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Old 09-11-2012, 11:11 PM   #3161
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Where the h e double hockey sticks is my favorite paring knife???? Seriously! It was my Mom's and it's PERFECT for doing all manner of small things. Cleaning strawberries, doing beans etc from the garden. AAAARGH! This is frustrating.
It's with my missing Tapioca...and TL's cup of coffee.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:11 AM   #3162
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It's with my missing Tapioca...and TL's cup of coffee.
Thank you.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:35 PM   #3163
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So far this week: lost my favorite sweater, ripped my favorite shirt, put a 3 1/2 inch scratch in the hood of my car, locked myself out of our apartment, Sproutlet #2 managed to lock us out of the bathroom (thank goodness she wasn't inside), and Sproutlet #1 made by far the biggest Sharpie mural I've ever seen in her bedroom while I cleaned the kitchen. I should have gotten suspicious way sooner, but I was finally getting my kitchen clean, Sproutlet #2 was playing happily within my sight and I was calling back and forth with Sproutlet #1 every couple minutes ("What are you doing?" "Playing in my room!" "Ok!"). I didn't even see it coming. She drew on the hall wall, the door to her room, the wall just inside, the diaper pale, the wall just above it, the changing table, the crib, their dresser, the wall next to the dresser, her new bed, her old toddler bed, the wall next to her bed, her bedsheet, and her closet door. the majority of these drawings are big, like, at least 1'x3'.

Also, the door knobs in our apartment aren't normal door knobs that can be unlocked by simply putting something pointy in a hole and popping it open, or even using one of those little doodads to unlock it. The maintenance guy has to come and get it open. It happened too late for him to come today. We have another bathroom so it's not considered an emergency. However, everything I use to get ready for work in the morning is in the bathroom, so I guess no makeup or even brushing my hair before work tomorrow, and my contact lense case, solution, and glasses are also in there. Thank goodness I keep my tooth brush in the other bathroom. Oh yeah, and I also discovered today that DH has still not taken out the recycling like he said he would Monday and someone (very well could have been me) didn't rinse out a milk carton before putting it in, so now my pantry reeks of sour milk. I'm really, really hoping that since it's Wednesday, I'm over the hump and the rest of the week will be much easier! I'm sure I'll laugh about most of this soon, but it's a bit frustrating at the moment!
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:40 PM   #3164
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I'll be in here Playing in my room, Sprout!

Hairspray works fairly well on Sharpie...
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:53 PM   #3165
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Sprout, my sister, who was in her mid teens at the time, was told that she could decorate her room any way she wanted. It was a bribe because she hadn't wanted to move from Saskatoon to the West Coast. My parents painted her walls a very pale mauve (her choice) and left her to it.

She painted a 2 ft by 3 ft Haida mask in black ink (the liquid kind that is very dark and permanent) on the wall across from the door. They never knew because she kept the door closed until she was done.

Years later when my Grandfather was moving in to the room, we had to paint it. It took 7 coats of a special sealer paint before the ink was covered. However, it would very quietly bleed through, giving a spooky look to the wall. When I took over the room I painted it again and still couldn't get it out.

When my parents sold the house we told them to charge a little extra for the "haunted room"

I hope for your sake the hairspray works!
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I'll be in here Playing in my room, Sprout!

Hairspray works fairly well on Sharpie...
Isopropyl alcohol works even better than hairspray and it's cheaper. Actually, it's the alcohol in the hairspray that makes the hairspray work to get out ink.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:03 PM   #3167
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Isopropyl alcohol works even better than hairspray and it's cheaper. Actually, it's the alcohol in the hairspray that makes the hairspray work to get out ink.
I just remember trying to clean up red marker off my pale lavender walls with hairspray after my brother got an artistic streak...
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:01 AM   #3168
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When I was in kindergarten I was very proud of learning to make a capital M for my name. I went home and found one of the dozens of black permanent markers my dad left laying around and wrote a big M on anything I considered mine (or wanted to be mine, like my sister's change purse). I clearly remember the tanning I got for that. No amount of hairspray took it off some things. Our "shared" life-sized doll forever had a M on her wrist.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:42 AM   #3169
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Better than what one of my 2nd grade students wrote everywhere she got a chance (in books, classroom doorways all over the school, restrooms, everywhere she could get her pencil--and thank goodness it was pencil). Everywhere she went she left the word a**. On the other hand, if my mother had abandoned me in the middle of a WalMart when I was 2 or 3 and never came back, I might write that all over too.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:24 AM   #3170
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Hearing horror stories from my friends, I had bought a chalk board for child #1, my daughter. All writing implements were kept in a basket on top of the fridge. Even I had to climb on a chair to reach them. No coloring books and crayons until they were about six years old. I knew I was stunting their education development, but I left the artistic side up to the schools. by the time the fourth kid came along, my daughter was in the first grade and could understand why she had rules about crayons. Her brother who was only 17 months younger than her, had a streak of "how does this work" in him. She learned very quickly about the rules when he broke every crayon in her box wanting to see what was inside of them. The broken crayons were put away, and a new box of 64 were bought again for her. By the time my son was starting to go to school, he got the box of broken crayons. I first wanted to see if he was able to live by the rules of not leaving them out for the younger siblings to get their hands on. Nope. There were some lovely circles on the wallpaper in his room and the living room. No crayons for him until I was able to clean up or wallpaper the two rooms. It was about six months before I could get around to cleaning up the living room and a bit longer for his room. By then he had learned. No problems with the last two siblings. By the time son #3 came along, the next one was ten y.o. No problem there.
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