Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Me: Are you ready to go to the grocery?
Isaac: And the bank?
Me: Yes, and the bank (enters Eli, running around in excitement)
Eli: We are going to the bank! Is that where you get money?? What a great idea!!!!
I assume that you got the memo from the banker (on Eli's train table) that the bank was giving away free money on Tuesday...
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
So - of course they did some funny/cute things...
- On Christmas morning John and I sat out a couple of the boys gifts. We only got them three things each since they have a family that LOVES to spoil them. (Also we got them a train table and we were waiting for the train accessories that they were getting later in the day.) Evidently our "pile" of presents was not impressive. They did not even notice them in the morning. In fact it was about 9:00 PM before we opened them - and John and I were the ones that instigated it. As a side, they LOVED their "Buzz Lightyear" and "Woody" dolls.
- After the boys woke up in the AM and had some milk we were getting them dressed to go to nana and pops house for breakfast. I was putting Isaac shoes on and he said "Where we going?" I said, "Pops and Nana's for breakfast." Isaac said, "Hum, fun."
- Every time, and I mean every time, ANYONE opened a present Isaac would hover over them and way "What's it going to be?" although it sound more like "Wha i gona be?"
- When Eli opened a present he would squeal and say "Thank you berry much - it is AMAZING." Although one gift he opened up and he said "Oh neat" and I said "What is it Eli" and he said, "Hummmm, have no idea..."
- Eli and Isaac delivered their present to their cousin Gracie - and she took it over to Laura (her mom) to read the tag. Laura said "This one is from Eli and Isaac." Gracie then threw (literally) it back at them, still wrapped. I think she misunderstood that it was FROM Eli and Isaac and not TO Eli and Isaac.
- This one is kudos to Mamaw. We stopped by mamaw's to drop off her present and wish her a Merry Christmas. While Isaac was unwrapping his gift her scissors fell out. That is right - she wrapped her scissors in the gift. Classic.
It was a great day. I hope to have some video up later. They got a "My First Grand Piano" from their aunt Judy. Playing it became an impressive wrestling match.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1) This was not staged - the boys concocted this on their own.
2) I know this is a choking hazard and should only be done with supervision.
3) I don't believe in evolution, but sometimes I think my kids just might be a little closer to monkeys than humans...
The bananas at the end were just an added bonus that they threw in.
We also went to the Southern Lights display on Sunday evening. After the lights and the toy train exhibit we quickly walked through the horse museum. There was a ceiling display in the museum of a horse drawn carriage. Thinking Eli would like it we made it a point to show it to him. He started laughing hysterically - and said "Oh my gosh mom, look at that horses butt, it is so funny."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So, Uncle Joe has lunch with us on Sundays and does his laundry. He comes after church and changes into shorts when he gets here. The boys have been walking around pulling their pants up to their knees and saying "Look, I'm uncle Joe."
Today - we were in the van and Eli said "Look, I'm Uncle Joe" (pants pulled up into the shorts position). So that sparked a conversation about Uncle Joe and if he was going to be at our house when we got home. I said, "No, Uncle Joe is in school right now" (he is studying at UK to be a Physical Therapist). Thoughtfully Eli said "I bet Joe is making a Shark crap. I bet he is using sparkles and glue." (Crap is craft in Eli speak). Clearly Eli is well challenged at "school" - his preschool is a well known for their college prep curriculum.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In the past 48 hours I have ...
- Flown to and from Washington DC for a meeting
- had 12 hours of fantastically interrupted sleep (10 episodes of screaming/sweating children)
- administered 8 rounds of antibiotics and about 12 of Motrin
I look like I have been hit by a train. Feel like it too, consequently.
And... it is only Tuesday.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So yesterday he sat in his booster seat WILLINGLY for 3 hours. THREE HOURS. While I was cooking dinner he wanted to play with beans. About two weeks ago I emptied three old bags of beans (black, great northern, and black eyed peas) in a plastic container and gave them spoons and other small containers to play with (thanks parenting magazine for the idea)- it has served us for HOURS of fun. So for about an hour he played with beans. We then ate dinner. Then he wanted to color - so he colored for about 20 minutes. Then he asked to play play-doh, which he played with for an hour and a half. If you don't have a toddler this is significant for several reasons:
1) toddlers attention span is usually about 5 seconds
2) Eli was occupied HAPPILY for THREE HOURS!! I made dinner, Isaac played without the threat of an older brother, and John and I watched the Florida and Alabama game.
