Wednesday, February 9, 2011

urban twin hack: CARABINERS.

I keep forgetting to write this down, and maybe it's not a stroke of genius, but it sure has saved my shoulders this year: always keep an extra carabiner in your bag. Weighs next to nothing, takes up hardly any space. Better yet, keep it clipped onto one of the kids' backpacks.

That way, when you're walking from school to...anywhere else, and your kids start whining that their backpacks are soooooo heavy and they're soooooo tired and they can't carry them ONE more step, you won't be struggling to keep two backpacks slung on your shoulder while holding both kids' hands. Just clip the top of the second backpack to the bottom of the first, and let it dangle down your back.

You'll look silly (I assume; it's not like I can see what I look like), but it works.

If you have a car? Or a stroller? Or, you know, twins who don't whine? You don't need this hack. Can I have your carabiner?

Friday, February 4, 2011

friday afternoons, our place

PERSEPHONE: can you give the boys baths?
LANCE: i'm not sure i have the energy for that. maybe we can switch, and i'll finish up the cooking.
PERSEPHONE: don't know how to make the broccoli kugel.
LANCE: well, is it rocket science???
PERSEPHONE: [nodding vigorously] yes! yes it is.
LANCE: ohhhkay, i see how this is going to be.