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Day 74: Lady and the Tramp(oline)

So I ended up going to sleep around 2 a.m. last night. Woke up at 8:45, only because my alarm went off. Six and a half hours of sleep is not enough sleep for me. I function best on nine or ten. But let’s get on with the real news, shall we?

First of all, I’d like to congratulate Mr. December on winning his office’s “Working from home” photo contest. I only found out about it when his prize arrived yesterday. It had a “best before” date on it and a label that said “Vegan Box.” Looks like the classic joke applies here too: How do you know if your box is vegan? Don’t worry, it’ll tell you.

We’re fostering a homeless trampoline now. It basically fell into my lap — the mom of a friend of a friend (got that? Me neither) was downsizing and obviously couldn’t take her ten-by-thirteen-feet trampoline to her condo. Her daughter lives in a condo, but hopes to buy a house soon-ish and would really love to have the trampoline in her yard when she finally does; she was looking for a family who had space for the trampoline and would use it, but be willing to give it back to her when she finally has space. That family is us.

I really have to hand it to the movers who delivered the trampoline to us. We had to take off three of the legs, and putting them back on proved to be extremely difficult — it took an hour, a couple of four-foot bar clamps, two ratcheting tie-down straps (one snapped in the process), and a whole lot of brute force, but it’s now standing in our backyard, waiting for me to tighten all the nuts and bolts before letting my kids loose on it.

Their grit and determination was impressive; I wish my kids had stayed and watched how many things the movers had to try before they succeeded. Around here, any work that’s even a little bit difficult results in a meltdown complete with throwing things, thrashing around, and wailing, “I CAN’T DOOOO IT!”

“But you just did a question that is almost identical!”

“NOOO! YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!”

Darn right I don’t. Is a little grit and stick-to-it-iveness too much to expect? I don’t think so.

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