It was a lovely, lovely evening. I am writting about it to cherish this - because I know the chances of it happening again are slim to none.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
- The breakfast of choice is: "shiny raisin bran" (translation - Raisin Bran Crunch)
- The boys favorite past time - playing with dried beans and plastic containers
- Eli and Isaac both think they can blow the lights off (like a candle) on the Christmas tree.
- Eli identified one of our family members (who shall remain nameless) as "kind of a bore."
- Isaac has started saying, "wa ka do do" which means "Whatcha going to do?"
- We have to tell Isaac to tickle his eyes, nose, neck, cheeks, etc to keep him from playing with his poop when we change his diaper.
- Eli "can't take a shower because it turns him into a wild man"
- Eli is getting smarter and intuitive - I think he will be outsmarting us soon :)
never a dull moment.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I got Atlanta Bread Company for the group. I actually used $100 in complaint money I had received from them. Let me preface this by saying I don't complain to businesses, ever, really. So this was way out of the ordinary for me. But two weeks in a row we ordered soup and sandwiches for our support group and they gave us all knives and no spoons. Kind of embarrassing. So I called to let them know. As a token, they gave me $100 in gift cards for their goods. So I called yesterday I ordered two boxes of coffee - a baker's dozen of muffins and a baker's dozen of bagels. And ironically - they got the order wrong. Best I can figure - I asked for assorted, so the kid wrote down 4 - banana, 4 chocolate chip, 4 cranberry and 5 oatmeal - so that is 17, not 13. So they actually charged me for the extra - 4, because that is what was written on the paper. The poor manager looked a bit frazzled, and I didn't have the heart to complain again... If it is any consolation - it was yummy.
More importantly, Isaac is feeling better. Still wheezing a bit, but much better.
So, on to better, more important things! Tomorrow Eli will turn three! I can't believe. Time has gone so fast. Tonight my mom and I made a Lightening McQueen cake for him.
Don't worry, we aren't going to quit our day jobs, but considering our skill set - I think the cake turned out pretty good. Eli was impressed, and I think he is the only one that matters :)!
Just Kidding - we had just started...
Not so bad, huh? The cake pan has all of these nice contours and lines to help you decorate. Although the first thing they tell you to do is cover the whole thing in white icing, which covers up all of the very nice contours - so we basically had to free hand it. They did provide two pictures to help us - one was 2 x 2 inches (even for 30 year old eyes that is TOO SMALL) and the other was backwards. A man must have prepared it.
The best news is.... It only took 2 hours. Isaac's airplane and Eli's train took us FOUR hours each!!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
So what would make this week clearly awesome? For the kids to get sick of course! Eli was a bit under the weather this weekend, but not to be out done Isaac is full fledge sick! Right now he is passed out in his room. He was breathing so hard and fast today it sounded like he had run a marathon. The nurse gave him a breathing treatment (which is litterally 5 minutes of hell), gave him two steroid shots and tested him for RSV. The nurse swore that the RSV test would be the worst thing, I mentioned that the breathing treatments were pretty rough. I think she thought I was an idiot until we were both sweating trying to wrestle this little pig to keep the air mask on his face. He screamed like a girl for 5 minutes straight - yes we were that family in the doctor's office today. Despite the torture I think Isaac is feeling better.
I think I will eat some chocolate tonight! I need/deserve/want it :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The boys got their hair cut yesterday. Isaac, our normally quite, shy child was in rare form - and that is an understatement. We had to wait nearly 45 minutes so the boys were entertaining themseles with toys we brought, a motorcycle and an airplane. A poor unsuspecting 20 year old girl was standing up talking to a friend when Isaac ran towards her with the motorcycle and goosed her. That is right - goosed her with a motorcycle. She was a little shocked, we were a little mortified.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
AJ. At their house he insisted that we take it off. Se we rubbed just enough to convince him it was gone. So all night everyone was commenting on his cool stache to which he replied ALL NIGHT - "no no I don't have a mustache it's all gone. Mom and Dad took it off." Poor kid, parent's that lie...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
On a better note...
