February 14th, 2005


Lunch at Tokyo One, running errands with Laurel and five-dollar LEGO tubs at Kroger!

We had a very nice lunch at Tokyo One, where Laurel behaved well and I had seconds on dessert. It's a mystery that I didn't try creme brulee until our previous visit there several weeks ago. After lunch, he dropped us off so I could run errands and half the walk.

Laurel picked out new sunglasses at Walgreen's, where our cashier offered to cut the packaging off for us at checkout and handed the freshly-liberated sparkly purple glasses to a beaming Laurel. I was planning to get Laurel a balloon at Kroger since she'd specifically asked for one for Valentine's Day, but the floral department was swamped (no surprise) and while I was gauging the wait, we found something even better: tubs of LEGO® bricks for five dollars! I picked up a tub of 100 DUPLO® bricks and am debating whether to ask Vogon to pick up a regular LEGO® brick tub later today to store for when she's older.

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We splurged a little, buying Stretch Island fruit leathers, a Horizon Organic chocolate milk for her and an 11oz/330ml bottle of chocolate Silk soymilk for me in addition to getting the things we went in for, but she must have gotten more tired out than I thought on the walk home because she's been a real pill. I put her in her room for a nap about 20 minutes ago and I'm still waiting for her to quit fussing, although she was kind enough to stop screaming.

I'm off to clean the litterbox and see if I can find the air freshener we keep with it. I finally picked up a refill for it, but I didn't spot the holder when I glanced around the bathroom after refilling the regular bathroom air freshener.

Things I did to the patio, four-year-old Breakout addict, and time to finish the movie already.

I flung the Christmas tree over the patio railing today.

(If the downstairs neighbors even noticed it, they were probably so baked they didn't think it was real.)

After I carried the tree over to the dumpster, we checked the mail (Laurel got a Valentine's package from Grandma Betty) before continuing our afternoon project of getting the patio ready for spring. She helped me clean the concrete with a wet broom and scrub down her water table, chairs and the grill, then I rehung the empty hanging flowerpots while she played at her table in the living room. (Note to self: take the drill out sometime to put up the third plant bracket and bike hooks.)

Vogon located the litterbox air freshener after he came in and disassembled the old refill for fun; apparently we *could* refill it ourselves.

Later on we went back to Kroger in search of the $5 LEGO® tubs, but they were sold out. While we were there, Laurel got her Valentine's balloon (a mylar heart that reads "Feliz Dia de San Valentin", she picked it out), we picked out a few new colors of nail polish, and Vogon picked up an Atari paddle controller with 13 TV games from the remaining clearance toys. I'm itching to play with it, but haven't yet because Laurel discovered she loves Breakout! Cthulhu help us, 'cause I don't think any other religious figure will touch that game.

Vogon and I watched most of The Ladykillers tonight, but still have about 20 minutes to go since he nodded off during Medium. So far, it's amusing although I'm mostly into it because of J.K. Simmons.

Tomorrow is a lunch-in day, currently planned for a picnic at the playground, and if the hot tub's warm, Laurel and I will "swim" in the afternoon before the front comes through that should bring the temperature down to seasonal values later this week.