376th Friday Blog Roundup
This is how we ended up with the Lego Robotics set within 12 hours of swearing that we would not purchase a Lego Robotics set.
- The twins fell in love with the Lego WeDo Education set at their after school robotics class.
- I told them I’d look up the cost of the product online.
- I nearly fell off the bed when I saw the cost and explained that we would not be purchasing the parts and software for use at home.
- Talked on the phone with my brother-in-law about how it would be insane to lay out the money for a robotics set. Unless… of course… my niece might use it down the road… but no… it really is insane.
- Told Josh that we should think about getting them the product a few weeks from now if they’re still this geeked out about it. Maybe we could find a used set.
- Lie in bed and think about how my daughter couldn’t really assert herself and get enough hands-on time in the class because there are only 3 girls and she is two years younger than the other girls and it’s hard to interact with older girls when you’re that young.
- Start imagining two roads, one in which my daughter is the world’s saviour in the Robot Apocalypse all because she got a head start on making robots back when she was in first grade, and another where she is at the mercy of the robots all because we didn’t give her the tools back when she was excited to learn.
- Dream about the damn robot set.
- Wake up and spend the entire time in the shower going through various reasons for why the robotic set will help the twins. Some schools use this set in their gifted and talented math or science classes. The twins really love doing computer programming, and this is a natural extension of that. The ChickieNob was so geeked out excited by the Lego program, and she really excelled at understanding how the robot worked even though she was having trouble getting actual hands-on time with the project. They both fell in love with gears and spent breakfast talking about various things one can do with gears. If their teacher is game, I can bring it to their school and work with small groups to teach the kids in their grade robotics during recess so every kid gets a fair shot. I can have their friends come over and geek out together over this — especially the ones who didn’t get in the robotics class. I can pass along this set to another child when we move onto the next level so it will continue to be loved.
- Go downstairs and sit Josh down on the sofa. Outline all the reasons why I think we should get this now.
- Josh understands that I have now spent 12 hours obsessing over this and agrees that the price is worth it both to educate the children and to stop me from worrying about this.
- Order Lego robotics set and then obsessively write about it in the Roundup.
Josh says that the tone I use when discussing the wasting of time, money, or resources is akin to the way people discuss murder. I really don’t like squandering things: tangible or intangible.
This purchase came at the crossroads of wasting opportunity (not educating our kids when they are obviously so geeked out about this — it almost feels like we’re driving out their potential by not embracing it) and wasting money (holy crap, those Lego robot kits are expensive and we only have the elementary school set. One day, we’ll need to get the middle school set and then the high school set and by the time we’re done, we’ll have spent thousands of dollars. And at the same time, they’re still taking these robotics classes and we’re paying for the classes, so at some point, it becomes redundant). Which created a perfect storm of anxiety: is it more wasteful to make the purchase or not make the purchase?
And to make it more insane, while it’s an extraordinary amount of money for a toy, it isn’t an extraordinary amount of money in the grand sense of the word. It’s the equivalent to one month of guitar lessons.
But the mantra in my brain was: what if we didn’t use this tool enough? I truly hate to waste anything.
So you should also expect a post or two about Lego robots; a tutorial or something like that. Because apparently, when you write a blog post about something, it becomes less wasteful.
Am I the only one with waste anxiety? Please tell me that other people spend this much time worrying about spending money or not spending money.
P.S. I plan to play with it after they go to sleep and make my own robots. It really is that cool.
I make horrible food choices. I feel like I need to see that in print so I remember it. Melissa, you make horrible food choices. I was thinking about tattooing it on my hand, but then I realized that I hope one day to make good food choices. And tattoos are permanent.
This is but one example. On Monday, we went to a Tex-Mex restaurant. I told myself before we walked in the door not to eat the chips. I ate the chips. And then wasn’t really hungry for my meal. But ate my meal too since I ordered it. So it was food I didn’t need, but it all goes back to that waste thing: the food wasn’t going to still be good if I took it home (it wasn’t something that traveled well) but I had put myself in a position where I wasn’t really hungry anymore. Horrible food choices. I wish they made a tattoo that lasted for a year or so, that you could renew like a library book.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week as well as the week before. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Two Years Gone” (Remembering Funny)
- “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (Certainly Not Cool Enough to Blog)
- “Cold Peace” (Stirrup Queens) – thank you!
- “Guilt-Free Infertility 2.0” (This is More Personal)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Cablearms has an aching post about ifs. The refrain at the end gutted me, and this is but a small part of it: “If I cry enough today, tomorrow and the day after, would my tears dry up and make me numb from all the pain? If I open myself up to the pressing reality that I can never bear a child, will it make it easier for me to move on?” They’re questions without answers, but so much is said in the asking of them.
Hapa Hopes has a post about her “person” — the one you go to when “things are shitty, it’s the person you call to vent to and cry to. He/she is your emotional stronghold. Your person gets you.” Her post is about her person, but she also invites you to write a small ode to your own person. The post just made me smile, and it was a good reminder to let someone know how much they mean to you.
Feigning Fertility has a letter to a woman she encountered at the gas station; the hidden story behind the exterior the outsider can see. It is just an amazing, amazing post; filled with humility and empathy and incredibly reserves of strength.
Lori Does Maryland has a post about how bravery comes in all forms. She doesn’t consider herself brave for living every day without her son, Matthew, because she doesn’t see his loss as a choice. But choosing to cycle again, choosing to do it while her husband is on a fleet, where if the IVF cycle works she will be parenting two children on her own close in age. It’s an eye-opening post into the life of a military family.
Lastly, The Hardest Quest gives a gorgeous bit of advice about living without regret. I don’t just love it because the American in me sighs over the beauty of the French in the post, but because by the end of the post, she had me considering places in my life where I may end up with regrets rather than the more livable remorse. Just a fantastic post.
The roundup to the Roundup: How I ended up with a Lego robotics set. I hate to waste things. I make poor food choices. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between January 13th and January 20th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.