When we were putting Eli to bed - 4 hours ago. John and I were in his room giving him kisses and tucking him in. He sleeply smiled at us and said "Seriously, get out of my room."
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I have taken the time to listen to the debates and speeches, sometimes 2 and 3 times. I have read the articles CNN and Fox News (so I can get both biases). I have tried to be as open minded as possible, given my obviously conservative leanings - but I just can't shake this feeling that our country is on the verge of disaster. Listening to the Obama/Biden ticket talk makes my tail tingle, as Verne in "Over the Hedge" would say.
Obviously this election we are picking between two people with obvious flaws. So, no decision is perfect. Obama is an incredible speaker, I will give him that. A few editorials I have read say he should win because he has been composed and consistent through out the campaign. And I say, he is a white washed tomb.
I will start with the obvious - I just can't vote for someone that is pro-abortion. Obama said at the Saddleback forum that he personally was against it, but that he couldn't possibly dictate a woman's choice that she has been anguishing over within herself and with her family. A safe answer. Psalms 139:13-14 says "For Thou did form my inward parts; thou did weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." If you have had a baby, or even held one, you know they are utterly perfect and helpless. They are God's handiwork, yet fully reliant on us to make every decision for them and care for them. In the first four weeks - before you really even know you are pregnant, the baby's sex is determined the nervous system forms and the heart and circulatory system are rapidly forming. Abortion is murder, and I just can't get past this, so no pro-abortion person will ever get my vote, ever.
The war, the war. Everyone thinks McCain years will be a repeat of the Bush years. First I will say - we have had no attacks on US soil since 9/11. There have been 20 foiled attacks, 20, since 9/11. Iraq or no Iraq - we must be doing something right. To date there have been 4185 soldiers killed in Iraq. This is 4185 too many. Abortion kills approximately 3,700 per day in the USA. In two days abortion surpasses the Iraq war. When a soldier becomes a soldier, they know that the ultimate price may have to be paid. I am not trying to minimize it, but these men and women are serving their country and those that die, die with pride. Those that die to abortion made no choice - they didn't have a chance.
Poverty. Poverty in America is inexcusable. According to almost everything you hear the Democratic party cares for the poor people, but lets personalize it. The only reason that the government has to take care of the poor people is because the church stinks at it. I mean really, really stinks at it. James 1:27 says "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world". Not pure and undefiled government, but religion. The church and the people of God have got to make this a priority. Personally I am not for this socialist way of thinking - taxing the heck out of the people to redistribute wealth. But poor people HAVE to be taken care of - and the church has to respond - NOW. They have to respond lovingly. Obama brings up poverty a lot. I will mention that Obama is not poor and even in his best year he only gave away 6.1% of his income. His 7 year average 2.18% - pathetic. A biblical tithe is a tenth - a Christian should give above and beyond this. If a person really cared for the poor, I mean really cared and they made 1.6 million... I think it is a shame to not even meet the Biblical giving standard. That is greed and selfishness and, caring words are just that, words, empty words.
So I have been a bit negative. McCain isn't perfect - I will admit that up front. He is pro-life, has military experience (an understatement) and his giving far surpasses Obama. If you want to read a true story of someone who has served their country in deed, not just words. Visit: http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/2008/01/28/john-mccain-prisoner-of-war-a-first-person-account.html?PageNr=1
If I were Obama, I don't think I could stand on stage with McCain and feel justified to do so.
So McCain will get my vote.
Take my two cents, or leave it.
It is my blog after all, and you choose to read it.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Eli threatened to puke a couple of times. He would cough and make this pain-filled face, John and I would scurry towards him with towels/buckets, etc. And he would crack up.
I believe he is a product of his parents. We are in for it - aren't we?
By the way...
Thanks Mac for the pinwheels! The boys loved them!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Eli coughs, he starts crying - this signals that the puking is coming.
We pick him up and run down the hallway to the tub - the puking/crying continues.
