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Thursday I went to tutor the four kids I see twice a week but only two were there. The other two stayed home because their mom was too sick to drive them. It was ideal, as the promise of Spring had attacked my head earlier in the week and was colonizing my sinuses. After two hours my voice was nearly gone and by the time we got home I had only a gasping squeak left. Which was ok at home, since I can guide Victoria through schoolwork with hand signals and semaphore. We went to knitting because V really wanted to but I was kinda miserable. By Friday afternoon I was mostly recovered so we went to the zoo.

I had forgotten that we had baby lions! They are adorable. And a baby bonobo, kinda creepy but fun to watch. And the baby langur has grown out of his baby fur but he's still cute. Back at home V played across the street while I wrote reports. Saturday I had a board meeting and she was supposed to hide in an anteroom and amuse herself but it turned into a THREE HOUR meeting and near the end a person let me know that Victoria was peeking into our room. Yes, I told the person, that is because she is bored. I'm thinking the person was, too, else why was she peeking back?

Anyway, we drove Cincinnati-ward next and found some supplies to experiment upon for the upcoming Edible Book Festival at our library. Hooray! I had nothing to do with this, it just appeared on the calendar. Next we visited IKEA, which was the real reason for the trek. Victoria had cleaned her room and found space for a desk so we got one, and a rug, and an octopus thing with clips. And a little shelf to hold books and yarn in my room. And a pink hippopotamus named Mr. Barnslig. And a desk lamp, which makes sense for the desk. And a solar lamp because it is a solar lamp. So that's what we've been up to.


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Mar. 21st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Oh, we were thinking of driving down to see the baby lions and then something else came up--homeschooling winter gathering at the Sandusky Kalahari Waterpark and so we didn't go and I kind of forgot about them and now you are reminding me that they are still there. Columbus is just enough of a drive to be a serious consideration, we go maybe every two years or so. Because a two hour drive really wears us out. The bonobos are my favorite part of the Columbus Zoo. They had me in hysterics when we went last summer. Did I already tell you that if you are the only ones at the tiger exhibit and he's by the indoor glass wall, rub your cheek along the wall, and he will rub his face on the other side?
Mar. 21st, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
No! We've never been the only ones there, but I have seen him walk so close the the glass that he's rubbing his side along it. The bonobos are a lot of fun. We were there at the end of the day when the keepers come by and open the door to their nighttime enclosure. They went nuts! And this one male (who had been asserting himself very educationally for the entire time we were watching) clung to the bars and did this waggle-waggle-waggle thing until the keeper swatted his chest. Very funny.

If you guys wanted to have a sleepover in Columbus you're welcome to stay at our house sometime and drive back the next day. Not that a sleepover ever provides any quality rest, but hey.
Mar. 21st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
If he's been close enough that he's rubbing against the glass, I'd try the face thing. We were just lucky enough to be there one cold November day when we were the only ones and an employee told us to try.

If you are offering up a sleepover I think that would be fun and I would talk to Brian--I can't believe we've known each other almost 10 years and still haven't met but that's just anti-social me doing so much better with web friends. Man, if the internet had existed when I was in high school I think I'd be a much different person. Or not. I'd probably be the same, I'd just have more justification.
Mar. 21st, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Edible book festival.

Please elaborate.

Thank you. :)
Mar. 21st, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
People make books that are edible. They bring them to a common location and admire one another's work. Then they eat the books. It's an April Fool's Day thing I tried to get going back in Maryland a while back, but I have no marketing skills to speak of. I was really glad to see someone doing it here!
Mar. 21st, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
The re-decoration of V's room sounds lovely. Do you have to assemble the desk and shelf?

We went to Ikea this past Tuesday and bought panel curtains for a sliding glass door in our kitchen. We managed to hang the curtain rod yesterday and we're hanging the curtains today. Even the curtains require assembly.... The fabric is cut-it-yourself, then you have to insert it into the hanging rods a particular way. That's Ikea for you.
Mar. 21st, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. The desk is assembled, the shelf is next. I miss having IKEA right around the corner! The DIY thing doesn't bother me, in fact I really like the wordless instructions.
Mar. 21st, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
People were kidding me at one of my cookouts by asking me to point out furniture that I DIDN'T buy at IKEA. But I'm cheap, and I have no intention of moving, so I generaly like IKEA. Although I'm still irritated that they discontinued "my" color of Billy.
Mar. 21st, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
You fortunate few forget that only people who live within a certain distance of IKEA recognize right away that Billy refers to a family of bookshelves.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Or the Ikea syndrome where you buy as much as you can afford, go back six months or a year later and discover the stuff you bought doesn't match what they sell anymore.

I sold my soul to Ikea a long time ago. I can count the furniture NOT purchased there on my fingers and have fingers left.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
I believe there is a DSM-IV code for IKEAdactyly.
Mar. 21st, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Nice to see an update from you; thanks.
I am toying with joining the group going to Ohio for Origins this year & splitting the time between Columbus & Cinci. Want to experience some of the cool things about the con that do not require actually sitting & playing games, check out the sights in both towns--zoos are madatory--& visit friends.

Final decision depends on how the remodeling projects are going. If I go, would like to see you.
Mar. 21st, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
That would be great! Don't go to the zoo without me--I have guest passes and I love using them.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Hey! Are we still on for Friday? Just, you know, wondering and stuff.... 8-)
Mar. 23rd, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Yes! I am yours until 5:30pm or so, when I plan to go to Baltimore. If you guys want to see a documentary--I mean, an AWARD-WINNING documentary--about stadium vendors you are certainly welcome to come with us. The director--I mean, the AWARD-WINNING director--is my college roommate.


It will be fun to see you guys again!
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have a plan. Not really a plan, but a plannish thing. Give me a call tomorrow any time after 9:30 or so. V and I will be visiting the babysitter in the morning to be friendly but I soon tire of being friendly and will welcome the interruption. Then we can figure out something to do. My number is 240-988-9037.
Mar. 25th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Will do!

I still have two performances' worth of tickets to cut before I leave the office, but if you're done first, don't hesitate to call! I can always come back here tomorrow after we're done.

Office is 301-441-8770. My cell doesn't work here!

Mar. 25th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
...meaning I'm doing them first thing in the morning and I'm likely to be here, five minutes from my house, without cell service... (Serves me right for being in a hurry...)
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