in case anyone is wondering whatever happened to our toilet, it still sits in our backyard. i was kind enough to cover it with a towel because it's shy and didn't want to get sunburned or dehydrated. but tomorrow -- yes! tomorrow!! -- barry (my wonderful plumber) will come by and reinstall it in our newly linoleum-ed bathroom.
i spent a bundle to get the floor fixed and have the new linoleum installed, but at this point, i don't care. i just want the "bathroom project" done. the boy is also excited to have his toilet back.
i hope we don't have any more "projects" (i.e., calling a professional) to do around the house ... i'm just not handy, patient, knowledgeable, or rich enough.