It has been a lovely morning.
I have learned two important life lessons today -
1) Do not give a puking kid a full cup of apple juice - 8 oz. in is about 2 gallons coming out.
2) Do not give a 20 month old kid a cup of chex and put him in a confined space. You may think 1 cup of chex will only make a hundred pieces - but given enough crunching time it can cover an entire crib.
On a side note... Tuesday of this week John and I rearranged Eli's bedroom. We moved out his old hand-me-down dresser and put in his new big boy dresser. He has voiced disdain for it since Tuesday becasue he can not see his airplane lamp on it. About 5 minuts ago the coughing and crying was starting in Eli's room so I ran in there thinking he was throwing up, yet again. He said - "Mom I hate this." I said, "I know sweetie, do we need to go to the bathroom again." He said, "No I feel fine - I hate my new dresser." To my credit his eyes were closed. Although, that is a lot of hate when it is even coming up in his sleep.
Update: It ain't over till it is over...
Eli woke up fairly peacefully from his nap. It had been about 4 hours since he last puked so I thought we were out of the danger zone. So I leaned down like any good mother would to kiss his forehead. And he puked. This time it was projectile - shower 3, outfit 5 for the day.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Part I – The Zoo
We had an excellent family trip to the zoo. Below is a series of video clips and pictures from our day of fun. And yes – that is a video of a giraffe spitting water at us. Really – it was a good day.
Part II - The Aftermath
Nap times were obviously disrupted by our trip to the zoo. As a result there were a series of unfortunate incidences at our house.
1 full hour of wrestling - resulting in a bloody lip
3 time outs for Eli
2 time outs for Isaac
On and off crying for most of the evening.
Isaac ate his entire dinner like cookie monster and I caught Eli licking the table during dinner at least twice.
2 sippy cups whizzed across the room, more than once.
I am sure I cleaned up more food on the floor then I think they got in their mouths.
As the perfect night cap - someone pooped in the bath.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Isaac also found the girl of his dreams - she was about six and he kept running up to her and grabbing her around the waste - she was a real trooper, but definitely not interested.
I believe we are in for it.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Yesterday we received the following note from Eli's teacher:
Parents, please talk to your children about keeping their shoes and socks on at school. As you can imagine it is very time consuming to put 10 children's shoes/socks on sometimes more than once a day. Next week we will put their shoes and socks by their bags if they keep taking them off. Thank you
I find this letter hilarious - not from the teacher's standpoint because that would be a royal pain, and I do plan on talking to Eli next Tuesday before school. However, from a kids standpoint - I can totally see them gathering around the slide, plotting and scheming. "I start with shoes, then you, and you, and you.... and then we take off socks. Same order." Seriously, what will they think of next? The teacher will be getting crafts ready one minute and turn around to 10 butt-naked kids.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The funny thing is about a week ago Kevin asked Andrea what she wanted to do for her birthday and she said a nice dinner and hanging out with friends. Then she actually called all her friends to tell them that to set aside Friday night, that Kevin was going to call them, but that he probably wouldn't until Thursday. Four weeks of great planning and about 50 guests the party (some from quite a distance) was just perfect. She was surprised - it was just great.
Congrats and Welcome to the family! I hope you know what you are getting into.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
So this morning he is in bed, naked. Yep naked. And the first thing he says when I walk in the room? Mommy - those jamas were SO HOT.
The first of a million told you sos......
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Mom: You are going to get your picture taken today.
Mom: Because Mommy thinks you and Isaac are handsome little boys so she wants to have a picture to hang on the wall.
Eli: No mommy - I don't want to hang on the wall, I will fall off and then bonk my head and I will cry.
A literal interpretation.
Friday, September 26, 2008
1) Building Stuff
2) Throwing Stuff
3) Decimating Stuff
4) Hitting Stuff
But today I got to be a queen with two servant girls and order them around - at least that was the storyline I was given.
Then this afternoon we met Mac for a picnic at Waveland. We had a great time. While trecking our way through the trail Mac, Eli, and Isaac performed a scene from a two year old horror flick...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
10. 80 pound dogs that aren't used to kids & kids that are not used to 80 pound dogs.
