GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: An Hour in a Weekday Evening

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The god of multitasking, via flickr user jurvetson, cc license

There are few things at which I can truly say I’m the best in the world. But one of them is being bad at multitasking. I am the world’s best, bad multitasker. And that, dear readers, is why I need your help. Can you slot the following tasks into exactly 60 minutes?

Of course, there are some rules:

• Exactly two tasks may be accomplished simultaneously.

• You may not eat dinner (or feed it to your kids) until you’ve cooked it, and cannot do dishes until everyone’s eaten.

• You must shovel food into both children at the same time.

• You may not have “kids in the tub” until you “wrangle kids into tub”

Here are your tasks and the time needed to accomplish them (in minutes):

15 — Cook dinner

10 — Shovel food into child #1

10 — Shovel food into child #2

7 — Eat dinner

10 — Do dishes

5 — Wrangle kids into tub

7 — Kids in tub

3 — Conversation with wife about things of huge life importance

2 — Drink one nightly beer

9 — Read Shouts & Murmurs and cartoon caption contest sections of the New Yorker

6 — General cleaning

8 — Aimless fretting

5 — Fretting about work

5 — Fretting about money

4 — Fretting about old dog

7 — Packing school lunches

5 — Surfing GeekDad

Mail your answer to GeekDad Puzzle Central by Friday afternoon for your chance at the $50 in riches from ThinkGeek.

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