Then there is cursing

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I like sharp pencils. A lot. I go through the house collecting all the dull ones and take them into Hugo's room - that's where the sharpener is, on the inside of his closet door. That's where it was when we bought the house. It's not an ideal location. It often gets bumped, knocking off the part that catches the shavings, which then spill all over the floor. When you try to wipe it up, the lead powder makes a big smear. Then there is cursing, and feeling dumb because last time this happened you thought: "Next time get the vacuum cleaner."