I got real quiet here because I appear to have fucked up. I can't get the stupid cheap fragile delicate laminate back in. I pulled up about 7 pieces (broke some of them) to get to the two really chipped pieces. Now I can't get the damn stuff to line back up. It's horrible. I feel like an epic DIY failure.
However! The most boring blogs are the ones where projects magically happen without mishap, where horses never buck or bolt, where children are always well-behaved and get straight A's. And there's always something to be learned from mistakes, either your own or some internet stranger's.
Now that I've confessed my problems I might get it together to write up what I suspect has gone wrong. And real soon now I'll figure out a solution better than "put a throw rug over the subfloor in front of the bedroom door." I'll fill you in on that, too. In the meantime, another maxim to live by: Do not meddle with laminate flooring. It looks fine just like it is.