There is a guy who lives a block over from us, and we walk or scoot past his house every day. He has many cars, including an old thunderbird and an old mustang. My children love his cars, and going past is usually a high point of a walk. The mustang is often in the garage, but the thunderbird is for sale so is parked out front. For the last couple of days, it has had a cover. 

My boy told me that his thunderbird had a cover too.

There is a guy who lives a block over from us, and we walk or scoot past his house every day. He has many cars, including an old thunderbird and an old mustang. My children love his cars, and going past is usually a high point of a walk. The mustang is often in the garage, but the thunderbird is for sale so is parked out front. For the last couple of days, it has had a cover.

My boy told me that his thunderbird had a cover too.

These bastard naps

I know I rant about naps too much. But fuck it. They’re important.

I’ve stopped killing myself over getting them to sleep, and also switched them to napping in their beds. They understand they have to ‘try’ to nap. If they aren’t asleep half an hour after they’ve got into bed (curtains closed) then I let them get up. It means no car or buggy trips for the rest of the day. And like today, when I know they’re tired, it just feels really shitty. They need the sleep. Really they do. I just absolutely hate forcing them into it.

Saving energy

We try to make choices which save energy. Both to save money and because we’re a bit green. So one of the easiest things to do in any home is switch over light bulbs. We had compact fluorescent bulbs back in London, and wanted to do the same here.

But! The previous owners bought fancy light fittings. The cfls don’t fit in hardly any of them. So we’ve got led bulbs instead. They are fiendishly expensive, and we have a lot of fittings (like 25 separate bulbs in the kitchen and 20 in the hall & stairs). So we’ve been extreme couponing and checking out several stores.

Which has resulted in bumblepapa having three trips, me having three trips and there are still some light fittings we can’t find a solution for.

I’m never going light bulb shopping again. Anything remaining will just have to stay incandescent. And switched off mostly.

Appetite

  • [I'm making lunch and snacks for the children; my boy walks in]
  • Him: I'd like a sandwich
  • Me: now? It isn't lunch time. It isn't even snack time. You finished breakfast an hour ago.
  • Him: I'd like a snack
  • Me: I'm making these for you to take out when you go with T(childminder)
  • Him: I'd like an at home snack first.
  • Me: ok. You can have some of these tiny grapes once I've finished getting all this ready.
  • ...
  • Me: [finishes preparing, washes some extra grapes]
  • Him: [wanders off, uninterested now that he's had my agreement in principle]
  • ...
  • Me: [eats grapes]