More keyboard decor….

Let me preface this more keyboard decor post by noting, as I have noted before, that he does not sleep. He does not nap. He does not go to bed at a normal time, he does not sleep in. He never needs to sleep, even when I need to sleep. It’s 11pm and he’s still awake, chattering happily on the cell phone to his daddy.

He has been into everything today – he brought me the Tron DVD that we rented from Blockbuster that was IN the DVD player up on the top of a bookcase – meaning that he climbed up there, ejected the tray, got the DVD, put the tray back in, and carted it across the house.

He filled my VCR with forks – perhaps it is more of a “what he didn’t put in the VCR”, but I digress. It might amuse you to know that one of our VCR’s is now a permanent q-tip dispenser, after taking hundreds of q-tips out of that VCR, we finally gave up and just reach in there when we need a q-tip. Another VCR, however, is the fork-laden one. I also pulled out of there – just this afternoon – two rice cakes, a handful of animal crackers, 10 CD-R’s, and a block of post-it notes. I guess it was hungry??

Anyway, after this and much, much more (my carpet must also be hungry as it has a package of animal crackers, several of those little yo-go yogurt balls, and a bag of pretzels living upon it), I come out to check my e-mail since he’s actually being calm. I’m not paying a whole lot of attention, being rather tired, but then I take note of some odd characters on my keyboard. I look a little closer, one of the keys looks like it has a fish design on it – ah.

Then I realize that my keyboard has joined my coffee table in being a living art form, a showcase of the little duck’s talents. From somewhere, probably up high, he had acquired a pen (which I still haven’t found, ugh), and now my keyboard is covered in black scribbles and odd characters which only a baby can produce.

Ah, and for David, who suggested a while ago that I put the keyboard in the dishwasher, I highly doubt that wireless keyboard #3 would appreciate that. You see, I’ve been through 4 regular keyboards and 3 wireless keyboards – Apple keyboards, mind you, not cheap regular keyboards. You can take all the keys off and wash them, dry them and put them back on, but you can’t run the base in any water at all. Compressed air is my friend, however.

No, I’m not running out to buy a new keyboard, if it still types without sticking most of the time (this one’s delete key sticks due to a run-in with a glass of Koolaid and a smoothie), it’s a wonderful thing. If I feel particularly motivated, I might take the keys off and scrub them – if you don’t see me on here, it’s because I can’t figure out how the thing goes back together though ;).

Anyway, I might even post a photo for your amusement tomorrow evening when I get back from church and all that. It’s certainly unique, and I can truly say that I have the only one of its kind.

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12 Responses to More keyboard decor….

  1. Hyperion June 29, 2006 at 4:52 am #

    I read this as I was preparing the Carnival of the Mundane, but I had to come back and read it again, as it stayed with me. You’re just so funny!

  2. Christina June 21, 2006 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi, I’m visiting from the Blogging Chicks carnival. Very funny story about the keyboard. A couple of times, I have (accidentally) pulled keys off my laptop keyboard while trying to clean it and it took me forever to get it put back together. One time I even had to recruit a co-worker to help me!

    LOL at the Q-tip dispenser. It seems that kids can often find very creative ways to use household appliances and such.

  3. Tess June 20, 2006 at 12:25 am #

    visiting the carnival – that is too funny about taking the keyboard apart and not knowing how it goes back together!! I would have done the same thing.

    one tip – I learned that if you dip a qtip in rubbing alcohol, it cleans between the keys quite easily and the alcohol dries quickly too. gets lots of gooeys out. if you have the time.

  4. Blackbeltmama June 19, 2006 at 10:42 pm #

    Too funny! My 5 year old was like that. She gave up naps at 6 months and that was that. She has never taken another nap (unless she’s sick). It’s very tiring.

    The Q-tip dispenses had me laughing out loud.

  5. Jennifer June 18, 2006 at 9:09 pm #

    Very funny. I like just going with the flow and using the VCR as a Qtip dispenser. My little duck mastered the VCR and DVD player well before two years old. This causes us to find DVDs all around and out of their cases (and scratched) at times, but fortunately he never tried to put anything into the VCR that doesn’t belong. And now he can even entertain his short attention span by ejecting and inserting a new video.

    Visiting from Blogging Chick Carnival

  6. Malissa June 18, 2006 at 5:29 pm #

    Silly kids!

    Visiting from the blogging chicks carnival

  7. eph2810 June 18, 2006 at 4:34 pm #

    Oh my. I remember when our son was little – he had his own unique places to create art – like the living room wall – because no other canvas was big enough for him :lol:.
    It will get better, believe me – it is just for a short time you feel like your cleaning all the time.
    Thank you for sharing with us the challenges of raising a child…
    I am here via Bloggings Chick’s carnival.

  8. Kailani June 12, 2006 at 6:13 am #

    Keyboards are the hardest things to clean! Good luck!

  9. David June 11, 2006 at 5:01 pm #

    Ahhh, you did note I had reservations about putting a wireless keyboard through the dishwasher… (since i had not tried that one)

    But seriously, as long as all sources of electricity are disconnected, there should be no problems with the method—including the shaking out, compressed air and two day fry time—when cleaning any keyboard. As long, again, as NO electrical sources are still present. *heh*

    Also, Radio Shack still sells an electronic parts cleaner (not as good as the one it used to sell before the Chicken Little CFC ban) that does a very good jon cleaning sticky stuff outa electronic compnents, like keyboards. I always keep some on hand for spot cleaning EC parts.

    One of the really cool things about an excessively energetic toddler is that when they grow outa that phase, it’ll be kinda like you’ve stopped hitting yourself on the ehad with a hammer. The pain will slowly recede and you’ll be amazed at the amount iof energy you now have…


  10. Suebob June 11, 2006 at 11:19 am #

    Perhaps you can get him a job. He could stuff envelopes, for example. Or produce modern art.

    What a kid!


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