January 24, 2007

Weirdness At The Cactus Pad

The other day, I noticed that we've got some weird happenings going on in our house. Some strange stuff to see and, as always, to hear. I figured today was as good a day as any to provide you with a run down.

Here are the cats. They're not quite as much fun as they used to be.

Then there's the irony found in the juxtaposition of books and their places in the bookcase. See, the exact places in which our books reside change from day to day. I decide I want to read something that's been on the shelves forever; Mia decides she wants all the books on the bottom shelf to reside elsewhere; then I decide the books need to be arranged by height. You get the picture. The irony comes in when you look at the two lowly volumes that have occupied the same place forever, as yet unread and unloved. Ironic, especially when you consider the shared word in the titles of each. Survival of the fittest, eh?

There's danger lurking around every corner as well. I'm not sure how, but I've managed to avoid showering with these fluffy companions despite the fact that this is what I'm presented with each time I try. If there's a lesson here, it's probably be sure to scrub behind Pooh Corner.

Mia keeps the carnival side-show that is our lives bright and funny and wonderful. By wearing Beth's panties on her head. (For the record, Beth would like you to know that she generally wears sexier panties than these. This was, perhaps, an off-day. I'm not entirely sure why she wants you to know this but consider the message delivered.)

Then there are the auditory signs that Beth and I are, perhaps, losing our minds. Last night, for example, we were discussing sign language (as we are teaching Mia a lot of it). At one point, I found myself asking, What's the sign for bootylicious? Then, the random football conversation, apropos of precisely nothing...

Me: So, the Green Bay Packers...
Her: Yes...
Me: Their fans wear the cheese on their heads.
Her: Yeah.
Me: I know they come from a dairy-rich state and all but, what do they pack? Cheese?
Her: What are you talking about?
Me: The packers. Did they pack cheese?
Her: Huh?
Me: What did they pack? If not cheese, what? And don't say fudge.
Her: I think they packed meat.
Me: So, why don't they wear meat on their heads? That just doesn't seem right.

(By the way, as I've been promising for quite some time, the blogroll is finally updated. So check it out and let me know if you don't see yourself!)

Posted by Chris at January 24, 2007 7:18 AM

I can't resist. An off-day? Does this mean Beth wears more than one panty at a time? ;-)

Mia is adorable. I wonder why children find underwear on the head so entertaining.

Posted by: Maria at January 24, 2007 7:37 AM

I do not know why they wear the cheese on their heads, but I can tell you, having hailed from along about there (only on the Iowa side), 'cheese-eater' is a much bigger insult than one might imagine. Again, I don't know why.

I'm on the blogroll! I'm Snoopy dancing over here!

Posted by: Contrary at January 24, 2007 7:45 AM

So, did you ever find out what the sign for bootylicious is? Because I'd kinda like to know that...

And I think perhaps it's time for a kitten. Just sayin. A kitten would be fun. A lot more fun that your current cats. It wouldn't be a replacement cat, just a new cat. Mia would love it, you know she would.

Posted by: Alissa at January 24, 2007 7:54 AM

my that's quite the stuffed animal orgy going on in your shower... Tigger especially seems to be enjoying himself...

Posted by: suze at January 24, 2007 7:55 AM



Posted by: Leah at January 24, 2007 8:21 AM

okay...i can't believe i'm telling you this. but since i was born in Milwaukee (home of beer and cheese...i know, thrilling...) i know everything there is to know about the packers. sadly.
curly lambeau started the packers and they were named for the place where he worked - the indian packing company - because they were early sponsers...

holy hell...i'm a total freakin' cheesehead...

Posted by: ali at January 24, 2007 8:34 AM

Of course she normally wears sexier panties. You have to have a few ordinary pair for mowing the lawn and caulking the shower. Unless, of course, those things are part of your sexual routine.

Posted by: Liz at January 24, 2007 8:47 AM

just when I thought I'd done the worst to embarass my wife (see today's post), you come along and post your wife's underwear...

damnit... you win again...

Posted by: Jeff at January 24, 2007 8:48 AM

Great post as usual - how you make such wonderful posts out of random stuff is great! BTW - I got a 404 error when I clicked on the Blogroll.

