There is an antiloper in our kitchen. Three of them, actually.
And that is why I'm so glad for the Ikea Antilop!
Warning: Can be messy.
Because when you have triplets who have started eating in high chairs you have three things: Expenses; messes; and more messes. The Antilop knocks out all three. At $25 its affordable, even when buying 3. Made of simple plastic its easy to put together, easy to take apart, and super easy to clean. Did I mention that feeding triplets is messy?
The holidays are over. It only seems like life is over.
There is a solid three month period where holidays of various degrees are hitting you one-two-three style. You have Halloween, which takes some of the sting out of the cooling temperatures and the disappearance of summer. You have Thanksgiving, with rare foods and the promise of Christmas.
Then you have a month of prepping and joy for Christmas. You are so busy, you hardly notice how cold it has gotten. And this year it got pretty darn cold. And then Christmas itself. My wife and I take a week off between Christmas and New Years, so we have that.
Its a period so full of life. And then the aforementioned NYE - when the cold decided to take it up a notch.
With triplets, its a little like being shot out of a cannon and taking three months to land.
But when you land, you land firmly in what I call the Dark Months.
There are no more holidays. Yes, I realize MLK and Presidents Day are in January and February, and yes, I know…
... write an ode to Yunnan jig tea. It's great, honestly. Smooth and delightful with just the right amount of punchy flavor. Not coffee, but nicely caffeinated. If you don't know what I'm talking about, find some loose leaf Yunnan jig and brew away. May I suggest something from www.adagio.com?
... creatively write more. I have a few story ideas. At least 3, including the one I've already written and desperately need to edit and round out. But its such a ... chore. I really like reading, and I don't mind writing. I actually enjoy writing one-off stuff like I do here. But putting together 75k-100k in a complete order that makes sense and completes a story arc? Ugh. Its all ... so much. Blame my years in journalism, where I write tons of one-off stuff where the narrative is kind of half written for
(Speaking of this blog and writing)
... post more here. As with all things, I guess, time is hard to find, whilst being a poor excuse.
A) The other day I took time out of my schedule to play dolls with my daughter.
B) The other day, I took time away from playing dolls with my daughter to cook dinner.
Which really happened? A, or B?
From a certain perspective, both are true. As Obi wan Kenobi warned:
What I told you was true… from a certain point of view In the moment, I considered myself a heroic Dad. Here I was, valiantly cooking dinner for the kids and their Mom while also managing to get in some one-on-one time with one of the kids. And playing one of her favorite things, too boot. That is perspective A. But it occurred to me that from her perspective (B), what I was saying might not be true. Instead of a Dad demonstrating superpowers of multi-tasking, she might simply be seeing me as too busy to really give her my full attention. When I look back in 10 years I might well remember the hectic but great times when I played dolls with her while cooking. And as a teen, she may well look back as at a Dad too consumed with…