Friday, July 16, 2010

Back from Ft. Worth

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • We spent the day going back and forth from Ft. Worth to a follow-up gastro appointment for D. His tests are fine, he's been on two medications, he's happier and he has grown. We're supposed to stop one medication, continue the other, and then taper that one off once D is settled into school. We usually make a massive production out of our Ft. Worth trips, but today we just had lunch at a Thai place (Junsuree Thai House) and hit an outlet shopping place that I've wanted to go to for some time. Junsuree Thai is unpretentious, but gets the job done. We made the excellent decision to get a box for C's leftover green curry and then stuck it in the large ice chest in the trunk of the car where we had our water bottles, juice boxes, and Coke Zeros. The curry's all gone now.
  • We've driven by the outlet mall several times but this was my first opportunity to visit. Unfortunately (and this is the first major sign of recession I've seen in the area), half the storefronts were vacant. I'd love to know which stores didn't make it.
  • We're going to go over the hill to the poorhouse, but thanks to the new carrot/stick compensation system for the living room, the kids are tidying the living room. It's fantastic, like having live-in staff.
  • My husband has been setting D up with worksheets with simple addition, subtraction and multiplication. I occasionally help him by illustrating problems with dots arranged as if on dice. In the car, C worked on multiplication problems involving 6.
  • In real estate, a 1950s house in the older neighborhood I watch has just had its listing dropped from $265k to $259k. The Dutch auction continues. However, to round out the picture, a nice 1920s brick cottage recently shot up from $165k to $175k. As far as I can tell, the reason for the price increase is that the house had to have a new roof.

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