Posted by: Heather at January 24, 2007 8:48 AM

I don't see myself on your blogroll...but that's ok....your list is screaming to be surfed by me. I was inspired by you the other night in class...


Posted by: Kristy at January 24, 2007 8:54 AM

That polar bear is totally checking out Kanga. I always wondered where Roo's father was.

And, is it horrible to invite yourself to the party?

Posted by: anna at January 24, 2007 8:55 AM

Wisconsin is the dairy state. Cheese is dairy. It still doesn't explain why there's not a hamburger on their heads though. Green Bay is more meat than cheese. I think the Packers are the only team owned by a town instead of a bunch of rich folk. That's neat.

Thanks for including me on the blog roll and spelling it correctly. The name came from Jen C. and is based my three girls ROChelle, REBecca, and ELcie. The granny part explains itself.

Posted by: ann adams at January 24, 2007 9:12 AM

My ashes should reside in such a nice box! I'm expecting to spend the hereafter in a folger's can!

Posted by: pagalina at January 24, 2007 9:26 AM

I ... guess I always assumed they packed cheese. Cheese and meat. Or maybe heat?

Posted by: Fraulein N at January 24, 2007 9:33 AM

Wisconsin is the dairy state. Cheese is dairy. It still doesn't explain why there's not a hamburger on their heads though. Green Bay is more meat than cheese. I think the Packers are the only team owned by a town instead of a bunch of rich folk. That's neat.

Thanks for including me on the blog roll and spelling it correctly. The name came from Jen C. and is based my three girls ROChelle, REBecca, and ELcie. The granny part explains itself.

Posted by: ann adams at January 24, 2007 9:49 AM

Perhaps the cheeseheads should look to this website for headwear inspiration: http://www.hatsofmeat.com

And YAY, I'm on the Cactus blogroll! I think this is my first blogroll. :::sniffle of gratitude:::

Posted by: fw sunshine at January 24, 2007 10:10 AM

Congratulations on the freaking huge blogroll. I've been working on mine and it's not an easy task!

Now that I've seen your wife's underwear, I think I should be on your blogroll. ;-)
(I read while I nurse, so I don't often comment but I add to your stats daily!)

Posted by: Much More Than A Mom at January 24, 2007 10:11 AM

that little girl is a cutie!! dontcha love when they get into the laundry?? i cant wait for mine to be old enough to do the laundry, hahaha.
packers, haha. sounds like a converation in my house. me and my hubby talk way too much football. now all this pre-superbowl analysis is making me crazy. 2 weeks of it. dont really care too much cause our team isnt in it, but hopefully Sexy Rexy will be taken down by the Colts. Sheesh, all of a sudden im football talking. im watching way too much tv with my husband :)

Posted by: mad mom at January 24, 2007 10:12 AM

Aww, man. I didn't make the blogroll. Oh, well, maybe in 2 years when the next update is done ;)

Posted by: Kaz at January 24, 2007 10:13 AM

i blogrolled you, BTW :)

Posted by: mad mom at January 24, 2007 10:14 AM

My son doesn't have school today. Thank you for these pics. He's thinking Mia is hysterical with underwear on her head. He looked at these photos so long I actually got a quick uninterrupted shower.

Please tell Beth her underwear saved my day!

Posted by: motherofbun at January 24, 2007 10:27 AM

I don't see myself in your blogroll but that's okay 'cause I haven't been blogging so much either. You have my Vox(chaostic.vox.com) too which is mainly where I blog nowadays.

Posted by: ::c:: at January 24, 2007 10:36 AM

You are brave parents letting her wear that outfit! What? Didn't you feed her that day?

Kids make a parent crazy. They touch everything!!!!

Posted by: BID at January 24, 2007 10:57 AM

"be sure to scrub behind Pooh Corner"

Laughed my ass off (pun intended). And good lord, when do you find the time to read that never-ending blogroll?!

Posted by: smoness at January 24, 2007 11:04 AM

love Mia's decorating :)

ps...on the blogroll...I'm missing!

Posted by: christina at January 24, 2007 11:39 AM

I can't believe I'm admitting I know this, but you can't grow up near Green Bay and not pick up on Packer trivia: The Packers were named after their sponsor, the Indian Packing Company (later the Acme Packing Company), a company which packed vegetables.