9. The line between dog toys and kid toys is very blurry.
8. Low level TV's without the power button protector. You will miss every good play.
7. 75 2x3 pictures don't look like a precious display of the family, but instead they look like blocks that make a nifty people pyramids. They are most tempting.
6. Coke Cans - they will get shaken and dropped no less than 10 times, each.
5. Outside seems safer, except dog poop looks a little like playdoh (at least the kind of church that is a mixture every color squished together).
4. Corn Hole is not for playing - it is a stage for singing and jumping.
3. Glass hutches full of knicknacks. They can tip over, my kid will prove that to you.
2. Fire place pokers and brooms have far more than the advertised uses.
1. White carpet.
We had a good time. Eli had his first Mello Yellow. Isaac I am sure touched dog poop at least three times. Eli's church pants look like he rolled around in the grass for 2 hours (which he did). And - we were exhausted.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
On a more painful note - my feet have been bothering me for months. I would exercise for 45 minutes one day and be unable to walk for the next three. I always figured it was my feet's way of telling me that I need to loose weight and that they can't stand the extra pressure, but evidently I have something called plantar fasciitis - which according to Wilkipedia (the source of everything trustworthy) is caused by: weight gain, jobs that require a lot of walking on hard surfaces, shoes with little or no arch support, and inactivity. So I was right. The doc said I should stretch out my feet 6 times a day and that it should go away in about a month. To which John replied, "You did tell the doctor that you are so unlimber that you can't touch your toes, so it is going to take a year and a half for you to be able to touch your toes and then another month to be able to walk again." Funnily, I left that part out....
I am going to exercise, tomorrow.....
Saturday, September 13, 2008
For all of the good parents who don't let their children watch TV, Eli was referring to the scene in Shrek when Fiona is getting married and the dragon crashes the party. So, it is a little embarrassing to admit that Eli has seen the movie enough to put the wedding and dragon together, but we all got a good laugh out of it.
No dragon today.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
On an Isaac note, he gassed us really loud at dinner tonight and John said, "What do you say Isaac". Isaac said, "Gwooss."
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The wind was blowing and Eli said, "Hey you, Wind, stop it, you are blowing my crap."
I just had to laugh, and reiterate - craft, craft, craft...
I started attending a Bible study this Sunday - so the weekly boy time from 4:45 - 6:30 on Sunday's has begun. When I came home this week they were all propped up on pillows eating popcorn and watching a movie. I keep trying to convince John there is room for at least two more on that couch. He disagrees.
Also - Eli taught us some Bible this weekend...
Thursday, September 4, 2008
On a sunnier note the boys got hair cuts today. Eli, in his usual sense of humor said to the barber/stylist, "Hey you, stop that, you are making my hair fall out."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Eli: Mom, don't talk to Monkey - he is in time out.
Me: What did he do?
Eli: He pushed down turtle.
We have an evening ritual of tickling the boys feet after bath time - everyone gets the giggles. I was acting like I was biting Eli's feet...
Eli: Mom, don't bite my feet, I not corn.
Friday, August 29, 2008
The quiet area was indoctrinated today by my kids in the following ways:
- Both were singing "We Will Rock You" while running from one side to the other - this has been the household theme song for over one month now
- Eli was jumping off the side benches saying Steppin' Time (from Mary Poppins)
Pops and I politely asked Eli to be quite, as the conversation goes:
Mom: Shh, Eli we need to be quite
Eli: But I want to talk
Mom: It is OK to talk, just quietly
Eli: But I want to talk loud
We didn't stay too long.....
Thursday, August 21, 2008
"Your son has very good manners"
Evidently kids save their worst for the people who love them most. I laughed, thinking maybe she was joking, and realzing how I may be creating a self fullfilling prophecy I nodded and said - yes he is a great kid. Which he is - just every bit 2.
Case in point. Nothing about yesterday went as planned. I had a meeting at 2:00 PM - so I needed to be at the grocery at 9 - home by 10:30 - 11, lunch by noon, and down for a nap by one - so when pops arrived all was peacful and calm.
