Caterpickles Central has become a construction zone

Somehow I had failed to appreciate the extent to which remodeling the bathroom next door would affect my office.  See that black screen under the dust wrap? Yeah, that’s exactly what you think it is.

Foolishly I had expected to be able to keep working while the bathroom was being redone. I am learning the hard way that I should have listened to Daddyo when he offered to move the computer to the dining room for the next four weeks.

In the meantime, I guess we’ll find out whether this WordPress iPad app is any good. Fingers crossed.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to Caterpickles Central has become a construction zone

  1. gran says:

    the sledge hammer is a nice touch…


  2. rayworth1973 says:

    Didn’t have that problem but don’t mention IKEA. That’s what I spent the weekend doing, and though it was simple or should’ve been simple Tinkertoy stuff, that only works if the pieces aren’t warped…oh, and I didn’t have to custom re-fit everything due to our ceiling not being the right height. Oh, and trying to call the store and being put on hold for an hour with no response…twice. I won’t say what I really WAS saying on this site. Then again, I made it all work, even if it blew the entire weekend.


    • Shala Howell says:

      I have built enough IKEA furniture myself to start factoring in the cost of hiring someone else to build it with every purchase. You have my sympathies (and admiration for actually sticking it out to completion).

      Your book is still on my to-read list, but unfortunately it got buried behind all that plastic too. 😦

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