestled the tree outside (it wasn't heavy, just unwieldy) I found a rust stain on the carpet under where the tree stand had been so I got to play with one of my Christmas gifts -- a Bissell Little Green deep cleaner. It's a bit noisier than I expected, but it did an admirable job getting most of the stain out. Tomorrow I'll try a paste of water and cream of tartar since it works like a champ for rust stains on clothes. If that doesn't work, I'll see what other relatively safe stain removal methods I can try; if all else fails, I'll use the commercial rust stain remover Vogon has, but I'm wary of since it contains hydrofluoric acid.
Vogon fell asleep in front of the fireplace during the second episode of House so, now that I've settled Laurel down under her still-warm-from-the-dryer comforter, I think I'll go rejoin him.