Archive for the ‘Poop’ Category
This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark, and you should read it because it took me a long time and it’s almost kind of funny. Also, your bum wants you to.
Our house was in a lull. We were floating somewhere between the kids growing out of their diapers and me growing back into mine, and as such we made the mistake of thinking ours a wipe-free zone.
I blame Dora: “Wiper, no wiping!”
Or in this case, the cheap knock-off DVD I bought on Hollywood Boulevard. Don’t worry, Nora has been worth every penny, all fifty of them.
Then the days rolled into nights followed by morning constitutions. Again and again. We are nothing if not regular. The montage had your favorite song in it! And still we spared square after square, never thinking about better ways and slightly less chaffing. We never knew how clean we could be.
Enter Cottonelle and some wipes right behind them. Get it?
Butt seriously, folks…
The Cottonelle Care Routine is the real deal, and if you think that’s too fresh you are absolutely right. It’s fantastic.
Cottonelle has a new campaign called #LetsTalkBums in which British filmmaker and comedian Cherry Healey travels across American and embarrasses people who poop. There are more than you think.
A group of awesome dad bloggers (and me) are also on-board, but instead of doing the obvious thing (wiping workshops, crowdsourcing, breakdance fighting) we are doing what bloggers do best: poetry. Hence, haiku.
That’s right. We are sharing the awesomeness of the Cottonelle Care Routine 17 syllables at the time. And so can you!
For the next six weeks we are having a contest on the Twitter in which you, the public, can submit your own haikus about the joys of wiping, freshness, and the wonders of the Cottonelle Care Routine in order to win fabulous prizes. All you have to do is write your haiku (three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, respectively, all divided by one of these things: /) and use the hashtags #LetsTalkBums and #Haiku to enter (that’s all the hashtags you need, or #things could get ugly).
Here are a few of my examples:
Cold seat warmed by youth / If it is brown, flush it down / The wind cries, “Daddy”
Can you smell that smell / The smell that is around you / Wipe up when you’re done
Wipe the day away / Flushing takes a memory / So fresh and so clean
Obviously this is advanced stuff, so don’t hurt yourself trying to be this clever right off the bat. You have six weeks to perfect it (enter as often as you like). Besides, I’m not eligible to win and that increases your chances by almost onefold.
After you submit your entry you can visit wipingpoetic.com and look at it again. This is also where you can size up the competition.
It’s going to be a lot of good, clean fun. That’s my way of saying be clever, not crude. You can do it.
So what can you win? Check this out:
Every Sunday, our team will select the best haiku submission of the previous week.
On Monday mornings, we’ll announce the winner, who will receive a $200 gift card and be eligible for the Grand Prize: An “Epic Experience” trip to the 2014 Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans!
Package includes: Airfare to New Orleans, a two-night stay at the J.W. Marriott, and a complimentary ticket to attend the 2014 Dad 2.0 Summit!
We’re not messing around, people, and to prove it we’re having an old-fashioned Twitter Party on Monday, September 30 at 8 p.m. EDT with trivia, discussions, prizes, and haiku fun to kick-off it all off. Be there or be somewhere else and missing it. Trust me, being there is better. Watch for the #LetsTalkBums and #Haiku hashtag tandem on your favorite Twitter station.
I’ll be there a bit early for some tailgating, because I just can’t help myself.
There is madness in the rhythm and a rhythm to the madness. I wouldn’t recommend dancing to it. It will cut a bitch. But it has a good beat.
Such is life that is lived around me.
Sometimes the truest photos are those you throw away.
Sometimes I drop nonsense and pass it as knowledge.
Days are filled with screams and laughter and the running where running is not allowed but really, who the fuck cares? Run, rabbits, run. Don’t listen to your old man that has forgotten what makes you perfect. Every morning I am one more day away from remembering what you feel. You are wiser than I will ever be.
Today is Monday and that means nothing to you. The same games and mischief that you left in the hallway will greet you there. Sunday was just the day with the paper. Monday is an extra cup of coffee raised in the distance – a machine that you recognize by the back of my head.
Play your games and tip-toe past me. I’ll call you on your shit. I am a stereotype. Smile when you are up to something, I’ll likely go easy on you.
Monday is but a second of screen time, but that doesn’t make it any less important.
Be yourself. Act. Don’t let the credits stop you. Sometimes there are out-takes at the end and that just might be the part that really hits home.
I never should have started the fart games. It was bound to backfire. I should have known better, but I couldn’t resist. Pulling of one’s finger is a long, time-honored tradition in pseudo-civilized society, and one might argue that the passing of it is indeed innate.
The boys are good at it. Too good. One fart led to another and now we all have pinkeye. Damn the pillows.
Now, I’m no doctor, but if pinkeye can be passed by gas in the movies, it must be true. Hollywood is about the only thing we can trust anymore.
The boys have the worst of it. They woke yesterday with crud in their sockets and went to bed with their eyes caked shut like Rocky after a dance with Clubber Lane. They just laid there, begging to be cut.
