I have made some changes to my barbri/study routine. I had been commuting w/ DH which saved money on gas but also resulted in a 3 hour commute every day. I hate commuting. I hate commuter traffic. So when I found out last week that my commute was less than 1 hour if I did not carpool w/ DH, I began to seriously reconsider what we had been doing. I would lose my 3 hours of kid-free study time per day, plus incur extra gas and parking if I quit carpooling. But I gained 2 hours of time previously lost in the car. And I can employ the nanny only half time, resulting in a net savings of $150/week. The only real negative is the loss of my kid-free study time, but I figure that with the time gained back from carpooling, it pretty much evens out.
And to further increase my peace and quite while the rugrats are home, I have resorted to sneaky mom tactics. First, I require half an our of "quiet time" after lunch where they have to read in bed. Usually this results in both twins taking at least an hour long nap. Second, I took them shopping this weekend and stocked up on craft supplies. Today, they sat at the end of the table and made creations with Perler Beads while I made flashcards and charts in a feeble attempt to understand commercial paper. They were perfect little angels, and I got a lot accomplished. Plus, I felt like I was at least sort-of spending time with them. At least it was better than parking them in front of SpongeBob.