I was brushing my teeth last night and as I squeezed the toothpaste out of the tube, I started thinking back to when I was growing up. I think we predominantly used Aim toothpaste at home, but that’s not the point. The point of today’s post is how we got the toothpaste out of the tube. Everyone in our family basically just squeezed the tube wherever they could to get the toothpaste out. Not my dad. He used to squeeze from the bottom and every couple of days, he’d run the tube across the edge of the counter or something to push all the toothpaste up to the top of the tube, so it was easier to get out. I mean, it’s a minor thing, but it does make it easier. Still, he was the only one in the house who did it. Now I do it, too. I think it’s pretty rare that people do this with their toothpaste – or is it? Do you or anyone you know do it?

My dad does a lot of stuff like this – making things easier to access and/or find and being orderly with things. I think it’s because he doesn’t want to deal with the prospect of having to fight with the tube or waste time looking for something. Maybe he can comment if I’m wrong, but that’s what I’m thinking is the reason.

Extreme Makover update: they’ve pretty much finished the exterior now and most work going on is on the interior. We’re lucky to live so close – at about 6pm, the throngs of the curious public emerge, walking orderly past our house (nobody is allowed to drive on the road except residents and HUGE trucks) to see the job site. The nice part is that during the day there’s almost nobody out there, so you can get a front row seat. I’ve been out there during my lunch each day this week, taking it all in. It is awesome to watch.