You all know how I hate loose ends, right? So today I’m tying up a few. Lucky you!
Finding a family truckster. So remember how we were shopping for a car with third-row seating? Well, we ended up getting a great deal on a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. I showed up at the dealership with 2 kids, 4 car seats, and I thought about bringing the dog. Hey, the whole point was to get a car that would fit our lifestyle, right?
I’m happy to report that the car fits 5 kids WITH car seats/booster seats, and I don’t even get bloody knuckles trying to buckle them all in.
On a family roadtrip, our 2 kids are able to sit in separate rows, avoiding all the “he’s touching me!” fights. (Though not the “he’s kicking my seat!” fights.) When the grandparents came to visit, we could all go places together without taking 2 cars. The seats all fold down so we can haul furniture and other big stuff, avoiding delivery fees. (Though not back injuries and marital squabbles.) Also? Built-in DVD player. And? Back-up camera. AND? Heated seats and steering wheel. I LOVE this car, people.
Work-at-home mom woes. Remember when I was struggling to find a new way to record phone interviews? Thanks to the many helpful suggestions I got from readers, I ended up going with Skype plus a piece of free software called MP3 Skype Recorder.
For reasons I still don’t fully understand, I have to pay Skype $2.99 a month to be able to call cell phones and landlines. (These are just voice calls, BTW, not video. I was afraid I’d have to start doing my hair and makeup for phone interviews — HORRORS!) In my opinion, though, it’s totally worth it. Skype has gotten so much better than when I used to use it a few years ago, especially the video calls. And the MP3 recorder is ridiculously easy to use. The quality’s not bad, either. Not as good as a digital voice recorder over a landline, but as good if not better than the average cell phone call.
She’s crafty. (Kind of.) And lastly — this isn’t really a loose end, but humor me – remember when Pinterest made me take on a DIY project? Well, this time FamilyFun magazine made me do it. I saw these cute tabletop trees in the new issue that you make out of old magazines. (Here’s a video tutorial.)
Since we have bazillions of holiday catalogs jamming our mailbox daily, I thought this might be a fun way to recycle them. (Up-cycle? What IS that, even? I’m an eco-dunce.) Predictably, the kids lost interest after we folded about 3 pages. So I sat there for the next 40 min. and did the rest myself. But I used to be really into origami so I enjoyed it. I would recommend using, say, a 75-page Lands End catalog rather than a 200-page O magazine or you’ll be at it all night. But they turned out pretty cute, don’t you think? We might add some stars on top.
So that’s it, people. Now you can all rest easy knowing how a bunch of miscellaneous issues turned out in some random blogger’s life. You can’t put a price on that kind of peace of mind! Happy weekend, all!