August 11th, 2010

Today's Activities include: Bicycling!

It has been hot and I have been sick so it has been weeks since I've been out on the bike. Sure, I'd take A. out once in a while for a quick round the block in the evening. But we were even driving T. to and from preschool; it was just unpleasantly warm and we had negative memories of struggles last year when it was so hot.

But today, A. was happy to go to Staples with me to recycle a couple printers and a keyboard. She was not so happy to go to the doctor. Specifically, she was not getting in a car again. So instead, we rode the bike to the doctor. Gotta love being able to do that. We rode the bike back. Then we switched to the other bike, and a different seat for her (wow, the mini is really too small for her now; we'll have to put the bike tutor back on the bianchi) so we could take the trailabike for T. As we were headed out, L. arrived (B. was not here today because she has no transportation, and there was no window in our schedule to go get her or drop A. off). But rather than decant A. from the bike seat (which was cramped, but she seemed okay in), I headed out to go get T. L. and S. at the school helped us get settled with T.'s backpack, and get T. into his helmet and on the bike, then back home again.

Feeling really, really sweaty.

But the kids were basically happy. I was starving. L. fed A. while I grabbed pb&marmalade on an english muffin and repeatedly reassured T. that yes, we would go out on the bike again. Altho he wanted to switch back to the Townie. Go figure.

He didn't have any verbalized opinion about where to go, so I took us out to the consignment store where I bought a bunch of clothes for the kids and put a hold on some little tikes stuff (a kitchen and a shop thing).



I think I've opened all of the boxes (altho you never know; I just spotted one this morning I hadn't cracked), but I have not gone through all the contents. One of the issues is that there is a lot of glassware and related breakables. If I don't have a place to put them, I don't really want to unwrap them, altho I sort of am for sorting purposes.

I have already discovered the lovely fact that Staples will let you bring in computer bits and pieces (in this case, there was a dead cell phone, 2 all-in-one printer/fax/scanners and a keyboard) and they will recycle them in a way that is compliant with e-waste rules. At least at the Staples in my town, I didn't have to pay a thing; I expected to have to pay for the printers, but I did not.

I found a dead laptop that will be headed over there tomorrow. It looks like I will have to bring the laserdisc player (yeah, there was one of those buried in my condo somewhere -- complete with karaoke features and microphone) and the VCR somewhere else, probably a Best Buy.

I've also been attempting to find a place to donate kitchen equipment, because we have a lot of spares: stuff from R.'s days alone, my days alone, our days together in Seattle, and then what we actually use here at home. It's nice having some extra equipment to deploy for parties, but this is nuts. I think a bunch of that will be going to Home Goods Recycling of Massachusetts, conveniently located here in town and even more conveniently they have no-appointment-needed dropoff hours from 9-noon tomorrow.

I feel a little weird, that I had all this crap shipped across country to just get rid of a lot of it. However, it was difficult enough communicating things like _yes dammit I want all the chairs_, never mind getting into the details of glassware I didn't realize was in the condo in the first place. I've got a call out to C. to try to find out whether I should be hanging onto stuff that I don't recognize in the kitchen for her, or if I should just recycle all of that stuff. Some of it is Crate & Barrel, which is nice, but isn't necessarily our style; I'd hate to get rid of it if they want to keep it and are willing to at least meet us halfway in getting it.