A few weeks ago, I wrote about the wisdom of buying an extra. (Welcome to the Lifehacker readers who found me after following links from that site!) We’ve now definitely added “masks” to the list right next to sunscreen. All trips out the door require a mask per person, and in order to lower the chances of forgetting, we’re keeping extra disposable masks by the front door, on the kitchen counter, in cars (plus the kids have “theirs” that can be washed). Last weekend, we planned our first family outing to the zoo, and I remembered the timed tickets, the sunscreen, the stroller, the diaper bag, hand sanitizer but…not the masks. So we had to buy them from a stand before going in.
Anyway, a lot of places are open here with timed tickets to manage capacity. This is introducing a new element of complexity, as getting 7 people out the door, including an infant, to hit a venue within a short window is…tough. On Saturday, I got us timed tickets to Longwood Gardens. My husband was supposed to do his run right before, but got stuck in traffic on the way back, so we were already not going to be early. Then we hit severe traffic on I-476. Then, about 5 minutes from the gardens, one of my kids yelled from the backseat “Hey, what’s that yellow stuff all over Henry?” Well, sure enough, there had been a massive diaper blow-out. All over him, his clothes, his seat…Fortunately, this is not my first rodeo, so I had a change of clothes, wipes, and paper towels in the car. But dealing with all this took time, which means we rushed into the gardens right at the very end of our ticket grace period.
But! The gardens were lovely. We got to see a quick fountain show, butterflies in the meadow, and lily pads in the conservatory.
On Sunday, I took the older three kids peach and blueberry picking. I have been feeling lately like my youngest two children are taking about 90 percent of my parenting capacity. So the goal was to spend some quality time with the older ones. We went to Indian Orchards in Media, PA, which was a small and quiet place (unlike some of the more circus like pick-your-own establishments). We left with a great many peaches, which are now ripening on the counter, and enough blueberries to keep us in blueberry muffins for a while. I wound up making these at 8 p.m. last night after we realized we were out of vegetable oil so the weekly grocery run had to happen first.
In other news: I’m doing a webinar/Q&A through the New York Public Library on Tuesday on The New Corner Office (the book). This is a virtual event, so anyone can register. Here’s the link!