Yes, it works. It makes ice, cools water (and everything else that I stopped at the store to buy on my way home) and everything else you'd expect it to do. Yay! I feel civilized again! (And maybe my house will stop reeking of spoiled food. One can always hope.)
Sleeping: Do I dare? I'll simply say that we seem to be getting into a routine for our days and our nights that seems to work for us. *fingers crossed*
Potty: I decided on the Baby Bjorn. It (a) was at Target at the time I was buying, (b) looks easy to clean, and (c) was relatively cheap. The first day I brought it home I set her on it with no diaper and she was clearly not comfortable with the hole in the seat below her. The second day I set her on it while I was on the big potty, and distracted her with all the things in the bathroom that she's not really allowed to play with (Benadryl bottles and mommie's makeup). I heard a tinkle, and I went wild with the praise, while she couldn't have cared less. I think it will be good to get her used to sitting on it occasionally, even if she's not nearly ready for the real deal.
Signs: (damn, she's hard to photograph when she's waving her arms around trying to make a sign). She can now do "stars", "moon", "fish", and she's gotten "bird" pretty much perfected (no more finger up the nose). She sortof does "sleep" (with one hand). I think she enjoys knowing that she is making the sign for a word, because she always seems pretty proud of herself. Either that, or she just likes to mimic the babies in the video.
What else? The A/C was back on at work, I had a great first week of classes and I seem to like my job again, and I got a text message while cooking dinner that my new-old phone has been shipped. Things are looking up around here :)