Monday, March 30, 2009

Maybe they're trying to tell me something.

I will never claim to be a domestic goddess. My hubby will have to win the lottery or I'll have to strike it rich by selling some big screen play or novel before I'll ever be a stay-at-home Mom and even possibly have enough time to keep my house even halfway decent. And when that day finally does come, I'll have enough money to pay someone to come clean my house for me.

But if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed a new trend at our house.

I thought it was totally cute. I was excited that the days of Super Why and Dora may be numbered. Until:


No, no...that's OK...I'll get over it. Yeah, so maybe I need to clean under the couch. Armed with his Daddy's work flashlight, Nick is probably the only person ever to go looking under there just for giggles.

Watching Dirty Jobs makes Nick happy, and you know what? It keeps him quiet and I like the show too. Double win!



Thanks, Mike Rowe, for kicking Patrick and Squidward to the curb. (Hmmm...I think there's a 'Dirty Jobs' show idea in there somewhere...)


The only thing that would have made that match-up better was if they'd made a Mike Rowe muppet. (No offense, Mike. I just got a thing for muppets. Wonder how they make those things...another 'Dirty Jobs' show idea, perhaps? Don't laugh - for all you know they could make muppets in Malaysian sweat shops and make those strings that control their skinny little arms out of whale baleen.)


All was just fine and dandy with our new TV love affair until this weekend. It hit a whole new level.


Just after we happened upon the D.J. marathon on Saturday afternoon, somewhere between the episode where Mike visits a cedar shingle factory (dangerous, but not exactly dirty if you ask me) and the one where he makes super really good bird food, I noticed my two little boys missing from the living room.



Oh, what we parents won't sacrifice for a little peace.


Then I had someone "tweet back" and ask me how one "plays Dirty Jobs."


Darn it if I didn't have to get up and check on them to see for myself.




They hauled nearly every tote and toy that normally resides under their bunk beds OUT, sort of making a little tunnel. Nick dropped down onto his belly and instructed his little brother to do the same.

Imagine a four year old leading a two year old on a great under-bed safari.

I don't know that I ever laughed as hard as I did when Nick would yell something like, "WATCH OUT FOR THAT THING!"

I have no idea what they were actually looking for, but they came out with two broken crayons, seven wayward socks, three Happy Meal toys and various parts and pieces for board games. (Why yes, you CAN hire me to write your next Christmas song!)

In the end, I'd have to say I highly encourage you to let your small children watch Dirty Jobs. You never know...you could just have your younguns cleaning the toilets before fall.

22 comments:

Joy said...

I saw your tweet about the boys playing Dirty Jobs in their room and commented back that I would be worried about the silence if it was my house. I stand corrected. I might just have to start recording episodes now so I can have them on easy access when my daughter's room needs a good cleaning.

:-)

Angie said...

Ha -- this is too funny! Love it!

kcgirlgeek said...

Oh Colleen, that was rich! I wish that show had been on when my children were young. Heck...when my children were younger, I could have BEEN on "Dirty Jobs." Wait...what am I saying? The youngest is 19 and I just picked up his "leftovers" in the living room from having his friends over last night, and got one empty energy drink can, two empty McDonald's shake cups, three smashed up McDonald's sacks, four or five gum wrappers, and...a partridge in a pear tree. Okay, so maybe not the partridge, but I still think I'm pretty well equipped to help you with that Christmas song. Just give me a holler when you're ready to start the collaboration. ;)

itsahumanzoo said...

What a great way to get kids to clean under the bed! LOL, I might just have to start recording that show too...

Zoeyjane said...

I need cable - stat!

Faith said...

That's too funny .. I wish mine would decide that playing dirty jobs is fun!

FromThe Creek said...

That is too cute! my two stay as far away from the "under the bed" as they can...that is until I push them under to reclaim weeks of lost laundry and such!

Have a great week!

~Sara said...

What a great post! There are lots of dirty jobs at my house! I can relate because I have a 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 year old!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Do you think this works with husbands? Because mine loves Dirty Jobs...and there are certainly lots of options around our house for "playing" DJ. Under the couch, anywhere in the bathroom, the kitchen floor...oh, the possibilities!

Colleen said...

Um... I would only be concerned about the episodes where Mike does things like inseminate cows.

: )

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

oH... I could read you for days and days... I think i will!

The Eadle Family said...

hahaha that's a great post! Found you on mr. linky!

Marni's Organized Mess said...

Hilarious!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That is the funniest, most creative thing I've read of little boys doing in ages! Brilliant!

BoufMom9 said...

LOVE that show! My kids do too, although they have never "played it". LOL

Happy Tuesday!

Halftime Lessons said...

LOL
Hilarious...I end up with every dirty job at my house, so I had kids. They will be hard at work soon.

Great post!

Jay

Tismee2 said...

Oh Bum, don't think we have it over here. We do have How Clean is Your House - maybe I should try that.

Failing that would you be prepared to hire them out?

completelyunperfectmom said...

Between Dirty Jobs and Clean House, it'd be interesting to see how much better the house could be!

Jenni Jiggety said...

That is GREAT! My boys love that show...I should get them to "Play" under my bed and clean some stuff out!

Krisi and Adam said...

So funny my husband and girls like Dirty Jobs as well.

Kim H. said...

Okay for Christmas my boys asked for the Season set of Dirty Jobs...and MYTHBUSTERS! Wait until they're all in to blowing crap up! But hey, I'm with you -- I'm so over SpongeBob!

And we're selling our red furniture before we move -- actually I think I'm going to post about it -- at any rate, I think I must do a "dirty job" and clean out the cracks and crevices, mostly just to make sure there's nothing valuable down there! :)

Hugs!

Karen MEG said...

I BOUGHT a Dirty Jobs DVD for my husband's stocking stuffer. The boys LOVE it. Not enough to venture into our Survivorman under the couch territory, unfortunately....