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plenty of room on the bandwagon

It’s important you all know that the Minnesota Lynx will always have enough room on the bandwagon. I mean, yeah, you’re making my season ticket prices go up and you’re making it harder for me to find a decent place to park at these home games, but I’m just happy you’re finally realizing this is the hottest ticket in town.

We are watching Game 4 of the WNBA Finals. The game is in LA, which means this family of longtime Lynx fans is up past their bedtime to see if those tickets I bought for Game 5 on Wednesday here in Minneapolis are going to get some use.

This team… it’s a Minnesota team, which means they get zero credit for anything exciting. We’re a big market but not a big enough market to warrant anyone outside of our metro area knowing about how amazing this team is.

And it’s a women’s team, which means there might be some local news coverage on the fourth page, unless it’s not the fishing opener or Danny Johannsen didn’t score five touchdowns in high school football.

I’m gonna watch this team wrap up a win that you can credit to their rebounds and make sure I don’t have any meetings for Thursday morning. There’s been a history of winning WNBA champions in odd years (2011, 2013, 2015) and, if the Lynx can keep this up, I’m thinking it might be one hell of a game.

2nd kid research – part 1

I clearly know everything there is to know about parenting already since I have a kid that’s going to turn three in November. I’ve only called poison control once, he’s never broken any bones and his swear word of choice is “what the Sam Hill”. Parent. Of. The Year. Mail my award anytime. This second one will be a breeze.

Totes kidding.

The last time we had to worry about a car seat fitting into a car was before Ozzy was born. We knew we’d be buying a second car before he was born. Logically, we would have bought the car and then picked out the car seat. But I love a good deal and there was a sale, some coupons, some gift cards and Cartwheel that led us the opposite direction. That meant we towed that damn seat to every car dealership we visited and it was a lot. After awkward test drives in several different cards, we ended up buying the first one we test drove anyway.

Now we have two cars which aren’t going anywhere for a while as long as Danger the Pontiac Vibe doesn’t fall apart in the next couple of years. And now we need an extra car seat. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to drive both cars to all the car seat stores and try them all out because that is the opposite of efficiency and I don’t have time in my life right now to be inefficient. And apparently both of these kids need to be appropriately restrained since it’s not the 80s where they can be bouncing around in the back of a full-size truck when they’re on a family vacation from Sedalia, Missouri, to Nashville, Tennessee.
Not speaking from experience at all…

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I was kind of stressing out about making sure we get the right second seat for both of our cars because I’m sure I’ll like this second baby as much as I do the first one. I finally remembered how much value I ended up finding about three years ago in the car seat safety checks on cars.com. My wife’s much more aware on the safety aspect of these things. (I should still be Parent of the Year, you guys. C’mon.) We also know we need to fit two seats in the back row because we don’t have a third row in either of our cars. It was super handy for us last time around and I’m already relieved that we can use it again this year. It’s not a perfect science, but it definitely helps us narrow down which kinds of seats we might need to get for this new kiddo.

I’m sharing because BABIES ARE HARD. I know you, esteemed reader, didn’t ask for my advice and that’s okay. You didn’t have to read this far. Plus, it’s not like I crawled up on your Facebook wall and offered my advice without you asking for it. Not that I’m speaking on personal experience from that one!