I'm totally ashamed I know that, because, despite growing up near Green Bay and despite having a mother who owns and wears a cheesehead proudly, I am a HUGE Bears fan and I can't stand the Packers.

Posted by: Jen at January 24, 2007 11:44 AM

I, too, am missing from the blogroll, but maybe that's because I don't have sexy panties like Beth.

Posted by: candace at January 24, 2007 11:46 AM

Your blogroll is HUGE! I need to change my blog name to something with a 1 in front of it. 1 comes before A right? ;)

P.S. I choked on coffee while scrolling down to the first picture. Nice cats dude. Just how I like them.

Posted by: Tink at January 24, 2007 11:49 AM

Awesome pics- especially the stuffies in the shower. Does Mia just drag them in there all the time? (and I don't see myself on your blogroll... I thought we were friends, man... oh well, I'll just shuffle off and sniffle in the corner. ;o)

Posted by: Judy at January 24, 2007 11:57 AM

I almost didn't make it through after: "They're not quite as much fun as they used to be."

(also? that's kind of a matter of opinion, you know? like maybe the spiders think they're a lot more fun now. [sorry - too soon?])

Posted by: s@bd at January 24, 2007 1:38 PM

My alma mater's mascot is an ear of corn. Fans at our football games wore corn hats on their heads.

And yes, we alway's got our asses kicked. Thanks for asking.

Posted by: Julie at January 24, 2007 2:49 PM

Too adorable -- with the undies! The monkey loves her some undies, too....And, socks, and sleepers -- loves digging her sleepers out of her laundry basket and hurling them around....

The monkey loves throwing her toys in the shower...when I'm in it....Many thanks to my hubby for keeping a good eye on her while I shower....Like, thanks a lot.

Posted by: Haley-O at January 24, 2007 2:51 PM

I am on the blogroll (yay!) but it's an old address (boo!) So, since I'm all fussy and high maintenance...:-D
Also, Mia's adorable as usual, and Beth's underwear are not *that* unsexy. After all, I see thongs :P

Posted by: Heather at January 24, 2007 3:15 PM

According to this they packed Indians.

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at January 24, 2007 3:51 PM

Well, I see. I can take a hint. Don't worry about little ole me.

By the way, when I went to type in "miabean" I accidentally typed "mean." Coincidence? You be the judge.

Posted by: angela at January 24, 2007 4:38 PM

In order of appearance...

I think that you need a new kittie. It's time.

Dude... I am always in awe that you have time to read. I think I should just change my "Currently Reading" thingy on my blog just so people think I really do read!

Is that piglet there being molested by eeyore? Guess piglet likes the sulky ones...

Gotta love it when kids put your panties on their heads... especially when you have company over. Like your in-laws... Yeah.

Just what is the sign for bootylicious?

I don't even want to know what gets packed... I ain't touchin' that one. No way.

Posted by: Karen at January 24, 2007 5:08 PM

I'm glad to see I don't have the only kid to have gone through a panties on the head phase!

Thanks for the blogrolling. :)

I think if there isn't already a sign for bootylicious, you should definitely invent one!

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at January 24, 2007 5:14 PM

You know, I never thought about what they packed. I guess I assumed it was cheese.

Posted by: bad penguin at January 24, 2007 6:01 PM

I love those stuffed animals in the shower! HAH!

Does Mia do that? That's hysterical!

Posted by: CatRag at January 24, 2007 7:39 PM

And this weirdness, Chris, is why we love you. Thanks for adding me to the blogroll!

Posted by: Beth in StL at January 24, 2007 8:05 PM

Why am *I* not on the roll anymore?

Posted by: Broad at January 24, 2007 8:54 PM

A) I laughed about the cats in a wholly inappropriate way. But I blame you.

2) Mia is nothing if not persistent.

C) I'm glad Beth clarified the panty-thing. I've been wondering.

Posted by: Cartwheels At Midnight at January 24, 2007 9:10 PM

*clasps award to her chest*
You blogrolled me! You really, really blogrolled me!

Posted by: wordgirl at January 24, 2007 9:44 PM

alright, I'll defend the 'sconies.., ;)

I'm not insulted by Cheesehead, Cheese Eater, or Cheddar head. I don'tknow why we where cheese on our heads, but I did hear once that there was this guy, in a plane crash, and the reason he survived was because he was wearing a cheese head.. I don't know how much truth there is to it, but if you ever see someone on a plane wearing a cheese head.. that may be the reason..

