Saturday, October 6, 2012

Minor losses

Kids lose things, y'know. And sometimes they don't find them for a while. But since I'm kind of new to this school thing, there are contingencies I didn't think of. And in case you didn't know, stores that carry lunchboxes in August don't sell them in October.

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Little Guy and I are learning to solder. We have a kit with a small PC board, but so far we've just done practice work putting wires on and such.

We're also building a go-cart from the Dangerous Book for Boys. We spent half an afternoon getting the wheels and axles off of a collapsing granny cart, and Little Guy has successfully sawed up a hardwood bookshelf into pieces for seat, axle covers, etc. We'll probably put it together next week. Once we find the pieces of hardware that have disappeared while preparing the rest.

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Every time I see one of those news articles about how much it costs to raise a child I think they've got it all wrong. The issue isn't diapers and food (unless your boys are teens and then it's ALL food). The real cost is replacing all the stuff that gets mislaid or broken.


  1. If you have a Container Store near you, they usually have insulated lunch bags all year long (unfortunately their stuff is rarely discounted). The Marshall's near me usually has them as well at a discount. Good Luck!

  2. I can give you a short list of stores in portland oregon that carry lunch boxes year round :) They are in various different neighborhoods so that in a pinch I stop in to the one closest to my other errands for the week.

    That being said, when my daughter's lunch box failed last week I made the executive decision that her cute cat halloween candy bag from last year with the draw string on it (from the dollar store) would make a cute lunch bag for the season. She's perfectly happy with it, and I might just sew up a similar bag out of scraps for other seasons of the year :)