December 1, 2005

Lessons From Dadhood: Episode Five

If you've surfed the blogosphere recently you've heard of Half-Nekkid Thursday (HNT). Well, here's my entry for what I like to call HCT - Half Crazy Thursday.

Lesson #11 (in the continuing but almost forgotten series): Sometimes you'll do damn near anything to get your child to laugh. Or stop crying. I'd been playing a nice, quiet acoustic version of an Iron Maiden classic (The Trooper, if you're curious), and Mia and I totally needed to rock out. And what says "heavy metal rockage" better than a little body modification?

I owe you some thanks. I just looked back at this week's posts and realized almost every single one of them was somehow baby-related. That must really suck for those of you who don't give a damn. I've been distracted this week, however. I was planning on getting to other things. I've got the 35 page "National Strategy for Victory In Iraq" document released yesterday sitting beside me ready for a good, harsh evaluation. I haven't really caught you up on anything that went down during the Thanksgiving weekend...not that I can remember any of it now. And I also never filled you in on how I saved that small South American village from the invading stampede of giant ants, although, thinking about it now, that might have been a dream. You never can tell.

So, I am able to discuss other things. I just haven't managed to get that far yet. If, however, you're not actually getting enough of the whole parenthood thing, check out DadCentric, where a bunch of pretty talented dads show their stuff. Oh, ew! Not that stuff! There is, however, a little ode to Dr. Seuss written by Yours Truly.

Posted by Chris at December 1, 2005 7:50 AM

Nice nose ring. Nice dark circles under the eyes. Weekend is coming!

Moi? I'm reading the report on Border and Immigration problems that was so thoroughly studied this week by our Commander-in-Chief. Okay, done with that.

Posted by: Vicki at December 1, 2005 8:10 AM

Anyone with kids completely understands. It doesnt get better either, just different. You're doing great, keep up the stregnth, you can outlast her!

Posted by: That Girl at December 1, 2005 8:16 AM

All I have to say is: you're a dad. We expected this. Anyone who knows a new parent knows that now, if he's a good parent, 95% of his life is now the kid. And if you're apologizing for that, you're apologizing for having Mia. Which is so not what you're doing.

Yes, you're one of those people. But we wouldn't have it any other way.

Posted by: alektra at December 1, 2005 8:26 AM

Yeah, could you think about US for a change?! Jeez, so self-centered with all that FAMILY stuff... I must really be out of it...don't know about half-nekkid Thursdays...but I'm in an age bracket where I'd prefer NOT to see my peers half-nekkid, thank you very much. :)

Posted by: Marilyn at December 1, 2005 8:34 AM

Ok. I am SOO wondering... Does the parrot(?) peircing interfere with eating?

Posted by: sara at December 1, 2005 8:54 AM

Ohhh I know the Trooper well, it's my favorite Iron Maiden song. I'd like to hear the accoustic version lol.

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Posted by: Dolly at December 1, 2005 9:09 AM

Love the nose ring. Very cutting edge.

Posted by: Fraulein N at December 1, 2005 9:11 AM

Once you have kids, it's pretty damn hard to keep most of your posts non-baby related.

When Mia starts hitting big milestones, whatch out, because then it's near impossible.

Damn kids ;)

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at December 1, 2005 9:15 AM

look, dude, sometimes there is nothing BUT parenting, regardless of something you have sitting on your desk, or what you did over the weekend, or, well, ANYTHING ELSE. btw, "suessified"?? awesome, just awesome.

Posted by: misi at December 1, 2005 9:29 AM

That was YOU with the ants? Heard about that. Cool.

And the piercing? Hott.

Posted by: Pammer at December 1, 2005 9:39 AM

Love the bull-ring through the nose thing....looks stunning.

Sleep depravation will do that All Baby All the Time thing. It happens. Welcome to parenthood.

I, however, am getting ready to sell my son on Ebay. Ya know, in case you're interested.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at December 1, 2005 9:48 AM

Confession: sometimes I don't which is funnier, your post or the comments! The Queen of Ass made me snort! You have some wickedly witty readers. And, btw, you can write about baby stuff as much as you want. It's your blog!

Nose ring? Hot.
Ode to Dr. Seuss? Hotter.

Here's wishing you (& Beth) some extra dreamy sleep sometime in the near future. The cruel part of it all is that when Mia decides to actually sleep for eight hours, you won't know what to do and you'll be awake wondering if everything is okay. Oh, the humanity!

Posted by: Ms. Q at December 1, 2005 11:13 AM

The nose ring is AWESOME. You should wear that all the time.

Posted by: Dawnie at December 1, 2005 11:19 AM

Hmm, the "bull-ring"...hope Mia doesn't put that in her mouth!

Posted by: Spring at December 1, 2005 11:34 AM

Wow, you're so good. I've dismissed the Victory Plan for Iraq without even reading it. I'll admit to feeling a twinge or two of guilt, but really, my decision not to read it comes out of my growing cynicism about all things political.

I love that you play your daughter Iron Maiden.

Posted by: bad penguin at December 1, 2005 11:59 AM

you're showing your stuff? damn it gets around. ;)

Honestly, you've got a wee baby. These things happen. Though I can't wait to hear your evaluation of the "National strategy" piece.

Posted by: Autumn at December 1, 2005 1:07 PM

Dude, dig the nose ring. You do look pretty tired. I hope you get a nap in this weekend.

Posted by: Colleen at December 1, 2005 1:53 PM

You rock, no matter WHAT you write about. And um, like the nose ring. It's you! Really!

Posted by: Theresa at December 1, 2005 2:03 PM

man! stuff in your nose is almost as funny as pictures of you with things on your head!

Posted by: jodi at December 1, 2005 2:11 PM

Ooo, Half Crazy Thursday... now that's a project I could definately have some fun with! lol.

And I loved Seussified. :)

Posted by: Kestrel at December 1, 2005 2:22 PM

all I could think when I saw that was...ewwwww....I Hope you have some good cleaner around.

I like HCT much better than the nekid version.

Posted by: Michele at December 1, 2005 4:55 PM

The DadCentric site is too cool. ANd I LOVE your Seussified Poem. Awesome.

Posted by: Lisa B at December 1, 2005 5:17 PM

I never imagined Iron Maiden could be a lullabye.

Posted by: jayne d'Arcy at December 1, 2005 5:53 PM

that's a good look for you. heh

Posted by: tiffanie at December 1, 2005 9:07 PM

OMG -- I couldn't even read the post -- I was cracking up from the moment the page loaded and I saw your ginormous 'nose ring'!!!

Thanks for the giggle!

Posted by: ironic1 at December 1, 2005 10:10 PM

Haha, yeah that is pretty hardcore metal right there. And oh yeah, I moved. I'm now at, check it out!

Posted by: Chris at December 1, 2005 10:46 PM

And here I've always thought kids sticking things up their noses was a developmental stage, but now I know it's a modeling thing instead. Well, at least at the Cactus

Posted by: Jaycie at December 2, 2005 5:47 PM