That's really the only excuse I can think of.. considering we're not the dairy state anymore..

I also believe Beth is right about the meat thing, but I'm not sure.. I'm from the other side of the state. I just know my blood runs green from August to December every year.. ;)

Posted by: Molly at January 24, 2007 9:45 PM

It took me a minute to get the cats... amazing it took that long because my friend used to wokr for a pet creamation company and I used to help her sometimes.

Darwin's Radio? You are letting that sit and collect dust?!?!?! Great book, and read Darwin's Children afterwards. Greg Bear is one of my favorite writers, and did you know he is the son in law of Poul Anderson?

hahaha I was looking at pics before reading and all I could think was what the heck is on Mia's head? My mom's toy poodle does that sometimes too.

I have no answers about the Packers. None at all.

OMG! I'm not on the blogroll! *dies* hehe

Posted by: Debra at January 25, 2007 2:06 AM

You guys always crack me up with your conversations. "What did they pack" Thanks for making me LOL at work.

And the cheese head thing is so cheesy. No pun intended. I work in a very tall building accross the street from the stadium the AZ Cardinals used to play in. Watching all those chesse heads walk around from 6 feet up was quite entertaining. Especially the drunk, wobbly cheese heads.

Posted by: nila at January 25, 2007 4:34 AM

Impressive. Do you actually read every single one of those blogs? :p

Posted by: erica at January 25, 2007 8:19 AM

Wisconsin is not the dairy state anymore? Blasphemy! Just because California has more dairy cows doesn't make them the defacto "dairy state". You know those stupic commercials that try to imply California cows are happier and Wisconsin cows are freezing cold? - total BS. Have you ever driven past a corporate run stockyard in Cali? 10,000 cows standing in their xxxx. Sure its colder in Wisconsin, but at least the cows live on family owned farms and get a little room to roam. Dairy cows are treated pretty well on those farms.

Sorry for the rant. Can you tell I'm a cheesehead?

Posted by: JMo at January 25, 2007 1:46 PM

Alas, I am not on your blogroll.
Here's how the Packers go their name:

And, this from the official Packer website referring to the term Cheesehead:
Hi, Lee. I was wondering about the origins of the term "Cheesehead." I have heard that a Chicago Bears fan came up with the idea, thinking of it as an insult. Is that true? - Nick (Davis, Calif.)

Nick, as far as I can determine, there is no authenticated "story" of how the cheesehead identification came into being. However, according to a website listed as www.cheesehead.com, it may have sprung from the circumstances you outlined in your question. The cheesehead website says, I part, "Riding high from their only Super Bowl victory (following the 1985 season), fans of Chicago sports began ridiculing citizens of the Dairy State by calling them 'Cheeseheads.'" They probably didn't predict the amount of pride and success that would follow -- three straight NFC Central championships and back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl for the Packers in the '90s, not to mention another "trifecta" of division titles the past three years.

My problem with this Chris, is up until this minute, I didn't give a rat's patooty about this subject. Stop!

Posted by: Lori at January 25, 2007 1:54 PM

I'm with JM on this one... California cows are not happy cows. You ever drive by one of those dairies? Nasty, nasty stuff.

Now given a place to keep them, I would happily adopt the unhappy cows. I <3 cows.

Posted by: Debra at January 25, 2007 5:51 PM

Wow, I am totally on the WI vs. CA cow thing! WooHoo, rocking!

We love our Wisconsin, we love our beer, we love our cheese and sausage. I will not wear a cheesehead, but I would never deny anyone else their right to wear one.

Chris...say the word and summer sausage and fresh cheese curds are on the way. :)

Posted by: angela marie at January 26, 2007 12:57 PM

I've been busy (gasp) working alot, hence no comments from me for quite a while, can I sneak into the blogroll anyway? *hopeful grin*

Also - next year's holiday cards should showcase panties on heads, Mia has a talent - you should share it with the world! (Um, even moreso than blogging it, I guess . . .)

Posted by: Betti at January 26, 2007 4:39 PM

She looks like a good night at a frat party! hahahahahaah

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