January 20, 2005

I'll Take "Pains In The Backside" For $50, Alex

Just in case you were wondering, changing sheets on a bunk bed pushed lengthwise against a wall is a very unpleasant chore.

Also, in case you were wondering, if small kiddies empty a piggybank all over the floor, it is far less aggrevating just to pick up the coins yourself than it is to try and ride herd on their efforts to do so.

Finally, you may be interested to note that if your three year old snaps one of the spindles on the back of a Winsor chair and you glue it back on and then the three year old later grabs it and pulls again, the glue-line will hold and the wood will snap along a fresh fissure.

Posted by Robert at January 20, 2005 07:55 PM

Making a bunk bed (or any bed that is places along a wall) is easier if you take the mattress off the bed and make it on the floor, then put the made mattress back on the bed. Also, a second person helps.

I learned that trick when working at many Young Life summer camps. We would make the beds for the campers every week and it was so much easier when you pulled the mattress off the bunk.

Just place the bedding as you would, but don't tuck it. Lift the mattress onto the bunk, tucking the foot first and then the wall side as you slide it back into place.

Posted by: jen at January 20, 2005 08:18 PM

Sounds like someone had a fun-filled day with the kiddies. I feel your pain (tee hee)

Posted by: Denise at January 21, 2005 05:19 AM

(Idiot spelling error corrected. When I'm wearing my glasses instead of my contacts, it's much harder for me to spot these things.)

Jen - unfortunately, you're thinking of those nifty military-style metal frame jobs. Ours is a big, heavy, wooden affair with all sorts of rails and whatnot that would make sliding a mattress off and on rayther difficult without the help of a team of sherpas.

Denise - does it show that much?

Posted by: Robert the LB at January 21, 2005 09:02 AM

Nope, I'm talking the bulky wooden with rails kind of bunk beds - think This End Up. Young Life camp isn't really camp, it's a low end resort for teenagers with freshly laundered sheets on the beds in the dorms.

Posted by: jen at January 21, 2005 09:41 AM

The question is does the adult that picks the spilled piggy bank change up from the floor get to keep it? My rule of thumb when finding money in the washer is that its mine... Hope for a $20, be grateful for a $5.

Posted by: babs at January 21, 2005 09:47 AM

Jen, I'm impressed. Are you related to Wonder Woman at all?

Babs - Very good rule about the laundry. (I use it myself.) The piggy bank just had chump change, however, so I didn't consider it worth the bother.

One other rule that gives me much satisfaction is the one that any play-doh I find on the kitchen floor after the girls have been playing with it immediately gets chucked. Very strong motivation for the little darlin's to clean up their mess.

Posted by: Robert the LB at January 21, 2005 10:31 AM

The bunk bed problem was bad enough that we finally decided to "un-bunk" them...so much easier although Boy #1 misses being on "top of the world".

Posted by: Pax at January 21, 2005 12:56 PM

-And I'll take "Famous Whores' Semen" for $200, please, Alex.

-That's "Horsemen," Connery.

-Curse you, Trebek.

Posted by: Dave J at January 30, 2005 10:43 PM
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