Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Friday, 19 December 2008

I finally finished helping Grasshopper organize/clean his room.  It took a little more than one day.  I moved everything out of his room, vacuumed, dusted, and then he helped me move stuff back in...just the stuff that had a place to go in his room.  Just the important stuff got to go back in.

Then, we sorted the remaining stuff into piles, stuff to be given away, and stuff to be thrown away, and stuff to be put in storage.

I got him to part with some of his "nature collection".

He got rid of three birds nests, a zip-lock bag containing the mouse bones and other solid waste extracted from dissected owl pellets (he was studying the owl's diet...I blame the school for giving him the idea)...some rocks, and some sticks and leaves and about half of the bird feathers.

Remaining is:  a much smaller collection of bird feathers, the dried skin fragment of an alligator gar (skin, and scales), the jaw-bone of an alligator gar, a collection of rocks and minerals, a couple handfuls of sea shells, a fossilized mausasaurous tooth, and a prehistoric squid fossil.  They all fit in a small shoe box.

We got the artwork down to a small pile of the favorites, managed to eliminate a huge number of toys that will be passed on to younger children, and just generally, got the toys and games and puzzles and projects corralled into various plastic bins that sit neatly on shelves.

There is a bin for the mis-begotten Lego’s creatures that slides under the bed.  He really DOES have monsters under his bed...they are just of his own making, but at least they are no longer collecting dust underfoot.  He assures me it will all be worth it when he becomes rich and famous for winning some design competition that he plans to enter with one of his best friends.

The Dungeons and Dragons manuals, NPC sketches, and the note-books full of master plans for campaigns that will "blow away" his friends with their diabolical complexity and sheer evil genius all fit on one shelf.

The novel-in-progress is in a binder...on a shelf.

Unless this child grows a sense of organization and order, he is destined for a future of only being able to function in a think-tank environment...

 

Friday, 19 December 2008 11:05:35 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [9] | #
Friday, 19 December 2008 14:28:18 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Wanna help me clean up my place? ;)
Friday, 19 December 2008 15:44:17 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Karen,

World of "no". :-)

Actually, the next project will be the guestroom, after we get Grasshoppers new curtains hung. The next time you stay with us, ther might be real curtains on the windows in the spare room! You'll think you have the wrong place. :)
Teresa
Friday, 19 December 2008 21:24:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Wow...you mean the neighbors won´t be able to see my silhouette when I get ready for the shower and bed? ;)
Friday, 19 December 2008 22:38:01 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Hey, you act as though it is a bad thing that we put in new windows three years ago and haven't gotten curtains up in the spare room yet.

We tacked some fabric up there to give you some privacy!
Teresa
Saturday, 20 December 2008 12:08:26 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Very transparent fabric when back-lit by the light in the room when it is dark outside!

Can't complain, though. The price is right! :)
Saturday, 20 December 2008 17:44:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
These curtains will be LINED!

But you know why it took us so long to get them, right? I could not find a place that sold curtains the right length. They were all way too long, unless we wanted to put kitchen curtains in there, and that would be even worse! They also would have sold us blinds, but that doesn't do much for keeping out the cold. I don't like sewing curtains. I would have done, but I REALLY didn't want to make lined curtains. Also, I couldn't see spending that kind of money on curtains that I would have to modify. We found some short lined curtains that we could special order at Pennys. I think havng all of these competing stores (Linen and Things, etc.)go out of business has actually helped make it easier to get unusual sizes...weird, huh?

Competition is supposed to be magic...but in fact I think that they just caused everyone to carry a small selection of integrated items, so unless you wanted to decorate your whole house from their store and buy everything new, you were unlikely to ind anything that would work with what you already had...and nobody wanted to deal with unusual shapes/sizes/colors.
Teresa
Sunday, 21 December 2008 11:45:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
You are such a good mom.
Sunday, 21 December 2008 15:02:00 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Unrelated but humor for you day just put on twitter:

"Nothing says XMas like putting the _reaver_ version of the Serenity on your tree. Yes, just puts you in that seasonal mood."

Yup wife got if for me last year... I believe Hallmark was selling them. :-)
Sunday, 21 December 2008 19:31:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Thanks Paula!

Pcomeau,

I WANT ONE!!! And Hells yeah it's seasonal...how could it NOT be with all that RED on it?
Teresa
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