Normally, see, we spend Saturday sort of dicking around and half-heartedly running errands. There’s the occasional baseball practice, and those are going to get less occasional shortly. We get groceries, maybe go to half-price books, recuperate from the workweek. It’s an okay routine, but then the pressure is on, on Sunday, to make sure the kids finish homework, to plan dinners for the week, to get the laundry folded and put away, to pick up around the house, and to avoid killing one another as our stress escalates and we bump into one another as the weekend draws to a close. It’s an okay routine, I guess, except that Julie and I have noticed that if there’s going to be a kidsplosion, it’s almost always Sunday afternoon. We can’t always tell when they begin to brew, but it’s generally Conner who escalates it to the level of parental intervention by threatening to murder Jack over something like a disagreement over whose shirt that is or isn’t. Okay, so not such an okay routine.
This weekend, I told the boys about this pattern we’d noticed, and told them we were going to force a change. This weekend, instead of waiting until Sunday to handle obligations, we were going to load them up on Saturday. Homework and chores needed to be done Saturday. No ifs, ands, or buts. They weren’t interested in my rule-change until I told them that I planned to take them to see Captain America at 7:00, but only if all their homework and chores were finished by 5:15. They sprang into action like… well… like springs I guess. By 4:45, everyone had finished their homework, put away their clothes, blah blah blah, and at 5:30, out the door we went to see the movie.
Let me tell you, the difference today has been stark. Conner’s still in his bathrobe (1:56 PM thank you for asking) and for once, I don’t care. Jack cleaned the kitchen floor to earn a few bucks this morning, and he and Alex are downstairs Minecrafting away. I have groceries for the week, clean clothes everywhere, and right now I’m even washing our down comforter, which is how you can tell I really have some time on my hands. I’m even about to go outside and replace my scooter’s battery and see if I can get the thing started. Then I’m taking the dog to the park.
Maybe that sounds like busy-body hell to some of you, but it’s one of the easiest Sundays we’ve had in a long, long time.
Lesson learned: Saturday is for chores, so Sunday doesn’t have to be.
is pretty awesome so far, but I can’t seem to adjust the tilt of my top hat and my monocle keeps fogging up. Still though, not bad.
It was a CR-V. Thank you for your input, everyone. Thank you.
Maybe. Lots of people do just fine with FWD cars. It probably depends on the kind of driving you do. I do a lot of highway driving during the winter and when it's icy, foggy, and blowing snow out in BFE Wyo or Colo with no cell service, the extra piece of mind AWD affords you when going up or down a curvy hill (and needing to swerve around RWD cars who hit an ice patch) is worth lots of dollars.
I really love my current AWD in the winter. It’s saved me from fright a few times, and maybe even from actual harm. But in those cases, so would have plain old caution in a FWD car. Moreover, you never know how well an AWD will do in snow until the moment of truth arrives. Not all AWD cars are created equal.
It might sound like I’m talking myself into an answer I already have, but I appreciate the input. If it weren’t a trade-off, the answer would be simple, right? And I wouldn’t have tried to crowd-source my decision.
People who recommend the CR-V over the Prius cite AWD in my locale as being the reason. I understand this: it’s why I’m considering it as well. But to you guys, I have a question: Do I not benefit from (~60%) better fuel efficiency 365 days/year, vs. benefitting from AWD (by an unpredictable/unquantifiable amount) only a few days per year? Can I not reclaim a decent amount of that benefit by putting snow tires on the Prius during the winter? In other words, is your (and my) favorable view of AWD’s value, perhaps, emotionally driven?
I live in Pittsburgh. There are hills and there is snow. I have a dog and three kids. 50% of the time, I am the only user of the vehicle. The other 50%, it is me and at least two others. Very rarely, it is all five of us excluding the dog. Maybe five times a year, it’s all five of us plus the dog, for up to two hours on the road. On average, I drive ~400 miles per week.
The Prius and CR-V are comparably priced, the difference being that the Prius gets an estimated 44 mpg in the city compared to the CR-V’s 24 mpg, but what the CR-V lacks in fuel efficiency, it gives back in AWD. I do not care about the difference in brand, styling, etc, between the two cars. I am concerned about reliability, durability, fuel efficiency – adequacy for my use case.
Which car makes more sense, and why?