Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Nothing like a good hammer.

I am finally victorious over the molding on the dresser drawers. A flat head screwdriver, a few well-chosen blows with the hammer, and it was really pretty easy to pry it all off. Then of course I had to knock out the screws (in some cases) or pull out the finish nails (in others) that had attached the molding to the drawers in the first place. There was also a quantity of dried glue. There were 7 drawers altogether, and I'd say the job took about an hour and a half of non-constant work.

I am such a wimp, though, that now both hands, both wrists, and my left elbow are killing me.

That could also be from working on hand-stand training exercises with DS1. Surprisingly, I can support my own weight for a good 4 or 5 seconds before my arms turn to jelly. I had no idea. Anyway, DS1 is finally learning about balance and how to manage his body better. He gets frustrated but already today he did much better than yesterday. DH said he did very well at basketball practice; he actually made all 3 of the shots he took during their scrimmage game.

Went to the dermatologist's office today and had the stitches taken out by the PA. She was fine, it didn't even bother me a little bit. The lab report came back fine, too: compound nevus, nothing scary going on, the "wide margin of the biopsy site is free of involvement". "Free of Involvement," how I do love that phrase.

DS2 is still sick. His fever spiked a couple of times today, and he was completely miserable -- I had him on Motrin and Tylenol, as Motrin alone was not effective today. Once the Tylenol kicked in, he was very close to being his usual sunny self, and he ate a decent dinner, too. I do hope we're coming to the end of this illness. It has been a long few days.

I'm exhausted. I was up late last night updating MILC. I added two new entries to the mailbag:Beans and Corn, and one on Protein Powder. My responses are getting longer and longer. I need to learn to save those long responses for columns, and not toss them away as freebies like that. Still, the writing and research are great for me. I like writing about that stuff.

Then, for some reason, I got sucked into the black hole of FarscapeWeekly, going back and trying to figure out what has been reviewed and what hasn't, what has been posted and what hasn't, etc. Except I was just bouncing around all over the place, and it was more or less a complete waste of time. I need to clean that site up and just finish it, so it's pretty in time for the mini-series, which is looking like it might be broadcast in October now.

So I ended up not getting into bed until nearly 2AM for the second night in a row, but I did make one change to my routine which I am absolutely loving: I emptied the dishwasher before I went to bed. Some of the plastic cups are a little damp to put away, so I just put them on a dishtowel on the counter to finish air drying, but everything else goes right away, and it just makes my morning so much more pleasant not having to deal with it. And thinking about my pleasant morning puts a huge grin on my face while I'm unloading the dishwasher before bed... somehow I have turned my most detested chore into something I don't mind doing at all!

Speaking of detested chores, tomorrow is definitely a laundry day. DS1 has an early release, but with DS2 being ill we won't go out for lunch or anything like that. I may let them help me paint the furniture tomorrow... now, that would be a trip, huh? I still have to cut the molding for the tops of the benches and get that on before we paint, but I think I can do that in the morning while the 2 older kids are at school. I'm not sure where the motivation to get this stuff done is coming from, but I'm going with the flow, for now. I'll post pictures when I'm done, I've been taking digital snaps all throughout the process. I do hope it turns out the way I'm envisioning it!

OK, off to watch 24...

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