Instead Isaac woke up at 10:00 - first time ever, of course. And that was only because Eli was tired of playing by himself and said "I am going in" referring to Isaac's room. And the fun began. We made it home from the grocery at noon. Eli took Isaac's fruit snacks out of his hand, shoving all 8 of both of theirs in his mouth (16 total) - was then in time out, screaming the entire time. I always make Eli hug Isaac and say he is sorry - this day he added "I didn't mean too." Ahh - the blaming begins!
I leave for DC on Sunday - I am excited, but I kind of feel bad for John.... What a week it will be!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Hey mom - come over here and play with the snakes.
Where's me going?
Whatcha you got going on?
Don't worry mom it isn't poo poo it is chocolate
I peeped in my bed
Cut my finger tails
I think I'm in time out - I ready to be nice now (5 seconds later)
Unke Jo (Uncle Joe)
Poo Poo - Dirty - Diaper - Change - Fresh - Shew Stinky (this is his hint for a diaper change)
Momma Yeah, Momma Yeah, Momma Yeah (for some reason adding the yeah shows distress emphasis)
Paci yeah, paci yeah, paci yeah
Boo Boo - Kiss it
Tick (Cheese Stick) - usually involves stomping, dancing, and spinning
Don't you just want to eat them up?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
The story unravels from here - John made a statistically great decision with the money - the market had other plans. The winner made 700 trades in the last four days of the game. He is a professional musician - which obviously translates into "time on your hands." So, no cash prizes for the Collins household - but John finished up in 13th place out of 750,000 - so that was pretty amazing. He made a crazy 163% on his money! Oh well - you win some, you lose some. We are proud none-the-less.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The author of this article should have included an addendum:
"If your kids are easily excitable and experience strong emotional let downs you should keep them in the dark about all plans - they'll be fine."
In the meantime - this is going to be a very long week.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The "White" side of my family (last name, not race) are all characters, in fact I think their life stories would make an interesting book. My aunt Dorty used to say she would rather walk out of the house naked then without earings - those must have been some damn impressive earings. The story goes that Uncle Clyde (my grandmother's brother) bought a Valentine and hadn't decided who to give it to. My Aunt Dorty (Clyde and my grandmother's sister) said you should give it to Mary (Dorty's best friend). It turned out OK - they were married for 70 plus years.
It is nice going to the funeral of someone who lived a long excellent life and died in peace to go to heaven. Leaves a smile on your face. Here's to Aunt Mary.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Mom: Are you pooping? (because two year olds are always honest)
Eli: No (quite agitated - I think he is starting to recognize how gross pooping in your pants really is)
John: Do you want to go use the big boy potty?
Eli: No, I don’t want to go to the potty, I want to stand here and look at you.
30 seconds later –
Eli: Ok dad, you can change my diaper now.
I think he is getting the hang of it.......
Saturday, July 12, 2008
For about six years now my office (I have had three of them) has looked like Office Max, Bissell, and 3M have had a drunken three-way resulting in an explosion of paper, post-its and dust bunnies. This cleaning was long over-due. But I was thinking major over-haul, not just cleaning. I was on maternity leave when they relocated to the new office and I have never loved the arrangement. I wanted to move my office furniture around – moving some filing cabinets, make it homey.
So I started this excursion by picking up a two file filing cabinet – with the paper still in it (of course – you will find that nothing in this story is intelligent) and lifting it four feet over my desk – hence the bruises on my legs and arms. When I got it to its new space I was one inch too short. No big deal, I will move my massive wood, particle board desk with a tall wood shelving unit an inch or two by leveraging myself on the wall. The desk moved 2 inches, the shelving unit did not. Instead it crashed on the floor. I was trying to play it cool as my office mates came running saying “Its cool – I’m fine. I know it sounds like the building was being demolished – I am just moving things around.” It looked like my co-workers were looking at a Christmas tree full of presents. One said “Grab all her stuff and pull it out of her office, we will vacuum and dust.” It turns out, they were just dying to clean my office. So we moved everything out into 9-10 3-foot piles, I only wish that was an exaggeration.
It is so neat now my key-board echo’s when I type. I think my co-workers have a pool going as to how long it will last – I am thinking three weeks tops…..