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It's been a strange week but if I shook my virtual Magic 8 Ball, it would say the outlook is good aside from my stubborn sore throat.

Vogon installed the Flip-N-Flush on Monday night. He had the screws holding the toilet seat assembly out in a few minutes by holding the nut on the other side with pliers. Laurel's been sitting on the toilet every half hour during her waking hours since and I'm cautiously optimistic that she "get" it and want to be potty-trained soon so she can have at least a few months of preschool before starting kindergarten.

We went to our local US TOY Company store after lunch on Wednesday. While I didn't find what I wanted (Mom had seen Sesame Street hand puppets at the Highlands Ranch store, particularly Forgetful Jones), we had a lot of fun looking. Laurel got farm and wild animal cloth finger puppets, bubble wands, and a jump rope, I got two Where the Wild Things Are birthday cards on clearance, and Vogon picked up a bunch of small toys to take to work.

Since Wednesday is FlyLady's anti-procrastination day, I finally dug in and cleared a lot in Laurel's room. I filled three bags with trash (over a hundred pounds by Vogon's estimate), collected another two laundry loads worth of clothing to wash and pack, cleared the floor to turn the computer desk to be against the wall between the window and closet instead of next to it and blocking the window, then set the computer up so Laurel can use it, loaded the dresser with Laurel's clothing and DVDs, rounded up all of her toys in the bedroom and gave them places to stay (stuffed animals on the bed or chair and the rest into a cardboard file box), and vacuumed the floor aside from two small patches I hadn't fully decluttered.

I still have the aforementioned un-vacuumed areas to declutter, boogie and sort, then I have to tackle under the bed and the closet. Once that's done, all the nerdsprout's stuff minus a few items we're using (bedding, computer, TV and DVD player) will be packed and ready for storage.

On Thursday, I washed the laundry from the bedroom, pulled the linen off the scroll frame I'm going to try cleaning (Laurel took a writing pen to it awhile back; if it doesn't come clean I'll buy a new piece for the project since I'm only a few dozen stitches in), serged the edges of a piece of Aida and started stitching a project I'd meant to start in December and have been pleased at how quickly it's stitching up. 14-count Aida is downright pleasurable after all the counting for my last few projects on higher-count fabrics.

I've been taking it easy and stitching most of today, but I have laundry to fold later and a few pieces of mending to do. Laurel was remarkably well-behaved at lunch after getting over that we were going to eat at Clay Pit and not the Chili's next door to it, stuffing herself with naan in between fruit salad, cream of tomato soup, and tandoori chicken. She loved the ladies room, too; she was charmed by the foaming soap dispenser, basket of potpourri between the sinks, and the motion-activated paper towel dispenser.

I have flannel washed and ready to press so I can make pajama pants over the weekend, but right now I'm thinking about Vogon's offer over lunch today to go to Central Market tomorrow and have a picnic lunch at the park with sushi. Mmm.


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Feb. 5th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Ahh, you're spring cleaning too? For me, it's the deadly stack of dishes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on behalf of the potty training for Laurel. I still find it screwy that pre-schools require potty training to be complete, but I guess I can understand.

How was the Claypit, btw?
Feb. 5th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten to spring cleaning yet! I've been chipping away at packing up the stuff the nerdsprout left in her room since October.

Laurel has made huge strides this week. I'm being cautious because I don't want to have unrealistic expectations, but I think she's finally putting all the pieces together.

We really like Clay Pit's lunch buffet, although the selection is modest compared to Pasand, whose Richardson location is about 15 minutes from us. I prefer Clay Pit because there are more service staff around I can ask about ingredients.
Feb. 5th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
How close are you to Denver?
Feb. 5th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Okay nm, I just realized you're not in Colorado anymore!
Feb. 5th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
My folks live just under an hour from downtown Denver. The next time I visit I'll probably be staying with them, but karaksindru's house (aka jaehop) is a lot closer in to the Denver metro area.
Feb. 5th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
How do you make that strange dotted-line underline? Or is that something my computer is doing?
Feb. 5th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
That's the <acronym> tag; I meant to include a brief explanation so hovering over "14-count Aida" would show some text about it being a common fabric for cross-stitch but forgot before posting it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
Feb. 5th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Hrm, I don't get the full text when hovering :( Is that a Firefox thing?
Feb. 5th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
So you're only getting part of the text or none at all? I might have been editing the post when you looked at it; if not, the full text in the acronym tag is: "a common cross-stitch fabric, woven with blocks of threads together (blockweave) to leave obvious holes for stitching, in this case at a gauge of 14 stitches per inch".
Feb. 5th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
I get: "a common cross-stitch fabric, woven with blocks of threads together (blockweave) t..."
Feb. 6th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'd say that I hate Central Market, but the truth is that I fear it! LOL

$210 later, we're out with more stuffs than I could possibly imagine and only one intended ingredient for the soup (though, we did get the sushi... park anyone?) and still have yet to assemble the entire collection of ingredients to make Tom Kha Gai. I may have to resort to the somewhat bitter Mexican lime leaves. At least the tangerine leaves lend a wondrous hint of flavor to it! :)

The chicken from Wal-Mart last nacht makes a better cut at it, though I suspect that we might not assemble the soup today, either.

The woodear mushrooms will be fabu in there and of course the straw mushrooms. Mmm... Ok, maybe I'll go start the soup, now. LOL

143 my q.
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