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Started: 2010-07-07 21:41:11

Submitted: 2010-07-07 22:19:41

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Now that the summer season has arrived, I'm interested in spending my weekends climbing up and down mountains, which is difficult to do with a toddler in tow. (We did, at length, manage to take Calvin on a hike that didn't end in tears, but anything involving an ice ax is a bit much for a toddler in a backpack.) Kiesa and I decided to hire a babysitter for a scheduled interval on weekends to give us a bit more time. Our standard babysitter, a high school student, had conflicts with her real job, so Kiesa carefully crafted a job posting for care.com and began reviewing applicants. We ended up interviewing two candidates, which was an interesting experience. I have a modest amount of experience interviewing software engineers, but we're looking for a somewhat different skill set in our babysitter, so Kiesa crafted a new set of interview questions. We had to choose between two qualified candidates, but with only one position (and only three hours a week) we had to pick one.

Our new babysitter's first day was two weeks ago. I got up with Calvin when he woke up a little after 07:00, and Kiesa got up in time for an experimental breakfast of experimental French toast. The babysitter arrived at 09:00, and after a quick briefing, Kiesa retreated to the basement to work and I worked first on the dishes and then on the lawn. The extra three hours in the morning didn't feel like much but made it easier to fit in everything I needed to do on the weekend. She gave Calvin plenty of attention, which he thought was wonderful. The experience worked out well for everyone.

Modern mobile phones make my head hurt, and I speak as the owner of a
sheepskin that proclaims me to hold a degree in computer science.
- Charles Stross, What I want for Christmas