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[Comments] (4) The Fabulous Fifteen: Despite living in Draper, I made it to work downtown yesterday in under 45 minutes. And home in about the same. Not too bad. The 15 is a dream after the 405. The worst part is navigating downtown. The parking structure for our building is two blocks away, so I have opted (like many of my colleagues) to park for free in the Avenues stake center and walk about 10 minutes into the office to save money. I really think that, once we move to the Gateway in January, I can cut the commute to 35 minutes. Very excited about that.

First day of work involved unpacking boxes, knowing that in two months we are moving and I get to re-pack them. It's gonna be a slow time until the next busy season, being the new guy and all. For once, I'll actually get to enjoy the holidays.

I think I need to write a letter to the makers of those stair gates. Ours does not fit flush on the wall. It is therefore loose, and I fear if Maggie were to pull herself up, she would tumble down the stairs with a gate on top of her. So aren't we therefore better off with no gate? Would she not get injured less without a gate crashing down the stairs with her? It seems like my mom would stuff a dishrag onto one side of the gate growing up to fix the loose gate, and now it does seem more snug, but still unsafe. I do have to wonder how many tumbles down the stairs it would take before she learned her lesson anyway? If only one, maybe we should stage the fall in a controlled environment. I have no idea. But I do feel I'll get a call at work one day that Maggie will have her first set of stitches from such an incident.

Maggie finally seems to have acclimated to her new house, and is again sleeping through the night. I'm telling you, she came this close to sleeping in the garage. But we've survived the transition. Unfortunately, the lost sleep is gone forever.

Today's task: putting up Christmas lights. Ah, the joys of home ownership.


Posted by Kristen at Sat Nov 17 2007 10:38

Christmas lights already? Ambitious. Ikea has a stair gate that you screw into the wall and you can easily open and close it once you get the hang of it. It's sturdy but you have to screw it in which is a pain to fix when you take it down, but by that time you might have another babe anyway. I am glad I don't have stairs in my house.

Posted by John at Sat Nov 17 2007 15:14

Today it is 60 degrees here, and by Thanksgiving it will only be 40 degrees. I want it done before either work becomes too busy, or before it gets too cold. Not something you have to worry about too much in SA I would imagine.

We saw quite a few people out doing their lights today. Ambitious? I suppose. Smart? Definitely.

Maybe we should look into that IKEA gate. We are repainting the stairway anyway, so the holes could be touched up later.

Posted by Joseph D. Walch at Mon Nov 19 2007 06:41

There seems to be a collective deep exhalation from your end of the family. The same with Alyson and Dave--stepping into a more permanent routine, with the excitement of a new chapter.

Posted by Alyson at Tue Nov 20 2007 06:39

John, I would look into one of those stair gates that hinge from the wall (yes screws into wall, but better than stitches!). Maybe that is the Ikea model Kristen is referring to, but I'm sure you can find a good gate if you look around.

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