Tricia and I woke up this morning with little nuggets of carrier monkey poop in our respective eyes. I fear we may have it, too.
I passed her in the hall at 6 in the morning, her eyes were red and puffy. “You have wife eyes,” I told her.
She ignored me.
Damn, “30 Rock” sure is funny.
She went to work, hoping she didn’t have the highly contagious ailment. I made coffee and started cleaning.
The boys watched Elf through swollen eyes and made the complaints of children who are suffering. Now and again I’d hear a laugh emerge from their den of disease followed by the weakened shouts of exhausted pride.
“He farted!” was their constant cry.
It made my eyes itch every time.
Read about our other adventure from last night at DadCentric. It doesn’t involve farts.
Okay, I’m over warnings.
I was making breakfast, as is my want, and it was a Sunday like a Sunday is supposed to be. There was a fresh batch of coffee being pressed by the French and the Times was waiting patiently for me on the floor. The comics were getting antsy. Especially Marmaduke. I swear, that dog can’t sit still for ANYTHING.
There may have been music on, or it may have been the sweet, sultry tones of Shannon Sharpe waxing poetic on football and the demons that haunt it. I wasn’t really paying attention.
In case you’re wondering, the gross part hasn’t happened yet.
I was standing at the stove and I glanced towards the playroom that sits adjacent to the kitchen. I saw a naked baby butt and heard something about poop. I stepped through the door to investigate. I didn’t see any poop.
“Do you have to go to the bathroom?” I asked. I decided not to wonder why I was seeing naked baby butt instead of the diapered baby butt that had passed me just moments ago in the kitchen while I was preparing myself for something gross that still hadn’t happened. It was Sunday and thinking was for the workweek.
“Outside,” was the answer.
“You pooped outside?” I asked. Stranger things have happened. I walked to the door and looked into the yard. “I don’t see any poop.”
“Here,” he said, with such a calm sense of knowing that I was inclined to believe him.
I glanced to where the here was and noticed a piece of poop on the ground. There was also a piece in his hand. He pushed open the door and he threw it outside.
“Poop outside,” he said, and he was right.
I went back into the kitchen and washed my hands even though I hadn’t touched anything. He was sent to the bathroom for a more thorough scrubbing.
That part wasn’t really important. I just threw it in to scare you off. Besides, what’s the point of your kid throwing handfuls of crap into the morning air if you don’t share it with people that can’t take a hint.
It was still Sunday morning. There was still coffee ready to be enjoyed and a paper waiting to be read. Marmaduke was beside himself.
I had been cracking eggs into a mixing bowl. There were three yokes, milk and asiago cheese involved in the project. It was all so promising.
Seriously, this is your last chance.
I cracked the next egg and watched as the yoke and white fell into the bowl, except that there wasn’t any white. There was red.
The egg was full of blood, red strings of sadness stuck in the thick of the matter. Suddenly Sunday seemed much more grimacing, darker and cruel. I held my breath and closed my eyes as I dumped the contents of the bowl into the garbage disposal and then ran to the bathroom convinced that I was about to be sick.
I wasn’t. I wasn’t sick and I wasn’t hungry, not anymore. I fixed my coffee, made sure I saw diaper, turned up Shannon Sharpe and opened the paper. Marmaduke was right where he should be and I almost smiled as he jumped, covered in rain, through an open window. It wasn’t funny, just like it always isn’t funny, but it was the way it should be, and slowly my Sunday came back into the light.
I was leaving a comment at Jonathon’s, and needless to say I was rather pleased with myself. I mean, come on, that’s smurfing brilliant.
For those unfamiliar in the way of the Smurf there are a few things you should know to fully appreciate just how brilliant I am.
a) The Smurfs became extinct as a people due to the fact that there was only one female among their entire population and she was a tease.
b) Due to living in a mushroom the Smurfs were constantly hallucinating, paranoid and possibly impotent.
c) The Smurfs, and this is the only point that actually pertains to my comment, had a knack for replacing random words within their vernacular with the word “smurf.” The word “smurf” could mean anything, a verb, adjective, adverb, and to a lesser extent a noun, unless said noun was an actual Smurf- for instance.
Kids, it seems, are much like Smurfs, but instead of smurfing everything with “smurf” they prefer to work in a different medium. Poop.
Much like the above link to Jonathon’s blog, my life is filled with poop where I don’t want it. Literally and figuratively.
“What do you want for lunch?” I’ll ask.
“A peanutpoop and jelly sandwich,” they’ll reply, laughing.
“Don’t smurf around, I’ll make you a damn peanutpoop sandwich and you’ll eat it.”
“Where do you want to go today?”
“To the poop.”
“Seriously, the poop? What’s that, a store?”
“No, the poop!”
“The poop! The poop!”
“Do you have to go to the bathroom?”
And so forth and so on. Poop, it seems, is the new Smurf. And smurfly, I think it’s pretty poopy.
But it gets old.