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our captain underpants inspired adventure

Last night after dinner, I heard a strange noise in the bathroom. A frantic shuffling and loud dropping of the toilet seat several times.. like someone was lifting & dropping it over & over. I knocked on the door but was answered by youngest daughter saying, NO! Not yet! Hold on a minute!!

So I waited a minute… then went in. It smelled really weird in there. A very “non-bathroom” smell.
I looked around, and noticed something strange on the wall about a foot under the ceiling… and on the toilet bowl.

It

was

ketchup.

I called youngest daughter back in there, asked her what in the world ketchup was doing all over the bathroom.

Here’s what she told me:
I was reading a Captain Underpants book and thought I’d try one of his ideas. He put ketchup packets under the seat of the toilet.. under those little things that stick down.. and when someone sits down, it squirts ketchup on their legs. So I tried it. But I pushed down on it really slowly.. and it didn’t squirt straight out. It kind of went in the wrong direction. One went down & the other went up. But I think it would work great if someone sat down really fast like they were going to go potty.

I asked her, What made you think this was a good idea?

Youngest daughter: Well, we had the ketchup packets.

Then youngest daughter reminded me why she likes Captain Underpants so much… “Remember mom? He’s the guy whose grade school teacher said he’d never amount to anything if all he did was draw cartoons all day. And look at him now. So HA on her!”

Good grief.

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Non-deployable

My ex husband called last night to tell me he’s been classified as “non-deployable.” He was supposed to be deploying to Iraq today. On Wednesday, when he went back in to complete his physical, he was told that something was wrong with his kidney function test. He didn’t say what it was.

So now, his wife has to go afterall (he had volunteered to go in her place, b/c her unit deployed today & they work in the same area, similar jobs). His wife now has to go to Iraq in January. The ex is going to a military hospital for extensive testing sometime in December.

I feel badly for his wife.. having to leave her family. Their children are so young… 4, 3 & 1. When the ex went to Korea when we were married, our kids were 6, 4 & 3.

My/our kids are thrilled at the possibility of seeing their dad & his family for Christmas. 🙂