March 23rd, 2008 (07:48 pm)
current mood: satisfied
It rained all day, and Pumpkin was at work, leaving Mama and Butternut to fend for ourselves. We did pretty well, thank you very much.
Groceries needed to be bought. By us. We went to the co-op to pick up bulk foods, since they are typically less expensive than at our chi-chi natural foods grocer. Butternut discovered the small area with fun toys, and Mama re-discovered the joys of shopping without any distractions. (Not that there aren't joys associated with Butternut distractions, but it was a nice change of pace.)
We had a relatively pain-free trip to the chi-chi natural foods grocer. Butternut quickly decided on a sticker at the check-out line. I am always surprised how quickly he decides and how satisfied he is to have just one.
We returned home, put the groceries away, had lunch and some of us had a nap. The other one did chores and was about to start making play dough when the napping one awoke.
Thus, we both made play dough.
It was a little messier, and I didn't get to make a palette of beautiful colors, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out. Now, we have the equivalent of about four cups of blue, green and red play dough. It probably cost us all of about $0.35 to make, and it's hard to calculate time spent doing it, since it was also time spent interacting with my son. It will probably cost me or Pumpkin 15 minutes of clean up. It is a little hard to find a price comparison, because I can only find sets online. But let's guess it's about $5 worth of playdo. Heck, let's say it cost as much as $0.50 to make. So, I saved $4.50 for 15 minutes of actual work. Which works out to $18/hour. (Had I not spent the time interacting with my son, it probably would have added another 15 minutes of work to the project, although the clean up would have been easier. But worse case, I'm looking at a net of $9/hour.)
Then, we spent the rest of the afternoon playing with play dough. Which is, as they say, priceless.