Friday, 22 May 2009

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We decided to get Amy a proper bicycle now.

She wanted a blue one, because blue is her favourite colour. Fair enough. But she also wanted one with dolphins on it! This we couldn't promise.

But. Stella found a blue bicycle with dolphins on it, in Amy's size! So we got her that.

And after only a few days, she could already ride without assistance. (I'm certain that her experience with the balance bicycle helped.)

She needs help getting started (getting on and getting moving), but once she's under way, we can let go. And she still needs to learn to brake properly (using the hand brake or ... what do you call it in English? backpedalling? where pedalling backwards brakes instead. Rücktrittbremse.); right now, she still brakes using her feet, like she had to do with her balance bicycle (or her Bobby car), which had no brakes.

Still! Progress.

And for those of you who would like an image, here you go:

IKEA

Friday, 22 May 2009 19:55
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Today, we decided to go and rent a car.

Stella asked whether we could just call them and get a car immediately, and I said, sure, that should be possible as long as they have cars left.

So I called them and they even still had a Fox (Stella's favourite car) and I had them pick me up.

Then since we had the car already, we drove over to IKEA. (I took the day off as a "bridge day" following the Ascension Day public holiday yesterday.)

Yay. IKEA is always fun. And Stella got her swivel chair: one like mine, but with a pink seat rather than a black one. We didn't find it in the shelves, but I asked the chap at the desk on the off-chance that they had them on another shelf somewhere (I've seen it where similar models were not in adjacent slots but separated by quite a bit), and he printed out a receipt for us to pick it up at a counter after paying for it. So yay! They had it in stock, just not out in the self-serve area.

Bad pickup lines

Friday, 22 May 2009 20:00
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I just got trouted (well, salmoned), with an opener of "Catholicism is for pussies".

That ought to get some conversations going, I suppose. (Which is the point of those bots, as I understand it.)

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