Sunday, July 31, 2011

TWINKIE WATCH: Day 49!

I have a little bit of a confession to make, in the interests of SCIENCE. The pictures for day 49 of TWINKIE WATCH -- pictures like this one:



Were actually taken on Day 42 -- last Sunday. I took them that day when Mr F and Mr Bunches and I went to the office, as we always do, and I was going to post them last Sunday, but then one thing led to another, as one things tend to do when left to their own devices, and suddenly here it was, not last Sunday anymore, but this Sunday, and I hadn't posted those pictures, all week (or the pictures I took on the rest of the days, which I didn't post because I hadn't posted these yet, and so I didn't want to do this all out of order and make everyone confused.

But I can post Day 42 pictures and call them Day 49 pictures because, trust me on this, the Twinkie is unchanged from last week; when the twins and I went into the office today, there had been no change in the Twinkie from last week (0r control group), and so I took pictures but then I thought "Hey, I took pictures last week, and they were better," which they were, because last week, Mr Bunches was interested in playing with the Twinkie -- as shown by that above picture and by this close-up, where you can clearly see he's holding it while he plays trains:





And he did play with it -- he flew it like a jet plane and crashed it at one point.

Whereas this week, Mr Bunches was interested only in playing with his train set, which we brought with us in a special clear backpack that I'd set up just for that exact purpose, making that a great plan -- he enjoyed bringing the train in, and it kept him busy and he had a great time, which made that perhaps the pinnacle of my parenting thus far, and I'd have enjoyed that except that Mr F was in a rambunctious mood today and spent most of his time trying to dump my coffee.

He eventually succeeded in doing that, spilling my coffee onto the chair I keep in my office for when coworkers or clients or clerks are in there (I work with an alliterative set of people), and then sitting in it and getting his butt wet, which then caused him to take off his pants and be naked from the waist down while his shorts dried, and how could I argue with that?

So with all the pantslessness and trains, I opted to post last week's pictures and call them this week's pictures, because that's SCIENCE.

Also SCIENCE? This:




That's the other picture I took in my office today. It's a heart sticker -- the pointy bottom of the heart is pointing left in that picture.

On Friday night, Mr Bunches was playing with valentines left over from the school year, because why not*

* Because why not is more or less my parenting motto. Try it yourself. It's amazing how freeing it is.

And he took the heart stickers and put them all over me and Sweetie. One, he put on my arm and I just left it there.

Then, I noticed yesterday in the shower that it was still there, and so I tried to avoid scrubbing it, and it lasted all through the day yesterday, including through my going jogging and showering again and including my date-at-home with Sweetie**

** a date-at-home is when you put the kids to bed early and order a pizza and watch a movie while you eat that pizza and the kids hopefully stay asleep and calm, only our kids never do that but it was still pretty fun.

and then it stayed on while we went to the office and then it stayed on through the water fight outside with the hose and even lasted through our trip to McDonald's to get Mr F some french fries and Mr Bunches an ice cream cone he wouldn't eat and a large Coke he would:



And it's still there now and I'll miss it a little when it's gone.

So what does all this tell us about SCIENCE?

1. That Twinkies really do have a remarkable staying power.

2. That I likely have the power to make things last forever if I care enough about them, kind of like how people kept Tink alive by clapping, only without the clapping.

And, most amazingly and SCIENCE-y:

3. At the end of this experiment, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to take a bite of that Twinkie.

I mean, don't you think that's the next step?


Day 38 here.

2 comments:

Rogue Mutt said...

Those Twinkies are tough.

Michael Offutt said...

Nothing lasts forever except for stainless steel.

Mr. Bunches is cute.

Twinkie is not cute. It needs to be put down. Enough already.